Category Archives: Program Notices

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow November 12, 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, November 12, 2019:

Thomas MacEntee

Our Genealogy Program will take place on Tuesday evening, November 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the 2nd floor Classroom. The title of our program is “One Pass Genealogy Research: How to Handle A Record Just Once”.  Our guest speaker is Thomas MacEntee.  This program will be offered as a Webinar with the speaker offsite.

Learn the best way to extract as much information as possible from a genealogy record on the first pass including naming record images and how to transcribe and other tips. 

Thomas MacEntee will present the “one pass” approach to genealogy research to help you extract maximum information from a genealogy record on the first pass. We’ll cover how to save record images, transcribe and extract information, create a quick source citation and more.

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the ways blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience.

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

November 16, 2019 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Amelia Earhart”; Presented By Leslie Goddard; CAGGNI Will Also Be Having A Holiday “Pot Luck” Social

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, November 16, 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.   All are welcome to attend.  (Please note that this is NOT a library sponsored program.  CAGGNI is offering the program and is just using our meeting room facilities.)

The title of the program is “Amelia Earhart”.  Speaker for the program is Leslie Goddard.

I received the following from the CAGGNI group:

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Program description is:

Amelia Earhart

Pot Luck Holiday Party

Amelia Earhart’s courageous exploits and spirited personality made her an international celebrity in the early 20th century. In this lively living history portrayal by actress Leslie Goddard, meet Amelia and learn about her experiences. She’ll describe how she learned to fly, what inspired her and why she set off on an around-the-world flight in 1937.

Prior to the presentation will be the election of the new board at the end-of-year Business Meeting. And we will have our Annual Potluck Social, so please bring a dish to share.

For more information: Amelia Earhart and Pot Luck Holiday Party

Best regards,
CAGGNI

Speaker information is: (None Provided)

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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

2019-2020 Upcoming Genealogy Programs/Workshops At The Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago

Hi Everyone!

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

The Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago through Terri O’Connell has shared with me a series of upcoming genealogy programs and workshops that will take place at the center through the end of 2019 and into 2020.  The programs take place on the 3rd Thursday evening of each month between 7 – 9 pm.

There is a $20.00 cost per workshop if you are interested in participating in the workshops

The Irish American Heritage Center is located at:

4626 N. Knox Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
Phone 773-282-7035

Here is the list of programs provided by Terri O’Connell for the balance of 2019 and into 2020:

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November 21st, 2019

Spreadsheets and Genealogy

Even though you have a place to house your family tree, spreadsheets are a great place to look at the information you have collected on your family members or they can be used to assist you in pulling information out of the records. Join us as we go through how you can use spreadsheets hand in hand with your family tree.

December 19th, 2019

Irish Civil Registration & Church Records

A majority of records have been lost in Ireland. In this workshop we will focus on using Civil Registration and church records to continue tracing your family in Ireland.

January 16th, 2020

Digging into Griffith’s Valuation

Using the research tool, Griffith’s Valuation, one of Ireland’s premier genealogical resources. It can provide detailed information on where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland and the property they possessed.

February 20th, 2020

National Archives Ireland

The National Archives of Ireland houses a lot of great sources for your research. Join us as we focus on using their database.

March 19th, 2020

Primary vs Secondary Sources

Learn the difference between primary and secondary sources in genealogical research. Did you know that some records can be used as both? Join us as we go over learning about the sources we use in our research.

April 16th, 2020

Analyzing Your Data

Utilizing the genealogy proof standard we will dig into our research to see if our research has what it takes to pass the test of a professional genealogist. Join us as we dig deep into our research problems to see if we have what it takes!

May 21st, 2020

Putting Meat on the Bones by Adding Social History

Without social history your genealogy is a bunch of names and dates. Learn how to find social history to add to your data.

June 18th, 2020

Going Beyond: One-Name and One Place Studies

Have you taken your family back as far as you can in Ireland? If so this workshop is a great step for you. Come learn about option research to help you gain more understand of your surname or location of interest.

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As you can see, all of the programs are not just focused on Irish research.  There are a lot of varied topics under the umbrella of genealogy.

Check them out.

You can visit the Irish American Heritage website to see what they are all about and all the activities taking place at the center at:

Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, IL

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening November 12, 2019 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, November 12, 2019:

Thomas MacEntee

Our Genealogy Program will take place on Tuesday evening, November 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the 2nd floor Classroom. The title of our program is “One Pass Genealogy Research: How to Handle A Record Just Once”.  Our guest speaker is Thomas MacEntee.  This program will be offered as a Webinar with the speaker offsite.

Learn the best way to extract as much information as possible from a genealogy record on the first pass including naming record images and how to transcribe and other tips. 

Thomas MacEntee will present the “one pass” approach to genealogy research to help you extract maximum information from a genealogy record on the first pass. We’ll cover how to save record images, transcribe and extract information, create a quick source citation and more.

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the ways blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience.

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

November 2019 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For Saturday November 23, 2019 From 10 AM To 12 Noon; “Swedish-American Church Books” By Kathy Meade; You Can Sign Up To Meet With Knowledgeable Researchers For Assistance

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities may be 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 November 2019 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 has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  A Genealogy Program is scheduled for November 23, 2019 from 10 am to 12 noon.

Here is the text description of the program they will have noted between the separator lines:

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SWEDISH-AMERICAN CHURCH BOOKS – Great Genealogical Source!
by Kathy Meade
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. – noon

American Church. While most of these congregations were Lutheran, there were also Swedish Covenant, Swedish Methodist, Swedish Baptist, Swedish Mission and other free churches. Many of these churches kept detailed records as they did in Sweden. These records are a wonderful source to discover where in Sweden the person came as well as tracing internal migration in North American and can help to serve as a replacement for the 1900 missing U.S. Census
 
This presentation will highlight the history of Swedish American churches, the various denominations and what types of records were kept and where you can find these records both online and offline. We will review a few records to show the immense detail that was kept by some of these churches.

These presentations are free to members of the Museum Genealogical Society. Non-members pay $10 per presentation. Payment is accepted at the door.

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The newsletter also notes that genealogy researchers can schedule themselves for one-on-one research help on the right sidebar.  Times noted are on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1 pm, 1 pm to 2 pm, and 2 pm to 3 pm.  Also on Saturdays from 1 to 2 pm and 2 pm to 3 pm.

Here are the stated costs for the one-on-one research help:

Genealogical Society members: No fee for first hour; $10 for each additional hour on the same day.

Museum member only: $10 for first hour and $30 for each additional hour on the same day.

Non-member: $30 fee for each hour

Please call the Museum at 773.728.8111 or e-mail genealogy@samac.org to make an appointment. Individuals with appointments have priority over walk-ins.

Please fill out a genealogy research request form here if you are unable to attend an in-person genealogy research session. Forms can be returned to us electronically to genealogy@samac.org or faxed to 773.728.8870.

Based on the information you provide, we will research using the resources available at the Genealogy Center. Information might be available within three weeks. If we are unable to assist you, we will try to refer you to other possible sources.

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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 November 2019 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago November 2019

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 November 2019.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Saturday, November 9, 2019 Family History Fair At 1 PM ; “Photography And Genealogy”; Maureen Taylor “The Photo Detective” Will Be Featured Presenter (Via Webinar); Two Additional Programs Offered

Hi Everyone!

Maureen Taylor

I just received notice of an upcoming Family History Fair that will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1 pm at the Geneva Ward Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church located at 429 Old Kirk Road in Geneva, IL.

The topic for the day is “Photography and Genealogy”

Maureen Taylor,  known as “The Photo Detective”,  will be the featured presenter starting at 1 pm via an online webinar.

After her presentation there will be a short break with free refreshments.

At 2;15 pm there will be two additional presentations onsite that you can pick from:

  • “Photos and Family Search” presented by Ellen Sorenson
  • “History and Photo Restoration” presented by Andrew Sidelman

The program organizers are asking that if you are interested in participating in the Family History Fair that you register your intent with them for planning purposes.  You can register via the website they have created for this event that you can reach at:

November 9, 2019 Family History Fair on “Photography and Genealogy” Featuring Maureen Taylor “The Photo Detective” (Via Webinar)

I also received a flyer for the event that you can look at here:

Flyer For The November 9, 2019 Family History Fair On “Photography and Genealogy” Featuring Maureen Taylor “The Photo Detective”

Every now and then I become aware of a Family History Fair being offered at a local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Have not seen one in a few years so it is refreshing to hear about this.  Also previous fairs have been at one of the local Family History Centers.  This one is out in Geneva, IL.

Check out the website.  Check out the flyer.  It is really a big event when Maureen Taylor is the featured presenter.  She knows her stuff about interpreting photos and how they can help advance your genealogy research!

If you are interested, don’t forget to register yourself with the group so they can plan better for the turnout.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 2, 2019 At 10:00 AM; “Irish Maps And Tools For Finding The Right Place” Presented By Paul Milner; Program Takes Place At The Arlington Heights Senior Center

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, November 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, IL.

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 Paul Milner.    The speaker will present a program titled “Irish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place.

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

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

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Paul Milner, 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