Category Archives: Program Notices

Details Of The Upcoming Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Annual Conference Scheduled For Friday And Saturday, September 14 And September 15, 2018 Are Now Available

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI have just received a notice from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) that the program details of the upcoming 2018 Annual Conference have been finalized for Friday, September 14, 2018 and Saturday, September 15, 2018.

The event that will take place on Friday, September 14, 2018 is a bus tour that  is titled “Chicago’s (All New) North Side Polonia Bus Tour”.  You can choose to participate in the bus tour only if you would like and not participate in the conference itself that takes place on Saturday.  And vice versa, you can participate in the conference only on Saturday and not the bus tour on Friday.  And yes, you can participate in BOTH events on each day.

The conference on Saturday, September 15, 2018 will take place at the European Crystal Banquets and Conference Center located at 519 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL.

Lodging is available at the Double Tree Hilton located at 75 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL for anyone coming from out-of-town.

The bus tour leaves from the hotel on the morning of Friday, September 14, 2018.  Check in and begin seating for the bus tour occurs between 7:15 – 7:45 am with departure at 7:45 am.

The link below will get you to a full (4 pages) PDF of the Conference Flyer that includes all of the details about the bus tour, the conference and the costs for either and both as well as the programs that the speakers will be giving:

September 14-15, 2018 PGSA Annual Conference 4 Page Flyer

Please note, the conference flyer contains information on the early registration discounts available for both members of the PGSA and for non-members.

The PGSA is bringing in the following speakers for the Saturday, September 15, 2018 all day series of programs:

  • Ceil Wendt Jensen
  • Tadeusz Pilat (from Warsaw, Poland)
  • W. Fred Hoffman
  • Ola Heska
  • Marsha Peterson-Maass

The PGSA puts on an impressive Annual Conference each year over a 2 day period.  Kudos to the society for doing a conference over 2 days and giving you so many choices of participating in a bus tour only, the conference only and both the conference and bus tour over the two days.

You may also want to visit the PGSA website itself to find out more about the organization and the resources it offers at the website to help in your Polish ancestral research.

You will also be in touch with news of the upcoming conference as any announcements are made from PGSA.

You can visit their website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Mark your calendars for this event especially if you are an avid Polish researcher regardless of where you live!.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Upcoming Genealogy Programs At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago; August 2018 To November 2018

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago in which they provided to me the schedule of the upcoming genealogy programs that will take place between August to November 2018.

Oftentimes I become aware of their programs on a more short-term basis as they publish the information in their monthly newsletter Cirkular.  Glad to see they have a much longer series of scheduled programs.

Take a look at the upcoming genealogy programs at the Swedish American Museum in the link below:

August to November 2018 Genealogy Programs at the Swedish American Museum

The specific upcoming dates are all on Saturdays.  The program takes place between 10 am to 12 noon.  The dates are August 25, 2018, September 22, 2018, October 27, 2018 and November 17, 2018.

The programs are free to attend for members of the Swedish American Genealogy Society.  Non-members are welcome to attend for a $10 fee.  The museum does ask that you contact them in advance if it is your intention to attend a program.  Many of the programs appear to be oriented for those doing Swedish genealogical research.  Can be very helpful to you if you are doing Swedish research.

You can visit the web site of the Swedish American Museum in Chicago at:

Swedish American Museum

You can also visit the Swedish American Genealogy Center website that is part of the museum at:

Swedish American Genealogy Center

Enjoy the museum and the programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow June 12, 2018

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, June 12, 2018:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian and Colonial American. There will also be a “new” DNA/Adoption table. Finally there will also be a Beginners Group.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top, smartphone or tablet to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the handouts review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna the STDL genealogist will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the breakout groups will form at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM. 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 DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday June 16, 2018

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, June 16, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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 third 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 combine short 15-20 minute lectures with interactive workshop-style activities.  

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

Facilitators:  Dr. David Stumpf and Alan Wilson

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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 Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 12, 2018 At 7:30 PM

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, June 12, 2018:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian and Colonial American. There will also be a “new” DNA/Adoption table. Finally, there will also be a Beginners Group.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top, smartphone, or tablet to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the handouts review books and journals and interact with other participants. Tony Kierna the STDL genealogist will start the program at 7:30. Introductions of new participants will occur as well as a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters. It is expected that the breakout groups will form at around 7:45-8:00 PM. We will end the session by 9:30 PM. For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

June 2018 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; No Genealogy Program Is Scheduled During June 2018

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities maybe specifically related to genealogical events or programs.  Other events may have a historical context as it applies to Swedish history and ancestry.  Some events may be cultural.

I thought I would share with you a recent issue of the June 2018 Newsletter called the Cirkular that I received from the Swedish American Museum.

The museum itself is located at 5211 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the museum is 773-728-8111.

You can reach the general website for the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL

The Swedish American Genealogical Society normally has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  However, the Calendar of the Museum is showing there is NO Genealogy Program scheduled during the month of June 2018.

You can look at the Calendar of Events for the Swedish American Museum here at:

Swedish American Museum Calendar of Events

You can contact the Nordic Family Genealogy Center through the museum at genealogy@samac.org.

It actually looks like there is plenty to do if you are interested in discovering more about Swedish history, culture and ancestry.

Go to the following link and take a peek at all that you could be doing  during June 2018 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago June 2018

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take a look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of June 2018.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Re-Post Reminder – Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering All Day Genealogy Conference On Saturday June 23, 2018; Program Is Titled “GeneaQuest 2018; Building Your Genealogy Skills”; Program Location Is The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates, IL

Hi Everyone!

The upcoming all-day Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) conference called GeneaQuest is coming up quickly on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the NIU Conference Center in Hoffman Estates.

CAGGNI just sent me a notice that there is still a discount available to attend if you get yourself registered before June 1, 2018.  Here is what they sent:

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Only 30 hours before the price goes up at midnight June 1 for GeneaQuest 2018 – Building Your Genealogy Skills!
23 Jun 2018, NIU Conference Center, 5555 Trillium Blvd., Hoffman Estates 

  • Early Registration for CAGGNI Members – $55.00 (on or before May 31)
  • Early Registration for non-members – $60.00 (on or before May 31)
  • GeneaQuest 2018 Registration – $70.00 (anyone registering June 1-June 12)

For more information and to register, visit: GeneaQuest 2018 

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Please take a look at the full post I previously published about this conference.  It is below after the separator line.  All the links to the program are contained down below.

Take advantage of the discount noted above if you were still planning on attending but have not yet registered.

Looks like a great conference from a great local genealogy group!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone,

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

The conference is titled “GeneaQuest 2018: Building Your Genealogy Skills”.

The conference will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the NIU Conference Center at 5555 Trillium Boulevard, Hoffman Estates IL between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Featured speakers for the day will be:

  • James M. Baker
  • Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Jane G. Haldeman
  • Marty Acks
  • Robert Allen
  • Liz Ross
  • Jacqueline Krieps Schattner

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

June 23, 2018 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference Programs, Speakers Location

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

June 23, 2018 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference Registration and Cost Information

So mark your calendar for this upcoming event being held by a great local genealogical society.

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, all-day genealogy conference, this is certainly one to consider.   Non-stop genealogy all day!

Best wishes for a truly great all-day local genealogy conference!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library