Category Archives: Program Notices

(Updated) Newberry Library Offers Genealogy And Local History Tours And Orientations On First Saturdays Of The Month In 2014 – 2015

Hi Everyone,

Newberry Library LogoGinger Frere, a frequent speaker at our own genealogy programs and a librarian at the Newberry Library, has made me aware that the Newberry offers an introductory genealogy orientation and tour of the Newberry on Saturdays.

She has just provided me with an updated schedule of these events for the balance of 2014 and for the full year 2015.

Here are the dates for the balance of 2014:

  • October 4, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
  • November 1, 2014 @ 9:30 AM
  • December 6, 2014 @ 9:30 AM

There are times when the library needs to change the date from the 1st Saturday of the month to the 2nd Saturday of the month.  Oftentimes it is as a result of a holiday occurring in the first week time period.  Please be aware that this can happen.  Such changes are always noted by the Newberry.

Here are the dates for 2015:

  • January 3, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • February 7, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • March 14, 2015 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:30 AM
  • April 4, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • May 2, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • June 6, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • July 11, 2015 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:30 AM
  • August 1, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • September 12, 2015 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:30 AM
  • October 3, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • November 7, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
  • December 5, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

The Newberry is located at 60 West Walton in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the Newberry is 312-255-3700.

The program/orientation on using the Newberry’s collection starts at 9:30 AM.  The initial orientation takes about 1 hour.  A short tour of the library follows the orientation.

There is no pre-registration.  There is no cost.

The program is aimed at those new to using the Newberry and those new to the genealogical process.

Here is a link to the flyer that you can read from the Newberry that provides a description of the event:

2014/2015 Genealogy and Local History Tours and Orientation Programs of  the Newberry Library

If you have never been to the Newberry but are an experienced genealogy researcher, you may want to take advantage of these programs for the balance of 2014 and for 2015 to learn about the collections and resources of the Newberry.

If you are a new genealogy researcher, this orientation is also geared for you to learn how to begin your research plus you too will also learn about the Newberry and how it can  help your research.

I have placed these event dates into the Google Calendar that is also part of this blog.

Read the full flyer that is linked above.

Sounds like a great opportunity to visit the Newberry if you have never previously been there and then be able to get a nice orientation and tour of the facility.

Something to consider!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

The Swedish American Museum Will Be Offering A “Genealogy Open House: Exploring Your Swedish Roots” Program On Saturday, November 15, 2014 From 11:00 AM To 4 PM

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent genealogy program update that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

The Swedish American Museum will be offering a Genealogy “Open House” on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 11 AM to 4 PM that will allow you to meet “one-on-one” with genealogy experts to help you with your Swedish genealogy research.

Here is the text I received from the Museum describing the events of the day regarding this program:


Genealogy Open House: 

Exploring Your Swedish Roots

Saturday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Are you new to genealogy or an advanced researcher? There is something for everyone including individual attention just for you at our annual genealogy open house! Meet one-on-one with our experts for answers to questions relating to translation of documents, location of genealogy centers in Sweden, how to begin genealogy research, location of a parish, and more. Stations will be set up in the main floor gallery pertaining to different genealogical topics. Cost: $10 for members and non-members and can be paid at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


Sounds like this is a great opportunity for anyone new to researching their Swedish roots or for the experienced researcher that has perhaps hit a brick wall in their Swedish genealogy research efforts.

There is plenty of time to fit this event into your calendar.  If you have been thinking about taking the plunge into researching your Swedish ancestors, this event may be the best “starting” place to begin your research process.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 4, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “Finishing the Story” By Jennifer Holik; Please Note That This Program Will Take Place At The Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150Hi Everyone,

I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, October 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library at 500 N. Dunton, 2nd Floor, Hendrickson Room in Arlington Heights, IL. (Please note this is at a different location than usual just for this program.)

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.

The society offers an early informal gathering at 9:00 AM that would allow you to exchange information and ask questions with others present at the time before the formal program starts.  Use this time for “show and tell” of World War I and II memorabilia and artifacts for this program.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Jennifer Holik.    The speaker will present a program titled “Finishing the Story.

Please take a look at the full PDF announcement of the program by going to:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) October 4, 2014 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Jennifer Holik, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Carl Sandburg Institute Of Genealogy In Galesburg, Illinois Will Be Holding 4 Day Genealogy Institute From May 28, 2015 To June 1, 2015; 4 Well-Known Genealogy Experts Will Provide Instructions

csi-genealogy2Hi Everyone!

I recently received a notice from the Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy in Galesburg, IL that they will be a holding a 4-day genealogy institute from May 28, 2015 to June 1, 2015.

Four nationally known genealogy experts will be providing instructions on various aspects of genealogy to those registered in attendance;

The 4 speakers and the program topic each will present are:

  • Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy (coordinator Cyndi Ingle of CyndisList)
  • Advanced Methodology and Analysis (coordinator Michael John Neill of Genealogy Tip of the Day)
  • The Advancing Genealogist: Research Standards, Tools, and Records (coordinator Debbie Mieszala, CG)
  • Germanic Research Sources and Methods (coordinator Teresa McMillin, CG)

Here is a link to a PDF that provides information on the program:

May 28, 2015 to June 1, 2015 Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy Conference

The registration process is expected to start sometime during September 2014 for this lengthy educational program.

I did not see anything at this time that indicated the costs to attend this 4 day program.  That will probably be made available when registration opens during this month.

Teresa McMillin, CG, has been a speaker at our own genealogy programs.  Her specialty area in genealogy is Germanic research.  She is in fact the leader at this program for the Germanic Genealogy track.

Debbie Mieszala, CG, is also local from our area associated with the Lake County Genealogical Society.  She too will be one of the track coordinators during this program.  I have also seen her make a presentation.

Both of the above researchers are well-skilled and knowledgeable and can certainly provide you with many research insights to make your own genealogical research efforts more successful.

I realize this is quite a way down the road but these Institute programs are limited in size to make the educational experience more productive as well as providing a smaller classroom setting for better interaction.

Use the above link as a starting point to obtain initial information.

More information will be released via the Institute website noted in the above link as it becomes available.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS) Offering A Genealogical Bus Tour That Focuses On “The Chicago Fire”; Craig Pfannkuche Will Be The Guide; Saturday, October 4, 2014 From 9:30 AM to 4 PM; Also Open To Non-Members Of The Society

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoHi Everyone!

The Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS) will be offering a genealogical bus tour on Saturday, October 4, 2014 between 9:30 AM and 4 PM.

The theme of the tour will be “The Chicago Fire”.

The tour will be led by Craig Pfannkuche of the Chicago Genealogical Society who specializes in Chicago family history research and whose father was a Captain on the Chicago Fire Department.

The tour bus will be ready for boarding at 9:30 AM and will depart from and return to the northwest corner of the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Madison and Clinton Streets) in Chicago.

You do not have to be a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society in order to participate.  However, your cost will be slightly higher than for members ($45 non-members; $35 members).

Take a look at the link to a PDF of a full-page description of the event that contains even more background and details about the events of the day.

Here is a link to the one page PDF with all of the details:

October 4, 2014 Chicago Genealogical Society Genealogy Bus Tour – “The Chicago Fire”

I have had Craig as a speaker at our genealogy programs.  He is fantastic in that setting.  I can’t even imagine how good he will be at being a guide for an all-day event on a subject he knows a great deal of information.

If interested, you must submit payment using the form that is the PDF above by September 27, 2014.  Space is limited.

Sounds like a great local trip on a topic that always comes up in October each year when the Chicago Fire of 1871 is the topic de jour of the month!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow September 9, 2014

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, September 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

There is no pre-registration required in order to attend the program.  There is no fee charged to attend.  Anyone can attend this program.  You do not have to be a library card holder with the Schaumburg Township District Library in order to attend.

Here is a summary of the information about the program:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the breakout groups will form at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers 2nd Saturday Storyteller’s Writing Group; Saturday, September 13, 2014 At 10:30 AM At The Schaumburg Township District Library

CAGGNI logoHi Everyone!

Believe it or not, the hardest part of doing your genealogy is not the research itself.  The hardest part of your research is the actual writing of your discoveries and stories.  It is a task we often keep putting on the back burner thinking that it will somehow happen magically get done!  Or is it that you somehow hope that someone else will do the writing!

Sometimes what we need is a “A Little Help From Our Friends”.

The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) is about to become that “friend”.

CAGGNI is offering a new “Storyteller’s Writing Group” on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  The initial program will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.  Please check for future program locations as they could change based on availability of meeting rooms.

All are welcome to participate.  Not a member of CAGGNI?  No problem.  Check out the group.  You might want to join based on what I am sure will be a wonderful experience!

Marti Swanson will be leading the group.

Here is some descriptive information received from CAGGNI describing the program:


This is a new group for those interested in the DOING of writing.  Do you need an assigned topic?  Do you need deadlines to help get you motivated?  This group is dedicated to writing family stories for sharing with family members to ensure they don’t get lost.

The September topic is a memorable Christmas or other holiday.  Set the scene:  Who was there?  When and where was the holiday celebrated?

Then tell what happened that made the day memorable.  Include, where appropriate, sensory images:  colors and shapes, sounds, odors, tastes (of holiday dishes), and perhaps touch details.

Be sure to tell why this day stands out in your memory.  It may be because of the event itself, or perhaps something that happened later gave it extra meaning.

Print up 3 copies of your narrative for sharing with others. Your audience will have the opportunity to make suggestions for improvement as well as to enjoy your story before you share it with your family.


So sharpen your pencils and get your creative stories onto paper.

It is often with the feedback of others and the camaraderie of a group setting that you can start “doing” the writing that you have always wanted to do but just could not find a way to get yourself motivated.

Here is a link to CAGGNI part of their website describing this event:

CAGGNI 2nd Saturday – Storyteller’s Group

Give it a try.

You just might be the next published author of your family’s genealogy and stories!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library