Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 3, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “DNA Doubleheader: The Basics Of DNA And Ethnicity Estimates” Presented By Robert Sliwinski

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, November 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.  Visitors are always welcome.

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 Robert Sliwinski.    The speaker will present a program titled “DNA Doubleheader: The Basics of DNA and Ethnicity Estimates.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) November 3, 2018 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Robert Sliwinski, the speaker for the morning from the above link to the program information.

You can always visit the website of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society to see what they are all about at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG); Group Is Meeting At The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates On Saturday October 20, 2018 From 12:45 PM To 2:45 PM

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoAncestry.com announced in December 2015 that it will be “retiring” their lineage software program Family Tree Maker.  If you are a user of the product you may be uncertain how that decision does or does not affect you as a user of Family Tree Maker.  Software MacKiev has purchased the product line from Ancestry.com and will be supporting and developing the product further into the future.

Perhaps the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) can be of immense assistance to you.  The CAGGNI group has had a Family Tree Maker SIG for quite some time.  Perhaps you did not take advantage of this resource in the past.  Perhaps now would be the time if you are in a state of confusion on all things related to Family Tree Maker lineage software.

The Family Tree Maker SIG of CAGGNI is having their next meeting on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the NIU Conference Center in Hoffman Estates at 5555 Trillium Blvd.  They will be meeting between 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.

You can see details of this event in the CAGGNI Calendar of Events at:

October 20, 2018 Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the NIU Conference Center in Hoffman Estates

You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  All are welcome to attend.   I am sure if you attended and were not a member you may very well think of becoming a member of this wonderful genealogical organization.

You can also check out the CAGGNI group website itself at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Let the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI make some sense of the “retirement” of Family Tree Maker for you as a current user of the product.   Software MacKiev has purchased Family Tree Maker from Ancestry.com and will be the new developer of the product.  Family Tree Maker is still alive and kicking under a new owner and developer.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

October 20, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates; “UnChopping Down My My Johnson Family Tree With DNA And Research” Presented By Jeffrey Bockman

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, October 20, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM at the NIU Conference Center in Hoffman Estates at 5555 Trillium Blvd.

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.  All are welcome to attend.

The title of the program is “UnChopping Down My Johnson Family Tree with DNA and Research”.  Speaker for the program is Jeffrey Bockman.

Program description is:

My Grandmother was in the DAR and Magna Charta Society based upon a James Johnson & Rebecca Jones. He was the son of James Johnson & Millie Moorman; she was the daughter of Zachariah Moorman & Elizabeth Terrell. The Terrell line supposedly connected back to the Plantagenet Kings of England. Unfortunately I was never able to find any real supporting documents so “I Chopped Down My Royal Family Tree.”

This presentation will explain how traditional research, the Johnson Surname Project, recruiting distant cousins for Y-DNA and at-DNA Tests are verifying connections. We will take a quick look at the DNA results at Ancestry, FamilyTreeeDNA, MyHeritage and Gedmatch along with some spreadsheets to help organize the relationships and the DNA results to see if they agree.

The at-DNA test results have helped show that many of the relationships claimed by my Grandmother may have in fact been correct after all!

Speaker information is:

Jeffrey A. Bockman, lecturer and author of Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy / Record & Preserve Your Family’s History, was a contributing editor and writer for the former Everton‘s Genealogical Helper and Heritage Quest Magazine. He has written for the Digital Genealogist, FGS Forum and others. He is a project manager for the Johnson DNA Project. His website is www.JeffBockman.com

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

October 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for October 9, 2018 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the October 2018 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 October 2018 Handouts for your convenience:

October 2018 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, October 9, 2018 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

October 2018 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for October 9, 2018 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the October 2018 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 October 2018 Newsletter for your convenience:

October 2018 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, October 9, 2018 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 October 9, 2018

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, October 9, 2018:

Steve Szabados

Our genealogy program will be held on Tuesday evening, October 9, 2018.  Our guest speaker Steve Szabados will present a program titled “How DNA Can Help Your Genealogy Research”.

DNA testing has become a popular topic at genealogy meetings, and the growth in the number of DNA tests has been fueled by numerous promotional sales and promises to unlock secrets in your genealogy research. In some cases, DNA results have been powerful in producing clues and knocking down brick walls, but in many other cases, the results have been confusing.

Steve Szabados will share his own impact on the DNA test he submitted.  These tools led the speaker to a secret portion of his ancestry that one of his ancestors took to her grave.  So be prepared. If you have to unlock secrets, there may be a dark side that you may regret discovering.

Steve Szabados is a genealogy speaker, author, and columnist. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and an MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

He has been researching his ancestors for about fourteen years and has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730’s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia, and Slovenia. He has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. His goal is to share his passion for Family History.

He is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, the Illinois State Genealogical Society and Northwest Suburban Genealogical Society. He is also a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Illinois Library. He is the author of six print books – Basic Genealogy, Write Your Family History, Finding Grandma’s European Ancestors, Polish Genealogy,  Memories of Dziadka, Quick Reference to U.S. Census Records and Deciphering the 1790-1840 U.S. Census Records. He has also published five eBooks on genealogy. All are must have books for the beginning genealogist looking for their European heritage. Steve is also the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal.

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Speaker will start shortly after 7:30 pm.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening October 9, 2018 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, October 9, 2018:

Steve Szabados

Our genealogy program will be held on Tuesday evening, October 9, 2018.  Our guest speaker Steve Szabados will present a program titled “How DNA Can Help Your Genealogy Research”.

DNA testing has become a popular topic at genealogy meetings, and the growth in the number of DNA tests has been fueled by numerous promotional sales and promises to unlock secrets in your genealogy research. In some cases, DNA results have been powerful in producing clues and knocking down brick walls, but in many other cases, the results have been confusing.

Steve Szabados will share his own impact on the DNA test he submitted.  These tools led the speaker to a secret portion of his ancestry that one of his ancestors took to her grave.  So be prepared. If you have to unlock secrets, there may be a dark side that you may regret discovering.

Steve Szabados is a genealogy speaker, author, and columnist. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and an MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

He has been researching his ancestors for about fourteen years and has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730’s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia, and Slovenia. He has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. His goal is to share his passion for Family History.

He is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, the Illinois State Genealogical Society and Northwest Suburban Genealogical Society. He is also a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Illinois Library. He is the author of six print books – Basic Genealogy, Write Your Family History, Finding Grandma’s European Ancestors, Polish Genealogy,  Memories of Dziadka, Quick Reference to U.S. Census Records and Deciphering the 1790-1840 U.S. Census Records. He has also published five eBooks on genealogy. All are must have books for the beginning genealogist looking for their European heritage. Steve is also the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal.

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Speaker will start shortly after 7:30 pm.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library