May 18, 2019 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates; “Genealogy Trivia Game”; Presented By Robert Allen

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next program on Saturday, May 18, 2019 starting at 10:30 AM at the NIU Conference Center in Hoffman Estates.

The program is open to any and all interested in learning more about genealogy as well as learning more about this wonderful genealogy group and meeting its members in attendance.  You do not need to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  This is not a program sponsored by our library.  CAGGNI is using our meeting room to conduct their own program.  All are welcome to attend.

The title of the program is “Genealogy Trivia Game”.  Speaker for the program is Robert Allen.

Program description is:

Here’s a chance to find out how much you and others know about the world of genealogy. We’ll look at DNA, Resources, Databases, Internet sites, Terms, Organizations and Special Secrets about the hobby we all love so much.

Speaker information is:

Bob received a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas. He then graduated from the University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas.

He held positions with Container Corporation of America and Baxter Healthcare.

Bob lives in Barrington with his wife, Audrey. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

He is the co-leader for CAGGNI’s Colonial America SIG and recently served as treasurer of CAGGNI. He has been conducting genealogical research for 30+ years.

For more information: Genealogy Trivia Game

Best regards,
CAGGNI

Find out more about the CAGGNI group and all that they do.  Visit them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for May 14, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the May 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the May 2019 Handouts for your convenience:

May 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, May 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the handouts online or you can save them as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

You will also note that I  “highlight” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of Contents.

Please note that you can access directly any and all URL Links that you find within the Handouts PDF.  You can get directly to the website being mentioned from within the handout being mentioned.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for May 14, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the May 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the May 2019 Newsletter for your convenience:

May 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, May 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the newsletter online or you can save it as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

Please note that the Newsletter has Bookmarks and Hyperlinks within the document to make for fast navigation from within the Table of Contents.  You can quickly get to the spots that interest you from the Table of Contents.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow May 14, 2019

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, May 14, 2019:

Debra Dudek

Our program is titled “Using Fold3 Library Edition for Genealogy”.  Our guest speaker for the evening will be Debra Dudek.

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m., guest presenter Debra M. Dudek, Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL, will show you how to navigate Fold3, browse resources effectively and find hidden gems on this user-friendly database.

Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics. She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.  We will end the program by 9:30 pm.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Update On Recent Cook County Vital Records Change To Their Online System

Hi Everyone!

I need to share with you some updated information on the recent change that was made to the Cook County Vital Records Online system that I recently posted about.

Many in the genealogical community were upset over the changes that were made to their system e.g. elimination of the online searchable index and the institution of the online set of “template” forms to be used to submit a request to obtain a Vital Record.

I was recently contacted by phone by the Cook County Vital Records team regarding the changes that were made.  I was pleasantly surprised they actually reached out to me as a result of my previous blog post about the matter.  I do believe they were receiving much feedback from the genealogical community on the changes that were made.  We had a very good exchange of information.  I was able to share with them why their previous website and data were so valuable to the genealogical community.

The end result of the call that we had is that Cook County Vital Records is going to make their online vital records system BETTER!

The feedback they have received from so many individuals has not fallen on deaf ears.

They are taking the feedback received and will be reviewing their system.

I was very happy to hear that they are truly committed to making the system better.

I guess as researchers we will just see what that means and what can be done.

Crossing my fingers.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening May 14, 2019 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, May 14, 2019:

Debra Dudek

Our program is titled “Using Fold3 Library Edition for Genealogy”.  Our guest speaker for the evening will be Debra Dudek.

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m., guest presenter Debra M. Dudek, Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL, will show you how to navigate Fold3, browse resources effectively and find hidden gems on this user-friendly database.

Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics. She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.  We will end the program by 9:30 pm.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2019 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; NO Genealogy Program Scheduled For May 2019 ; You Can Sign Up To Meet With Knowledgeable Researchers For Assistance

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 May 2019 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

The Swedish American Genealogical Society normally has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  NO Genealogy Program is scheduled for May 2019 (as best as I can determine from the Newsletter and the Calendar for the museum.)  from 10 am to 12 noon.

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The newsletter also notes that genealogy researchers can schedule themselves for one-on-one research help on the right sidebar.  Times noted are on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1 pm, 1 pm to 2 pm, and 2 pm to 3 pm.  Also on Saturdays from 1 to 2 pm and 2 pm to 3 pm.

Here are the stated costs for the one-on-one research help:

Genealogical Society members: No fee for first hour; $10 for each additional hour on the same day.

Museum member only: $10 for first hour and $30 for each additional hour on the same day.

Non-member: $30 fee for each hour

Please call the Museum at 773.728.8111 or e-mail genealogy@samac.org to make an appointment. Individuals with appointments have priority over walk-ins.

Please fill out a genealogy research request form here if you are unable to attend an in-person genealogy research session. Forms can be returned to us electronically to genealogy@samac.org or faxed to 773.728.8870.

Based on the information you provide, we will research using the resources available at the Genealogy Center. Information might be available within three weeks. If we are unable to assist you, we will try to refer you to other possible sources.

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You can look at the Calendar of Events for the Swedish American Museum here at:

Swedish American Museum Calendar of Events

You can contact the Nordic Family Genealogy Center through the museum at genealogy@samac.org.

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 May 2019 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago May 2019

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take a look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of May 2019.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library