Monthly Archives: August 2013

I Have Added 2 New Links To The “Favorite Links” Page Of This Blog; Both Are About DNA; Link To “Favorite Links” Included

Hi Everyone!

DNA Clip ArtDNA testing for genealogical research is becoming a larger item as a resource in the genealogy research tool bag.  That being the case, I thought it would be appropriate for me to add a new DNA category in my “Favorite Links” page on the blog you will find at the top of the home page.

I added two links within that category.  One link will get you to the Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) website.  This company has been very popular in the growing field of DNA for genealogy.  I have heard much good about the company, the testing and the site.

I also added a link to a website for which the site author is known as the “DNA Adviser”.  His name is Richard Hill.  He has authored a book titled Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA .  I am in the process of adding that book to our circulating collection after I became aware of it via reading a review of it that was in the July/August 2013 issue of Family Chronicle.  I have looked at the website and it looks very good.  It contains great amounts of information on just about anything you might want to know about DNA and how to use it with your genealogical research.

The author is adopted.  He accidentally discovered that information which has led him on his quest to find his biological parents.  DNA was one process he utilized in his quest to uncover his birth father and mother.

If you have been wondering more about the science, the techniques and yes, the confusion, about DNA testing, then “meander” on off to the two new links I added to my “Favorite Links” page of the blog under the new category of “DNA”.  If you don’t want to “meander”, just click on the link that follows in this post that will get you there.

Tony’s Genealogy Blog “Favorite Links”

“To DNA or not to DNA …That is the question?”

You decide, but first check out the  new links!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

Upcoming Events From The Swedish American Museum In Chicago For August 2013; Genealogy Program, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 10 AM To Noon; “Viking Women” By Dr. James Borg

Hi Everyone!

Swedish American Museum LogoI recently received the August 2013 update on newly added programs being offered by the Swedish American Museum in Chicago,

Here is the August 2013 update I received from the Swedish American Museum:

August 2013 Swedish American Museum August 2013 Program Update

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

The main website for the Swedish American Museum is:

Swedish American Museum

The update highlights many of the upcoming programs and events that will be occurring at the Swedish American Museum.  There are many programs that are more cultural in nature than genealogical.  But if you are doing Swedish genealogical research, these cultural events are still important to you.

The museum does present genealogy programs.  The one mentioned in this update notes that there will be a genealogy program on Saturday, August 24, 2013 that will take place at the Swedish American Museum from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

Here is the text description from the update about this genealogy program:

The Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session on viking women led by Dr. James Borg.

To learn more about the Nordic Family Genealogy Center, please visit  You may also e-mail or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer.

If you have Swedish ancestral connections, you want to make a connection with the Swedish American Museum located in Chicago, IL to see what resources they have that can help in your own Swedish research.

Look through the update for the many and varied programs and events being offered by the museum during August 2013.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library