Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers 2nd Saturday Storyteller’s Writing Group; Saturday, September 13, 2014 At 10:30 AM At The Schaumburg Township District Library

CAGGNI logoHi Everyone!

Believe it or not, the hardest part of doing your genealogy is not the research itself.  The hardest part of your research is the actual writing of your discoveries and stories.  It is a task we often keep putting on the back burner thinking that it will somehow happen magically get done!  Or is it that you somehow hope that someone else will do the writing!

Sometimes what we need is a “A Little Help From Our Friends”.

The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) is about to become that “friend”.

CAGGNI is offering a new “Storyteller’s Writing Group” on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  The initial program will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.  Please check for future program locations as they could change based on availability of meeting rooms.

All are welcome to participate.  Not a member of CAGGNI?  No problem.  Check out the group.  You might want to join based on what I am sure will be a wonderful experience!

Marti Swanson will be leading the group.

Here is some descriptive information received from CAGGNI describing the program:


This is a new group for those interested in the DOING of writing.  Do you need an assigned topic?  Do you need deadlines to help get you motivated?  This group is dedicated to writing family stories for sharing with family members to ensure they don’t get lost.

The September topic is a memorable Christmas or other holiday.  Set the scene:  Who was there?  When and where was the holiday celebrated?

Then tell what happened that made the day memorable.  Include, where appropriate, sensory images:  colors and shapes, sounds, odors, tastes (of holiday dishes), and perhaps touch details.

Be sure to tell why this day stands out in your memory.  It may be because of the event itself, or perhaps something that happened later gave it extra meaning.

Print up 3 copies of your narrative for sharing with others. Your audience will have the opportunity to make suggestions for improvement as well as to enjoy your story before you share it with your family.


So sharpen your pencils and get your creative stories onto paper.

It is often with the feedback of others and the camaraderie of a group setting that you can start “doing” the writing that you have always wanted to do but just could not find a way to get yourself motivated.

Here is a link to CAGGNI part of their website describing this event:

CAGGNI 2nd Saturday – Storyteller’s Group

Give it a try.

You just might be the next published author of your family’s genealogy and stories!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening September 9, 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, September 9, 2014:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 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

September 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; “Genealogy Problem Solving Group Discussion” On Saturday, September 27, 2014 From 10:00 AM To 12 Noon

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 September 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.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

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

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

“Genealogy Problem Solving Group Discussion”  And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago September 2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday September 27, 2014 starting at 10:00 AM at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Genealogy Problem Solving Group Discussion”.   From their website, here is a description of the program:




Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – noon

Come to this genealogy session that discusses how to get over brick walls in your own genealogy research. This will be a group discussion where we share our own research issues. You never know but someone else out there could have already dealt with and overcame the very problem you are facing. Cost is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated. Email or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 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 September 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode (Final New Episode For This Season) Showcasing Minnie Driver Airs Tonight, August 27, 2014, On TLC At 8 PM Central Time; “Encore” Episodes Of Originally Aired Episodes Will Also Appear On TLC

Hi Everyone!

The Learning ChannelI wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs tonight, August 27, 2014, on TLC at 8 PM Central time.

Minnie Driver is featured on this episode.

This episode will be the final “new” episode for the season.

Try to watch the original airing on TLC tonight if possible.

Here is a link to the preview of this episode that you can find at TLC:

Preview of August 27, 2014 Minnie Driver Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

So you can actually make a night of “Who Do You Think You Are? tonight.   You can watch the “encore” episode featuring Tim McGraw  at 7 PM Central time (I discovered this by looking at the Schedule of Programs for tonight at TLC).  Then watch the brand “new” episode at 8 PM Central time tonight.   Then cap off your evening viewing with an “encore” episode featuring Rita Wilson at 9 PM Central time.  A “mini-marathon” it is!!

Get yourself in the rhythm of the day and the time the show airs for both “new” episodes as well as the “encore” episodes both from this season as well as the encore episodes from the original airings on NBC.  View the new episode when it is happening so you can start gathering the tips you view and put them into practice the very next day on your own research.

Enjoy this new and “final” episode of this season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” tonight at 8 PM Central time featuring Minnie Driver!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Has Your Genealogy Research Uncovered Any “Famous” Or “Infamous” Ancestors?”; “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.

“Has Your Genealogy Research Uncovered Any “Famous” Or “Infamous” Ancestors?”  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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, September 6, 2014 At 10:00 AM; “Truth Or Fiction: Unraveling A Family Yarn” By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150Hi Everyone,

I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, September 6, 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 Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG.    The speaker will present a program titled “Truth or Fiction: Unraveling a Family Yarn.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) September 6, 2014 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Preserving Your Family Treasures; Resources Noted From The Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter; Article Written By Grace A. Horner; Links To The Resources Inlcuded

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoHi Everyone!

I was just perusing through the July/August 2014 Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter and happened to see an article written by Grace. A. Horner.  We have this newsletter on the 2nd floor of our library on the magazine shelves.  Grace provided a summary of a recent May 2014 program held by the society.  The program was titled “Preserving Your Family Treasures”.  It was presented by Rena Schergren.  Rena is noted as the current Archivist for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.

Grace did a very good job of summarizing the program.  Her summary contained quite a few links to a variety of organizations and resources that can be helpful to you in preserving family treasures.

I would direct you to the above noted newsletter so you can read the full summary of the program on this important topic of preservation.

I would also like to provide you with the links that were included in the summary to direct you to resources of note to help in your own preservation actions of materials in your possession.

Here are the links:

  • For preservation of 8mm and 16 mm film, photos, slides, tapes and audio media consider Memory Keepers in Naperville, IL at

I still recommend taking a look at the full written summary in the July/August 2014 Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter that you will find on the 2nd floor magazine shelves.

But short of that I at least wanted to be able to direct you to the links that Grace included in her summary.

Preserve your materials for now and into the far distant future.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library