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Honors And Awards To Be Presented By The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) At Their Fall 2017 Annual Conference; Awards To Be Presented On October 28, 2017; Conference Occurs October 27-28, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I received a press release from the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announcing honors and awards that will be presented at their Fall 2017 Annual conference.  The conference occurs October 27, 2017 and October 28, 2017.  The honors and awards will be presented on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The ISGS bestows Community Service Awards, Special Recognition Awards and an Individual Writer’s Award.

I thought you might like to see this list because of the wide scope of activities mentioned by the ISGS that were notable for award recognition.  Plus, you may see some groups you are familiar with as well as some individuals you may know.

The individuals and groups noted are from all around the state of Illinois.

Big congratulations to all the groups and individuals that were noted in the release.  A big “thank you” to them for all the hard work they performed that was award notable!

You may see some familiar names of speakers we have had at our library making genealogy presentations.  I see the names of Marsha Peterson-Maass, Caron Primas Brennan and Matt Rutherford as award recipients specifically in what they have done for the Purple Hearts Reunited Project.

The  release was provided to me by Jaymie Middendorf,  Marketing & Publications Chair of the ISGS.

The release follows after the separator line in italics:

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Press Release: Illinois State Genealogical Society to Present Honors & Awards at 2017 Fall Conference

SPRINGFIELD, IL, 6 October 2017 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces their annual Honors and Awards. ISGS President Dawn Carey Henry will present the Honors & Awards during the Society’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.

Community Service Awards:

Dr. Greg Langan of Dixon, IL and Duane Paulsen of Grand Detour, IL, nominated by the Lee County Historical Society, will receive Community Service Awards for their service to LCHS and helping to keep history alive.

Donald Schmidt and Floyd Ham both of Toulon, IL, nominated by Stark County Genealogical Society, will receive a Community Service Award for their work to record and preserve the genealogy and history of Henry, Stark, Bureau counties.

Casey Historical Society, nominated by Linda White, will receive a Community Service Award for the restoration of 149 of the 250 headstones in the Pioneer Section of the Casey-Cumberland Cemetery and continues support of the project.

Members of the Chicago Genealogical Society and the Scottish Genealogy Group of the IL St. Andrews Society, nominated by Marsha Peterson-Maass will receive a Community Service Award for their work on the Purple Hearts Reunited “WW I Anniversary Tribute” project. Purple Hearts Reunited is a charitable foundation that rescues and reunites lost Purple Heart medals and Wound Certificates with the veteran and or their family. The group of volunteer researchers have worked on 46 of the 100 World War I veteran’s cases that were submitted to the Purple Hearts Reunited Foundation.

Individuals receiving the honor are: Caron Primas Brennan, Cindy Cady, Stephanie Pierce Carbonetti, Kathleen Craine, Janet Desaulniers, Ann Tice, Larry Klauser, Devin Payne, Marsha Peterson Maass, Matthew Rutherford, Laura Scalzitti, Theresa Toms, Jill Weiss, Jean Zack, Felicia Ziomek, Carol Zsolnay

Members of the Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois, nominated by Riverside Public Library, will receive a Community Service Award for the vast number hours they donate, for their commitment to researchers, the preservation of Illinois history and to library patrons they so willingly assist.  Individual members receiving the honor are Marianne Miklas, Mary Kamin, Victor Kos, Paul Nemecek, Dolores Benes Duy, and Beverly Scheer.

Special Recognition Awards

Joseph Ginger, nominated by Stephenson County Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for his service and leadership to SCGS over the last 18 years.

Clyda Ogle of Gilberts, IL, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her efforts and leadership of ISGS Physicians Register and Licensing indexing project in conjunction with the State Archives.

Susan Scoville Pope of Normal, IL, nominated by Illinois State Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her dedication, service, and leadership as part of the ISGS Governing Board over the past 12 years.

Marcia Stang of Bradley, IL, nominated by Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society, will receive a Special Recognition Award for her service on the KVGS board and society projects.

Individual Writer’s Award

Kenneth Ross Alexander of Evanston, IL, nominated by ISGS Quarterly Advisory Committee, will receive the Individual Writer’s Award for his article “The Ross Brothers of Fulton County and Their Roles in Illinois and American History” which was published in Summer 2017, Volume 49, Number 2, p. 88-94 of the Quarterly.

Media Contacts:
Dawn Carey Henry
President
Illinois State Genealogical Society
PO Box 10195
Springfield, IL 62791-0195
isgspresident@ilgensoc.org
513-375-9557

Jaymie Middendorf
Marketing & Publications Chair
isgsmarketing@ilgensoc.org

About ISGS: The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization.

ISGS was established for the following purposes:

• To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
• To seek, preserve and make available information pertaining to individuals, families and groups who lived in Illinois, recognizing the events that affected them.
• To inform people about the value of and the need for preserving family and local history for future generations.
• To encourage and support local and regional genealogical societies

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Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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How About That — Another Milestone! Blog Post Number 600 Has Just Been Released!

Hi Everyone!

I have just completed another milestone related to my authoring this  blog.

I have just posted what is identified as my 600th blog post!

That number seems like an incredibly high number, but I assure you it is real.

Time to celebrate and do a happy dance!

It just seems that I just cranked out blog post number 500 a few weeks ago. (The 500th post occurred approximately in November 2012!)  It seems the blog posts are happening at the speed of light lately.

I hope you enjoy these blog posts as much as I enjoy creating them.

Thanks for spending your time reading through the material I am posting that does hopefully make a positive impact on your genealogical researching.

Thanks for your kind words about what I do both on this blog and in the library!

Now, onward to achieving number 700!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

How About That — Another Milestone! Blog Post Number 400 Has Just Been Released!

Hi Everyone!

I have just completed another milestone related to my authoring this  blog.

I have just posted what is identified as my 400th blog post!

It just seems that I just cranked out blog post number 300 a few weeks ago. (The 300th post occurred on November 16, 2011!)  It seems the blog posts are happening at the speed of light lately.

I hope you enjoy these blog posts as much as I enjoy creating them.

Thanks for spending your time reading through the material I am posting that does hopefully make a positive impact on your genealogical researching.

Thanks for your kind words about what I do both on this blog and in the library!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Another Milestone Approaching! The May 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Will Be Number 200 To Be Published!

Hi Everyone!

It does seem uncanny how some milestones related to my job do appear to be popping up in this narrow window of time.

You may remember that a couple of months ago I made a blog post that I was soon to be publishing my 300th post.  (Believe it or not, I have another milestone soon approaching with my blog posts.  I am rapidly approaching blog post Number 400!  But I digress and that will be another post itself!  Milestones, milestones, milestones everywhere I go!!)

Now I see that the soon to be released May 2012 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter that I create monthly is reaching the magic number of 200 issues having been created over the years.

I have been responsible for putting together about 180 of them.  My predecessor, Pat Weisshaus, put together the first 20.

Time marches on whether you want to be on the train or not!  I think I prefer to be on the train as we all move through life!

I will be making the publication of the 200th Newsletter available on this blog around May 7, 2012, just before our next genealogy program.

I hope your reviewing of the newsletters I have created has been as enjoyable for you to read as they have been for me to create!  You can find the last 2 years of newsletters electronically as PDF files on this blog.  Just go to the right sidebar and scroll down looking for the title of “Newsletters” and the links to the previous 2 years of newsletters that follow.

Each online newsletter has a Table of Contents that you can browse through to see if any of the articles have an appeal for you personally.  Click on the link and you will be taken to the article in the newsletter.

Thanks so much for following all of the genealogy news and information I have included in the newsletter over the past years.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Schaumburg Township District Library Celebrates 50th Year in Existence During 2012

Hi Everyone!

While this is not purely a genealogical topic, I did want to make blog readers aware that this year the Schaumburg Township District Library is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of serving the people of Schaumburg, Schaumburg Township and the Northwest Suburbs.

For those of you that routinely visit our library building, it becomes hard to fathom that 50 years ago our library started in an existing home on Roselle Road near our current location.  That was our humble start.  Can you imagine that, based on seeing our current library building?

With the support of those we have served throughout the years, the storefront back in 1963 has been replaced with the large 167,000 square foot building we now call home.

I just want to make readers of the blog aware of this very important year and the special meaning it has for the Schaumburg Township District Library.

I also want to provide links to material that exists in the library’s online “Local History” section of our website that provides some descriptive background information on the early formation of the  library back in the early 1960s.

One text description was created in 2008 by our library’s first director, Michael Madden, that provides historical insights into the formative years of the library from 1958 to 1967.  Another text description of the historical aspects of the early library was created by a former employee.  A final link  is a simple chronological timeline describing key events in the history of our library from early on through today.

As genealogists, we all like historical narratives that provide insights into the early histories of people and organizations.  We are always curious about how something started that got us to where we are today.

Enjoy the following “historical” descriptions of our early history as well as our timeline of key events in the history of our library:

Early History Description of the Schaumburg Township District Library (1958-1967) Provided By The Library’s First Director, Michael Madden

Early History Description of the Schaumburg Township District Library Provided By A Library’s Employee, Ad Olson

Schaumburg Township District Library Historical Timeline

Happy Birthday Schaumburg Township District Library!

50 years young and still going strong!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

In Recognition of My 300th Post on This Blog – A Self-Congratulatory “Attaboy!!”

Hi Everyone!

As I review statistics from WordPress related to this blog, history shows that this post will be my 300th Post of Information since the inception of this blog in November 2009!

You often hear some accolades that take place in the TV industry that such and such TV show has just broadcast its 100th episode.  So in the world of blogging I thought that I would simply make note to those that read my blog that blog post number 300 has just hit the press!

It really seems that I just started doing this yesterday.  Yet here we are 2 years later and I have hit a rather astounding number that makes me take pause — at least for a second or two — to make note of this accomplishment.

Thanks to everyone that visits the blog regularly and maybe even subscribes to it via e-mail or the RSS feeds.

Thanks to those that may not even be regular visitors but lurk in the background visiting on an irregular basis.

Thanks to everyone that has even taken the time to leave their comments on the variety of postings I have published.

Thanks to all of the speakers I have had at our various monthly genealogy programs that have allowed me to include electronic copies of their handouts in the summaries I create for the monthly programs.  Your material becomes available to those that were unable to attend your program.

I hope you have enjoyed all the variety of postings I have made to keep you current with what is going on from a genealogy perspective at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

I hope the variety of tips I have published have in fact been that for you to help you progress in your genealogical endeavors.

I do enjoy putting my thoughts to words via this blog on behalf of our library.

Thanks again to everyone that has visited our library’s genealogy blog.

Keep coming back.  We enjoy your company!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Some Great Feedback About Our Most Recent Genealogy Program Held on October 11, 2011 From 2 New Attendees – I Think I Am Going To Get A Big Head From Their Kind Words!

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share some great feedback I received from 2 new attendees from our recent October 11, 2011 Genealogy Program.

Both are heavily involved in Social Media and Blogging within the Genealogy Community.  Their comments are embedded in what is known as a “Pingback” in the world of blogging and are not that obvious unless you are reading “Comments” left by visitors to my blog or subscribe to the RSS Comments feed.

So rather than steer you to where you would need to find these kind accolades embedded in a Comment left on one of my “Pages” (more blog talk), I thought I would just make a blog post and give you some links to where you can read what was written about myself and our recent program.

Thank you so much Jennifer Holik-Urban and Terri O’Connell!

Jennifer is herself a Professional Genealogist in the Woodridge, IL area and has a business you can find on the web at GenerationsBiz.com.

I sincerely appreciate your kind words and the time you spent creating those words.

Please take a look at the words written by Terri O’Connel in her own blog.  Her comments can be found at:

Terri’s Comments About Our October 11, 2011 STDL Genealogy Program

Please take a look at the words written by Jennifer Holik-Urban from the Examiner that can be found at:

Jennifer’s Comments About Our October 11, 2011 STDL Genealogy Program

I am truly humbled by the kind words!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library