Category Archives: Program Notices

“2014 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2014 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2014 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2014 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2014 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2014 from right within this post at:

2014 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2014!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, January 4, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “Space-Time For Family Historians: Timewarps And Curved Space Aren’t Just For Physicists” By Dr. Daniel Hubbard

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, January 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, January 4, 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 Dr. Daniel Hubbard.  The speaker will present a program titled “Space-Time for Family Historians: Timewarps and Curved Space Aren’t Just for Physicists.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) January 4, 2014 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Dr. Daniel Hubbard, 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 December 10, 2013

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, December 10, 2013 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, December 10, 2013 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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening December 10, 2013 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, December 10, 2013:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 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

December 2013 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday December 21, 2013; “Fika And Swedish Christmas Traditions”; Holiday Session For Nordic Family Genealogy Center Members Only

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 December 2013 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.

There is a genealogy Holiday Program scheduled for Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The title of the session is “Fika and Swedish Christmas Traditions”.  Quoting from the newsletter, participants on this day can expect the following:

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 GENEALOGY SESSION: FIKA AND SWEDISH CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Saturday, Dec.21, 10 a.m. – noon

Celebrate the holidays with the Nordic Family Genealogy Center’s final genealogy session for 2013. This session is intended for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members only. You may email genealogy@samac.org or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer, if you have any questions or would like to join.

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Please note that this Holiday Program is intended for members only of the Nordic Family Genealogy Center.  You can certainly take the opportunity to become a member now allowing you to participate in this special Holiday program.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during December 2013 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Program And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago December 2013

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 December 2013.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

RootsTech 2014 Will Take Place February 6- 8, 2014 In Salt Lake City, UT; See What It Is All About By Viewing Selected Videos From The 2013 Conference On Various Programs; Video Quality Is Excellent; “Big Picture View” Of Technology/Genealogy

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoJust a reminder that the 2014 version of RootsTech will take place on February 6 to February 8, 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT.

This has proven to be  a wildly successful major genealogical conference that brings together genealogy researchers and genealogy software developers under one roof.  Estimates indicate that about 9,000 attendees were present for the 2013 conference.  Of the 9,000, 2,000 were teens that attended a special program targeted for youth.  In addition, another 14,000 individuals participated online via programs that were streamed.  This is truly a major event in the world of genealogy!!  The above statistics were gotten from a Dick Eastman blog post from March 25, 2013.  You can read the entirety of Dick’s blog post about RootsTech 2013 here:

March 25, 2013 Dick Eastman Blog Post About RootsTech 2013

You can view their website for information about this 2014 RootsTech Conference at:

RootsTech 2014

If you want to know more about what RootsTech in general is all about, visit the following link to a series of 16 Videos produced by RootsTech from their 2013 program.   These are videos of stunning quality!  I think you may want to look at what the videos showcase about what RootsTech is all about.  They may not all be at a very specific research level, they are often at a “larger view” of what technical developments are occurring that connect to genealogical research.

You can really get the “big picture” by looking at any one of the videos.

Take a look at these videos at:

2013 RootsTech Videos

Enjoy the 2013 videos.

Consider going to Salt Lake City, UT to connect with the soon to take place 2014 version of RootsTech!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow November 12, 2013

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, November 12, 2013 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:

Marsha Peterson-Maass PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Marsha Peterson-Maass. Marsha will present a program titled “Compiling Your Medical Family Tree”.

Compiling your Medical Family Tree might be easier than you think — in fact most genealogists are surprised to discover that they already possess most of the skills and possibly even the records necessary to do so! This lively talk will give you an understanding of what’s crucial in compiling a MFT chart and Predispostion Results Sheet plus explaining the tools and computerized resources you’ll want to use. This could be one of the most valuable gifts of “family” information you ever give to yourself, your children, and other relatives.

Marsha will be bringing copies of her accompanying textbooks Medical Family Tree Workbook and the Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone for lecture participants to peruse during the lecture and optionally take home for $20 per book (this is a 20% discount price).

Marsha got her start in genealogy during her junior year of high school when a history class required a paper on family history . . . it was then that her paternal grandmother dubbed her the “Family Genealogist.” Grandma gave her a box of 19th Century family photos plus a handwritten family history detailing how in 1770 her original Sisler immigrant ancestor was contracted from Germany to teach the school children of Boston. (She got an “A” on the paper.) As a senior in high school, Marsha entered a family history project in the annual State of Illinois High School History competition and tied with one other person for State Champion. She also received a DAR scholarship that year.

Marsha’s first formal training in genealogy was at the Newberry Library-Chicago, in the beginner’s class that she now teaches called “Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone” (with accompanying textbook that she wrote). This is a 13-hour class that Newberry offers for three consecutive Saturdays every March, schedules at http://www.newberry.org/adult-education-seminars.

Her own U.S. genealogical journey includes discovering direct ancestors who were part of the Mayflower passage in 1620, the 17th Century Old Dominion plantation indenture system, the Revolutionary War, the Pennsylvania Deutsch settlements, the War of 1812, the early Midwest pioneer migration, the California Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the late 19th Century wave of Swedish immigration to the U.S., and in 2012 a once-MIA World War II cousin’s remains repatriated to Illinois.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening November 12, 2013 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, November 12, 2013:

Marsha Peterson-Maass PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Marsha Peterson-Maass. Marsha will present a program titled “Compiling Your Medical Family Tree”.

Compiling your Medical Family Tree might be easier than you think — in fact most genealogists are surprised to discover that they already possess most of the skills and possibly even the records necessary to do so! This lively talk will give you an understanding of what’s crucial in compiling a MFT chart and Predispostion Results Sheet plus explaining the tools and computerized resources you’ll want to use. This could be one of the most valuable gifts of “family” information you ever give to yourself, your children, and other relatives.

Marsha will be bringing copies of her accompanying textbooks Medical Family Tree Workbook and the Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone for lecture participants to peruse during the lecture and optionally take home for $20 per book (this is a 20% discount price).

Marsha got her start in genealogy during her junior year of high school when a history class required a paper on family history . . . it was then that her paternal grandmother dubbed her the “Family Genealogist.” Grandma gave her a box of 19th Century family photos plus a handwritten family history detailing how in 1770 her original Sisler immigrant ancestor was contracted from Germany to teach the school children of Boston. (She got an “A” on the paper.) As a senior in high school, Marsha entered a family history project in the annual State of Illinois High School History competition and tied with one other person for State Champion. She also received a DAR scholarship that year.

Marsha’s first formal training in genealogy was at the Newberry Library-Chicago, in the beginner’s class that she now teaches called “Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone” (with accompanying textbook that she wrote). This is a 13-hour class that Newberry offers for three consecutive Saturdays every March, schedules at http://www.newberry.org/adult-education-seminars.

Her own U.S. genealogical journey includes discovering direct ancestors who were part of the Mayflower passage in 1620, the 17th Century Old Dominion plantation indenture system, the Revolutionary War, the Pennsylvania Deutsch settlements, the War of 1812, the early Midwest pioneer migration, the California Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the late 19th Century wave of Swedish immigration to the U.S., and in 2012 a once-MIA World War II cousin’s remains repatriated to Illinois.

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

November 2013 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday November 16, 2013; “Exploring Your Swedish Roots”; Open House

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 November 2013 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.

There is a genealogy “open house” scheduled for Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The title of the extended session is “Exploring Your Swedish Roots”.  Quoting from the newsletter, participants on this day can expect the following:

The Museum is once again opening its main gallery to the Nordic Family Genealogy Center for this day of family research. Attendees will obtain one-on-one attention to help them get started or advance their efforts to explore their Swedish or Scandinavian roots.

  Our Genealogy Center volunteers will be on hand to translate old letters, obituaries, newspaper clippings and other documents; discuss research with beginners as well as advanced genealogists; assist if you have hit a genealogical brick wall; help map a pilgrimage to visit ancestral homes and places of interest; and shed light on the origins and uses of strange objects that have been found in one’s attic.

Members of the Swedish American Museum can attend the genealogy program at a cost of $10.  Non-members of the organization can also attend for the same $10 cost.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during October 2013 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Program And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago November 2013

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 November 2013.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Re-Post Reminder: Illinois State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 25, 2013 And Saturday, October 26, 2013 In Sandwich, IL; Conference Brochure Now Available

Hi Everyone!

ISGS LogoHere is a reminder on the upcoming Illinois State Genealogical Society Annual Fall Conference that will take place on Friday, October 25, 2013 and Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Sandwich, IL.

I made a previous post that included all of the details about the conference.

Since the conference is coming up very shortly, I thought I would re-post the information for your consideration.

My original posting of information about the conference was published on August 27, 2013.

Information about the conference from my original post in August follows after the separator line.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone,

illinoisgensoc-logoI just received the brochure  for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference for 2013.  The “theme” title of this event is called “The Way They Were”.  The dates noted are for Friday, October 25, 2013 and Saturday, October 26, 2013.  The conference will be held in Sandwich, IL.  Sandwich, IL is about 60 miles from Chicago and is even closer from the Northwest Suburbs.  You can probably expect a drive time of about 1 hour from our area.

Here is a PDF of the brochure I received from the ISGS:

October 25-26, 2013 Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Fall Conference Brochure For Registration, Programs and Speakers

Here is what is posted at the website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society regarding information about the upcoming conference:

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Friday, October 25 through Saturday, October 26

ISGS 2013 Fall Conference  (ISGS Events)

Timber Creek Inn & Suites 3300 Drew Ave Sandwich, Illinois 60545

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces its 2013 Fall conference to be held on October 25 and 26 in Sandwich, Illinois, at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center.

Using The Way They Were as this year’s theme, a variety of presenters will offer lectures to assist attendees in identifying the “they” in genealogical research. In addition, a focus on “were” will explore the importance of capturing family stories and ancestor anecdotes to round out a family’s history.

Besides attending genealogy focused lectures and social events, conference goers can visit the Sandwich area which offers a variety of venues for historical sightseeing. These include area museums, tours of the Naper Settlement in Naperville, and the world famous Mies van der Rohe glass home, as well as the Farnsworth House, on the banks of the nearby Fox River.

Conference details will be available soon at the ISGS website at http://www.ilgensoc.org. For room reservations, contact the Timber Creek Inn & Suites at (866) 992-7335 or visit http://www.timbercreekinnandsuites.com(mention the ISGS conference to secure the group rate).

Questions about the ISGS 2013 Fall Conference can be emailed to the Conference Chair, Howard Manthei, at isgspublications@ilgensoc.org.

Mark your calendar! We look forward to seeing you in Sandwich this Fall!

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George Morgan, a power house in the world of genealogy, will be one of the main speakers at this 2 day program.  George, along with Drew Smith, are well-known as being the originators of the “Genealogy Guys Podcasts”.  George is also a well-known genealogy author in his own right.

Thomas MacEntee, another power house speaker in the world of genealogy, will also be a speaker.  Thomas is well-known for educating us about the world of social media and technology as they apply to genealogy.

There will be a total of 8 speakers for the 2 day program.  There will be a total of 16 programs taking place over the 2 days from among the 8 total speakers.  Take a look at the link at the beginning of this post to the PDF that highlights all of the programs and the biographies of the speakers.  The registration forms are included as well as the program costs (not including your hotel costs if you stay).  Costs vary as to whether you are a member of the ISGS or not.

The roster of speakers certainly looks good.  The variety of the programs looks to have something for everyone that is doing genealogical research.  And it is only about 1 hour drive time from our area.

Check out all of this current information about this annual program put on by the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

There is plenty of time to consider attending this 2-day program on Friday afternoon, October 25, 2013 and Saturday, all-day, October 26, 2013.

Check out all of the information from the ISGS!  Consider attending this great annual 2-day conference!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library