Monthly Archives: January 2019

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, March 9, 2019 At NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL; NO WALK-INS ALLOWED!

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtIt is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs!

I want to remind everyone of the upcoming 44th Annual Conference that will be held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Web Site

Their conference will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL from 7:30 AM until about 3:30 PM.   At 7:30 AM, you can have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 2:30 PM.

Get the best pricing before February 9, 2019. The conference fee, $60 for DCGS members, $70 for non-members, includes 16 sessions to choose from, a hot buffet lunch and a chance to win door prizes, great raffle items and the genealogists’ favorite exhibitors.

The fee increases to $75, no mail-in registrations accepted and no refunds allowed after February 9, 2019. Online registration closes on March 1, 2019 or when we reach our limit, whichever comes first.

Please note that “Walk-Ins” will NOT be allowed for this conference.  Every attendee must be pre-registered.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own program.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual DCGS LogoConference Information directly at the following link:

At their site in the above links you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the NIU Conference Center and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:00 PM and one at 2:30 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 4 programs that will be occurring.   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear 4 unique programs among the 16 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • F. Warren Bittner, CG
  • Daniel Earl
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Michael L. Strauss, AG

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.

I attended this conference in February 2012 and in February 2014.  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the links I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear 4 presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flies.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 9, 2019 (Saturday), Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering A Special Interest Group (SIG) For Apple Mac Users That Use “Reunion” As Their Lineage Program; From 10:30 AM To 12:30 PM At The Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email notice from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) that the next meeting of the  Reunion (Mac Lineage Software) Special Interest Group (SIG) is coming up soon.

The meeting of this SIG group will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019, between 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at our library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.  Our library is located in the Town Square complex at the intersection of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road.

The program is NOT a library sponsored program.  The CAGGNI group is providing the program and is just using our meeting rooms to conduct it.

All are welcome to attend.

You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI to attend.

Bruce Christopher of the CAGGNI group will be acting as facilitator for the group.

Here is a description of the program from the CAGGNI email:

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Reunion Special Interest Group

Calling all Apple users!  Reunion is a genealogy software designed specifically for Macintosh and also available as an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  Learn the tips and tricks that will have you utilizing this highly regarded program to its fullest.

If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. Learning software is enhanced in a hands-on environment.

Facilitator:  Bruce Christopher

For more information: Reunion Special Interest Group 

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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Apple Mac users using Reunion, now is your chance to really learn a lot more about your own program from others that are also using the product.  Maybe you are already a good user of the product.  Consider sharing your skills with others using the Apple Mac system and Reunion.

More and more computer users have been switching over to Apple products over the last few years and this includes the desktop/laptop machines as well as mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Mark your calendars for this great opportunity to really become more skilled at using an incredibly well-rated lineage product on your Apple products.

Check out more about the CAGGNI organization itself and all that it offers.  Keep in touch with them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Enjoy the program.

Enjoy the organization.

Enjoy your Mac genealogy lineage software even more than you already do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

All Kinds Of Nice Genealogy Program Information From The Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago

Hi Everyone!

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

I just received a nice little informative email from the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago.  I had not received one like this before from them and I hope this is just the start of receiving routine updates on genealogy program activities at the Center.

Here is information I received after the separator line:

(Please note you will see programs that require membership with the society and do not cost anything; you will also see programs that may cost you money to attend but apparently you do not need to have membership with the center.You can always contact the Center directly at https://irish-american.org/contact/ if you have any questions about the programs.)

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RECENT CHANGES

Happy New Year!

With the New Year comes some changes for the Genealogy Committee and the Museum Committee at the Irish American Heritage Center. 

Before the holidays began, Brian Donovan accepted the position to head the museum committee. We are super excited to see the changes Brian will bring to the museum in the coming year. As we all know, Brian has a love for history and being the keeper to the museum is definitely something he will be great at. We wish him great success in 2019 as he dives deep into the history of Chicago and Ireland in the museum. 

Because Brian’s focus is now the museum, Terri O’Connell from the Genealogy Committee will now be heading up the Genealogy Committee. During 2018, Terri has brought a few genealogy workshops to the Irish American Heritage Center and already has great plans for 2019 (more information below.) There will be Genealogy events each week at the center. With genealogy being such a current hot topic, it was imperative that we bring more genealogy based events to the center. 

We hope you will wish them both well as they move forward in their new positions. 

RESEARCH NIGHTS

This year we are introducing a monthly research night in the library. Come and utilize the books and research with your friends. Lets celebrate our successes and work through our brick walls together. 

We will meet the first Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) from 7-9pm in the library. 

Research nights are free, but you must be a member of the Irish American Heritage Center to participate. Join today!

Remember to come early and have dinner at the 5th Province!

SAVE THE DATE

March 11th the Ulster Historical Foundation will be presenting lectures all day at the Irish American Heritage Center. For more information and to reserve your seat today, see the IAHC website

MONTHLY CLASSES

January 17th 7-9pm $20

Digging into Griffiths Valuation, uses the research tool, Griffith’s Valuation, one of Ireland’s premier genealogical resources. It provides detailed information on where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland and the property they possessed.

Bring your research with you, whether on paper or on your laptop. In this workshop we will be using the information you have on the place your ancestors lived.

Upcoming classes can be found on the Your Genealogy Quest website. 

Come early and enjoy dinner at the 5th Province!

MONTHLY GENEALOGY MEETINGS

On the last Sunday of the month we come together (from 1pm to 3pm) to discuss Irish Genealogy. Bring in all the information you have on your Irish ancestors for guidance on moving forward with your research.

This year we will also be adding in discussions on DNA tests and results. 

Meetings for 2019 are:

January 27
February 24
March 24
April 28
May 26
June 30
July 28
August 25
September 29
October 27
November 24
December 29

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I have asked the organization to keep sending out updates to programs as they occur on a monthly basis so I can share that information with all of you.

Although I do not have any Irish research going on with me now, I will say that I have had the opportunity to visit the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago.  It is an incredible facility.  I attended a program and did not really get to experience the full amount of the resources that are there.  It still felt amazing to see such a large-scale facility dedicated to Irish Heritage.  The building at one time was a Junior College that was known as Mayfair Junior College.

This was a pleasant surprise to see the email I received with all of the nice information for sharing.

See if any of the above interests you to connect with the Irish American Heritage Center and the genealogy resources that exist at the center.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 2, 2019 At 10:00 AM; “Tools To Dig Deeper: Probate And Inquest Records” Presented By Grace DuMelle

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, February 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 2, 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 Grace DuMelle.    The speaker will present a program titled “Tools to Dig Deeper: Probate and Inquest Records.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) February 2, 2019 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Grace DuMelle, 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

January 19, 2019 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Internet Archive: The Amazing Genealogical Resource You Are Not Using”; Presented By Debra Dudek

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next program on Saturday, January 19, 2019 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

The program is open to any and all interested in learning more about genealogy as well as learning more about this wonderful genealogy group and meeting its members in attendance.  You do not need to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  This is not a program sponsored by our library.  CAGGNI is using our meeting room to conduct their own program.  All are welcome to attend.

The title of the program is “Internet Archive: The Amazing Genealogical Resource You Are Not Using”.  Speaker for the program is Debra Dudek.

Program description is:

 Can’t find it on Ancestry?  Learn all about Internet Archive and its amazing collection of city directories, county histories, gazetteers, yearbooks and family genealogies.  If you haven’t been on this site yet, you’re missing a lot of fantastic resources.

Speaker information is:

Debra M. Dudek is head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL.  Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics.  She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Find out more about the CAGGNI group and all that they do.  Visit them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for January 8, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the January 2019 Handouts for your convenience:

January 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, January 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the handouts online or you can save them as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

You will also note that I  “highlight” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of Contents.

Please note that you can access directly any and all URL Links that you find within the Handouts PDF.  You can get directly to the website being mentioned from within the handout being mentioned.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for January 8, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the January 2019 Newsletter for your convenience:

January 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, January 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the newsletter online or you can save it as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

Please note that the Newsletter has Bookmarks and Hyperlinks within the document to make for fast navigation from within the Table of Contents.  You can quickly get to the spots that interest you from the Table of Contents.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library