Monthly Archives: July 2019

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday August 10, 2019 From 10:30 AM To 12:30 PM At NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates, IL

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoHave you submitted your DNA for genealogical analysis?

Are you trying to make sense of the results you received back?

Feel like talking about it but don’t know where to turn?

Just want to make everyone aware that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) has a DNA special interest group (SIG).

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the NIU Conference Center at 5555 Trillium Blvd. in Hoffman Estates, IL.

This program is open to all.  You do not have to be a member of the CAGGNI group in order to participate.

Here is the text describing what will take place at this upcoming DNA SIG:

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DNA Special Interest Group

CAGGNI’s genomic genealogy group continues into its fourth year. This group focuses on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results. We study topics such as autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA and ancestral admixture results. We’ll also investigate third party tools for analyzing your raw data and comparing DNA and gedcom data with test kit results from companies besides the one you tested with.

DNA can break down genealogical brick walls once thought impenetrable – but only if you know how.

The SIG will often combine lectures with interactive workshop-style activities and/or extensive Q&A periods.

Get ready to put your DNA results to work for you!

SIG Leads Dr. David Stumpf and Alan Wilson

For more information: DNA Special Interest Group

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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Consider connecting with this special interest group local to our area.  You spent good money on your DNA kits.  Why not really learn how to interpret and use your results in a real productive manner.  I am sure your testing company offers automated ways to interpret results through PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos or maybe even person to person via customer service.  Here is your chance to discuss Genealogy DNA among fellow testers.  Learn about DNA tests that are over and above what you started with and how they can help you even more.

Learn from others, help others.

You can always visit the general website of the CAGGNI group to see what they are all about.  And I can guarantee you they are about many things genealogically speaking, including having this DNA SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with your DNA results.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Library Has Added Some Language Translation Books To Our Circulating Collection Geared To Polish Genealogical Research; Set Of 4 Books; Polish, Russian, Latin, German

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I have added some language translation books geared for genealogical research to our collection, especially for Polish researchers.  For some reason we had 1 of the 4 books in this set on our circulating shelves but not the entire set.  We now have the complete set on our shelves.  The Latin book noted below is currently on our circulating shelves as I write this.

Here are the book details:

All 4 books were authored by Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman.

The titles of the books are:

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents, Volume 1; Polish, 2018, 376 pages, 929.3 HOFFMAN, W.

 

 

 

 

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents, Volume 2; Russian, 2014, 509 pages, 929.3 HOFFMAN, W.

 

 

 

 

 

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents, Volume 3; Latin, 2013, 411 pages, 929.3 HOFFMAN, W.

 

 

 

 

 

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents, Volume 4; German, 2017, 655 pages, 929.3 HOFFMAN, W.

 

 

 

 

These are some massive tomes full of document analysis, maps, word lists, handwriting insights, and on and on!

I feel good that I was able to obtain the 3 volumes of the set that we did not have on our shelves.  As you can see, all 4 books will be located at the same call number area on our 2nd floor circulating shelves.

I wish such books existed for so many other languages in the style these were written.  Because of my interest in Polish research, I am aware that the authors have focused on creating these volumes with Polish researchers in mind.  Poland back to 1792 was a country that lost its own identity and was taken over by Germany, Russia and Austria, hence the languages in this series because Polish researchers may very well encounter them when researching documents that were created under one of the political entities of German or Russian.  Yes, you can still find documents written in Polish in the German or Russian controlled political entities.  Latin has often been the language of Polish Catholic Church records so you will find that language in the Polish documents you research.  In fact you could probably find documents that contain combinations of the languages covered by this series.

The southern boundary area of Poland was also controlled by Austria.  Perhaps there is an Austrian version of this series in the works by the authors??

If you have been struggling with Polish documents simply because of the scope of the languages they could be in, it may be worth looking at these books and see if they can help with your research.

Hope you find these helpful.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Some Upcoming September-November 2019 Genealogy Programs From The Swedish American Genealogical Society At The Swedish American Museum

Hi Everyone!

I just recently received an update from the Swedish American Genealogical Society regarding some of their upcoming programs that will take place at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL.

Here is what I received after the separator line:

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28 September 2019 – Swedish American Museum, Chicago, IL – Book Discussion: “Xenophobe’s Guide to the Swedes” by Peter Berlin http://swedishamericanmuseum.org

 

26 October 2019 – Swedish American Museum, Chicago, IL – “Swedish Nobility” – Bengt Sjogren http://swedishamericanmuseum.org

 

23 November 2019 – Swedish American Museum, Chicago, IL – “Swedish American Church Records” Kathy Meade http://swedishamericanmuseum.org

 

Programs take place at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago on the 4th Saturday starting at 10 am to 12 noon.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email to genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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The above program information is not yet reflected in the online calendar of the Swedish American Museum as of the creation of this blog post.  Re-visit the site and the calendar as the program dates get closer.

Here is a link to the Swedish American Museum website at:

Swedish American Museum

Here is a link to the Swedish American Genealogical Society that is part of the museum at:

Swedish American Genealogical Society

I hope to receive more longer term program information farther out into the future if possible to offer to you for better planning purposes.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Check Out The Video Section Of “The History Cop” Online Website!; Ray Johnson Has Made A Genealogy Program Presentation At Our Library; He Has A Growing Number Of Chicago Related Historical Videos To View

Hi Everyone!

While starting to work on Genealogy Programs for 2020 for our library, I was checking out the site of one of our previous speakers, Ray Johnson, to contact him again with an invitation to return to our library with another one of his informative and entertaining genealogy presentations.

I was perusing his site to obtain some genealogy program information and happened to notice a new part of his site he has categorized as “Videos”.  I had to see what that was all about!  And am I glad I went to satisfy my curiosity.

He has 3 videos currently on the site.  They are not pure genealogy subject matter videos.  They are more like “local history” videos related to the City of Chicago and events that occurred there.  I was not aware of the subject matter of any of them which made me even more curious.

I thought perhaps you would like to check out the videos yourself.  The titles of the videos are:

  • “Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire” (18 minutes)
  • “A Hanging in the Chicago Water Tower” (11 minutes)
  • “The Grimes Murders” (11 minutes)

Ray does an incredible job with the inclusion of photos, narration and analysis.  I took the time to view in its entirety the video on “A Hanging in the Chicago Water Tower”.  It was an impressive video production to say the least.  Ray, as a former police officer, is really perfectly matched to create these videos using his own investigative skills used as a police officer.  Hence the name of his website as “History Cop”!

Here is a link  to the part of the “History Cop” website where you can find the 3 existing videos Ray Johnson has created:

Local History Videos Related To Chicago At The History Cop Website

While there, you may want to explore more of the website overall for Ray Johnson the “History Cop”.  You can visit his website at:

Ray Johnson’s “History Cop” Website

We previously had Ray give a genealogy presentation at our library in May 2017.  Ray will be coming back to our library on July 14, 2020 and will be presenting a genealogy program titled “Investigating Your Infamous Ancestor”.

But Ray has so much more to offer on local history events of Chicago to view at his site.  One of his specialties is about the 1893 Columbian Exposition held here in Chicago.

See all that Ray Johnson has on his website.

I think you too will be impressed with the scope of his knowledge on so many aspects of local history regarding major events in Chicago.

Enjoy!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for July 9, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 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 July 2019 Handouts for your convenience:

July 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, July 9, 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

July 2019 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for July 9, 2019 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the July 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 July 2019 Newsletter for your convenience:

July 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, July 9, 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

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow July 9, 2019

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, July 9, 2019:

Dan Niemiec

The title of our program is “Chicago Genealogy Vital Records Online”.  Our guest speaker is Dan Niemiec.

This is an ever-evolving presentation on the available Chicago birth, marriage, and death records on-line. Dan Niemiec, genealogy correspondent for Fra Noi, will explain how to get free and fee-based genealogy records.

Dan Niemiec has been the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi for 10 years (over 120 monthly columns). He is co-founder and immediate past president of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter. He has given many presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late-1600s, and his Polish lines go back to the mid 1700s. By tracing descendant lines from his ancestors, he has found over 77,000 relatives, the result of 25 years of original research.   

Dan has been speaking and writing about genealogy for over a decade. Years of participating and coaching high school forensics have made his presentations both informative and entertaining. Dan’s background in computers and databases has made him an expert at genealogy web site search techniques. 

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.  We will end the program by 9:30 pm.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library