2014 Genealogy Programs Offered By The Chicago Genealogical Society At The Newberry Library In Chicago, IL

Hi Everyone!

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the Chicago Genealogical Society that lets me know what the balance of their upcoming programs are for 2014.  Unfortunately, a couple of the programs have already taken place.  There are still the programs upcoming for April, May and June 2014 for you to look at.

Here is a link that shows the material provided to me listing the programs and describing what can be learned from the presentation.

2014 Programs From The Chicago Genealogical Society

All programs meet at the Newberry Library on the Saturdays noted from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  The library is located at 60 W. Walton St in Chicago, IL.

I have also entered the still to take place program events in the “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events” that is part of this blog as a “Page” link at the top of this blog.  You can look at the calendar events for the society for other details and a link to Google Maps to help you see where the Newberry Library is located in Chicago.

See if the programs are of interest to you.  It might be a great experience to connect with the society and the Newberry Library and pick up some genealogy tips on a Saturday outing to downtown Chicago!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Chicago Genealogical Society Will Present 2014 Genealogy Seminar At Arlington Heights Memorial Library On Saturday, September 13, 2014, From 9:30 AM To 4 PM; Judy G. Russell, “The Legal Genealogist”, Is The Featured Speaker

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Chicago Genealogical Society LogoI received a notice from the Chicago Genealogical Society about an upcoming all-day genealogical seminar they will be having.  The society will present their 2014 Fall Genealogy Seminar on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.  The library is located at 500 N. Dunton Ave. in Arlington Heights, IL.

The key speaker for the all-day program is Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL.

Judy will present 4 programs through the day.  The program titles are:

  • “Don’t Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law”
  • “ABCs of DNA”
  • “Beyond X and Y; The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing”
  • “Staying Out of Trouble – The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists”

Judy is known as “The Legal Genealogist”.  She authors a blog that you can reach at:

Judy G. Russell, “The Legal Genealogist” Blog

I think this is the first time I am aware that the Chicago Genealogical Society has had a meeting/program in our neck of the woods in the Northwest Suburbs .  Correct me if anyone knows different.

Here is a link to the complete 1 Page PDF flyer I received from the CGS.  In it, you will find all of the details for this all-day event at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, including the programs Judy will be presenting and the registration form with the different fees that will apply.  Different fees are based on whether you are a member of the society or not, your post-marked registration date and whether you want to purchase the lunch that will be offered.

2014 Chicago Genealogical Society Fall Genealogy Seminar with Judy Russell, “The Legal Genealogist”

I have also entered this program event into the “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events” page of this block at the top of the homepage.

Here is a link to get you to the Chicago Genealogical Society to check out what they are all about and what resources they have available to you to help you in your Chicago ancestral quest.  You can reach them:

Chicago Genealogical Society Website

Once again you have the opportunity to hear a top-notch genealogical speaker in our area.  You can spend the day and learn some new insights about the “legal” aspects of your genealogy research as well as learn some insights into the ever-expanding aspect of “DNA” as part of genealogical research.

Mark the date down.  Review the PDF flyer containing the program  information and the registration information.  Connect with the Chicago Genealogical Society.

This looks to be a great program on aspects of genealogy that we really may not be as aware of as we should be.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Family History Fair 2014 Event to Take Place At The Naperville, IL Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center On Saturday, April 26, 2014, From 8:15 AM To 4 PM; Free To Attend; Registration Required

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indexI just recently became aware that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) in Naperville, IL will be holding an all-day Family History Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:15 AM to 4 PM.  On-site registration will take place from 8:15 AM t o 9 AM for walk-ins.  Keynote speaker will present at 9 AM.   Program events will be held at 10 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:30 PM and 2:45 PM.

The all-day event will take place at 1320 Ridgeland Avenue  in Naperville, IL.

Attendance is free, but registration is required.  You will be able to register yourself in advance and note the programs you will attend via an online registration form that you can access through the Naperville Family History  Center website below.

A lunch break will occur but no lunch will be provided.  You can either “brown bag” a lunch or you can check out some of the local restaurants near the Family History Center.

Here is a link to get you to the Naperville Family History Center website where you can find out about this all-day program:

April 26, 2014 Family History Fair At Naperville, IL Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center

I have not personally been to the Naperville Family History Center (FHC) at the LDS church location in Naperville.  I have been to both the Schaumburg FHC and the Wilmette FHC.  So I cannot speak for the set-up of the facility although I am sure the presentations will take place in a much larger room setting within the LDS church.

There is a mixture of both “live” speaker presentations and also recorded “video” presentations from some major presenters at the just recently completed 2014 RootsTech Annual Conference that took place in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Video presentations will have a moderator so that questions can be asked about the program.  The link above provides all the details on the programs being offered for the day.

One of the programs will be provided in Spanish for those wanting to start their genealogical research journey using the Spanish language.

Mark this date and give it a try regardless of your skill level of doing genealogy research.  Spend some time looking through the lengthy amount of information provided within the above link to the Naperville FHC about this all-day program.  If you are a true Beginner, this fair may be especially helpful to you as you begin your research journey.  If you want to gauge the level of programs presented at a national conference, then seeing some of the RootsTech videos will be worth checking out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 11, 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, March 11, 2014:

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

March 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday March 22, 2014; “Researching Your Swedish Heritage In Living Color Using Arkiv Digital “

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 March 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 March 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday March 22, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Researching Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using Arkiv Digital”.  From their website, here is a description of the program:



Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. – noon

On Saturday, March 22, the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session on using Arkiv Digital to bring color to your own Swedish heritage research. This presentation will be led by Kathy Meade, one of North America’s top experts in the field of Swedish genealogy.You may email or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer with any questions. 


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 March 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Ever Been Contacted By An “Unknown” Relative That Discovered You In Their Genealogy?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Ever Been Contacted By An “Unknown” Relative That Discovered You In Their Genealogy”?  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Poll On The Right Sidebar Has Been Closed For “Have You Ever Listened To A Genealogy Podcast?”; Results Indicated

Hi Everyone!

It is amazing that well over 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since November 25, 2013.  It is time to move on!  I think a new poll question is in order!

The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Listened To A Genealogy Podcast?”

The results of the poll showed the following from the 53 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question.  The numbers show that 30 responses (56.6%) noted they had NOT listened to a genealogy podcast while 23 responses (43.4%) indicated they have listened to a genealogy podcast.

I was actually a little surprised at the results of this now closed poll.  My gut feeling would have led me to think that far more have listened to a genealogy podcast, when in fact the results indicate that more have not listened to a genealogy podcast.  I simply thought that a podcast is a nice learning tool on a variety of genealogy topics, especially because it can be listened to on our portable media devices.  Oh well!  I am glad I did not put down a money bet on this one.  This is not a scientific poll.  It does not have a large submission rate.  So take the results with a grain of salt!

I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw!  So come on down ——  affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research.  Your answers count.

I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly.  Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.

A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll.  Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.

Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog.  Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”.  In here you will find the statistical results of the 14 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”.  If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.

Here is a direct link to the Poll Archives at my blog:

Poll Archives At Tony’s Genealogy Blog At The Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL)

Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library