Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 3, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “Funeral Homes And Family History: They Are Dying To Meet You!” Presented By Daniel Earl (Presented Remotely Via Webinar)

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, February 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 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 Daniel Earl.    The speaker will present a program titled “Funeral Homes and Family History: They Are Dying to Meet You!.

The speaker will be presenting the program from an off-site location as a webinar.

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

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

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Daniel Earl, 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

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Good YouTube Video That Explains In Understandable Terms The Various DNA Tests For Genealogy And What They Can Do For You

Hi Everyone!

One of our participants shared a very nice YouTube video with me that can de-mystify some of the complexity about the various DNA tests that are available for  genealogical testing.

Basically, DNA testing companies offer three main DNA tests:

  • Autosomal DNA
  • Y-DNA
  • Mitochondrial DNA

We are immediately faced with which one do I choose?  They are all priced differently so we often make a choice first based on cost and not on what the test will actually do for us.

DNA can still be plenty wonky.  You will always have to deal with the scientific terms that are bandied about.  Some of you may have your eyes glaze over trying to absorb all of these DNA items.  Some of you may thrive on this material if you are already scientifically oriented.  To each their own!

The YouTube video is about 1 hour in length.  I think it can really help you gain a better understanding of the  tests and what to do with the test results.  The first 8 minutes of the video you will hear some discussions about what sounds like European research as well as some preliminary DNA science information.  The discussion of the actual DNA tests starts at about the 8 minute mark.   This topic was presented at a conference but the presenter wanted to do this YouTube video because he thought the first presentation was done in a room that must have had other competing background noise that took away from the clear sound of the presentation.

You can watch the YouTube video right here in this post below:

Give it a try.  See what you think.  I thought it was worth the watch.

A big thank you to Francis H. for sharing the YouTube video with me.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their February 18, 2018 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Fountaindale Public Library In Bolingbrook, IL.; The Program Title Is “Haller’s Polish Army In France” Presented By Paul Valasek ; Program Will Also Be Presented As A “Live” Webinar” For Those Unable To Attend In Person

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement via a Program Flyer from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL on Sunday, February 18, 2018 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program for free at the library and meet other members of the society in attendance.  You do not have to be a PGSA member to attend in person.

The formal presentation is titled “Haller’s Polish Army in France”.  The presenter is Paul Valasek.

The program is also being presented as a “live” webinar for those that cannot attend in person.  The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register for the webinar if you would like to participate in that manner.  Again, you do not have to be a member of the PGSA in order to participate via the webinar.  However, there is a $10 fee for non-PGSA members to participate via the Webinar itself.

The society has recently been having its quarterly programs at a variety of locations in Chicago and suburbs over the recent years rather than just at its main location in the city of Chicago, IL.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For February 18, 2018 Program

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider attending this program and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 20, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Brick By Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History” Presented By Tina Beaird

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, January 20, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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.

The title of the program is “Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History”.  Speaker for the program is Tina Beaird.

Program description is:

If walls could talk … was your home moved, damaged by fire or enlarged to accommodate a growing family? Tina will provide strategies for researching the history of your home using government records, newspapers, phone directories, maps and other resources. Every home tells a story – what does yours say?

Speaker information is:

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at a midsized Chicagoland public library and owner of Tamarack Genealogy.  She provides lectures on genealogical research, archival preservation, and Illinois history at national, state and local conferences. She is a governing board member of the Oswego Heritage Association and also volunteers her time with several local historical and genealogical societies.

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

Hi Everyone!

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

January 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, January 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

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

Hi Everyone!

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

January 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, January 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 January 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, January 9, 2018:

Maureen Brady

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. guest presenter Maureen Brady will help you learn how to jump start your online genealogy research by utilizing Cyndis List  Find My Past  Fold3  USGenWeb and other “broad coverage” websites.

Maureen Brady has over 35 years experience with family history research, is a professional genealogist and owns Bare Roots Genealogical Services. Ms. Brady is co-director of the Crystal Lake (Illinois) Family History Center and is a member of many genealogical and family history societies in the U.S. and 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.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library