Category Archives: Program Notices

Re-Post Reminder! – McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 8, 2017 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL; Discounts Available For Early Registration; Top Notch Speakers And Programs; Program Links Included

Hi Everyone!

Just want to send out a reminder that the July 8, 2017 Annual Conference for the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society is not that far away.  The largest discounts for early registration are over but you can still register at the next discounted rate until June 15, 2017.  After June 15, 2017 you will need to pay the undiscounted rate if you register or “walk-in” on the day of the event.

The annual conference is excellent!  The facility is outstanding (I have been at the college for some other programs.)!  The speakers are outstanding!

Consider attending this wonderful conference put on by a wonderful genealogical society.

Check out all of the previously published information I provided in my original blog post about this event after the separator line.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) that they will be offering an all-day genealogy conference on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “MCIGS 2017 Summer Conference”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day all four of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from.

There will be 4 speakers making presentations:

  • Mary M. Tedesco (hostess, Genealogy Roadshow on PBS)
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Paul Milner
  • Michael Lacopo

Vendors will also be present for you to check out all kinds of genealogical material to purchase to help you in your own research.

The society will actually be trying something new for this conference.  A “Genealogy Help Desk” will be staffed by members of the McHenry County Genealogical Society during session breaks and lunch to help those in attendance who might have genealogical questions.  You will even be able to sign up for a 15 minute session with one of the volunteers to seek research help.

Pre-program registration is encouraged.  Discounts are given if you are an existing McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society member.  Discounts are also given if registration to members of the society  if registration is done prior to April 1, 2017.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before April 1, 2017 – $50
  • Non-members registering before April 1, 2017 – $60
  • All registration between April 2, 2017 through June 15, 2017  – $70
  • Registration after June 15, 2017 and Walk-Ins – $80

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to June 16, 2017.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after June 17, 2016 or for walk-ins.

Here is a link to the portion of the MCIGS website that contains all of the information you need for the conference, especially the individual programs being offered as well as the biographical information for the speakers and registration information.  You can reach the society information for this event at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society July 8, 2017 “MCIGS 2017 Summer Conference”

Please also pay a visit to the main website for the society to find out more about the society and the services they offer to members and non-members at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Mark your calendars for this upcoming program.  I have already added it to the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  It sure looks like there are great speakers offering a wide variety of programs that will help novice researchers through expert researchers.  Be sure you go to the conference link noted above for a full detailed listing of the programs available to choose from.

Time flies on our calendars!  The details are all here with this society for this annual conference.  They put on a great program with fantastic speakers plus they are not that far away in Crystal Lake, IL.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 20, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The NIU Center In Hoffman Estates; “WikiTree, The Free Global Family Tree” Presented By Marty Acks

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 the NIU Center at 5555 Trillium Road in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, May 20, 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 “WikiTree, the Free Global Family Tree”.  Speaker for the program is Marty Acks.

Program description is:

An Introduction to WikiTree, the Free Global Family Tree

WikiTree is a free community of genealogists dedicated to growing an accurate single familytree using DNA and traditional genealogical sources. In this program, you will learn the key features of WikiTree, be shown how you can easily get started on the site, and learn numerous tips and techniques to get the most out of your time on WikiTree.

About the Speaker:

Marty Acks has been researching his family history since 1999 after having caught the bug from his mom and dad.  He volunteers at WikiTree where he contributes to the global family tree.  Marty leads a Porterfield surname study (maternal grandmother),assists other members, and monitors activity as a WikiTreeRanger.     

Venue

This meeting is being held at the NIU Center, 5555 Trillium Road, Hoffman Estates, near the intersection of I-90 & Beverly Road.  Map

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 May 9, 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.

Please note that this program will take place on the first floor of our library in the Program Room located in the KidsZone  rather than in The Classroom on the 2nd floor.  Just walk in to the KidsZone and head all the way to the back wall to the room.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, May 9, 2017:

Guest speaker Raymond Johnson will present a program titled “Navigating the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Archives” and will discuss naturalizations, Declarations of Intention, probates and wills, divorce/law/chancery records, criminal case files and “burnt records.” 

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any 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 guest speaker’s presentation will start 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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening May 9, 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.

Please note that this program will take place on the first floor of our library in the Program Room located in the KidsZone  rather than in The Classroom on the 2nd floor.  Just walk in to the KidsZone and head all the way to the back wall to the room.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, May 9, 2017:

Guest speaker Raymond Johnson will present a program titled “Navigating the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Archives” and will discuss naturalizations, Declarations of Intention, probates and wills, divorce/law/chancery records, criminal case files and “burnt records.” 

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up any 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 guest speaker’s presentation will start 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

May 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; May 27, 2017 Genealogy Program; “Sweden’s Local Historical Societies: A Treasure Trove For Family Research” By Bengt Sjogren

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 May 2017 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.  There is a program scheduled for Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10am to 12 noon.  Program is titled “Sweden’s Local Historical Societies: A Treasure Trove for Family Research” by Bengt Sjogren.  Cost to attend for members of the society is free.  Cost to attend for non-members is $10.  The society does ask that you contact them via email to let them know if you are attending.  Here is a small description of the program from the newsletter:

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Local communities and parishes across Sweden have a rich and colorful history that is traceable. Most have very active historical societies – documenting and building local archives, museums and websites. The historical societies can provide unique opportunities for adding insights into your family research and support during local visits. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111. 

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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 May 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago May 2017

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 May 2017.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 6, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “Courthouse Discoveries” Presented By Tina Beaird

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, May 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 6, 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 Tina Beaird.    The speaker will present a program titled “Courthouse Discoveries.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) May 6, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Tina Beaird, 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

April 22, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Getting The Most Out Of The Allen County Public Library Road Trip” Presented By Sandra Trapp

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having a special program at our library on Saturday, April 22, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM that is connected to the group having an upcoming “road trip” to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN.

The program is open to all, those that will be taking the road trip as well as those that may just want to learn more about the Allen County Public Library that will not be making the trip.

The title of the program is “Getting the Most Out of the Allen County Public Library Road Trip”.  Speaker for the program is Sandra Trapp, a member of the CAGGNI organization.

The “road trip” itself will take place from June 15, 2017 to June 17, 2017.  See the link below to the CAGGNI website for details about this trip.

Program description is:

Allen County Public Library is the 2nd largest genealogical library in the U.S. and has a multitude of research resources for both the U.S. and some other countries.  The Program will include a review of what the Genealogy Center has to offer and how to prepare for your visit so you can make the most of your research time. 

Even if you are not joining the Road Trip, but want to learn more about the resources at Allen County, do join us for the workshop.

Speaker information is:

Sandra Trapp has been researching her family, her husband’s, son-in-law’s, and friends’ families for almost 20 years.  She has provided genealogy programs for local organizations and libraries and has been the resource chairman for the Naperville Family History Center since 2000.  Her areas of interest include England, Italy, and some New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern states. 

Here is a link to the CAGGNI website that provides information of the upcoming trip to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN that will take place from June 15, 2017 to June 17, 2017:

Information About CAGGNI Allen County Public Library Road Trip June 15-17, 2017

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