Category Archives: Program Notices

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 1, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions To Common Genealogical Brick Walls” Presented By Marsha Peterson-Maass

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 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 1, 2016 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.

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 Marsha Peterson-Maass.    The speaker will present a program titled “Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) October 1, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Marsha Peterson-Maass, 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

Newberry Library Offering Seminar Over 4 Consecutive Wednesdays Starting On October 19, 2016 Titled “It Didn’t All Go Up In Flames: Exploring Pre-Fire Chicago”

Hi Everyone!

Newberry Library LogoI recently received a notice from Ginger Frere, one of the speakers we have used many times over the years, that both her and Matt Rutherford of the Newberry will be presenting a seminar at the Newberry titled “It Didn’t All Go Up in Flames: Exploring Pre-Fire Chicago” that will be presented on 4 consecutive Wednesdays starting on October 19, 2016 and ending on November 9, 2016 from 5:45pm to 7:45pm.   (Program dates will be Wednesday, October 19, October 26, November 2, and November 9, 2016.)

I received the following description from Ginger Frere about this series of programs:

In four jam-packed sessions, starting October 19th,  we’ll talk about pre-Fire treasures including maps, diaries, church records, newspapers, and sheet music. Selected primary source readings will inform our discussions about what life was really like for early Chicagoans. It’s always a lot of fun and we all learn something new.  If you know of anyone with an interest in Chicago history/genealogy, I’d truly appreciate you’re passing along the information. People can find out more and register at: http://www.newberry.org/F16PreFireChicago

Please use the link above to be directed to the Newberry site location where the program is described along with the location for the link to register for these 4 events spread out over four Wednesdays.  Registration is required in order to participate.  Please note there is a cost of $176 to the participant to attend all 4 sessions.  Free online access to course materials will also be provided.  For an additional fee of $15 to $30, participants will be able to obtain a print version of the course materials upon registering.

If you have pre-fire Chicago ancestral research it looks like this series of programs would certainly provide you with some insights into what it was like living in Chicago before the great fire.

Ginger and Matt are two incredible presenters on genealogical topics.  You would be in for a treat.  Something to consider.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow September 13, 2016

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 13, 2016:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Schaumburg Library’s Genealogist Tony Kierna will give a brief review of genealogical topics, then you can work in small groups based on nationality, skill level or project type to share your findings and learn more about your heritage.

Small groups include Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, Colonial American and Beginners Group. (These groups may adjust based on attendance.) The “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table allows you to share and view family history books and ask the creators how they put them together.

Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet to share your information and research with others, or use the laptop connected to our projector.

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

September 17, 2016 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “DNA And The Genealogical Proof Standard” Presented By Karen Stanbary

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, September 17, 2016 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 “DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard”.  Speaker for the program is Karen Stanbary.

Program description is:

“DNA test results provide evidence to confirm and advance your genealogical research.  Skillful correlation of the DNA data with traditional documentary research can break through bricks walls.  We will discuss the specific use of DNA evidence within the framework of the Genealogical Proof Standard.”

Speaker information is:

Karen Stanbary is a professional genealogist with expertise in the use of DNA test results to solve genealogical problems.   

DNA is the hot topic in genealogy. Learn how to use your DNA testing results to break through on your research challenges.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening September 13, 2016 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 13, 2016:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Schaumburg Library’s Genealogist Tony Kierna will give a brief review of genealogical topics, then you can work in small groups based on nationality, skill level or project type to share your findings and learn more about your heritage.

Small groups include Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, Colonial American and Beginners Group. (These groups may adjust based on attendance.) The “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table allows you to share and view family history books and ask the creators how they put them together.

Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet to share your information and research with others, or use the laptop connected to our projector.

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

September 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; September 24, 2016 Genealogy Program; “How PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow Solved Author’s Family Mystery” Presented By Gail Lukasik

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 2016 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 Genealogy Program scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  The title of this month’s program is “How Genealogy Roadshow Solved Author’s Family Mystery”.  The presenter will be Gail Lukasik, award winning mystery author.   Members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society can attend for free.  Non-members can attend for a $10 fee.  Reservations for attendance are appreciated.

From the newsletter, here is a description of the program:

“Learn how PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow unraveled the mysteries around author Gail Lukasik’s family history”.

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 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago September 2016

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 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, August 27, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Tapping The Power Of FamilySearch” Presented By Maureen Brady

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, August 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, August 27, 2016 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.

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 Maureen Brady.    The speaker will present a program titled “Tapping the Power of FamilySearch.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) August  27, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Maureen Brady, 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