Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 5, 2019 At 10:00 AM; “Family Tree Maker 2017” Presented By Nancy Roeser Thomas; Program Takes Place At The Arlington Heights Senior Center

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, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, IL.

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 Nancy Roeser Thomas.    The speaker will present a program titled “Family Tree Maker 2017.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) October 5, 2019 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Nancy Roeser Thomas, 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

September 22, 2019 Cemetery Walk At The Bluff City Cemetery In Elgin, IL; Offered By Elgin History Museum; Fee Associated To Participate

Hi Everyone,

One of our library’s genealogy program participants made me aware of an upcoming cemetery walk that will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2019, between 11 am to 3 pm at the Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin, IL.  It is the 32nd annual cemetery walk being offered by the Elgin History Museum.

There is a fee associated with participating in this walk:

  • $12 in Advance
  • $10 for Elgin History Museum Members  and Seniors 65 Plus
  • $15 On The Day Of The Event
  • Free for children 12 and under

Visit the website of the museum for the cemetery walk event at:

September 22, 2019 Bluff City Cemetery Walk 11 am to 3 pm in Elgin, IL

The above site will give you options for purchasing tickets for the event.  The site will give you a very good overview on what is all going to take place on that day and all the amenities that are provided e.g. chairs for seating, bus for those who may not be able to walk the tour, food truck, bathroom breaks etc..  The site notes the tour will go on “rain or shine”.  You can expect to walk a guided tour that takes about 90 minutes and covers about 3/4 of a mile.  Tours leave constantly starting at 11 am.  Last tour time starts at 3 pm.

It must be a great event if it has been going on for these many years!

See what you think about participating, especially if you have ancestors that may have been buried at that particular cemetery.

You can also visit the main website for the Elgin History Museum at:

Elgin History Museum

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 21, 2019 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates, IL; “Murder On The Meadow”; Presented By Deborah Fandrei

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, September 21, 2019 starting at 10:30 AM at the NIU Conference Center in Hoffman Estates, IL 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 “Murder on the Meadow”.  Speaker for the program is Deborah Fandrei.

Program description is:

This program explores the history of a 100-year-old murder that took place in Lake County.  The audience is introduced to the people, the evidence and the science of the time and then asked to vote as a jury about what they have heard.

Speaker information is:

Debbie Fandrei has been the curator of the Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove for 20 years.

For more information: Murder on the Meadow

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

September 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for September 10, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the September 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 September 2019 Handouts for your convenience:

September 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, September 10, 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

September 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for September 10, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the September 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 September 2019 Newsletter for your convenience:

September 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, September 10, 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 September 10, 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, September 10, 2019:

Our next genealogy program will take place on Tuesday evening, September 10, 2019.

We will have another “break-out” session for our gathering on September 10, 2019.   Our previous attempts proved to be quite a good success.  I would like us to build on those successes and afford those participants the opportunity to meet with those again or sample other groups. 

After an initial introduction of new participants at the start of our normally scheduled meeting, we will establish our “breakout” groups at approximately 7:45 PM.  We would have these breakout discussions from about 8:00 PM until about 9:30 PM.  These groups would consist of about 7 to 8 participants.  They would discuss some common topic of genealogy that interests them or from which they could learn even more to assist their research from sharing with others in the group and learning from others within the group.

The groups we previously tried seemed to work out quite well.  I want to go with those same groups and am open to suggestions to attempt to add others or delete those that may not have a following.

I want to reconvene the following groups:

Polish Researchers
German Researchers
Czech Researchers
Irish Researchers
Italian Researchers
British Researchers
Scandinavian Researchers
Colonial Americans Researchers
DNA/Adoption Researchers (NEW as of 12/16!)

I also will have a Beginner’s Group that I will lead.

We will also have the computer in the room for anyone to access the internet.

I would also encourage participants to bring their personal laptop or netbook to these sessions and tap into the internet via our WiFi network.  I saw many researchers doing this at our last breakout session and they found it very productive to access internet information while being in one of the groups if they wanted to show something to someone else at the table.

Please remember that the group’s composition is based on the numbers that will participate.  If only one person is present to participate in the Polish group, then we cannot have a Polish group that evening.  I cannot guarantee there will be enough participants to form a group.  In that case I would always recommend participating in another ethnic group of interest if that is also in your research interests or join me at the Beginner’s Group.

The key to this effort is to be flexible in selecting a group to work with.

I look forward to our next “break-out” session on September 10, 2019.

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

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Come To The Schaumburg Township District Library To Access More Online Digital Microfilms Now That We Are An Affiliate With FamilySearch??”; “Yes” Or “No”

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Have You Come To The Schaumburg Township District Library To Access More Online Digital Microfilms Now That We Are An Affiliate With FamilySearch?”

A) Yes

B) No

Our library became an Affiliate library with FamilySearch in July of 2018.  What does this mean?  It means that when you are accessing FamilySearch from within our library buildings using your login with FamilySearch there can be many more digital online microfilms available for you to access from within an Affiliate location than you can access yourself from your own home location!  You MUST be within one of our library buildings using our computers or your computers connected to our WiFi in order to get the benefit of us being an Affiliate.  Home access to FamilySearch will not give you the benefit of Affiliate access.

As an example, for a particular Polish village of interest to me, if I search for that village in the FamilySearch catalog (Place Search) and find digital microfilm data exists, I will discover that I have access to many more of the films for that village while in an Affiliate library than from home.  It is that significant depending on your own search results for a particular location.  At home I may have been able to access 8 of the films out of 23 but in the Affiliate library I happily see I can access 18 of the 23 films!

FamilySearch uses “icons” to identify access to film material or not.  An icon of a camera with a key above it means you cannot access it from your location.  FamilySearch will tell you were it can be accessed such as a FamilyHistory Center or elsewhere.  An icon with just a camera image means you should be able to open up the digital microfilm and view it.

Remember, this is not “surname” searching via an online index.  This is old-fashioned viewing using a digital microfilm online that is not name searchable but will allow you to peruse through the online microfilm data image by image.  It can still be incredibly productive especially since you can no longer order microfilms for use through FamilySearch.

You almost have to do a side-by-side comparison of what you can access from home versus what you can access from within an Affiliate for any particular location of interest to you.

I do emphasize to our genealogy program participants to consider using us as an Affiliate.  All of research is not done through surname index searches.  It is well worth comparing a particular location of interest to you from home versus within our library to see if you have more available digital data to view here.  Again, just login to FamilySearch with your Username and Password while in our library on our computers or on your computer connected to our WiFi.  Search their online catalog for a location of interest to you.  See what digital data microfilms exist for that location.

Don’t leave material for your research untapped if you can view more digital online microfilms from within our library.

So where do you fit into the responses?  Simple choice, YES or NO.

Let the poll speak for itself

Let’s see how the responses go to the question at hand with just a simple selection from the list of answers.

So …………………….“Have You Come To The Schaumburg Township District Library To Access More Online Digital Microfilms Now That We Are An Affiliate With FamilySearch??”

A) Yes

B) No

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library