April 17, 2021 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program As An Online Zoom Program; “Genealogy Vacation – Myth Or Reality?”; Presented By Jeffrey Bockman; Zoom Connect Information Included In This Post

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next online Zoom program on Saturday, April 17, 2021 starting at 10:30 AM as an online Zoom program.

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 in an online setting.  You do not need to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.   All are welcome to participate.

The title of the program is “Genealogy Vacation – Myth or Reality?”.  Speaker for the program is Jeffrey Bockman.

I received the following from the CAGGNI group:

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Genealogy Vacation – Myth or Reality?
by Jeffrey Bockman

“Genealogy” and “Vacation” are rarely used in the same sentence let alone together except possibly in a divorce proceeding. You cannot resolve five to 20 years worth of genealogy questions within a two week research trip. Even if you could, this type of a trip would not be considered a vacation. Learn to use the Internet, planning, humor and common sense to plan your trip.

Speaker: Jeffrey Bockman is an experienced genealogy lecturer and writer. He is the author of “Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy / Record & Preserve Your Family’s History.” He was a contributing editor and writer for the former Everton’s Genealogical Helper & Heritage Quest Magazine. His articles have also appeared in various other publications.

Zoom meeting info:

Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/85895968297?pwd=VEJmdm10UzkwVmMxa0VIcWYrY09SZz09

ID/Passcode: 858 9596 8297 / 278276

Attendees: When you join a Zoom meeting, please ensure your full name is visible. You may need to use the Rename function at the upper right of the window where your face (or name) appears or where your name appears in the participants list.

For more information: Genealogy Vacation – Myth or Reality?

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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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

April 2021 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For April 24, 2021; 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 April 2021 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 has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum (now actually taking place as a Zoom program).  There is a genealogy program via Zoom scheduled for April 24, 2021 from 10 am to 12 noon.  Below the separator line is what was contained in the newsletter about this program:

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Genealogy Session ONLINE
April 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
“Swedish Finns—A Fascinating and Stubborn Genealogical Anomaly”
by Kim Hongell Jacobs

What is a Swedish Finn? Learn about their origin story, how and where to find them, and how a tiny minority built an organization with 83 lodges in North America, including Chicago.

Kim is the executive director of The Swedish Finn Historical Society headquartered in Seattle, Washington. She grew up in the Swede Finn settlement of Coos Bay, Oregon and both sides of her family roots reside in Karleby, Finland. She considers herself to be expert level at comforting former Swedes when they receive Finnish DNA results.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email to genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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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@mac.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 April 2021 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago April 2021

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 April 2021

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Zoom Recorded March 9, 2021 Genealogy Program Available To View; “Irish Emigrants To North America: Before, During And After The Famine”; Presented By Paul Milner; Available To View Until April 23, 2021

Hi Everyone!

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Just want readers to know that the Zoom recorded program of our recent March 9, 2021 Genealogy Program is now available to view from our library’s YouTube Channel.

The presentation was titled “Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine”  The program was presented by Paul Milner.

The video runs 1 hour and 33 minutes.

Paul has allowed us to post it to our library’s YouTube Channel for a limitedPaul Milner Current Photo time.

The video will be deleted from our Channel on April 24, 2021.

Paul is a world renowned expert on British Isles and Irish research and is a great presenter.  If Irish research is your interest, this is certainly a program for you to take a look at.

Here is a link to the video that resides on our YouTube Channel.  Click on the YouTube link within the video once you start it to view it from within YouTube for a larger viewing experience.

Plan your viewing time.  Enjoy the video.  It will be removed on April 24, 2021.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 2021 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For March 27, 2021; 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 March 2021 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 has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum (now actually taking place as a Zoom program).  There is a genealogy program via Zoom scheduled for March 27, 2021 from 10 am to 12 noon.  Below the separator line is what was contained in the newsletter about this program:

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Genealogy Session ONLINE
March 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
“How to Find the Unknown Father” by Geoffrey Fröberg Morris

Many Swedish researchers reach a stumbling block in their research when they discover a birth record of an ancestor where the mother is unmarried and the father’s name is not given. Can one find out who the father is so one can continue the research? Geoffrey Morris will present strategies in how to overcome this obstacle in his presentation “How to Find the Unknown Father”.

Geoffrey Fröberg Morris AG has been doing Swedish genealogical research for over 35 years. He has been employed for 20 years at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a Nordic research specialist. Among his work assignments, Geoff has helped thousands of people search for their Swedish ancestors, engaged in many archival visits in Sweden, authored hundreds of pages into the Family Search Wiki and routinely presents at conferences. He is the author of the book, A Practical Guide to Swedish Church Records for Genealogy and Family History, which was published in 2020.

Cost is free for the Swedish American Museum’s Genealogical Society members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations required and can be made via email to genealogy@samac.org or by calling 773.728.8111. 

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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@mac.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 March 2021 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago March 2021

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 March 2021

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

RootsTech 2021 To Take Place 100% Virtually Online For “FREE”; Conference Will Take Place From February 25, 2021 Through February 27, 2021; Registration Is Required; List Of Program Titles And Speakers Now Available; List Of Keynote Speakers And Dates And Times Of Presentations Now Available

Hi Everyone!,

The annual RootsTech genealogy conference will soon be starting.  RootsTech 2021 will be starting on February 25, 2021 and lasting through February 27, 2021.

You can get to their site at:

RootsTech 2021

The conference has been completely revamped due to COVID-19.  100% of the conference will take place online in a virtual setting.  It is also 100% FREE.  You will need to register yourself with RootsTech 2021 in order to participate.

Previously RootsTech conferences were held in Salt Lake City, UT with massive onsite attendance in the range of 15,000 participants.  Programs were not only in-person offered by outstanding speakers, but some of the conference material in previous years was also “live streaming”.  You could be home watching your program of interest.  Then the programs cost you money to participate, whether you were on-site or remote “live streaming”.

Check out the “free” video archive of many of the programs offered by RootsTech in previous years annual conferences:

RootsTech “Free” Video Archive Of Past Presentations

All of this has changed to the new format of 100% virtual this year and for FREE.

RootsTech 2021 has just posted on its website all of the upcoming “speaker” 2021 presentation titles of programs.

RootsTech 2021 List of Virtual Programs Offered

Also posted are all of the 2021 “Keynote” speaker names, dates and times for their virtual presentations.

RootsTech 2021 List of Keynote Speaker Information

Because this is a “worldwide” conference, please note the variety of the times shown for the “keynote” speakers being based on a start time of “eastern time zone”.  For us in the U.S. we have some minor adjustments to make to be sure we connect at the right time.  Worldwide participants have to adjust to many time zones to properly connect.  If a “keynote” speaker is presenting from a far part of the globe, you too will have to adjust to what will be a very different time for you for a program.

Visit the site.  Consider registering.  Add some knowledge and skills to your research efforts by tapping into some great topics and speakers.

Especially check out the “free” archived videos to gauge how incredible the program presentations from past years have been.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 20, 2021 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program As An Online Zoom Program; “World War I Record – Now What?”; Presented By Debra Dudek; Zoom Connect Information Included In This Post

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next online Zoom program on Saturday, February 20, 2021 starting at 10:30 AM as an online Zoom program.

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 in an online setting.  You do not need to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.   All are welcome to participate.

The title of the program is “World War I Record – Now What?”.  Speaker for the program is Debra Dudek

I received the following from the CAGGNI group:

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WWI Record – Now What?
by Debra Dudek

Start your journey towards learning more about your family‘s connection to the war to end all wars. Using a fail-proof method of record gathering, you can begin to construct a large amount of information even if your ancestor‘s official military records were destroyed in the NRPC fire. With thousands of resources available online, traditional archives and in specialized museums, you‘ll be on your way to tracing your ancestor‘s Great War experience quickly and confidently.

Speaker: Debra Dudek is head of adult and teen services at Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. She specializes in British genealogy, World War I research and emerging technology topics. Debra is the author of “The World War I Genealogy Research Guide: Tracing American Military and Non-Combatant Ancestors,” which is in its second edition.

Zoom meeting info:

Link: us02web.zoom.us/j/85895968297?pwd=VEJmdm10UzkwVmMxa0VIcWYrY09SZz09

ID/Passcode: 858 9596 8297 / 278276

Attendees: When you join a Zoom meeting, please ensure your full name is visible. You may need to use the Rename function at the upper right of the window where your face (or name) appears or where your name appears in the participants list.

For more information: WWI Record – Now What?

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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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

January/February 2021, Volume 6, Number 6 Issue Of “Your Genealogy Today”; Overview Of Article Titles And Article Content

Hi Everyone!

As our genealogy journals come into our library, I like to share with you the fact they have arrived and also to give you an idea of the contents of the journals when possible.  Knowing the kind of articles can allow you to discover the connection to your own research.  You can then consider coming to our library to actually review the journal and make a personal copy of the article that connects with your own research if you do not already subscribe yourself to the journal.

The best way for me to do that is to take advantage of the website of the creators of these magazine to see if there is something on their sites that can give a good summary overview of article titles and content of articles but not the actual article content.

One of the journals we have recently received is the January/February 2021, Volume 6, Number 6 issue of Your Genealogy Today.

I did check the website of Your Genealogy Today and did find some nice summary information on the January/February 2021 issue that is identified as the Volume 6, Number 6 issue of the journal.  Each article title is identified and there is a very short, but helpful, description of what the article is all about.

You can find this overview here at:

Your Genealogy Today, January/February 2021, Volume 6, Number 6  List Of Articles And Small Description Of The Content

It is worth taking a look at the article titles because there may be some that apply directly to your research that could be of help to you.

Maybe you already subscribe to this journal.  Good for you as you have already received it or have access to the digital copy online.

If you do not subscribe, for the short term I have this journal and am looking through it.  It should be back in our library in about a week and will ultimately work its way to its home on the Magazine shelves on the 2nd floor of our library.

See if there are any articles of interest to you in this recent issue I am reviewing.  The link above will get you to the summary of the articles in this issue that is viewable at the website of the publisher.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 2021 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For February 27, 2021; 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 February 2021 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 has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum (now actually taking place as a Zoom program).  There is a genealogy program via Zoom scheduled for February 27, 2021 from 1 pm to 2 pm (Please note the different time for this program). Below the separator line is what was contained in the newsletter about this program:

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Book Club & Genealogy Session ONLINE

February 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In February the Swedish American Museum Genealogy Society and Book Club will join together in reading “My Maja, A Grandson’s Tribute” by Dr. Donald Grossnickle. This event is free for everyone and we are looking forward to discussing this book between the two different groups.

The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store and please note that the meeting starts at 1 p.m.

ABOUT THE BOOK

My Maja, A Grandson’s Tribute is an upbeat chronicle and analysis of Swedish immigrant Maria Kallgren surviving the Great Depression by tapping into grit and resilience called “framåtanda”. Many Americans can recall a story told from family history when an immigrant grandparent is sentimental and recounts joys and sorrows of leaving the former country behind and starts a new life. Sure to trigger emotions and offer transferable life lessons, My Maja adds to a global explosion of Scandinavian based writing that entertains and illuminates alternative ways to achieve genuine life fulfillment and happiness. Probing what it takes to be fearless in meeting the inevitable adversity and challenges in one’ future is a worthwhile investment at any age. Grandma Maja harbored 3 well-hidden secrets in her steamer trunk. It took serious detective work to understand who was involved, what happened and how it was resolved. Millions engaged in genealogy are warned that a problem exists when hidden family secrets are exposed. Deciding what to do with them leads to heart wrenching choices. Author, Mary Beth Sammons writes, “Dr Don Grossnickle, through his research, discovered his grandmother’s steamer trunk that she brought with her from Sweden…. Inside he found photos, archives and a treasure trove of family history. As a child, he was drawn to the legacy stories of gritty ancestors Maja had memorialized. Tantalizing lore and legend set the stage for dramatic storytelling of brave valor with a proud pedigree of inspirational rags-to riches-legacies. Sharing her vivid details of finding creative ways through hard times became the platform for a close and long relationship.” This lively book portrays one woman’s dramatic and spirited refusal to accept defeat and prove her gritty and unique resilience of the heart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Don Grossnickle has applied theory and practice lessons to his life integrating gritty resilience learned from his Swedish immigrant grandmother. Spanning his varied career, he has engaged in writing about and implemented initiatives to deal with high school dropout, assisting recovering paralyzed injured high school athletes, and boosting providing compassionate care for impoverished mothers and babies suffering from malaria in Uganda East Africa. Grossnickle turns now to celebrate women like Grandma Maja and champion their stories of fighting big time adversity like the Great Depression. Discovering that the quiet valor of women like Maja are neglectfully missed by historians his mission now is to celebrate their guts and gumption. Impassioned to see that Maja’s story is no longer tucked away like the photos and family history archives he found in 2004 abandoned in a dusty long forgotten trunk filled with treasures, Grossnickle rescues them. 16 years of research has woven together a story of joys and scars. Maja fought hard for survival artistically crafting a mosaic life for her family from the pieces of her shattered Swedish American dream. Maja was intent to teach her three children about American rugged individualism and Swedish teamwork refusing to give in to despair. Maja loved both Sweden and grew to love America as a land of opportunity for those that refuse to falter. Her grandmotherly love was sweet and the two breakdowns that nearly killed her were well hidden beneath her generous caring and love. Maja’s young husband fell over dead in front of her and the three young children as the stain of a Depression era business failed and he was beaten down. Maja stood tall and stepped up determined to survive. Written in part to offer Maja’s great great granddaughter details of her namesake, Maja Kallgren Wittenstron comes back to life with 40 pages of photos and a storybook. This long overdue tribute honors a remarkable woman adventurer from Solleftea Northern Sweden. Swedish history professor and genealogy expert Lars Lundstrom and US historian Dr. Amy Lippert add authority to the writing team.

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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@mac.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 February 2021 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago February 2021

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 February 2021

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Zoom Recorded Video Of January 12, 2021 Genealogy Program “How To Choose The Right Genealogical Software” Presented By Jenny Warner Is Now Available For Viewing On Our Library YouTube Channel; Will Only Be Available To View Until February 28, 2021

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let everyone know that the January 12, 2021 Genealogy Program we recorded and presented online via Zoom is now available to view at our library’s YouTube Channel.

On that evening Jenny Warner presented her program titled “How to Choose the Right Genealogical Software”.

You can view the video that runs 1 hour and 43 minutes directly below:

Our speaker for the program, Jenny Warner, has granted us permission to present it on our library’s YouTube Channel for a limited 30-day period of viewing.  The program will be removed from our library’s YouTube Channel on February 28, 2021.

If you were unable to participate in the original online Zoom program that was held on January 12, 2021, here is your chance to catch up and view Jenny’s program on “How to Choose the Right Genealogical Software”.

If you were able to participate in the original program on January 12, 2021, here is your chance for an “encore” viewing of the program to pick up tips from Jenny that you may have missed in your original viewing.

The recorded program came out remarkably well throughout.

Hope you enjoy the program.

View it now during the 30-day window it is available to view as I will be deleting it on February 28, 2021 from our library’s YouTube Channel.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Special Series Of Irish Family History Programs Offered By The Family History Library Coming Up On March 17, 2021 For St. Patrick’s Day

Hi Everyone,

In our recent January 26, 2021 Genealogy “Chit Chat” Program, I was made aware that there is a special “all-day” series of Family History Library online webinars going on to coincide with St. Patrick’s day.

Yes, all of the programs being offered have a connection to Ireland in some manner.

If you have Irish ancestry you are researching at least check out all of the programs being offered to see if any are of special interest to you and your research.  FamilySearch does a nice job of categorizing the difficulty level of many of the programs they offer.  All of these programs are categorized as “Beginner”.  P.S., even expert researchers can always obtain added knowledge and insights from any program, even if it is categorized as a “Beginner” program.

All of the programs are online webinars that will require you to register in order to participate.  It appears they are conducted via Zoom.  If you have participated in any of our Zoom genealogy programs you are familiar with the process.  Register.  Receive the Zoom Connect Link.  Connect.  Participate.

Here is the link in the online FamilySearch Wiki to not only the March 17, 2021 special day of programs, but also to all of the other programs being offered in February, March and April 2021 by the Family History Library.  Note that when you open the link, you need to select the other link to all of the March 2021 programs in order to see all of those specific to March 17, 2021.  Or just scroll down the entire page and you will find the March 17, 2021 programs.

Upcoming Family History Library Online Webinars For February, March and April 2021

Please note that all the programs are in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) and NOT in Chicago time (CDT)!

If you don’t have Irish ancestry see what other programs are available for you to participate in and advance your research.

FamilySearch and the Family History Library are certainly wishing a happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you Irish researchers!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library