Monthly Archives: May 2013

Illinois State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 25, 2013 And Saturday, October 26, 2013 In Sandwich, IL

Hi Everyone,

ISGS LogoI just noticed that there are dates noted for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference for 2013.  The dates noted are for Friday, October 25, 2013 and Saturday, October 26, 2013.  The conference will be held in Sandwich, IL.

Details for the conference are still be worked out, but the dates are now set as is the location.

Here is what is posted at the website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society regarding information about the upcoming conference:


Friday, October 25 through Saturday, October 26
ISGS 2013 Fall Conference  (ISGS Events)
Timber Creek Inn & Suites 3300 Drew Ave Sandwich, Illinois 60545

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces its 2013 Fall conference to be held on October 25 and 26 in Sandwich, Illinois, at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center.

Using The Way They Were as this year’s theme, a variety of presenters will offer lectures to assist attendees in identifying the “they” in genealogical research. In addition, a focus on “were” will explore the importance of capturing family stories and ancestor anecdotes to round out a family’s history.

Besides attending genealogy focused lectures and social events, conference goers can visit the Sandwich area which offers a variety of venues for historical sightseeing. These include area museums, tours of the Naper Settlement in Naperville, and the world famous Mies van der Rohe glass home, as well as the Farnsworth House, on the banks of the nearby Fox River.

Conference details will be available soon at the ISGS website at For room reservations, contact the Timber Creek Inn & Suites at (866) 992-7335 or visit the ISGS conference to secure the group rate).

Questions about the ISGS 2013 Fall Conference can be emailed to the Conference Chair, Howard Manthei, at

Mark your calendar! We look forward to seeing you in Sandwich this Fall!


As you can see, more information will be coming.  You also have some contact points to review in advance of the finalization of the program.

It does appear the society is attempting to move the conference around other areas of the state other than in the immediate Chicagoland area.  Sandwich, IL is not all that far for most of us that do reside in the greater Chicagoland area.

Mark your calendar for these dates and see what the details will be of the programs and the speakers when they become available.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Hooray! Hooray! “Who Do You Think You Are?” Returning To TV On The Learning Channel (TLC)!

Hi Everyone!

Fireworks Celebration Clip ArtA recent Dick Eastman newsletter post noted with certainty that the fabulous genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be returning to TV on Tuesday evening,  July 23, 2013, at 8 PM Central Time on The Learning Channel (TLC).

Eight new original episodes are planned for airing.

Rumors of various “stars” appearing in libraries with film crews have been reported previously.  They even said then that it was for the revival of this wonderful show.

So now you can mark your calendar for the day, date and time of the rebirth of this wonderful show and its new episodes!

Here is the full-text of the news item that appeared at Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (


NBC had a very successful series in “Who Do You Think You Are?” but canceled the television programs after three seasons. Producers Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky have since negotiated a deal with TLC Network (see my earlier articles by starting at and now have announced the premiere date for a new season: July 23  at 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central. will remain as the sponsor.

TLC will air eight one-hour episodes in the new season. The celebrities featured this year include: Christina Applegate, Kelly Clarkson, Cindy Crawford, Chris O’Donnell and Zooey Deschan.

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The interval between cancellation of the original running of the show on NBC and the rebirth on TLC was not really that long of an interval.  NBC canceled the show after 3 seasons in the May 2012 time period and it is now starting again in July 2013.  Rumors were rampant right after NBC cancellation that the show might be finding a new home.  The deal just had to be completed.

And now the countdown to July 23, 2013 begins!

Our wait is now almost over.

Good things come (back) to those that are patient!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


How About That — Another Milestone! Blog Post Number 600 Has Just Been Released!

Hi Everyone!

I have just completed another milestone related to my authoring this  blog.

I have just posted what is identified as my 600th blog post!

That number seems like an incredibly high number, but I assure you it is real.

Time to celebrate and do a happy dance!

It just seems that I just cranked out blog post number 500 a few weeks ago. (The 500th post occurred approximately in November 2012!)  It seems the blog posts are happening at the speed of light lately.

I hope you enjoy these blog posts as much as I enjoy creating them.

Thanks for spending your time reading through the material I am posting that does hopefully make a positive impact on your genealogical researching.

Thanks for your kind words about what I do both on this blog and in the library!

Now, onward to achieving number 700!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Details Of The Upcoming Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Annual Conference Scheduled For Friday And Saturday, September 13 And September 14, 2013 Are Now Available

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI have just received a notice from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) that the program details of the upcoming Annual Conference have been finalized.

The conference will take place on Friday, September 13, 2013 with early registration taking place between 11:00 AM to 1 PM and continue through Saturday, September 14, 2013.

The conference will take place at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville at 3003 Corporate West Drive in Lisle, IL.  Phone number of the facility is 630-505-0900.

Here is a PDF of the Conference Flyer:

September 13-14, 2013 PGSA Annual Conference Flyer

Here is a PDF of the Program Schedule as well as the speakers for the programs for the 2 day annual conference:

September 13-14, 2013 PGSA Annual Conference Program Guide

Pricing details, registration and a lengthier description of the event and speaker biographies can be found via the website for Eventbrite  noted in the program material at:

September 13-14 2013 PGSA Annual Conference Pricing and Registration

The PGSA is bringing in some high-powered speakers that have specialized in Polish research, Online research and have some great working knowledge of the Polish Archives and the Polish genealogical societies.  Tomasz Nitsch, Ola Heska, Ceil Jensen and Thomas MacEntee are the powerful guest speakers over the 2 day event.

The PGSA puts on an impressive Annual Conference each year over a 2 day period.  Kudos to the society for doing a conference over 2 days when doing a conference on 1 day is monumental unto itself!

You may also want to visit the PGSA website itself to find out more about the organization and the resources it offers at the website to help in your Polish ancestral research.

You will also be in touch with news of the upcoming conference as any announcements are made from PGSA.

You can visit their website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Mark your calendars for this event especially if you are an avid Polish researcher local to our area.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

BIG Program Announcement From The DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS); Dick Eastman Will Be Presenting An All-Day Series Of Programs On Saturday, August 17, 2013 At The Wheaton Public Library From 9 AM To 4:30 PM

Hi Everyone!


The DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) has announced a blockbuster all-day genealogy program that will feature none other than Dick Eastman.

The all-day program is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2013, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at the Wheaton Public Library in Wheaton, IL.  During this event, Dick Eastman will present 4 individual one-hour genealogy programs.

Please note the following important points as noted by DCGS at their website:

  • Advance online registration is REQUIRED beginning June 15, 2013
  • Seating is limited to 100, NO walk-ins, NO refunds for cancellations
  • The cost of $34 includes 4 sessions & boxed lunch, or $25 for sessions only
  • Beginning June 15, 2013,  register online with payment via PayPal
  • Registration closes without advance notice when we reach capacity of 100, watch here for updates.
  • Any questions, contact

Here is a link to the part of the DCGS website that provides all of the information regarding this incredible all-day program:

August 17, 2013 DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) All-Day Program With Dick Eastman

The time schedule for the day as well as a description of the 4 individual programs that Dick Eastman will present can be found at the above link to the DCGS website for this program.

The DCGS normally does not have any programs during the months of June, July and August.  However, when you can get such a well-known star in the field of genealogy, I guess you can make an exception to your normally scheduled off-month!

Congratulations to the DCGS on arranging such a blockbuster program with such a great spokesman in the field of genealogy!

If you are interested in attending please note all of the details from their website as well as the key date to take action if you plan on attending.  If you do not have an account with PayPal, now is the time to establish one since the website indicates that PayPal is the only method for making payment.

Keep visiting the DuPage County Genealogical Society webpage between now and the date of registration to see if there are any new updates to the planned event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library Has A Nice YouTube Video Noting What Is New At Dated May 2013

Hi Everyone!

ancestry-logoI saw a post on Dick Eastman’s blog that noted there was a very nice YouTube video created by that lets viewers see what is new at during the May 2013 time period.

The video is a 27 minute production hosted by Crista Cowan of who provides the viewers with updates on what new things users of should be aware of.

You can view this video directly here:

I viewed the first 8 minutes of the video.  Crista does an excellent job of sharing what is new at that can make your use of the product even more effective and beneficial with your family history research.  She shows you via her computer screen what to look for at the site.

I also did a search on YouTube looking for similarly titled videos and did discover that there are many “What’s New At” videos on YouTube going back at least until April of 2012.  These series of videos are a great tool to use to review going back in time so you keep current with all that is being offered and added to

Here is a simple link to my search in YouTube that will give you this nice list of these videos posted to YouTube that you can do some catching up on to know about all of the new things at

“What’s New At” YouTube Videos

The host does a very good job verbally describing the new additions as well as showing you the new things at Ancestry via screencasting.  That allows you to see her computer screen as she points out the various “new” things you may see at and where they are located.

Because so many of us use, either via a personal subscription or by using the Ancestry product at our local libraries, these YouTube videos are quite informative to keep users up to date with new features that take root on  The host provides even more depth to the importance of the change and even why it was done.

I think you will enjoy the most recent video above as well as looking at the link above for even more of these videos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Announces Its “Updated” Genealogy Programs List for 2013-2014; April 2014 Program Finalized; January 2014 Program Title Correction

Hi Everyone!

The DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) has let me know that they have the entire 2013-2014 schedule of programs completed.  The April 2014 program has been filled.  Also, the January 2014 program title has been corrected.  On an earlier post describing their programs for 2013-2014, they had not at that time completed the program plan for the April 2014 program.  That is now complete.  Steve Szabados will now be the guest speaker for the society’s April 16, 2014 program and will present a program titled “Mining Census Records – Information to Enrich Your Heritage”.

The society also noted that it had corrected the title of the January 15, 2014 scheduled program by Jennifer Holik from “Secrets of the Lost” to “Stories of the Lost”.

Programs for the society take place between September Through May each year.  The society does not offer any programs during the summer months of June, July and August.

You can view their upcoming schedule on the following embedded link to a PDF  at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Genealogy Program Schedule For 2013-2014

Also, just visit the DCGS website to see what they are all about and what nice resources they have at their site for you to discover.  If you have any DuPage County, IL ancestral connection, you may want to consider joining the society to access even more resources through the society’s site.  You can always also see upcoming activities and events for the society at their website.  Look for the link on the left side noted as “Events”.  You can visit the DCGS web site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society

Take a look at their programming list for 2013-2014 and plan your genealogy program attendance at DCGS starting in September 2013.

They have many interesting programs on their schedule.  Increase your genealogy knowledge and skills.  Attend one of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library