Category Archives: Program Notices

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 4, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “On And Off The Net: Locality Searching (Live Webinar)” Presented By D. Joshua Taylor

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, March 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights, IL.

There is no prior registration needed.  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 D. Joshua Taylor.    The speaker will present a program titled “On and Off the Net: Locality Searching.  This program will be a “live” webinar.  The speaker will not be physically present in the room.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) March 4, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about D. Joshua Taylor, 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

Irish Genealogy Research Session Offered By The Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago On The Last Sunday Of Each Month; 1 To 3 PM; Led By Brian Donovan

Hi Everyone!

iahc-logoI just saw a Calendar entry in the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) February 2017 Newsletter.

The entry notes that the Irish American Heritage Center, located at 4626 N. Knox Ave. in Chicago, IL, is offering an Irish Genealogy Research Session on the last Sunday of each month.  The program is offered between 1 to 3 pm in the library of the facility.  It is being led by Brian Donovan.

These sessions are open to the public.  You do not need to be a member of the Irish American Heritage Center, although once you see the facility and get some help from these genealogy sessions you might be open to become a member.   It might be well-worth considering becoming an individual member because it costs a reasonable $30 per year.

They even have a pub in the facility!!

To learn more about the sessions, call the Center office at 773-282-7035, ext. 10.

Here is a text description of the program that comes from the website of the Irish American Heritage Center:

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FIND YOUR ROOTS

Are you interested in tracking down information about your ancestry?

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Wondering just where and how to begin your search? Not sure what resources are available or how to locate them?

The Center offers a genealogy session with genealogist Brian Donovan on the last Sunday of each month from 1pm to 3pm in the Library. All sessions are free. Attendees are encouraged to bring relevant documents that could help in their search. We do not offer sessions any other times during normal Library hours, but appointments can be made for those who cannot attend the monthly sessions.

To learn more about the sessions, call the Center office at 773-282-7035, ext. 10.

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Here is a link to the part of the site containing genealogy information where I found the above program description:

Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, IL/Genealogy

Just so you can get a scale of the magnitude of this organization and its facility, the following description also comes from the website of the organization:

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Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Located on the city’s northwest side in a renovated, turn-of-the-20th century building that sprawls over a full city block, the IAHC is dedicated to fostering Irish heritage, culture and traditions in America.

The Center boasts a 658-seat theatre, library, museum, art gallery, authentic Irish pub, dance practice studios, meeting rooms and banquet rooms for parties. The building is wheelchair-accessible.  We provide a broad selection of quality educational programs in traditional Irish music, dance, theatre, film, literature, language, Irish customs and more.

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I highly recommend just visiting the organization at their main website and take a tour of all that is being offered there.  Lots and lots of Irish programs of all kinds.  When you look at the calendar you will be amazed at all they are offering related to Ireland and the Irish culture, including the program I am describing related to genealogy.

You can stop by the website at:

Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, IL

The center is housed in what at one time was Mayfair Junior College.  I actually went to the center one time.  It has an expansive on site parking lot that certainly makes it easy to drive there and be able to park your car.

Another wonderful resource to consider tapping into for your Irish genealogy research efforts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 At NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL; Registration Is Now CLOSED; 280 Person Registration Limit Has Been Reached; NO WALK-INS

Hi Everyone!

DCGS Logo

I just visited the website of the DuPage County Genealogy Society and am clearly seeing that they have CLOSED registration for their upcoming Annual Conference that is taking place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, because they have reached the capacity registration number of 280 attendees.

Unfortunately, your time has officially run out if you were interested in attending but had not yet registered for the all day program!  You cannot come to the program as a Walk-In.

I had just mentioned at our genealogy program that you needed to act fast on registering for the program if you were interested.  They were going to close registration on March 4, 2017 if the 280 registration number had not yet been met.  The fact that registration is now closed means that they have achieved maximum registration already.

For what it is worth, you will find the contents of my previous post about this event below the separator line and will see what you will be missing.

Looks to be a great conference as always based on the topics and the speakers.

Better luck next year!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtIt is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs!

I want to remind everyone of the upcoming 42nd Annual Conference that will be held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Web Site

Their conference will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL from 7:30 AM until about 3:30 PM.   At 7:30 AM, you can have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 2:30 PM.

Please note that “Walk-Ins” will NOT be allowed for this conference.  Every attendee must be pre-registered.

The Annual Conference Theme is “A Tradition of Excellence in Education of Genealogists”.

Please note that the society is noting at the society website and in the program brochure that there will be a limit of 280 people who will be able to register.  So if you are interested you might want to take action by registering in advance while there are openings.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own program.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual DCGS LogoConference Information directly at the following link:

At their site in the above links you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the NIU Conference Center and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:00 PM and one at 2:30 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 4 programs that will be occurring.   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear 4 unique programs among the 16 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
  • Carole Magnuson
  • Kathy Meade
  • Donna Moughty
  • Diahan Southard

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.

I attended this conference in February 2012 and in February 2014.  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the links I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear 4 presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flies.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow February 14, 2017

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, February 14, 2017:

jane-haldeman-pictureCome early to review genealogical materials. At 8 p.m. guest speaker Jane Haldeman, co-owner of It’s Relative and genealogy researcher of over 20 years, shares her expansive knowledge of searching the web for genealogy research.

When searching the web with Google, Yahoo or Bing, the words you choose and the order in which you use them determine the results you get. Jane Haldeman is here to teach you how to find just what you are searching for. Come explore the web beyond the most popular websites.

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.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 18, 2017 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “New Sources For British Isles Research” Presented By Paul Milner

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 at our library on Saturday, February 18, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM.

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.

The title of the program is “New Sources for British Isles Research”.  Speaker for the program is Paul Milner.

Program description is:

Learn what new primary and secondary sources have become available and how to access them. Keep up to date on the constantly changing face of British Isles research by learning about recently released original records, new indexes, books and web sites.

Speaker information is:

 Paul Milner, a native of northern England is an author of six publications, a professional genealogist and international lecturer. Paul has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for over 35 years. He is the course coordinator and instructor for the English and Scottish tracks at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) plus has taught at the British Institute in Salt Lake City. He has lectured extensively in the US, Australia, Canada and England, plus on genealogy cruises.

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

Roots Tech 2017 Has Just Started Today; Consider Participating In The “Live Stream” Programs; Check Out The Archived Videos From 2016 To Get An Idea What It Is All About

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoThe massive Roots Tech 2017 conference has just started today in Salt Lake City, UT.  Upwards of 20,000 genealogy focused people could be in attendance at this annual conference.  The conference will continue through February 11, 2017.

I have never attended the program in Salt Lake City, but I do try to attend by “proxy” by viewing many of the online videos of the programs that are available to view on many different topics.  Sometimes these videos seem difficult to discover because I think Roots Tech leaves them up for a period of time and then pulls them down.

It does appear that you can actually watch up to 18 of the live streaming programs that are taking place between today and Saturday.  You would not previously have had to register for the conference to do this.  In order to do so, you have to provide your first name, last name, email address and zip code via the link to access the live stream material.  Here is what FamilySearch says about this information:

“Watch all live streamed RootsTech sessions by providing your contact information.

FamilySearch International (“FamilySearch”) is requesting that you provide your personal information to help us evaluate how many people view and access RootsTech videos. FamilySearch will not sell your personal information. FamilySearch will retain the information you provide for as long as it has a useful purpose. FamilySearch uses technical and security measures to protect personal information against loss, misuse, and unauthorized access or disclosure. You understand that FamilySearch will collect, process, and transfer your personal information to the United States and you consent to this transfer, if applicable.”

Take a look at the Roots Tech website to connect with the live stream programs at the conference.  You can find them on the very first page you encounter.  Just click on the video image at:

2017 Roots Tech Conference

I can’t share with you any of the material of the current conference in progress, but I can share with you  a link to access the videos of the 2016 conference so you can get a flavor for what is all out there to learn from.  Roots Tech has about 29 videos that are available at:

2016 Roots Tech Videos Of Various Keynote Speeches, General Session Videos, and Genealogy Teaching Videos

I find these videos to be priceless and inspirational.  They are very high quality.  The topics can help you with your own genealogy research efforts as well as give you a peek at where genealogy is heading with the keynote speeches.

Most videos run about 1 hour.

Give at least one a try.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.  The only thing that will disappoint you is trying to figure out to squeeze in the time to view all of them!!

Consider “live streaming” participation.  Enjoy the videos.  Enjoy the experience.  This is the largest participatory genealogy conference you will ever see.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening February 14, 2017 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, February 14, 2017:

jane-haldeman-pictureCome early to review genealogical materials. At 8 p.m. guest speaker Jane Haldeman, co-owner of It’s Relative and genealogy researcher of over 20 years, shares her expansive knowledge of searching the web for genealogy research.

When searching the web with Google, Yahoo or Bing, the words you choose and the order in which you use them determine the results you get. Jane Haldeman is here to teach you how to find just what you are searching for. Come explore the web beyond the most popular websites.

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.

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library