Category Archives: Program Notices

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 5, 2019 At 10:00 AM; “Family Tree Maker 2017” Presented By Nancy Roeser Thomas; 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, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 5, 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 Nancy Roeser Thomas.    The speaker will present a program titled “Family Tree Maker 2017.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) October 5, 2019 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Nancy Roeser Thomas, 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

September 22, 2019 Cemetery Walk At The Bluff City Cemetery In Elgin, IL; Offered By Elgin History Museum; Fee Associated To Participate

Hi Everyone,

One of our library’s genealogy program participants made me aware of an upcoming cemetery walk that will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2019, between 11 am to 3 pm at the Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin, IL.  It is the 32nd annual cemetery walk being offered by the Elgin History Museum.

There is a fee associated with participating in this walk:

  • $12 in Advance
  • $10 for Elgin History Museum Members  and Seniors 65 Plus
  • $15 On The Day Of The Event
  • Free for children 12 and under

Visit the website of the museum for the cemetery walk event at:

September 22, 2019 Bluff City Cemetery Walk 11 am to 3 pm in Elgin, IL

The above site will give you options for purchasing tickets for the event.  The site will give you a very good overview on what is all going to take place on that day and all the amenities that are provided e.g. chairs for seating, bus for those who may not be able to walk the tour, food truck, bathroom breaks etc..  The site notes the tour will go on “rain or shine”.  You can expect to walk a guided tour that takes about 90 minutes and covers about 3/4 of a mile.  Tours leave constantly starting at 11 am.  Last tour time starts at 3 pm.

It must be a great event if it has been going on for these many years!

See what you think about participating, especially if you have ancestors that may have been buried at that particular cemetery.

You can also visit the main website for the Elgin History Museum at:

Elgin History Museum

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 21, 2019 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates, IL; “Murder On The Meadow”; Presented By Deborah Fandrei

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, September 21, 2019 starting at 10:30 AM at the NIU Conference Center in Hoffman Estates, IL at 5555 Trillium Blvd.

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.

The title of the program is “Murder on the Meadow”.  Speaker for the program is Deborah Fandrei.

Program description is:

This program explores the history of a 100-year-old murder that took place in Lake County.  The audience is introduced to the people, the evidence and the science of the time and then asked to vote as a jury about what they have heard.

Speaker information is:

Debbie Fandrei has been the curator of the Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove for 20 years.

For more information: Murder on the Meadow

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow September 10, 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, September 10, 2019:

Our next genealogy program will take place on Tuesday evening, September 10, 2019.

We will have another “break-out” session for our gathering on September 10, 2019.   Our previous attempts proved to be quite a good success.  I would like us to build on those successes and afford those participants the opportunity to meet with those again or sample other groups. 

After an initial introduction of new participants at the start of our normally scheduled meeting, we will establish our “breakout” groups at approximately 7:45 PM.  We would have these breakout discussions from about 8:00 PM until about 9:30 PM.  These groups would consist of about 7 to 8 participants.  They would discuss some common topic of genealogy that interests them or from which they could learn even more to assist their research from sharing with others in the group and learning from others within the group.

The groups we previously tried seemed to work out quite well.  I want to go with those same groups and am open to suggestions to attempt to add others or delete those that may not have a following.

I want to reconvene the following groups:

Polish Researchers
German Researchers
Czech Researchers
Irish Researchers
Italian Researchers
British Researchers
Scandinavian Researchers
Colonial Americans Researchers
DNA/Adoption Researchers (NEW as of 12/16!)

I also will have a Beginner’s Group that I will lead.

We will also have the computer in the room for anyone to access the internet.

I would also encourage participants to bring their personal laptop or netbook to these sessions and tap into the internet via our WiFi network.  I saw many researchers doing this at our last breakout session and they found it very productive to access internet information while being in one of the groups if they wanted to show something to someone else at the table.

Please remember that the group’s composition is based on the numbers that will participate.  If only one person is present to participate in the Polish group, then we cannot have a Polish group that evening.  I cannot guarantee there will be enough participants to form a group.  In that case I would always recommend participating in another ethnic group of interest if that is also in your research interests or join me at the Beginner’s Group.

The key to this effort is to be flexible in selecting a group to work with.

I look forward to our next “break-out” session on September 10, 2019.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening September 10, 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, September 10, 2019:

Our next genealogy program will take place on Tuesday evening, September 10, 2019.

We will have another “break-out” session for our gathering on September 10, 2019.   Our previous attempts proved to be quite a good success.  I would like us to build on those successes and afford those participants the opportunity to meet with those again or sample other groups. 

After an initial introduction of new participants at the start of our normally scheduled meeting, we will establish our “breakout” groups at approximately 7:45 PM.  We would have these breakout discussions from about 8:00 PM until about 9:30 PM.  These groups would consist of about 7 to 8 participants.  They would discuss some common topic of genealogy that interests them or from which they could learn even more to assist their research from sharing with others in the group and learning from others within the group.

The groups we previously tried seemed to work out quite well.  I want to go with those same groups and am open to suggestions to attempt to add others or delete those that may not have a following.

I want to reconvene the following groups:

Polish Researchers
German Researchers
Czech Researchers
Irish Researchers
Italian Researchers
British Researchers
Scandinavian Researchers
Colonial Americans Researchers
DNA/Adoption Researchers (NEW as of 12/16!)

I also will have a Beginner’s Group that I will lead.

We will also have the computer in the room for anyone to access the internet.

I would also encourage participants to bring their personal laptop or netbook to these sessions and tap into the internet via our WiFi network.  I saw many researchers doing this at our last breakout session and they found it very productive to access internet information while being in one of the groups if they wanted to show something to someone else at the table.

Please remember that the group’s composition is based on the numbers that will participate.  If only one person is present to participate in the Polish group, then we cannot have a Polish group that evening.  I cannot guarantee there will be enough participants to form a group.  In that case I would always recommend participating in another ethnic group of interest if that is also in your research interests or join me at the Beginner’s Group.

The key to this effort is to be flexible in selecting a group to work with.

I look forward to our next “break-out” session on September 10, 2019.

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

September 2019 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For Saturday September 28, 2019 From 10 AM To 12 Noon; “Xenophobe’s Guide To The Swedes” By Peter Berlin (Group Book Discussion); 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 September 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 September 28, 2019 from 10 am to 12 noon.

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

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GENEALOGY SESSION
Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. – noon

Group book discussion of “Xenophobe’s Guide To The Swedes” by Peter Berlin. You visited your Swedish relatives; why do they do what they do? A short, informative, amusing book describing the unique character and behavior of the Swedes.

The book is available in the Museum Store.

This session is free to members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society. Everyone else pays $10 at the door (including Museum members).

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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 September 2019 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago September 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 September 2019.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, September 7, 2019 At 10:00 AM; “Genealogy Cloud Computing” Presented By Thomas MacEntee; Program Takes Place At The Mt. Prospect Public Library; Registration Required

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, September 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Mt. Prospect Public Library in Mt. Prospect, IL.

Registration with the library is required if you plan on attending the program.  There is no fee to attend.  Visitors are always welcome.

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 Thomas MacEntee.    The speaker will present a program titled “Genealogy Cloud Computing.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) September 7, 2019 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Thomas MacEntee, 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