Category Archives: Program Notices

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

Upcoming Lake County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, November 9, 2013 In Round Lake Beach, IL; Cyndi Howells And Ginger Frere Are Guest Speakers; PDF Brochure Included In Post

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtAfter visiting the Lake County Genealogical Society website, I see that they have current online information regarding their upcoming 21st Annual Genealogical Workshop that will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

The title for the Conference is “From Grandma’s Place to Cyberspace”

You can visit the general website for the society at:

Lake County Genealogical Society (IL) Website

This is an all-day conference that is taking place at the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach that is located at 2007 Civic Center Way in Round Lake Beach, IL.

Registration and browsing of materials starts at 8 AM.

Programs run from 9 AM until 3:30 PM.

Guest speakers for the day are Cyndi Ingle Howells (Yes, THE Cyndi Howells of Cyndis List Fame) and Ginger Frere (Ginger has been a frequent presenter at our own monthly genealogy program.)

Phone contact for information is 847-201-9032.

It looks like the costs for the program are:

  • $35.00 if you are a member of the society (program registration prior to October 12, 2013)
  • $40.00 if you are not a member of the society  (program registration prior to October 12, 2013)
  • $45.00  (program registration after October 12, 2013 or as walk-in on the day of program)

I just received word of this annual program and so it is just past the date for submitting your registration at a smaller fee by the time I post this item on the blog.  So it looks like by the time you read this you can expect to pay $45 to attend whether you pre-register or attend as a walk-in.

“Walk-ins” on the day of the program are OK  but you are on your own for lunch.  Lunch is not guaranteed for “walk-ins”.  You would pay the highest fee on that day.

Please use the following link that will get you directly to the PDF file that has all of the information about the day including the registration material, program titles and times, speaker biographies and directions:

November 9, 2013 Lake County Genealogical Society 19th Annual Conference Program/Registration Brochure

I have been to their programs some time back and I always felt that they had top-notch speakers.  I would definitely recommend attending this annual event.

I know you will enjoy the day.

The society puts on a great annual conference with top-notch speakers and topics.  You will not be disappointed.  If you have not attended a local, all-day conference, this is a good one to attend.

You can always decide at the last-minute and be a “walk-in” to attend the conference (unfortunately, at the highest cost to you).  I have attended conferences as a “walk-in” and I usually find that it was well-worth the added cost to attend at the last-minute if pre-scheduling was a problem for you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 2, 2013 At 10:00 AM; “The Curious Case Of The Disappearing Dude” By Debra Mieszala

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, November 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 2, 2013 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 Debra Mieszala.  The speaker will present a program titled “The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) November 2, 2013 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Indian Trails Public Library Genealogy Program On Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7 To 8:30 PM; “No, The Census Taker Didn’t Miss Them: Finding Online Census Records” By Marsha Peterson-Maass

Hi Everyone!

Indian Trails Public Library System LogoI received a notice from the Indian Trails Public Library that they will be having a Genealogy Program on Thursday evening, November 7, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 PM.  The program notice indicates that registration for the program is required.

The program is titled “No, the Census Taker Didn’t Miss Them: Finding Online Census Records”.  The speaker will be Marsha Peterson-Maass.

The library is located at 355 Schoenbeck Road in Wheeling, IL.  The phone number of the library is 847-459-4100.

Here is a PDF “flyer” I received from their library with information about the program:

November 7, 2013 Genealogy Program At Indian Lakes Public Library

Mark your calendars for what looks like a very good program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

October 2013 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday October 26, 2013; Group Discussion To Help You Break Through Your Brick Wall Problems

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 October 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 program scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The title of the program is “Hit A Brick Wall: Group Discussion”.  There is no formal speaker presentation.  It appears participants will interact among themselves and offer genealogy help to each other.

Members of the Swedish American Museum can attend the genealogy program at no cost.  Non-members of the organization can also attend but there will be a $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 October 2013

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

Jeff Bockman PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jeffrey Bockman. Jeffrey will present a program titled “Using Maps in Genealogical Research”.

Jeffrey will present an overview of both physical and online maps including: Historical Atlases: State and County, Plat (Land ownership), inside details on Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, along with Panoramic, Migration, Topographical, and others. Looks at using maps with other records and using them to help find other records.

Jeff is a past five-term President of the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society and DCGS 2010 & 2011 Conference Chair.
He was Chairman of the 2006 Chicagoland Genealogical Consortium
He was the Local Arrangements Chair for the 2006 NGS Conference.
Jeff is also a prior four-term Vice President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Jeff is also the DuPage County IL GenWeb Project webmaster since Sept. 1996

He has applied his engineering, management, computer, and organizational development background to help with the analyzing, problem solving and organization of records necessary for genealogical research. He has been doing genealogical research since 1987 and has been active in societies, society management, classes, and presenting lectures since 1994.

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

Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) Will Be Having National Genealogy Conference In Lombard, IL At Westin Lombard Hotel From October 23, 2013 Through October 26, 2013 (Wed To Sat); 43 Presentations To Be Offered During The 4 Day Event

Hi Everyone!

Czech Republic MapI just noticed that there will be a large-scale national genealogy conference of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) that will be taking place very close to us in Lombard, IL from Wednesday, October 23, 2013, through Saturday, October 26, 2013.

During the four days, participants will be able to choose from 43 presentations to attend to advance their genealogy research skills pertinent to Czech research.

You can visit the main website of the society and find out much more about this genealogical society at:

Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) Website

You can get detailed information about the conference coming up in Lombard from the CGSI website at:

14th CGSI Genealogical and Cultural Conference October 23, 2013 to October 26, 2013 in Lombard, IL

Here is also a direct link to a 12 page PDF file of all of the details for this upcoming conference, including the cost to attend, programs being offered, speaker biographies, conference hotel host, tours being offered, translation services, etc.:

14th CGSI Genealogical and Cultural Conference for 2013 Brochure

If you are doing Czech research and are anywhere in the Chicagoland area, this is certainly your conference to consider attending.  If were not aware of this society and all of the resources it can offer to assist with your Czech genealogy research, you now have a chance to see what they are all about.

Be among fellow Czech researchers.  Share your knowledge with them and pick up some new tips to help your own research.

This large-scale event is literally in our own back yard.

Check it out!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening October 8, 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, October 8, 2013:

Jeff Bockman PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jeffrey Bockman. Jeffrey will present a program titled “Using Maps in Genealogical Research”.

Jeffrey will present an overview of both physical and online maps including: Historical Atlases: State and County, Plat (Land ownership), inside details on Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, along with Panoramic, Migration, Topographical, and others. Looks at using maps with other records and using them to help find other records.

Jeff is a past five-term President of the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society and DCGS 2010 & 2011 Conference Chair.
He was Chairman of the 2006 Chicagoland Genealogical Consortium
He was the Local Arrangements Chair for the 2006 NGS Conference.
Jeff is also a prior four-term Vice President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Jeff is also the DuPage County IL GenWeb Project webmaster since Sept. 1996

He has applied his engineering, management, computer, and organizational development background to help with the analyzing, problem solving and organization of records necessary for genealogical research. He has been doing genealogical research since 1987 and has been active in societies, society management, classes, and presenting lectures since 1994.

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

DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, February 15, 2014 At Hilton Garden Inn In St. Charles, IL

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtIt is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs!

I want to remind everyone of the upcoming 39th Annual Conference that will be held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Web Site

Their conference will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL from 8 AM until about 4 PM.  At 8 AM, you can register as a walk-in if you have not previously registered, have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 3 PM.

The Annual Conference Theme is “Find It…Prove It…Share It”.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own programs and have provided those in attendance with a paper handout of the conference details.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual DCGS LogoConference Information directly at the following link:

At their site in the above links you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the Hilton Garden Inn and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees (Walk-Ins are welcome.  Supplied lunch cannot be guaranteed but there are plenty of places in the local vicinity to have a lunch on your own.)
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:30 PM and one at 3 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 4 programs that will be occurring (except the last segment at 3 PM has 3 programs to pick from).   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear four unique programs among the 15 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Debbie Mieszala, CG
  • Paul Milner
  • Marsha Peterson-Maass
  • Steve Szabados

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.  To date at our own library we have had 2 of the speakers present individual programs at our own monthly genealogy program and one speaker who will shortly present.  Paul, Steve and Marsha (will present on November 12, 2013) have presented here or soon will.

I attended this conference in February 2012 as a walk-in.  The 2012 program was one of the largest in attendance for the society.  I was actually nervous that I would not get in as a walk-in!  (I made it,  otherwise I would not be telling you about my attendance!)  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the link I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear four presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flies.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library