Our January 10, 2017 Genealogy Program Speaker Has To Cancel Her Appearance; Sarah A. V. Kirby Was Going To Present “Finding Newspapers Online”; Instead, Tina Beaird Will Be Presenting “Newspaper Necessities” In Place Of The Originally Scheduled Speaker And Program; Our Printed Program Guide For This Program Will Not Be Accurate

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library

I need to make you aware of an upcoming genealogy program change.  Our January 10, 2017 genealogy program was going to originally have Sarah A. V. Kirby make a presentation titled “Finding Newspapers Online”.  Sarah has had to cancel her appearance at our library.

Instead of the original program we will be having Tina Beaird make a presentation titled “Newspaper Necessities”.

Different speaker than originally intended but I have tried to keep the subject category on using newspapers for your research the same.

Here is a little description of the program as well as some information about Tina Beaird:


Newspapers hold an astounding amount of genealogical and local history information other than obituaries. Learn how to find the hidden gems in newspapers like claim day notices, cards of thanks, society news, tax notices and more. Learn how to locate digital copies of original newspapers as well as what online indexes and abstracts exist.

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy & Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.

Currently, Tina is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. She is an Oswego Heritage Association governing board member and an Oswego Historic Preservation Commissioner.

Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally, still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.


Unfortunately, the cancellation we received was done after our Program Guide was going to print which meant we could not make a correction at that time.  For those of you that receive our printed program guide you will still see reference to Sarah A. V. Kirby making a presentation titled “Finding Newspapers Online”.

I have made an updated change to our online library calendar of events on our website.  If you select the January 10, 2017 program for genealogy from the calendar you will see it has been updated to reflect that Tina Beaird will be our program speaker for the evening.

This blog post will also spread the word about the change in programming for the January 10, 2017 Genealogy Program.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  I am certain that Tina’s presentation will be well recieved.

Thank you for understanding the change that had to be made.

Looking forward to seeing all of you on January 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm for “Newspaper Necessities” presented by Tina Beaird.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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