Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening August 12, 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, August 12, 2014:

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. Jeanne will present a program titled “Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees”.

We want to build on the research of others but those online family trees often contain miracles, mysteries and mayhem. Does the tree need to be pruned? Learn effective techniques to determine if branches on a tree are diseased or if they are healthy.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She conducts research projects for government agencies, attorneys, authors, newspapers, heir-search firms, professional genealogists, family researchers. Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications and is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops, and institutes.

Jeanne researched the ancestry of actor-comedian Jason Sudeikis, for the television series, “Who Do You Think You Are?”, and appeared in that episode that first aired in May 2012. In April 2012 she was interviewed by National Public Radio about the release of the 1940 U.S. census.

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

Schaumburg Township District Library Parking Lot Will Be Under Major Reconstruction Starting August 12, 2014; Reconstruction Project Could Last For 3 Weeks; You Can Park In The Former Dominick’s Food Store Parking Lot Right Next Door To Us

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STDL Central Summer LgStarting  August 12, 2014 (the day of our genealogy program!) the Schaumburg Township District Library will begin undergoing a total reconstruction of our entire parking lot.  The project is expected to last 3 weeks.

During this major project visitors to our library can still park in areas of our parking lot that will still be open.  Parking will also be available in the parking lot of the former Dominick’s Food Store that is right next door to us.

Please note that one major impact of the re-construction is that our “drive-up” window for dropping off material and for picking up material will be CLOSED during this project.  You will need to enter our building during this time period to drop off material or pick up materials.

Also, handicapped parking spaces will be maintained and be available during the entirety of the project.

The following description of the parking lot reconstruction project comes from our home page of our library’s website:


Phase One of the parking lot construction will begin on Tuesday, August 12th, and cover the north and west sides of the library. Work on the south side will take place during Phase Two. Since the parking lot will be completely torn out and replaced, construction is expected to last approximately three weeks.

During that time, parking will be available in areas that are not closed off, or in the Dominick’s parking lot. The Drive-up Window and book drop will be closed while work is underway. Handicapped accessible parking spots will be maintained for the duration of the project. When the south lot is under construction and closed off, temporary spots will be created on the north perimeter of the building. The paving company staff will fence off the areas under construction. Additionally, they will provide signs to direct traffic and parking to available entrances and the Dominick’s lot.

“The repaving project will provide a much safer experience for cars and people,” said Director Stephanie Sarnoff. “Potholes and puddles will be eliminated. We will have the same number of parking spots, but the entire lot will be re-striped. I appreciate your patience and cooperation during the repaving. The benefits will far outweigh the temporary inconvenience.”


You can always visit our library’s home page to see if there are any new updates on the project.  Just take a look at the home page part where “banners” are displayed.  You can visit us at:

Schaumburg Township District Library Website

Be cautious and alert when coming to our library during this project.  Follow the posted signs that will help you get to the areas of available parking.  Our parking lot is truly in need of a major project like this.  Seal coating it will no longer be effective!

While our August 12, 2014 Genealogy Program may be slightly affected, the project should be completed before we have our September 9, 2014 Genealogy Program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

August 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; “An American’s Genealogical Adventure On TV” On Saturday, August 23, 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 August 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 August 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

“An American’s Genealogical Adventure on TV”  And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago August 2014

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday August 23, 2014 starting at 10:00 AM at the Museum.  The title of the program is “An American’s Genealogical Adventure on TV”.   From their website, here is a description of the program:


An American’s Genealogical Adventure on TV

Early this year, Eric Basir received the gift of a lifetime–an all-expenses paid trip to be the first in his mother’s family since the early 1900’s to return to Sweden. All he had to do was to be himself and tolerate a television show camera crew that would follow him and nine other participants from America as they traveled and learned about Swedish culture for the popular Swedish TV show, “Allt för Sverige.” The grand prize for the Swedish-American who endured and persevered through the most cultural challenges  was a family reunion with lost-and-found Swedish relatives.

 Join us at this genealogy session hosted by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum as Eric shares his experiences and genealogical adventures with us on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is free for Genealogy Center members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations appreciated. You may email the Genealogy Center to RSVP or ask any questions you may have about this session or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer.


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 August 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Has Published An Updated Brochure For 2014-2015 Including Programs That Will Occur During 2014-2015; Brochure Available As PDF For Your Use In this Post

Hi Everyone!

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received an updated brochure/guide from the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS).

Please know that this society was formerly known by the name Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists. They renamed themselves as of August 1, 2014.

Their recently updated brochure contains information about the society, membership benefits, meeting location, programs they will offer during their upcoming 2014-2015 “season” and membership application.

Here is the newly updated NWSGS brochure for the society that includes their 2014-2015 programs:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Brochure That Includes The 2014-2015 Programs

I am happy to share this information with readers of this blog.

Please take a look at the above link to the PDF for the information.  Print it off and mark the dates for the programs that interest you the most.  Give the society a try and check out one of their programs.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of the society.  A membership application is also included as part of the brochure that you can access through the above link to the PDF.

This is the time of the year when a lot of dated information about upcoming programs that start in September becomes available.  Check them out.

You can also visit the society webpage itself to find out more about the society, its resources and its programs.  You can visit them at the following link at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS)

Enjoy the brochure and plan on attending some of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Jesse Tyler Ferguson Airs Tonight On TLC At 8 PM Central Time; Links To Preview And Photographs Provided By TLC; “Encore” Episodes Of Originally Aired Episodes Will Also Appear On TLC

Hi Everyone!

The Learning ChannelI wanted to remind you that the 2nd “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs tonight on TLC at 8 PM Central time.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson from TLCJesse Tyler Ferguson is featured on tonight’s new episode.

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

TLC kindly provided me with links to get you to the preview of tonight’s episode, as well as a link to some photographs associated with the episode.

Here are those links provided to me directly from TLC:

Preview of July 30, 2014 Jesse Tyler Ferguson Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Preview Photographs of July 30, 2014 Jesse Tyler Ferguson Episode on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

TLC also provided me with some other descriptive information about this episode as well as indicating that TLC now has the ability to also air episodes of the series that were formerly on NBC.  So it appears viewers on TLC will now see the current “new” episodes as well as be able to see many of the “encore” episodes when they are scheduled for viewing on TLC.

Based on the text from TLC, you can view “encore” episodes of the series at 7 PM Central time tonight and also another one at 9 PM Central time tonight.  The “new” episode is sandwiched between the two encore episodes tonight.

So you can actually make a night of “Who Do You Think You Are? tonight.  Whet your appetite and view an “encore” episode featuring Lisa Kudrow at 7 PM Central time.   Then watch the brand new episode at 8 PM Central time tonight.   Then cap off your evening viewing with an “encore” episode featuring Rob Lowe at 9 PM Central time.  A “mini-marathon” it is!!

Here is the text shown in Italics from TLC (I did change the reference to the airing of this episode from “tomorrow” to “tonight” since the information was sent yesterday.)


“TLC’s Emmy-nominated series premiered last week, and this week actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson will dig into his family roots tonight, July 30 at 9/8c. In his episode, Jesse Tyler Ferguson follows the life of his great-grandfather, whom trouble seemed to follow at every turn. Throughout his journey, Jesse discovers a shocking crime within his family, and comes to learn that his great-grandfather led an unprecedented expedition to the Alaskan Klondike in search of gold.”

 “In addition to this season’s new premieres, TLC has also acquired episodes from previous seasons of the series, marking their first debut on cable. Alongside Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s episode, encores of Lisa Kudrow’s episode airs at 8/7c and Rob Lowe’s episode airs at 10/9c.”

 “Future encores include Gwyneth Paltrow on 8/6, Brooke Shields on 8/13, Vanessa Williams on 8/20, Rita Wilson on 8/27, and Reba McEntire and Tim McGraw on 9/3.”


Get yourself in the rhythm of the day and the time the show airs for both “new” episodes as well as the “encores”.  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.

Thanks to TLC for providing me with the information and the links above.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” tonight!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists Will Be Undergoing A Name Change On August 1, 2014; The New Society Name Will Be The Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society; Same Website Address; Same Location For Programs

Hi Everyone!

NWSCG LogoThe Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists, a local genealogy society that holds its meetings/programs in Arlington Heights, IL, will be undergoing a name change effective August 1, 2014.

(Their logo still shows the old name of the society.  That will probably be updated in the future.)

The new name of the society will be the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society.

You can still find the society at their current web address of http://www.nwscg.com.

Their website is already reflecting their changed society name.

You can visit them at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

It appears that nothing else is changing for the society except the name.  They will be having their meetings/programs at the Arlington Heights Senior Center in Arlington Heights, IL.  Their web address is still the same as before at http://www.nwscg.com.

It appears to be business as usual for the society.  There is no need to think that there is a new society in the area when you start hearing and seeing the new name of Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society.  You just need to start putting the new name of the society in your head and start using it in your discussions and in your own writing.  I know, old habits die hard, especially with a name change.

Just remember, that it is still the same great society local to our Northwest Suburban area that you have always known about.

I have already started making changes to where I have referred to it in my various calendars.  Hopefully, I won’t slip up and refer to it as its former name.

Congratulations to the Society.  Be understanding as the new name takes a foothold.  Same great society with the same great members!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


DuPage County Genealogical Society Will Be Offering 4 Genealogy “Classes” That Will Be Held At The Wheaton Public Library; Saturdays; October 4, October 18, November 1, and November 15; 1 PM to 3 PM; $10 Fee Per Class; PDF “Flyer” Included

Hi Everyone!

DCGS LogoAs I troll  a variety of genealogy society websites local to our area in search of new calendar dates for programs, I did happen to notice that the DuPage County Genealogical Society has updated their Calendar of Events with some new “classes” that I had previously not seen.

The society will be offering a series of 4 genealogy “classes” that will take place at the Wheaton Public Library at two-week intervals starting on October 4, 2014.  Classes will be held on Saturdays from 1 PM to 3 PM.

There is a $10 fee per “class”.  Registration with the library is kindly requested for planning purposes and handout purposes but is not required.

The information at the society webpage does not indicate who the instructor(s) will be for the programs.

It also appears you can pick and choose any of the classes to attend and you do not have to attend all of them.

Here is the upcoming Fall schedule of the 4 classes:

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “Get Ready To Climb Your Family Tree”
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “File Organization”
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “FamilySearch.org – The Ultimate Free, On-Line Genealogy Resource”
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1 PM to 3PM at the Wheaton Public Library.  $10 Fee.   “Making Ancestry Work for You”

These “classes” look as if they are intended for the beginning genealogist.  The fact that you can attend all 4 if you choose within about 6 weeks can provide the beginning researcher with a nice “Kick-Off” as they embark on their research activity.    However, it sure looks like the topics can apply to just about any level of researcher.  If the subject interests you and you consider yourself an established researcher, then by all means consider attending!

I am so glad I happened to come across this nice offering by the society with plenty of time to go for your planning purposes.  If you think you are interested, please consider registering in advance so the providers can be sure they have enough handout material for those that actually participate.

You can actually take a look at the details of the above events by looking at the PDF “Flyer” of the upcoming programs at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) “Classes” For 2014

I have also added the events to my Google Calendar as part of this blog located at the top of the homepage as “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events”.

Consider attending.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library