November 18, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “From A Birth Of A Nation To A New Birth Of Freedom” Presented By Kevin Wood As Abraham Lincoln

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, November 18, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

The CAGGNI group will also be holding their Annual Potluck food celebration on the day of this 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.

The title of the program is “From a Birth of a Nation to a New Birth of Freedom”.  Speaker for the program is Kevin Wood as Abraham Lincoln.

Program description is:

“President Abraham Lincoln delivers a first-hand account of our nation’s history from our establishment in 1776 through the end of the Civil War in 1865. He discusses how our bold experiment in democracy, founded upon the ideals of liberty and equality, appeared destined to failure by 1854, but how the next dozen years instead brought a renewal and eventually an expansion of those great ideals: a “new birth of freedom”.

Speaker information is:

Kevin Wood is a professional Abraham Lincoln presenter/portrayer who bears a remarkable resemblance to Mr. Lincoln and who is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times.  He does programs in a wide variety of settings and also writes a blog (“Loath to Close… Still!”) to encourage others to reflect upon and learn from Mr. Lincoln’s life and legacy.  

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

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November 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for November 14, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the November 2017 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 November 2017 Handouts for your convenience:

November 2017 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, November 14, 2017 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

November 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for November 14, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the November 2017 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 November 2017 Newsletter for your convenience:

November 2017 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, November 14, 2017 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 November 14, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Registration is required in order to attend this program that will take place in the 2nd floor Rasmussen Room.  This is one of the few genealogy programs for which we ask that you register your intent to attend.  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, November 14, 2017:

Gail Lukasik

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. guest presenter Gail Lukasik, Ph.D., will share her on-screen and behind-the-scenes experiences with PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow, including how the story continued to unfold even after the show aired.

Lukasik has a fascinating history as a ballerina. She has had careers in business and after earning a Ph.D in English she became an educator and a published writer of poetry and mystery novels. Gail will share her personal reflections on racial identity and the many surprising twists to her family’s multiracial story.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening November 14, 2017 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.

Registration is required in order to attend this program that will take place in the 2nd floor Rasmussen Room.  This is one of the few genealogy programs for which we ask that you register your intent to attend.  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, November 14, 2017:

Gail Lukasik

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. guest presenter Gail Lukasik, Ph.D., will share her on-screen and behind-the-scenes experiences with PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow, including how the story continued to unfold even after the show aired.

Lukasik has a fascinating history as a ballerina. She has had careers in business and after earning a Ph.D in English she became an educator and a published writer of poetry and mystery novels. Gail will share her personal reflections on racial identity and the many surprising twists to her family’s multiracial story.

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

Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Church Records; Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives And Records Center; PDF Brochure Describing How To Access The Records

Hi Everyone!

One of my genealogy librarian colleagues sent me an email that contained a PDF of a brochure from the Archdiocese of Chicago for the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center.  Thank you Celeste!

It is important to be aware of this facility as a resource for any Chicagoland Catholic ancestors that you are researching.

Here is a link to a copy of the PDF Brochure:

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center PDF Brochure

For many of us our original research of Chicago Catholic ancestors took place with inquiries directly to the parishes where we know they were associated.  Perhaps we received a transcribed document showing what was copied off of a baptism record or a marriage record.  We generally did not see the original document.

Perhaps we then moved our research to using microfilms from the Mormons for the parishes of interest to us.  We were able to look through much data hand cranking the film, using the handwritten indexes to get us to the correct page of the ledger book.  We may very well have found the exact handwritten document or entry of that Catholic event of perhaps a Baptism.

And now we can actually look at the digital microfilm rolls of church after church from the Archdiocese of Chicago because these records are available online through FamilySearch.  You can find them here https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1452409.  Even the brochure from the archdiocese  notes that many of the Catholic records you may seek of Chicago ancestral Catholics are available from FamilySearch.

The brochure does mention that “School and Orphanage” records are available.  I have personally pursued researching for Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and Death records from the Archdiocese for my Chicago Catholic ancestors.  However, I have not really pursued School and Orphanage records.  So the Bernardin Archives center may be worth investigating just for this additional piece of historic data that may be in the hands of the Archdiocese.

Here is also a direct link to get you to the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center website for you to also peruse more than is just contained in the brochure.  You can find them at:

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center for the Archdiocese of Chicago

So check out the brochure, the website and the online digital microfilm rolls for the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Church Records to see how these resources can advance your research efforts for your Chicagoland Catholic ancestors.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their November 19, 2017 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Copernicus Center In Chicago, IL.; The Program Title Is “Rising From The Ashes Warsaw, Poland” Presented By Margaret Guzek ; 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 Copernicus Center, 5216 West Lawrence, Chicago, IL on Sunday, November 19, 2017 starting at 2 PM.

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

The formal presentation is titled “Rising from the Ashes Warsaw, Poland”.  The presenter is Margaret Guzek.

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.

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 November 19, 2017 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