Monthly Archives: December 2017

“2018 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2018 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2018 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2018 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2018 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2018 from right within this post at:

2018 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2018!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2016 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2017

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2016  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2017 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2017.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2018 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2017”, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2017:

2002 – 2017 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2017 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

National Genealogical Society 2018 Annual Conference Brochure And Program Information Available; May 2-5, 2018 In Grand Rapids, Michigan; “Paths To Your Past”

Hi Everyone!

The National Genealogical Society has an annual multi-day conference each year.

The 2018 program is scheduled for May 2, 2018 through May 5, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The title of the 2018 conference is “Paths to Your Past”.

You certainly have plenty of time to peruse the material and make plans to attend this annual major genealogical event.

You can view the full-color 16 page registration brochure at their website by clicking on the following link at:

Especially take a look at the registration material in the above program guide.  You can get discounts for early bird registration as well as even further discounts if you are a member of the National Genealogical Society and do early bird registration.  You can also sign up for a 1-day series of programs only.  Registration by March 20, 2018 will get you an early bird discount if you are a member of the society or not.  Check out all of the registration costs as well as all of the costs if you will choose to participate in any of the special programs being offered by the society that generally occur in the evening.

Being a member of NGS AND doing early bird registration will get you the biggest discount on price overall.

Also just visit the main NGS website to take a look at much more information and material that they have at the site.  There is much more information about this conference available through their main website.  Browse their site and see what other great resources they may have available online that can help you in your own research efforts.

You can visit their main website at

Look for the part of their main website at the top that says “Conferences and Events”.

Attending a national conference such as this is an eye-opening genealogical experience that I would recommend at least once in a lifetime for researchers.  There are literally 180 informative hour-long programs that are scheduled during this program between 8 AM through 4 PM.  There are even  programs going on through the early evening if you can’t get enough information on genealogy from 8 AM until 4 PM!

NGS Logo Clip ArtThis brochure is one that in the past I would have made a copy for distribution to our genealogy program  participants.  However, now that I am writing this blog, it is more appropriate to direct you to the National Genealogical Society website directly for you to take a look at their full 16 page color brochure they have put together.

The above link will take you directly to this 16 page incredible brochure.

Even if you do not go to this program or another one down the road, I always recommend that you should take a look at the variety of programs being offered.  You may very well find a program with a great speaker that fits right in with your own research aspirations.  You will then possibly have a contact to make with the speaker to see if they can help answer a question you may have on the genealogical topic of interest.

Also take a look at the long list of world-renowned genealogical speakers that are in the brochure.

These are the best of the best!

Your paths may cross with them through material they may have already published.  Some may even be local to our own area.  Some may very well be speakers we have had at our library offering some great genealogical programs for you to learn from!

Take a look through the brochure to gain a sense of magnitude of what a national genealogical conference looks like.  It is amazing.  These conference are often attended by anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 fellow researchers.  Vendors are also present selling their wares.

According to statistics provided to me from the NGS, the 2017 Conference in Raleigh, NC had 1,936 registered participants present at the conference plus an additional 268 participants that had registered for the live streaming programs.  Total attendance near the 2,200 number.  Pretty good turnout!

This conference can be nothing short of genealogy nirvana!

Check out the brochure.  Check out the NGS Program.  Try to attend one once in your life.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“White Like Her: My Family’s Story Of Race And Racial Passing” Book By Gail Lukasik; This Book Has Been Added To Our Circulating Collection; This Book Is Also Part Of Our “Second Floor Reads” Program; It Will Be Group Discussed On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, At 6:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I hope that for those of you that were able to attend our recent November 14, 2017 Genealogy Program, that you thoroughly enjoyed it as much as I did.  This program had Gail Lukasik as our guest speaker sharing with us her experience on the Genealogy Roadshow as well as providing us her family story that was the highlight of Genealogy Roadshow.  Her recently published book is a result of both her family history story and her experience on the Genealogy Roadshow.

We have just added her newly published book to our circulating collection.  The title of her book is White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing.  The call number of the book is 929.1072 LUKASIK, G.  You would currently find this book in the “New Non-Fiction” shelving area of our library on the 2nd floor near the “Ask Us” desk. (As of the publication of this blog post, the book I noticed is currently checked out.  Put a hold on the book for yourself.)

I have now personally read her book.  I could not put it down.  Finished it in about 3 days.  Book is about 282 pages in length plus Acknowledgements and Notes.  She truly did combine her skills as being a mystery writer as well as a genealogy researcher.  She magically had one chapter about the genealogy aspects of her mystery followed by a chapter of her family life then followed back and forth between genealogy and family stories.  It worked for me as the suspense built up chapter to chapter.

Gail Lukasik

Also, our library has a non-fiction book discussion group called “Second Floor Reads” that meets nine months per year. The book selections have already been established for 2018 and lo and behold! Gail’s book White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing has been selected as one of their 2018 titles. Specifically, her book will be discussed on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, between 6:30 – 8 pm at our library.

You do not have to participate in every month of the Second Floor Reads non-fiction book discussions. You can choose one or attend any months you choose – it’s up to you. If you would like more information about Second Floor Reads, please contact Susan Gibberman, Readers’ Advisory Specialist Library, by email or phone ( / 847.923.3339). She will be happy to explain how the program works and what you need to do in order to participate.

I actually think I am going to participate in this program on the February 28, 2018 date to discuss Gail’s new book.  I wish I would have taken notes on the book while I was reading it knowing now that the book is on our Second Floor Reads list!  Oh well, time for another review of the book in advance of the program.

I am sure that your own family story is as stupendous as that of Gail.  Now is the time to get pen to paper and start writing your own family history story/book even if it never gets to the Genealogy Roadshow.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, January 6, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “No Photo? No Problem! – How Slides And Negatives Capture The Past!” Presented By Debra M. Dudek

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  There is no fee to attend.  Visitors are always welcome.

The society offers an early informal gathering at 9:00 AM that would allow you to exchange information and ask questions with others present at the time before the formal program starts.

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

Feature Presentation Clip ArtThe speaker for the morning program will be Debra M. Dudek.    The speaker will present a program titled “No Photo? No Problem! – How Slides and Negatives Capture the Past.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) January 6, 2018 Program Notice

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

You can always visit the website of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society to see what they are all about at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Re-Post: Check This Blog During the Winter Months In Case Bad Weather Forces Us To Cancel A Genealogy Program; I Would Post That Cancellation Notice Here

Hi Everyone!

Winter Weather Clip ArtI just wanted to remind readers of this blog, especially those of you that often attend our monthly Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL), that I would post a notice here if a Genealogy Program on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month would have to be cancelled due to bad, wintry weather.

A few cancellations have happened in the past and I believe posting the cancellation of that program in this blog proved helpful and beneficial to those who thought of coming out on a bad wintry night.  I believe that our most recent cancellation of our genealogy program was in February 2010 just a few months after I started this blog.  We have had a pretty long run of no cancellations during winter!! (We did have a cancellation in March 2017 because of a water main pipe rupture in our parking lot area that required the entire library to be closed.)

A cancellation does not happen often,  but this blog can easily get the word out that a genealogy program is being cancelled due to inclement weather.

It could be that we need to cancel our program but our library could still be open on these dicey nights.  It is not uncommon that many of our speakers come from a distance and bad weather could make it impossible for them to drive to our library to make the presentation while our library would still remain open.

As I write this in mid-December 2017, we have been experiencing some incredibly warm, comfortable weather throughout October and November so far.  Winter is just now starting to make its appearance.  Good enough that you probably do not even think of those nasty, blowing, snowing nights that you know we will get this winter.  I just hope they don’t occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month, the day of our program.

Cross your fingers that good weather karma will be with us on our program nights for December 2017 and  January, February and March of 2018.

So keep checking back here especially on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month if you may be planning on attending our genealogy program during the months of December, January, February and March.  If the weather is dicey and we cancel the program, you will hear it here!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Users Are Experiencing Problems With Heritage Quest From Off-Site Connections To The Library Database

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I have been made aware that users who are reaching our genealogy database called Heritage Quest from off-site are experiencing problems with using the database.

You can get into the database but you receive an error message when you actually try to perform a “Search”.

The problem has been referred internally to our staff for analysis and resolution.

We hope to provide a resolution to the off-site Heritage Quest search error soon.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

I will let you know via a blog post here when the problem has been resolved.

Thank you for your patience.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library