Monthly Archives: December 2013

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening December 10, 2013 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.

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, December 10, 2013:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the handouts, review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna, the STDL genealogist, will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the breakout groups will form at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

December 2013 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On Saturday December 21, 2013; “Fika And Swedish Christmas Traditions”; Holiday Session For Nordic Family Genealogy Center Members Only

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.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the December 2013 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

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.

There is a genealogy Holiday Program scheduled for Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The title of the session is “Fika and Swedish Christmas Traditions”.  Quoting from the newsletter, participants on this day can expect the following:



Saturday, Dec.21, 10 a.m. – noon

Celebrate the holidays with the Nordic Family Genealogy Center’s final genealogy session for 2013. This session is intended for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members only. You may email or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer, if you have any questions or would like to join.


Please note that this Holiday Program is intended for members only of the Nordic Family Genealogy Center.  You can certainly take the opportunity to become a member now allowing you to participate in this special Holiday program.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during December 2013 at the Swedish American Museum:

Genealogy Program And Other Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago December 2013

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of December 2013.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“One-On-One” Genealogy Consultations Being Offered By Casa Italia In Stone Park, IL; Italian Genealogy Research Help Being Offered As Well As Non-Italian Genealogy Research Help Being Offered

Hi Everyone,

Casa Italia LogoI just discovered that Casa Italia Genealogy Department in Stone Park, IL  is offering “One-on-One” genealogy research assistance on Mondays.

Please note in the information that follows that registration in advance  is required.

Sessions are limited to 45 minutes.

Quoting from the blog post:


1 On 1 Genealogy Consultation

The Casa Italia Genealogy Department is again offering one on one genealogy assistance in our library on Mondays starting September 9. We are not only assisting with Italian research, but any ethnic background. Karen Baleno-Bogdan and Terri O’Connell are providing consultation on Mondays and specializes in Italian research.

To register for a 45 minute session please email to set an appointment ( Karen Bogdan at or (Terri O’Connell at with your top two preferred dates and times, name, email, phone number and short description of what you are looking for (beginning help, genealogy problem, etc.)

© 2013, Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL


The offer appears to be primarily geared to Italian researchers that can also take advantage of the resources available at the library at Casa Italia.  It is also nice that you can get this “One-On-One” help for non-Italian genealogy help that you are seeking.

Take advantage of the help being offered through the Casa Italia Genealogy Department.

Visit the main web site for Casa Italia at the following link to see what other information can be obtained from the site:

Casa Italia Website At WordPress

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, especially if you are stuck on your Italian genealogy research.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library