Category Archives: Program Notices

Federation Of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Now Has Annual Conference Program Guide Available And Online Registration Activated For The Upcoming August 27 – August 30, 2014 Conference In San Antonio, Texas

Hi Everyone!

2014 FGS Conference LogoThe FGS now has the Annual Conference Program Guide available to look at and save as a PDF file for the upcoming August 27 – August 30, 2014  Annual conference that will take place in San Antonio, Texas.

The title of the Conference is “Gone To Texas”.

The FGS has also activated the online registration process to get yourself registered for this conference.

You can view the 16 page conference program guide here at:

2014 FGS Annual Conference Guide

The society will take online registration but will also take registration by mail.  You can just download and print the online form, fill it out and mail it back to the FGS.

It appears the costs are as follows:

  • Early registration prior to July 1, 2014 for full conference is $195
  • Late registration after July 1, 2014 for full conference is $250.
  • Early registration prior to July 1, 2014 for a single day of the conference is $85
  • Late registration after July 1, 2014 for a single day of the conference is $99

In addition to the basic fees noted above, the conference brochure notes that there are other fees related to the conference syllabus and a host of other workshop fees should you choose to participate.  There are also separate fees for individual luncheons on each day of the conference should you choose to participate in these programs.

Take a look at the link I provided to the full program guide.  All of the programs, registration material, fees, special programs, keynote speeches are noted.

I encourage the genealogical researcher to at least once in their lifetime attend one of these multi-day national genealogical conferences.  You will be in genealogy research/education heaven!

Here is a link to 2014 conference information from the FGS website at:

2014 FGS Conference Information

Please take a look at the above link.

While at the site, see all of the other resources and materials that are offered by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  You can even find information about past conferences.

Enjoy the program material, see what interests you, and make your plans to go to this annual conference.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Swedish American Museum Genealogy Program On Saturday April 26, 2014; “The Viking Discovery Of America” Presented By Dr. James Borg; Free For Members, $10 Cost For Non-Members

Hi Everyone!

Swedish American Museum LogoI received a reminder announcement for an upcoming Genealogy Program that is being  hosted by the Swedish American Museum through the Nordic Family Genealogy Center.

The Swedish American Museum is located at 5211 N. Clark St. in Chicago, IL.

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 AM to 12 Noon, Dr. James Borg will present a program titled “The Viking Discovery of America”.

Here is a link to the Swedish American Museum description of the program along with all of the details associated with the program:

April 26, 2014 Swedish American Museum Genealogy Program; “The Viking Discovery of America” by Dr. James Borg

It sounds like a very interesting program.

Take a look at the website for the Swedish American Museum for all that they offer to help you with learning more about Swedish culture and Swedish genealogy.  You will also be able to discover more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center.  You can visit the museum at:

Swedish American Museum

Consider attending the program to learn more about the Vikings connection to the eastern shore of the United States.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 3, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “Have You Ever Thought About Joining A Lineage Society?” By Joan E. Murray

Hi Everyone,

NWSCG LogoI just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL.

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.

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 Joan E. Murray.    The speaker will present a program titled “Have You Ever Thought About Joining A Lineage Society?.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) May 3, 2014 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow April 8, 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, April 8, 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:

Dr. Dan Hubbard PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Daniel Hubbard. Dr. Hubbard will present a program titled “Researching At Appomattox Court House: Genealogy through the Lens of the Civil War”.

This talk reviews how Civil War era records aren’t just about soldiers and sailors. Before, during and after the war, a wealth of different types of unusual records were produced that speak of that time and tell the story of a whole generation.

Daniel Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher who has been researching almost as long as he can remember. Inspired by family stories and a pair of genealogist aunts, he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. He spent eight years at CERN outside Geneva, Switzerland learning to handle very large research projects while performing research in particle physics (Ph.D. University of Michigan, Post-doc Harvard).

After living in Sweden for eleven years during which he was a software designer, strategic product manager and editor of technical documentation, he returned to the U.S. to fulfill his passion for family history. Daniel now combines his skills in technology, genealogy, complex research, the organizing of large amounts of information, writing, editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects. He works with a variety of clients on projects including untangling problems in Swedish immigration and ancestry, analysis of 19th century letters and photographs, and extensive research into colonial families.

His goal as a speaker is always to inform in a memorable and entertaining way. He likes to come at his topics from slightly unusual angles making speaking more fun and he hopes this technique encourages people to take a fresh look at each subject.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any 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 guest speaker’s presentation will start 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

April 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday April 26, 2014; “The Viking Discovery Of America”

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 issue of the April 2014 Newsletter called the Cirkular 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.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during April 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Program And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago April 2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Viking Discovery of America”.  From their website, here is a description of the program:

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THE VIKING DISCOVERY OF AMERICA

Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – noon

 Intrepid Viking seafarers leapfrogged their way across the North Atlantic from the 9th century CE. Their voyages led them to settle Iceland and Greenland; and forge contacts in Canada and North America. This presentation about the Viking discovery of America will be given by Dr. James Borg, Swedish-American scholar, university professor, businessman and collector of Viking antiquities. He will have some of his Viking and Eskimo artifacts from his extensive collection on display at this lecture hosted by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center. Cost to attend the lecture for non-NFGC members is $10 that can be paid at the event. You may email or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer with any questions or to RSVP.

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See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of April 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening April 8, 2014 At 7:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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 are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, April 8, 2014:

Dr. Dan Hubbard PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Daniel Hubbard. Dr. Hubbard will present a program titled “Researching At Appomattox Court House: Genealogy through the Lens of the Civil War”.

This talk reviews how Civil War era records aren’t just about soldiers and sailors. Before, during and after the war, a wealth of different types of unusual records were produced that speak of that time and tell the story of a whole generation.

Daniel Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher who has been researching almost as long as he can remember. Inspired by family stories and a pair of genealogist aunts, he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. He spent eight years at CERN outside Geneva, Switzerland learning to handle very large research projects while performing research in particle physics (Ph.D. University of Michigan, Post-doc Harvard).

After living in Sweden for eleven years during which he was a software designer, strategic product manager and editor of technical documentation, he returned to the U.S. to fulfill his passion for family history. Daniel now combines his skills in technology, genealogy, complex research, the organizing of large amounts of information, writing, editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects. He works with a variety of clients on projects including untangling problems in Swedish immigration and ancestry, analysis of 19th century letters and photographs, and extensive research into colonial families.

His goal as a speaker is always to inform in a memorable and entertaining way. He likes to come at his topics from slightly unusual angles making speaking more fun and he hopes this technique encourages people to take a fresh look at each subject.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any 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 guest speaker’s presentation will start 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

Special Upcoming Program By The Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists Will Be Held On June 7, 2014; This Is A Make-Up Program For The February 1, 2014 Genealogy Program That Was Cancelled Due To Bad Snowy, Wintry Weather

Hi Everyone,

NWSCG LogoI just received a Special Program announcement from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG).  They will be offering a “make-up” program that will be held on June 7, 2014.  On this day the guest speaker Jane Haldeman will be presenting a program titled “From Land Records to Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Place”

More details will be coming as they become available.

Here is a PDF copy of the flyer I received from the society.

June 7, 2014 Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Special Program Notice

The society does not normally offer programs during the months of June, July and August.  That is why this program is considered a “special” program that will be held during one of the normal non-event months.

I will provide you with more details of the programs as I hear back from the society as we get closer to this date.

Mark your calendars for this “make-up” program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Has Schedule Of Offered Webinars For 2014 At Their Site; Great Way To Learn More About Genealogy

Hi Everyone!

Webinars Clip ArtI just came across the 2014 schedule of Webinar classes being offered by the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Webinars are a fantastic way to hone your genealogical research skills by hearing about a topic of interest from a well-known genealogist about the topic.

The Webinars are all being offered on the 2nd Tuesday night of the week starting at 8 PM Central Time.  (Just a side note – The 2nd Tuesday evening of the month is our own monthly scheduled genealogy program at the Schaumburg Township District Library!  Make your choice, I know you will choose wisely!)

The topics on the schedule for 2014 look fascinating with some great presenters being offered through the year.

You do need to register in order to participate.  The Webinars are open to theISGS Logopublic.  You do not need to be a member of the ISGS in order to register or participate for the live Webinar.  As a benefit for members of the ISGS, they can then go into the archive vault to take a look at past Webinars.  Non-members of the ISGS can register for the “live” presentation but cannot go in to the archives to look at the past Webinars.

Here is a link to a PDF from the ISGS where you can look at the scheduled Webinars for 2014 as well as see a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” that pertains to the Webinars.  (The January through March 2014 Webinars have already occurred.):

2014 Webinars Being Offered By The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS)

It is really nice being able to view webinars that are in an archives.  But as you can see, you may want to become a member of ISGS just to be able to access these wonderful learning exercises to increase your genealogy research skills.

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to become a better genealogist?   What better way to do that genealogically speaking than  to check out and connect with these Webinars offered by the ISGS.

Check out the topics on the above schedule.  There may be some that are just perfect for you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, April 5, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “The Care and Handling of Material of Enduring Value” By Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana

Hi Everyone,

NWSCG LogoI just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL.

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.

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 Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana.    The speaker will present a program titled “The Care and Handling of Material of Enduring Value.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) April 5, 2014 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow March 11, 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, March 11, 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, March 11, 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