Monthly Archives: September 2012

Newberry Library Of Chicago Will Be Having A Full Day Series Of “Free” Genealogy Programs On Saturday, October 13, 2012; 3 Speakers; Registration Required

Hi Everyone!

The Newberry Library of Chicago, IL will be offering an all-day, FREE series of genealogy programs on Saturday, October 13, 2012 between 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

You can look at the following link that will provide you with the “flyer” I received about this day:

October 13, 2012 Newberry Library “Free” Genealogy Programs

Also, after the following break line and in Italics, is the text I received in the e-mail that gives further descriptions of this day’s events:


Greetings from the Newberry!

We’d love to share the information about our FREE fall workshop with your patrons. The basics are below and I’ve attached a flyer as well. Please feel free to distribute it to anyone who may be interested.  Note advance registration is required to assure we have enough seats. Thanks for your assistance in spreading the word!

High Tech – Low  Tech: Old-fashioned Genealogy Meets the 21st Century

Saturday, October 13, 2012

9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Newberry Library Ruggles Hall

The genealogical fundamentals of evidence, analysis  and documentation don’t change whether you’re using online tools or not. Join Marsha Peterson-Maass, Matt Rutherford and Thomas MacEntee for a free full-day workshop discussing these low tech fundamentals plus ways to use high tech online tools to make your research easier.

9:30 – 10:45 Low-Tech Fundamentals (Peterson-Maass)
10:45 – 11:00 break
11:00 – 11:45 Repositories and Archives (Rutherford)
11:45 – 1:00 (Brown bag lunch)
1:00 – 2:30 Building a Research Toolbox (MacEntee)

Bring a bag lunch and join informal discussions with the speakers and Newberry staff during the noon-time break.

Cost: Free

Registration: Advance registration is required. Register online (  )or by calling the Public Programs office at (312) 255-3700.

Directions to the library and parking information is available at:


The programs certainly look interesting.  The speakers are top-notch.  And best of all, you can’t beat FREE!

If it fits your schedule and the programs have a match to your research interests, then by all means give it a try!

Thanks to Ginger Frere of the Newberry for sharing this upcoming program date with me.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Great Blog Post By Dick Eastman About Using WorldCat, A Popular Library Research Resource, To Help You Find Genealogy Books

Hi Everyone!

I just came across a wonderful September 17, 2012 posting at Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter blog that I really wanted to make you aware of.

The posting focuses on describing the wonderful library research resource called WorldCat.

Genealogists should have this resource foremost in their minds when they are trying to hunt down book, or other media material, that exists in libraries throughout the world.  If you know a book exists you can use WorldCat to discover what libraries have the book in their collection.  You may discover the resource is available to you in local public library that you can get to quickly to see if the book can help you.

The article by Dick Eastman is very extensive and very informative.

So in this blog post, I am not going to include the full-text of the post.  Instead, I am going to provide you with a direct link to the Dick Eastman posting of the information.

You can’t go wrong with WorldCat.

Keep this genealogy resource right at your fingertips when you are trying to search for book material outside of your own libraries individual catalog.

Here is a direct link to Dick Eastman’s article on WorldCat:

WorldCat Genealogy Resource September 17, 2012 Post From Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Enjoy the comprehensive post.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary


Our New Breakout “Table” On Sharing How You Did Your Family History Book Started Out With A “Bang” At Our September 11, 2012 Breakout Program!

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that at our last genealogy program we had our quarterly “Breakout” groups at which researchers sit together with other researchers interested in the same area of ethnic research e.g. Irish researchers, Polish researchers, German researchers etc.

This was the evening we were going to replace an older breakout table with a new one.  The new table group was intending to have those that have actually created a family history book or report on their research share with others how they went about creating this wonderful book achievement.

I was a little nervous prior to the program because I simply did not know how many people would be interested in participating.  Even more so I was a little concerned if I had everyone at the table wanting to learn how to create your book and have no one actually at the table who may have created a book.

But to my pleasant surprise this new table started out with a “bang”.  There must have been at least 10 people around the table (seating for 6 is what I set up!).  Of the 10, it looked like about 5 of the participants had created an actual family history book of their research!  WOW!  What a great way to start this quarterly table exchange of creative information!

This group was highly active and very animated during the course of the evening, something I really like to see as fellow researchers help out other fellow researchers in areas one researcher may be familiar with while another just wants to know.

I want to say thank you to those that brought their family history books to share with those at the table.  I had hoped that maybe 1 person with a book might be present, but to see 5 present during the inaugural startup of this new table was just wonderfully over the top!


We will do this overall program again in December 2012 and again include this new table at that program.  I will still be seeking those that have created a family history book to come out again and share their expertise.

What a great start to a new table at which research ideas are shared!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Recommended European Researchers Based On Someone’s Personal Experience; Yorkshire, England Research; Schleswig-Holstein German Research

Hi Everyone!

One of the attendees at our monthly genealogy programs wanted to share some good information regarding the hiring of professional genealogy researchers from Europe.  He was in need of professional research help for the Yorkshire, England area and the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany.

He was able to make connections with researchers for the area and feels their efforts were outstanding in obtaining results albeit at a pricey cost.

He was very happy with the results and feels he could easily recommend these professionals to others who may have research interests in the same area.

Here is the content of the e-mail text sent to me by our attendee that provides the e-mail addresses of each of the two researchers that were hired.


Hi Tony,

Here are the two contacts I used for my German&English research.

For Yorkshire only research I used Brian Jones, of Bradford, Yorkshire, England. 

For my German Research Schleswig-Holstein only, I used Klass Struve of Kiel, Germany      

Both are not cheap, but both are worth the money.


So if you happen to have research interests in the same narrow geographical area as our attendee then you can feel good about possibly using the same researchers that can help you if you are stuck in the same areas.

Thanks to RJ for the glad tidings and strong recommendations for these two European researchers.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

History/Genealogy Events From The Swedish American Museum During The Week Of September 17, 2012

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.

I thought I would share with you what I have been receiving as a link to what I received via e-mail.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing during the week of September 17, 2012 at the Swedish American Museum:

Activities And Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago During The Week Of September 17, 2012

Please note that Saturday, September 22, 2012, is specifically noted as “genealogy day”.  From 10 AM to Noon on that day there will be volunteers at the museum to assist you with your genealogical research.

Sounds like a great opportunity!

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) Next Program Scheduled for Saturday Morning, October 6, 2012 At 10:00 AM; “Skeletons In Our Closets” by Robin Seidenberg

Hi Everyone,

I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center at 1801 W. Central Rd. in Arlington Heights, IL.

Please be sure to view the link below that will get you to the program description material supplied to me by the society. 

The speaker for the morning program will be Robin Seidenberg.  The speaker will present a program titled “Skeletons in Our Closets.

Researchers can arrive as early as 9:30 AM to have informal conversations and share knowledge and seek research advice.

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

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG) October 6, 2012 Program Notice

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists Has Published An Updated Program Guide For 2012-2013; Brochure Available As PDF For Your Use In this Post; May 4, 2013 Program Information Added

Hi Everyone!

I just received an updated brochure/guide from the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG).   Their recently updated brochure contains information about the society and the programs they will offer during their upcoming 2012-2013 “season”.

The brochure has been updated to reflect the information about their May 4, 2013 program that is titled “Medical DNA”.  The speaker for that program will be Marsha Peterson-Maass.

Here is the newly updated NWSCG brochure for the society that includes their 2012-2013 programs:

Northwest Suburban Council Of Genealogists (NWSCG) Society Brochure (Updated) That Includes The 2012-2013 Programs

I am happy to share this information with readers of this blog.

Please take a look at the above link to the PDF for the information.  Print it off and mark the dates for the programs that interest you the most.  Give the society a try and try out one of their programs.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of the society.  A membership application is also included as part of the brochure that you can access through the above link to the PDF.

This is the time of the year when a lot of dated information about upcoming programs that start in September becomes available.  Check them out.

You can also visit the society webpage itself to find out more about the society, its resources and its programs.  You can visit them at the following link at:

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG)

Enjoy the brochure and plan on attending some of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library