Monthly Archives: December 2018

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their February 17, 2019 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Algonquin Area Public Library; The Program Title Is “Basics Of DNA Testing/Autosomal Testing” Presented By Robert Sliwinski ; Program Will Also Be Presented As A “Live” Webinar” For Those Unable To Attend In Person

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement via a Program Flyer from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Algonquin Area Public Library in Algonquin, IL on Sunday, February 17, 2019 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program for free at the library and meet other members of the society in attendance.  You do not have to be a PGSA member to attend in person.  You do not have to be a cardholder with the Algonquin Area Public Library.  There is no charge incurred to attend the program in person.  If you do plan to attend in person at the library please contact the library and register for the program.  You can call the library at 847-458-6060 and ask to register for the program.

The formal presentation is titled “Basics of DNA Testing/Autosomal Testing”.  The presenter is Robert Sliwinski.

The program is also being presented as a “live” webinar for those that cannot attend in person.  The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register for the webinar if you would like to participate in that manner.  Again, you do not have to be a member of the PGSA in order to participate via the webinar.  However, there is a $10 fee for non-PGSA members to participate via the Webinar itself.

The society has recently been having its quarterly programs at a variety of locations in Chicago and suburbs over the recent years rather than just at its main location in the city of Chicago, IL.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering as well as has information about the speaker:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For February 17, 2019 Program

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider attending this program and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“2019 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 “2019 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2019 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 2019 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 2019 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2019 from right within this post at:

2019 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2019!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2017 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2018

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2017  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2018 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2018.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2019 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2018”, “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 2018:

2002 – 2018 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 2018 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

Looks Like CookCountyGenealogy.Com Has Changed Its Website Address; That Explains Why Using The Regular Site Name We Know As WWW.CookCountyGenealogy.Com Is Not Successful

Hi Everyone!

Literally within a few minutes after my recent post I may have discovered why the CookCountyGenealogy.com website cannot be reached.

It looks like they changed their web address!

I was looking at the Cook County Vital Records website and saw something that led to the Genealogy component of the site.  Within it, they had a link called “Genealogy Online”.  I clicked on that link and it led me to what looked the routine CookCountyGenealogy.com website.  However, at this site I noticed a different web address that is now being shown as:

https://genealogy.cookcountyclerk.com/

I still am not aware if this is the real deal or that there was any news about the address being changed.  But it sure looks like this is the site we all like for Cook County Birth, Marriage and Death Records except that it has a new web address.

I logged into it routinely and did searches so it does seem to be the same site with a new address!

Again, I just happened to discover this via the Cook County Vital Records website referring to genealogy.

Bookmark the site for future use or at least remember to go to  https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/genealogy-records
and look for the other link that says “Genealogy Online” which will take you to the renamed site.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Unable To Connect To CookCountyGenealogy.Com; Cannot Find A Reason For Refusal To Connect

Hi Everyone!

One of our genealogy program participants made me aware before Christmas that she was unable to connect to CookCountyGenealogy.com.  She noticed it on December 17, 2018.  She wanted to know if I too was experiencing the same problem.  I tried also to connect and found that I could not connect.  The following message was appearing in my browser window:

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This site can’t be reached

http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com refused to connect.

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As of this post creation date of December 26, 2018, the same error message was appearing when I tried to connect this morning.

Some general internet searching on my part is unable to discover anything noted as to why this is happening or if it is being resolved.

This is a very popular site and I am surprised I just can’t find out anything behind why this inability to connect to them is happening.

I received the same message in both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Just wanted to make users of this site aware that they may see a similar message if they attempt to connect to them now.

If anybody has heard anything about this site that is currently refusing a connection please share that with me.  I have sent an email message to the Cook County Vital Records website inquiring if they are aware of this problem and if they can share some information as to the cause and also the expected correction of this access issue.

Maybe I will hear back from them with some update I can share with you.

Thank you Judi S. for making me aware of this issue.

Hope it ultimately gets resolved.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

LOCATION CORRECTION FOR THIS PROGRAM – Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, January 5, 2019 At 10:00 AM; “How To Organize All This Genealogy Stuff” Presented By Lisa Louise Cooke As A “Live” Webinar

Hi Everyone!

Please note that I have become aware of a location error I had in my original post for the upcoming January 5, 2019 Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Genealogy Program.

The program will take place at the ARLINGTON HEIGHTS MEMORIAL LIBRARY instead of the usual Arlington Heights Senior Center.  The time of the program and the speaker and the topic are the same as in the original post.  Only the location is incorrect.

Also, the doors to the program open at 9:30 am at the AHML library.  So it appears the usual “meet and greet” time for this location will start at 9:30 am and not at 9 am when the program is usually held at the Arlington Heights Senior Center.

You do need to register for this upcoming program if you are going to attend in person.  The society sent me an email that included the following registration information:

“You may register by calling the library at 847-392-0100 or by visiting this link: http://www.ahml.info/content/how-organize-all-genealogy-stuff-lisa-louise-cooke

Please ignore the original posting information below the separator line that pertains to the location of the program as the Arlington Heights Senior Center.  That is incorrect.

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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 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, January 5, 2019 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 Lisa Louise Cooke via a “live” webinar.    The speaker will present a program titled “How To Organize All This Genealogy Stuff.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) January  5, 2019 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Lisa Louise Cooke, 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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, January 5, 2019 At 10:00 AM; “How To Organize All This Genealogy Stuff” Presented By Lisa Louise Cooke As A “Live” Webinar

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 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, January 5, 2019 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 Lisa Louise Cooke via a “live” webinar.    The speaker will present a program titled “How To Organize All This Genealogy Stuff.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) January  5, 2019 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Lisa Louise Cooke, 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