Category Archives: Program Notices

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Having Their First All Day Genealogy Conference; Program Is Titled “GeneaQuest 2014; The Future Is Now”; Program Will Take Place On Saturday May 17, 2014 At Elgin Community College (ECC)

Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoI am happy to announce that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be holding their first ever all-day genealogy conference.

The conference is titled “GeneaQuest 2014: The Future Is Now”.

The conference will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Elgin Community College (ECC).

Here is a brief description of the day’s event as provided by CAGGNI:

“GeneaQuest” All-Day Conference with Multiple Speakers, presented by Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) with keynote speaker Thomas MacEntee. Saturday, May 17, 2014. Elgin Community College Building E, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123 Visit the GeneaQuest Conference site at http://caggni.shuttlepod.org/GeneaQuest2014

The society was kind enough to provide me with the following flyers that contain detail information on the all-day conference as well as conference registration information.

May 17, 2014 GeneaQuest 2014 CAGGNI Program Information

May 17, 2014 GeneaQuest 2014 CAGGNI Program Flyer

So mark your calendar for this auspicious event being held by a great local genealogical society.

Thomas MacEntee, the keynote speaker for the conference, is truly a great speaker.  He will both start the conference and end the conference as a speaker.  In addition, he will also be giving a presentation during the scheduled lunch.  Many of the other conference speakers appear to be members of CAGGNI.

During the all-day conference,  CAGGNI is even having an informal  “GeneaUs” Bar during which you can have conversations with expert researchers on various niche topics in genealogy and technology.

Congratulations to the CAGGNI group!

This organization is really clicking on all cylinders!

Best wishes for a truly great all-day local genealogy conference!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township district Library

Re-Post Reminder – 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 ArtFebruary 15, 2014 is almost here.  I wanted to supply a reminder about the upcoming DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference that will soon take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL.

I originally posted information about the conference back in September 2013.

I am re-posting the information now as the conference date soon approaches right after the separator line that follows.

I always recommend to genealogical researchers that they should take the opportunity to participate in any local all-day genealogy conferences.  The annual conference put on by this society is one that certainly fits the bill to spend the day at.

Read through the entire original post and its accompanying PDF files about the conference details.  This conference is loaded with A+ speakers and topics.  When I last attended in 2012, I was happily stunned to be sitting among about 350 other excited researchers!!

You will not be disappointed if you give this conference a try!

Enjoy.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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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

January 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday January 25, 2014; “Ellis Island Film Screening”

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 January 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 January 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday January 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Ellis Island Film Screening”.  From their website, here is a description of the program:

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On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session focused on Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million people were pushed and pulled through the often humiliating bureaucracy of Ellis Island on their way to becoming Americans. Come hear their story at this special video screening to be followed by a discussion on how our own ancestors came to America. You may email genealogy@samac.org or call the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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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 January 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow January 14, 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, January 14, 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:

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana. Laura will present a program titled “Archivist’s Notebook: Who Will Look At Your Genealogical Collection?”.

Laura will explain how the components of an Archivist’s job can be applied to how genealogists care for and manage their own collections. Laura truly believe it’s up to us as genealogists to begin to take responsibility for preserving what we can before it disappears forever.

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana is a consulting Archivist and Genealogist currently working in an Archives located in the heart of Kane County. With expertise in both Archives (7 yrs) and Genealogy (15+ yrs) Laura hopes to not only assist in tracing family histories, but in educating how best to ensure the documents, photographs and other supporting materials are organized, arranged and described so they are easy to find and ready to pass to the next generation or a repository for perpetual care.

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

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 1, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “From Land Records To Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Places” By Jane Haldeman

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, February 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 1, 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 Jane Haldeman.  The speaker will present a program titled “From Land Records To Google Earth: Mapping Your Family’s Places.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) February 1, 2014 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Have Added A “Calendar Of Local Genealogy Events” Page To The Top Of The Blog Using Google Calendar; It Will Show Events For Other Local Genealogy Groups And Societies All In One Calendar Via This Blog

Hi Everyone!

Google LogoFor readers of this blog you are well aware that I create blog posts providing information on the genealogy programs being offered by other groups and societies.

I also include a “Calendar of Events” in each monthly edition of the genealogy newsletter I create and post in the right sidebar of this blog each month.  Unfortunately, I am not sure how frequently anyone looks at that material for the calendar of local genealogy events.  I know the material is helpful, but I think I can present this calendar information in a little better way and give readers a better “birds eye” view of what local genealogy groups are offering for programs in a real “calendar” view.

Using this WordPress blog I discovered that I can actually bring in a Google Calendar.  In the Google Calendar I can add as many of the events that I become familiar with from the various local genealogy groups and societies.  Right now, I am looking to incorporate into the calendar genealogy events for the following organizations:

  • Schaumburg Township District Library
  • Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)
  • Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG)
  • Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, IL.
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Casa Italia Chicago Genealogy
  • Elgin Genealogical Society

My intent is not to be a universal clearing house for any genealogy program from any group.  I am targeting events to be included as somewhat local to our own Schaumburg area.  The list above is my starting point.

But I am open to consider how this will all happen.

I am not sure how this will evolve over time and what more may be included, but I wanted to give this Google Calendar a try.

To check out this new calendar, just look at the top of the blog homepage where all of the other “special” points of interest can be found such as “Favorite Links”, “Poll Archive” and “Contact Me”.  The “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events” will be added just before the existing “Contact Me” page at the top of the blog.

One quick suggestion.  Y0u can look at the calendar in a multitude of ways such as a monthly view, by week, by day or in an agenda view.  I actually like looking at it using the “agenda” view because it is presented in “list” form and you can read more fully the name of the group offering the program.  I noticed that if you view the calendar on a monthly basis, the box for the date is too small and you can not easily know the name of the group offering the program without opening the event itself because much of the group name is truncated.

You can then click on the event to open up the full description information for the program.

As with so much with Google, when you open the event to fully read the description, you will also see a link for a Google map for the location.

You do not have to have a Google account in order to view the calendar.  It is not intended to be an interactive calendar where anyone can add items.  But that is why I am going to trial this to see how it works.

If you do use a personal Google account yourself, you can add the events in my blog calendar to your own Google calendar if you so choose.

Like anything else with this blog, I am willing to give it a try.  If it does not work in a meaningful way then it will be “Goodbye!”

Take a look at it and see what you think.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening January 14, 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, January 14, 2014:

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana. Laura will present a program titled “Archivist’s Notebook: Who Will Look At Your Genealogical Collection?”.

Laura will explain how the components of an Archivist’s job can be applied to how genealogists care for and manage their own collections. Laura truly believe it’s up to us as genealogists to begin to take responsibility for preserving what we can before it disappears forever.

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana is a consulting Archivist and Genealogist currently working in an Archives located in the heart of Kane County. With expertise in both Archives (7 yrs) and Genealogy (15+ yrs) Laura hopes to not only assist in tracing family histories, but in educating how best to ensure the documents, photographs and other supporting materials are organized, arranged and described so they are easy to find and ready to pass to the next generation or a repository for perpetual care.

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

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2012 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2013

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2012  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2013 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2013.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2014 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2013″, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2013:

2002 – 2013 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2013 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“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