Category Archives: Program Notices

Informal Zoom Genealogy Discussion Scheduled For Tuesday, July 28, 2020, From 2-3:30 PM; Limited To 18 Participants; Registration Required; “World War II Draft Cards” As Discussion Topic; Open to Your Questions

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Going to give something another try.

Thought I would repeat the same kind of program we had on June 24, 2020.  An informal online Zoom genealogy discussion group.  Just got this one scheduled in our library’s Calendar of Events for Tuesday, July 28, 2020, from 2-3:30 pm in the afternoon.   It will be a discussion program in the afternoon rather than the evening.  Plus, no speaker, other than me if you consider it that way.  Also, will be limiting the size of participant numbers to only 18.

I was actually very happy with how the June 24, 2020 “Genealogy Chit-Chat” program went.  We had 11 participants out of a maximum amount I set of 12.  Active discussions from all participants.  Many were happy the program was being offered as an afternoon program from 2-3 pm.  P.S., it actually went so good we were still “chatting” at 3:30 pm, 30 minutes past our scheduled end time!  I also plan on increasing the number of registrants for the program to 18 instead of the 12 I set for the first one on June 24, 2020.  The allotted time for the July 28, 2020 program will be set to 1 hour 30 minutes instead of the 1 hour limit for the original June 24, 2020 program.

I will bring to the program a topic to have in my back pocket on the “World War II Draft Cards” if need be.  If participants just want to ask questions that is fine also.  I will give it my best shot to provide good answers.  In a small group setting other participants too can provide helpful information.  That actually happened during the June 24, 2020 program where many of the participants were helping others out with their skills and knowledge.  We can also just do your questions to me about any genealogy topic if that will be the desire.

I have scheduled it as a Zoom meeting and not a webinar.  You will have the ability to turn on your camera if you so choose or just leave your audio on if you prefer.  So this will not be a one-way feed of information from me to you.  We will all be able to interact with each other.

Here is a direct link to the entry of this program in our library’s Calendar of Events.  You will need to register for it if you want to participate and you will need to supply your email address so we can send you an email 1 hour before the program starts with the Zoom connect information:

July 28, 2020 “Genealogy Chit-Chat” Discussion Program 2-3:30 PM Registration Information

As I write this, there are currently 6 registered for the program.  12 slots are still open.

The program is open to all.  You do not need to be a Schaumburg Township District Library cardholder for you to participate.  All are welcome!

I am looking forward to do this again and be able to help those who participate with their questions.

I plan on being flexible.  We will see how this goes or if I gone down with the Titanic!!

Remember, limited number of participants.  Only 18.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering Two Day Virtual Genealogy Conference Via Zoom On Friday-Saturday September 11-12, 2020; Program Is Titled “GeneaQuest 2020: Frontiers In Genealogy”

Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoI am happy to announce that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be holding an upcoming two-day virtual online genealogy conference via Zoom.

The conference is titled “GeneaQuest 2020: Frontiers in Genealogy”.

The conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 11-12, between 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

On Friday, September 11, 2020, there will be small groups chats with CAGGNI experts – more information coming soon!  There will also be a Friday afternoon special workshop titled “DNA Primer” presented by Michelle Wilson of the CAGGNI Group.  In order to attend this special DNA Primer Workshop you need to be registered for the entire conference.  This is an optional program.  You can register for the conference and choose to only participate in the Saturday programs.

Here are the component titles for the DNA Primer Workshop:

1:00 pm – The Structure of DNA and The Commercially Available Kits.

2:15 pm – DNA Inheritance and Our Matchlists.

4:00 pm – Best Practices for Working Your DNA Results. 

Featured speakers for Saturday will be:

  • Maurice Gleeson
  • Jane Haldeman
  • Kitty Cooper
  • Dr. Daniel Hubbard
  • Gail Lukasik

Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom connect info for the online program.  Conference cost is $40 if you are a CAGGNI member and register before September 8, 2020.  Conference cost is $45 if you are NOT a CAGGNI member and also register before September 8, 2020.

Here is a link to the CAGGNI website that can provide you with all the information regarding the conference speakers, programs, and registration information:

September 11-12, 2020 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference Programs, Speakers, Registration

Visit the following part of the CAGGNI site to find out information about the conference registration, cost etc.

September 11-12, 2020 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference Registration and Cost Information

So mark your calendar for this upcoming event being held by a great local genealogical society.  Remember this is a Zoom world of online programs we are living in today.  You don’t need to drive anywhere.  You can take it all in within the comfort of your own home.

Congratulations to the CAGGNI group!

This organization is really clicking on all cylinders!

You can visit the organization at their main website to find out even more about the organization and the resources they have available at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

If you have never attended a local, two-day genealogy conference, on Zoom, from the comfort of your home, then this is certainly one to give it a try!!   Non-stop genealogy for 2 days!

Best wishes for a truly great two-day online Zoom conference offered by this wonderful local genealogy group!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Re-Post – Informal Zoom Genealogy Discussion Scheduled For Wednesday, June 24, 2020, From 2-3 PM; Limited To 12 Participants; Registration Required; “U.S. Census” As Discussion Topic; Open to Your Questions

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

This is just a reminder re-post about our upcoming June 24, 2020 “Genealogy Chit-Chat” program from 2-3 pm on Zoom.  The original post is down below after the separator line.

This program will be limited to only 12 participants to make it a more productive interaction among all of us.

I just looked at the registration list and so far 9 of the 12 positions have been filled.  Only 3 slots remain open.

If you want to participate in this first ever for me “living experiment” then get yourself registered so you can receive the Zoom meeting connect link.  You do not need to be a cardholder with the Schaumburg Township District Library.  Program is open to all.

My goal is to make myself available in the meeting to answer any questions you may bring about anything genealogy.  I may not know all the answers but perhaps other participants can also provide answers and insights.  I am also going to bring to the program a topic on the “U.S. Census” if we all want to talk about that and how it connects with your genealogical research.

Here is a direct link to our library Calendar of Events where this program exists for you to register:

https://schaumburg.libnet.info/event/4370802

Come join us as we embark on a journey into the unknown with this planned small-scale group setting using the Zoom format in our brave new world!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Going to give something a try during the time our library is closed.  Yes, we are just starting to have our monthly genealogy programs start up again.  They will be using Zoom and be online.

Thought I could try another thing.  An informal online Zoom genealogy discussion group.  Just got it scheduled in our library’s Calendar of Events for Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from 2-3 pm in the afternoon.  Maybe you notice one difference already.  It will be a discussion program in the afternoon rather than the evening.  Plus, no speaker, other than me if you consider it that way.  Also, will be limiting the size of participant numbers to only 12.

I will bring to the program a topic to have in my back pocket on the “U.S. Census” if need be.  If participants just want to ask questions that is fine also.  I will give it my best shot to provide good answers.  In a small group setting other participants too can provide helpful information.  We can just do your questions to me about any genealogy topic if that will be the desire.

I have scheduled it as a Zoom meeting and not a webinar.  You will have the ability to turn on your camera if you so choose or just leave your audio on if you prefer.  So this will not be a one-way feed of information from me to you.  We will all be able to interact with each other.

Here is a direct link to the entry of this program in our Calendar of Events.  You will need to register for it if you want to participate and you will need to supply your email address so we can send you an email 1 hour before the program starts with the Zoom connect information:

June 24 , 2020 “Genealogy Chit-Chat” Discussion Program 2-3 PM Registration Information

I am looking forward to giving this a try and be able to help those who participate with their questions.

I plan on being flexible.  We will see how this goes or if I gone down with the Titanic!!

Remember, limited number of participants.  Only 12.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Re-Post – Informal Zoom Genealogy Discussion Scheduled For Wednesday, June 24, 2020, From 2-3 PM; Limited To 12 Participants; Registration Required; “U.S. Census” As Discussion Topic; Open to Your Questions

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

This is just a reminder re-post about our upcoming June 24, 2020 “Genealogy Chit-Chat” program from 2-3 pm on Zoom.  The original post is down below after the separator line.

This program will be limited to only 12 participant to make it a more productive interaction among all of us.

I just looked at the registration list and so far 8 of the 12 positions have been filled.  Only 4 slots remain open.

If you want to participate in this first ever for me “living experiment” then get yourself registered so you can receive the Zoom meeting connect link.  You do not need to be a cardholder with the Schaumburg Township District Library.  Program is open to all.

My goal is to make myself available in the meeting to answer any questions you may bring about anything genealogy.  I may not know all the answers but perhaps other participants can also provide answers and insights.  I am also going to bring to the program a topic on the “U.S. Census” if we all want to talk about that and how it connects with your genealogical research.

Here is a direct link to our library Calendar of Events where this program exists for you to register:

https://schaumburg.libnet.info/event/4370802

Come join us as we embark on a journey into the unknown with this planned small-scale group setting using the Zoom format in our brave new world!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Going to give something a try during the time our library is closed.  Yes, we are just starting to have our monthly genealogy programs start up again.  They will be using Zoom and be online.

Thought I could try another thing.  An informal online Zoom genealogy discussion group.  Just got it scheduled in our library’s Calendar of Events for Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from 2-3 pm in the afternoon.  Maybe you notice one difference already.  It will be a discussion program in the afternoon rather than the evening.  Plus, no speaker, other than me if you consider it that way.  Also, will be limiting the size of participant numbers to only 12.

I will bring to the program a topic to have in my back pocket on the “U.S. Census” if need be.  If participants just want to ask questions that is fine also.  I will give it my best shot to provide good answers.  In a small group setting other participants too can provide helpful information.  We can just do your questions to me about any genealogy topic if that will be the desire.

I have scheduled it as a Zoom meeting and not a webinar.  You will have the ability to turn on your camera if you so choose or just leave your audio on if you prefer.  So this will not be a one-way feed of information from me to you.  We will all be able to interact with each other.

Here is a direct link to the entry of this program in our Calendar of Events.  You will need to register for it if you want to participate and you will need to supply your email address so we can send you an email 1 hour before the program starts with the Zoom connect information:

June 24 , 2020 “Genealogy Chit-Chat” Discussion Program 2-3 PM Registration Information

I am looking forward to giving this a try and be able to help those who participate with their questions.

I plan on being flexible.  We will see how this goes or if I gone down with the Titanic!!

Remember, limited number of participants.  Only 12.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

June 20, 2020 Upcoming Genealogy Event From The Swedish American Museum In Chicago To Participate In From Home

Hi Everyone!

Just received an email from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago letting me know they have an upcoming Genealogy Program that you can participate in from home.

This program will be held through the popular teleconferencing product Zoom.

The program is coming up this Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 10 am to 12 noon.  Title of the program is “Name Searching in ArkivDigital”.  Presenter will be Kathy Meade.

Here is what I received about the program:

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Genealogy Session ONLINE

June 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Name Searching in ArkivDigital

by Kathy Meade

This event will be held via Zoom. Save the date for our meeting in June where Kathy Meade will teach us about name searching in ArkivDigital.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations are required to receive a Zoom code.

If you are a member, email genealogy@samac.org to receive a zoom code for the meeting.

If you are not a member, click here for your payment in order to receive a zoom code.

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Visit the genealogy part of the Swedish American Museum at:

Genealogy at the Swedish American Museum

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Post – Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up Tomorrow Evening June 16, 2020 At 7:00 PM As An Online Zoom Program

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.  It will take place on Zoom and will NOT take place in our library building that is still closed to the public.

You will need to register your intent to participate in the program through our library Calendar of Events.  Registration is needed along with your email address for us to forward to you the Zoom connect information one hour in advance of the start of the program.

Here is a direct link to that program:

https://schaumburg.libnet.info/event/4329797

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, June 16, 2020:

Jacquie Schattner

Our Genealogy Program will take place on Tuesday evening, June 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm as an online Zoom program. The title of our program is “Beginning Genealogy”.  Our guest speaker will be Jacquie Schattner.  

Discover your family history and find your ancestors’ stories. Using a list of over 25 free websites, this class will help you start your journey. Tips on using genealogical websites more efficiently and organizing your information will be discussed. Great refresher course too.

Jacquie Schattner has been actively researching her family’s ancestors since 1996. She currently volunteers at the Arlington Heights Library Genealogy Room, and teaches genealogy for District 211 and 214 Adult Continuing Education in the Chicago Northwest suburbs. She is active in several genealogy societies, including CAGGNI (which stands for the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) and Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Be Sure To Check Out The Google Calendar That Is Part Of This Blog; You Can Pick From Library Genealogy Programs From Near And Far To Participate In Zoom Online Programs Through June, July And August 2020; Link To The Calendar Is Included

Hi Everyone,

Schaumburg Township District Library

I have been working on the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  It needed some updating, especially in light of the fact that 100% of the library offered genealogy programs through August appear to be taking place online on Zoom.

That means that you can discover a program of interest to you from within the calendar and choose to participate in it from the comfort of your home.  Just like us, these online Zoom programs are available for anyone to participate in.  You do not have to be a cardholder of the library offering the program.  That means if a program sounds good to you and it is taking place in a library that is far from you, you can still participate in this new Zoom world of programs.  In a non-Zoom world you probably would have thought to forego the program and not drive an hour away to attend.

I have asked our entire group of my library colleagues who participate in a librarians’s genealogy group to provide me with their upcoming schedule of genealogy programs.  Some are doing that as I write this blog post.

It will be worth your time to visit the Google Calendar as part of this blog to check  out these upcoming programs for topics of interest to you.

Many of the programs farther into the future in the calendar may still reflect on-site meetings.  Just be aware that while they are in the calendar they may not be accurate or may not even be taking place in any fashion.  They could take place as originally intended.  It is just unknown at this point if library’s and genealogy societies will return to face-to-face meetings anytime soon after starting to use Zoom 100% of the time in the immediate future.

Look for the programs in the calendar that refer to the program taking place via Zoom.

Here is a direct link to the Google Calendar part of this blog:

“Calendar of Local Genealogy Events As Part of This Blog”

You can also connect to it from the series of “tabs” at the top of the homepage of the blog.  It is called “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events”.

When you open the link to the Calendar, just scroll down a little to see it.

Peruse through the events mainly for June, July and August as those will almost certainly be on Zoom.  Just be sure that if you open an event for the details that it refers to it being on Zoom and will lead you to the registration link for the program.

The Calendar of Local Genealogy Events as part of this blog is definitely filling up with plenty of Zoom offerings through August.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Informal Zoom Genealogy Discussion Scheduled For Wednesday, June 24, 2020, From 2-3 PM; Limited To 12 Participants; Registration Required; “U.S. Census” As Discussion Topic; Open to Your Questions

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Going to give something a try during the time our library is closed.  Yes, we are just starting to have our monthly genealogy programs start up again.  They will be using Zoom and be online.

Thought I could try another thing.  An informal online Zoom genealogy discussion group.  Just got it scheduled in our library’s Calendar of Events for Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from 2-3 pm in the afternoon.  Maybe you notice one difference already.  It will be a discussion program in the afternoon rather than the evening.  Plus, no speaker, other than me if you consider it that way.  Also, will be limiting the size of participant numbers to only 12.

I will bring to the program a topic to have in my back pocket on the “U.S. Census” if need be.  If participants just want to ask questions that is fine also.  I will give it my best shot to provide good answers.  In a small group setting other participants too can provide helpful information.  We can just do your questions to me about any genealogy topic if that will be the desire.

I have scheduled it as a Zoom meeting and not a webinar.  You will have the ability to turn on your camera if you so choose or just leave your audio on if you prefer.  So this will not be a one-way feed of information from me to you.  We will all be able to interact with each other.

Here is a direct link to the entry of this program in our Calendar of Events.  You will need to register for it if you want to participate and you will need to supply your email address so we can send you an email 1 hour before the program starts with the Zoom connect information:

June 24 , 2020 “Genealogy Chit-Chat” Discussion Program 2-3 PM Registration Information

I am looking forward to giving this a try and be able to help those who participate with their questions.

I plan on being flexible.  We will see how this goes or if I gone down with the Titanic!!

Remember, limited number of participants.  Only 12.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 16, 2020 At 7:00 PM As An Online Zoom Program

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would post this reminder of our next upcoming Genealogy Program at the Schaumburg Township District Library.  It will take place on Zoom and will NOT take place in our library building that is still closed to the public.

You will need to register your intent to participate in the program through our library Calendar of Events.  Registration is needed along with your email address for us to forward to you the Zoom connect information one hour in advance of the start of the program.

Here is a direct link to that program:

https://schaumburg.libnet.info/event/4329797

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, June 16, 2020:

Jacquie Schattner

Our Genealogy Program will take place on Tuesday evening, June 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm as an online Zoom program. The title of our program is “Beginning Genealogy”.  Our guest speaker will be Jacquie Schattner.  

Discover your family history and find your ancestors’ stories. Using a list of over 25 free websites, this class will help you start your journey. Tips on using genealogical websites more efficiently and organizing your information will be discussed. Great refresher course too.

Jacquie Schattner has been actively researching her family’s ancestors since 1996. She currently volunteers at the Arlington Heights Library Genealogy Room, and teaches genealogy for District 211 and 214 Adult Continuing Education in the Chicago Northwest suburbs. She is active in several genealogy societies, including CAGGNI (which stands for the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) and Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG); Program Will Take Place Online Via Zoom On Saturday June 13, 2020 From 12:45 PM To 2:45 PM

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoAncestry.com announced back in December 2015 that it was “retiring” their popular lineage software program Family Tree Maker.  If you are a user of the product you may be uncertain how that decision does or does not affect you as a user of Family Tree Maker.  Software MacKiev (https://www.mackiev.com/) has purchased the product line from Ancestry.com and has been supporting and developing the product further into the future.

Perhaps the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) can be of immense assistance to you.  The CAGGNI group has had a Family Tree Maker SIG for quite some time.  Perhaps you did not take advantage of this resource in the past.  Perhaps now would be the time if you are in a state of confusion on all things related to Family Tree Maker lineage software.

The Family Tree Maker SIG of CAGGNI is having their next meeting online via Zoom  on Saturday, June 13, 2020.  They will be meeting between 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.

Zoom meetings are the way things are getting done today.  Attending this program via Zoom may actually be easier for you to do rather than coming into a physical location for a Face-t0-Face meeting.  CAGGNI often met at our library in our meeting rooms for these kind of meetings.  Our library is currently closed and CAGGNI is offering an alternative meeting location via Zoom in an online world.

This is what CAGGNI sent to me about their program:

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Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group – Jun 2020

This interest group was originally formed to provide a forum for Family Tree Maker users to share their knowledge and build their expertise with Ancestry’s FTM desktop software.

This group continues to explore old and new features of Family Tree Maker software, now with developer MacKiev.

Facilitator: Cathy Gulbrantson and Liz Ross

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89907809492?pwd=OFpiL2tvRFgybFZLZGg3Z3ZCQmZUZz09

For more information: Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group – Jun 2020

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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You can see details of this event in the CAGGNI Calendar of Events at:

June 13, 2020 Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting Online Via Zoom

You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI in order to participate.  All are welcome to participate.   I am sure if you participated and were not a member you may very well think of becoming a member of this wonderful genealogical organization.

You can also check out the CAGGNI group website itself at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Let the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI make some sense of Family Tree Maker for you as a current user of the product under the new owner Software MacKiev. (https://www.mackiev.com/)  Family Tree Maker is still alive and kicking under a new owner and developer.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library