Category Archives: Program Notices

Reminder Re-Post: McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 11, 2015 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL; Discounts Available For Early Registration

Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just wanted to post this reminder of the upcoming McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) Annual Conference that will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

You still have 2 months to think about attending this wonderful annual conference.  You still have a chance to take advantage of a small discount for registering for this event if you register prior to June 15, 2015.  If you register before June 15, 2015 your cost will be $60.  If you register after that time or come as a walk-in, your cost will be $70.

The original posting of this event in this blog occurs 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 11, 2015, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “MCIGS 2015 Summer Conference”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day three of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from while one other sessions will provide a choice of 3 programs to choose from.

Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL and Thomas MacEntee (from Geneabloggers and High-Definition Genealogy) are two nationally known genealogy experts who will be providing presentations.  There will be 5 other speakers also presenting programs.

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

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 is done prior to April 1, 2015.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before April 1, 2015 – $40
  • Non-members registering before April 1, 2015 – $50
  • All registration between April 2, 2015 through June 15, 2015  – $60
  • Registration after June 15, 2015 and Walk-Ins – $70

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to June 15, 2015.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after June 15, 2015 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 11, 2015 “MCIGS 2015 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.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

The Swedish American Museum Will Be Offering A Genealogy Program On Saturday, May 23, 2015 From 10:00 AM To 12 Noon; “Pullman Employee Records” Presented By Shirley Koelling and Judy Baouab

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 genealogy program update 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 Museum will be offering a Genealogy Program  on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  The program title is “Pullman Employee Records”.  It will be presented by the Shirley Koelling and Judy Baouab.

Here is the text from the museum’s website that describes the program:

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Genealogy Program: 

Pullman Employee Records

Saturday, May 23, 2015; 10 AM to 12 Noon

Shirley Koelling and Judy Baouab will present about the information that can be found via the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society Library and Pullman employee records. Cost is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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Sounds like a topic of research that I do not believe I have previously heard about.

If you believe you have ancestors that worked for Pullman you might want to give this program a thought to attend.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow May 12, 2015

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jennifer Holik. Jennifer will present a program titled “Finishing the Story: Researching World War I and II Military Records”.

Tracing the life of a deceased military soldier (Soldier Dead) can be challenging. Through three World War I and World War II case studies, learn about records and resources available to help you write the stories of your Soldier Dead.

Jennifer Holik is a genealogical research professional and the owner of Generations and co-founder of The In-Depth Genealogist. Jennifer has over twenty years of research and writing experience. She has authored articles for local and national genealogical publications; authored and published a set of kids’ genealogy curriculum books in 2012; is an Expert Author for Archives.com; and writes for several blogs.

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

Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Has An Upcoming Program on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in LaGrange, Illinois; Link To Calendar Of Czech Related Events Also Included

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CSAGSI (Czech) LogoI just received a notice from the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) of an upcoming program they will be having very soon.  The program will occur on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, Illinois.  The church is located at 150 S. Ashland Rd. in LaGrange, IL.

Here is a Google Map showing the location of the church in LaGrange, IL:

First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, IL Google Map

The topic of the program is “Bohemian National Cemetery Memorials, Old and New: How We Honor and Remember Our Ancestors”.  The speaker for the program will be Chuck Michalek.

With our observance of Memorial Day at the end of May and the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster in July, Mr. Michalek’s thoughtful reflection on how we remember and honor our ancestors is most fitting.  Our speaker will expand on Bohemian National Cemetery’s roll in the Eastland Disaster and the plans being made for the Eastland Memorial at the Bohemian National Cemetery.

I did notice at the website for the society that they do have a large Calendar of Events of upcoming programs of interest to those researching Czech genealogy and Czech culture.  Genealogy items on the calendar are just one of many different kinds of Czech events you can find on the calendar.  It looks like the calendar is updated monthly with additions, deletions and changes.  You can view this calendar from their website here:

2015 Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Calendar of Events

Mark the date and location down on your calendars.  For those doing Czech and Slovak research, you may want to connect with fellow researchers at this program.

Admission is free.  You do not have to be a member of the society to attend.

Check it out.

You can visit the web page of the society to obtain information and resources available from the society for interested Czech researchers at:

Czech and Slovak American  Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Website

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening May 12, 2015 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, May 12, 2015:

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jennifer Holik. Jennifer will present a program titled “Finishing the Story: Researching World War I and II Military Records”.

Tracing the life of a deceased military soldier (Soldier Dead) can be challenging. Through three World War I and World War II case studies, learn about records and resources available to help you write the stories of your Soldier Dead.

Jennifer Holik is a genealogical research professional and the owner of Generations and co-founder of The In-Depth Genealogist. Jennifer has over twenty years of research and writing experience. She has authored articles for local and national genealogical publications; authored and published a set of kids’ genealogy curriculum books in 2012; is an Expert Author for Archives.com; and writes for several blogs.

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

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their May 17, 2015 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Fountaindale Public Library District In Bolingbrook, IL; The Program Title Is “The Russian Partition And Poland’s Disappearance From The World Map” Presented By Ola Heska; Program Will Also Be Presented As A “Live” Webinar” For Those Unable To Attend In Person

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL on Sunday, May 17, 2015 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program and meet other members of the society in attendance.

The formal presentation is titled “The Russian Partition and Poland’s Disappearance from the World Map”.  The presenter is Ola Heska.

The program is also being presented as a “live” webinar for those that cannot attend in person.  The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register for the webinar if you would like to participate in that manner.

In 1795 Poland disappeared from the world maps and endured over 123 years of foreign occupation. The country was divided and occupied by Russia, Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This presentation is an overview of the causes and results of the occupation, focusing on the Russian partition. Online sources of digitized documents and indexes will also be discussed.

Presenter, Ola Heska received her M.A. in Russian Philology from Lodz University, Poland. She is fluent in Polish, Russian, and some Latin, with experience in deciphering Old Russian handwriting. Ola began researching her family roots 14 years ago and now enjoys working as a genealogist/translator helping others. She has participated in PGSA’s annual conference and is currently involved in a vital records indexing project with the Polish Genealogical Society (PTG) headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. Please join us.

There is ample parking and light refreshments will be served.

The society has recently been having its quarterly programs at a variety of locations in Chicago and suburbs over the recent years rather than just at its main location in the city of Chicago, IL.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For May 17, 2015 Program

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider attending this program and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On September 26, 2015 (Saturday); George G. Morgan Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 26, 2015 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2015 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Alternative Search Strategies in Genealogy”

The guest speaker for the day will be George G. Morgan, President of Aha! Seminars, Inc. and co-host of the Genealogy Guys Podcast.  He will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Locating and Accessing Published Genealogies Online
  • Five Reasons the Records Aren’t in the Courthouse (and Where to Look)
  • Alternate Records You May Never Have Considered
  • Sidestep Genealogy

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Here is a PDF document from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society website that contains all of the details of the program.  You can access this PDF at:

2015 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming Fall 2015 program in Naperville, IL.  Take a look at all of the details in the above PDF brochure.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library