Family History Day Event to Take Place At The Wilmette, IL Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints On Saturday, March 22, 2014, From 8 AM To 5 PM; Free To Attend; Registration Required

Hi Everyone!

indexI just recently became aware that the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints (LDS) in Wilmette, IL will be holding an all-day Family History Day on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8 AM to 5 PM.

The all-day event will take place at 2727 Lake Avenue (Lake and Locust) in Wilmette, IL.

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

For those of you that have gone to the Wilmette, IL Family History Center (FHC) to do research, the event will be held at the same church facility.  It is just not clear to me whether it will actually take place in the FHC room itself or in another larger available part of the facility.  But the facility address is the same location where you may have done previous on-site genealogy research using the resources at the FHC that is there.

Here is a PDF flyer for the event that I received:

March 22, 2014 Family History Day At Wilmette, IL Church Of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints

“Stories that Bring Us Together” is the theme for the 2014 Wilmette Illinois Family History Center’s family history fair. This free all-day event features local speakers, video workshops with content from RootsTech, hands-on activities for youth and children, and exhibit booths. The Family History Center will also be open for research and lunch will be available.

You can go to this following site for your registration:

March 22, 2014 Family History Day Registration Information

This is the text description of the event that I obtained from the flyer:


Connect Your Family—Past, Present, and Future
Attend Family History Day, and learn how to strengthen your
family across generations. Hear encouraging messages from
experts in the industry and other popular speakers who will help
inspire you to:
• Seek out your ancestors.
• Build your family tree.
• Discover and share your families’ stories.


The Wilmette, IL Family History Center is an outstanding center.  I have been to both the Schaumburg one and the Wilmette one and the Wilmette facility is very large in physical size compared to the Schaumburg one.  The Wilmette, IL facility also has a very large amount of on-site microfilms, many focusing on the Chicago area including many of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago church films.

Mark this date and give it a try regardless of your skill level of doing genealogy research.  If you are a true Beginner, this fair may be especially helpful to you as you begin your research journey.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday February 22, 2014; “Members Share Their Sweden Stories”

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 February 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 February 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday February 22, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The title of the program is “Members Share Their Sweden Stories”.  From their website, here is a description of the program:



Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – noon

Many people like to travel and genealogists are no exception. After their first trip to Sweden, they often forego the usual tourist haunts such as Gamla Stan, the Vasa Museum and the Göta Canal. Instead, genealogists head to the area where their ancestors lived. Perhaps they spend time with newly found relatives or visit the church where their grandparents were married. Come hear their stories on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum. Thinking of retracing your roots to Sweden? This would be a great session for you to come to and collect tips for planning your own journey. 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 February 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Barbara Peterson. Barbara will present a program titled “First Contact: Making Connections With Newly Discovered Relatives”.

Have you reached out to your newly discovered living “cousins” as a result of your genealogical research? It can be challenging because you don’t know how you will be viewed by these “family members”. All genealogy researchers that “reach out” will face this unknown connection effort. Will you be “rebuffed” and told to “leave us alone”? Maybe! Or, will you be embraced by the curiosity of these newly discovered “cousins”. Maybe!

Barbara Peterson is an avid and tenacious genealogy researcher who almost always is seated in our genealogy program each month listening to our monthly program just like you. She is one of you! She wants to share her “highs” and “lows” of trying to connect to newly discovered living cousins. She has discovered some methods on how to interact with them to increase the chances of making a good, solid, friendly connection that can propel the family research even further with new items of information that can be shared.

So listen up to Barb before you make that “cold” call or send that first e-mail to someone who probably does not know you from “Adam”. Hear the experiences from Barb and the tips she can offer to you before you make that next important “contact” you will embark on.

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 (DCGS) 2014 Annual Conference Final Day To Register Is February 11, 2014; Online Registration Via Pay Pal Or By Credit Card As A Guest; $60 Cost

Hi Everyone!

DCGS LogoThe 2014 Annual Conference for the DuPage County Genealogical Society is fast approaching.

That conference will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, IL.

I have previously made a blog post about this event that you can read over here:

Previously Published Post About The Upcoming 2014 DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference

Registration for the conference closes on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  You can still register yourself to attend by this soon approaching date.  Your cost will be $60 and you will still get a guaranteed lunch.  You can register yourself online using Pay Pal or your Credit Card as a Guest.

Here is the link to get to the DCGS 2014 Annual Conference Registration Page:

2014 DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Registration Page

If you miss the final registration date and still want to attend, you can do so as a “walk-in”.    Being a “walk-in” will require you pay the $60 fee at the door but please note that there is no guarantee of a lunch for you.  It is also possible that you might not be able to attend certain parts of the program if the society knows that the numbers noted to attend an individual program from those already registered already showed a higher number of attendees for that particular program than the room can accommodate.

So for the above reasons if you are thinking of attending and have not registered already, you still have by February 11, 2014 to get yourself registered.

Time is running out for registration, especially if you are sure you are going to attend.  You can always take your chance as a walk-in but why not get yourself registered by February 11, 2014 and forget all the hassle.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder – RootsTech 2014 Will Take Place February 6- 8, 2014 In Salt Lake City, UT; See What It Is All About By Viewing Selected Videos From The 2013 Conference On Various Programs; 15 Classes To Be Available For Online Streaming From Upcoming 2014 Conference

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoJust a reminder that the 2014 version of RootsTech will take place on February 6 to February 8, 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dick Eastman just had a recent post about the upcoming streaming online classes that can be accessed from the upcoming 2014 conference.  You can see that post with the information here:

2014 RootsTech Online Streaming Available Classes

This has proven to be  a wildly successful major genealogical conference that brings together genealogy researchers and genealogy software developers under one roof.  Estimates indicate that about 9,000 attendees were present for the 2013 conference.  Of the 9,000, 2,000 were teens that attended a special program targeted for youth.  In addition, another 14,000 individuals participated online via programs that were streamed.  This is truly a major event in the world of genealogy!!  The above statistics were gotten from a Dick Eastman blog post from March 25, 2013.  You can read the entirety of Dick’s blog post about RootsTech 2013 here:

March 25, 2013 Dick Eastman Blog Post About RootsTech 2013

You can view their website for information about this 2014 RootsTech Conference at:

RootsTech 2014

If you want to know more about what RootsTech in general is all about, visit the following link to a series of 16 Videos produced by RootsTech from their 2013 program.   These are videos of stunning quality!  I think you may want to look at what the videos showcase about what RootsTech is all about.  They may not all be at a very specific research level, they are often at a “larger view” of what technical developments are occurring that connect to genealogical research.

You can really get the “big picture” by looking at any one of the videos.

Take a look at these videos at:

2013 RootsTech Videos

Enjoy the 2013 videos.

Consider going to Salt Lake City, UT to connect with the soon to take place 2014 version of RootsTech!  (It may be a little hard for you to hop on that big plane right now since I am issuing this post with some new online streaming class availability information on February 3, 2014!!)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) Announces 2014 Beginners’ Workshop Series; Workshops Will Be Held At The Gail Borden Public Library In Elgin, IL; 3rd Thursday Evening At 7 PM

Hi Everyone,

EGS LogoI recently received a notice from the Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) in Elgin, IL announcing their 2014 Beginners’ Workshop Series.

The Workshops for January 2014 to November 2014 occur on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 PM.  There is no workshop for the month of December 2014.

The Workshops take place in the 1st floor Community Room of the Gail Borden Public Library located in Elgin, IL.   All workshops start at 7 PM and are open to the public.  The library is located at 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120.

The Elgin Genealogical Society notes that while the Workshop title implies it is for Beginners, all levels of genealogical researchers are welcome to attend.

Here is a link to the PDF file sent to me by the society that you can use for planning purposes.  There is more information on the flyer for you to use regarding the society.

2014 Elgin Genealogical Society Beginners’ Workshop Series

Speaker/tutor/mentor names will be provided to me by EGS when they become available.  The topic names are provided.

The Elgin Genealogical Society also sent me a Press Release about the same subject.  It is really the same information as the link above, but I also wanted to include it in this post.

2014 Elgin Genealogical Society Beginners Workshop Series Press Release

Take a look at the above information and consider attending some of these workshops whether you are an absolute beginner in genealogical research or you are a seasoned researcher!  All are welcome!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“How To Order Microfilms Through FamilySearch” Training Video; Films Are Ordered Online; You Will Need To Be Registered With FamilySearch To Order Microfilms

Hi Everyone, LogoWe all love finding our ancestral information with just a quick set of keyboard entries at a variety of sites.  That is great and great progress can be made in your research.  But do not just consider the online databases as your only resources.

Check out the FamilySearch online catalog and do some searching on it.  Consider doing a “place” search for the area of your ancestral interest.  Perhaps you will discover film material that looks interesting to you to uncover more about your ancestors.  The film number of the material will become your key to order and use the film to advance your research.

You can reach their online catalog at:

FamilySearch Online Catalog

Microfilms from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (LDS) are still a main source of research information.  These films can be rented easily via an online request through the FamilySearch website.  You will need to be registered with FamilySearch in order to have the capability to order your films online.

Sometimes in discussing accessing microfilm material with an individual through FamilySearch, I may make far too many assumptions of the level of their knowledge of the process.  Microfilms are still a very valuable resource tool and the researcher needs to understand how ordering of these films is done through FamilySearch.

With that goal in mind, I went to the site and found that FamilySearch offers some nice online informative videos about the film ordering process.  Here is a link to the part of the Film Ordering site that allows you to view some training videos:

FamilySearch Microfilm Ordering Help

In addition to the 6 training aids at this part of the site, I want to make sure you are aware specifically of the one that describes the film ordering process.  You can see this video at:

How To Online Film Order Through FamilySearch

If you know a film exists that could help you but you have never ordered a microfilm from FamilySearch because you were uncertain, then now is the time to remove that uncertainty.  You are just hindering your research if you do not order films simply because you do not know how.

The Help section in the above links will also provide you with understanding more about what are the kinds of loans they have and for how long can you use the film.  You will also see the different prices to rent the films as well as selecting a Family History Center (FHC) of your choice where the film will be delivered for your use.

I hope this post will help take some of the mystery out of the FamilySearch film ordering process, especially for those researchers that may have never rented a film through FamilySearch.

I can’t emphasize enough how important these films are.  Most of my own Polish ancestral material is on these films not yet having seen the light of day as an indexed database online!  Do not shortchange your research.

Learn the FamilySearch film ordering process.  Get those films that can really advance your research.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library