Category Archives: Program Notices

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Upcoming Monthly Programs February 2018 To October 2018

Hi Everyone!

I just received a very nice forward-looking flyer from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society.  It provides a nice schedule of their upcoming genealogy programs they host monthly.  The first program on their list has already occurred but the upcoming programs that will occur are noted for March 2018 all the way through October 2018.

I do plan on also adding this list of programs to my Google Calendar for Local Genealogy Events that is also part of this blog.  You can easily find this calendar at the top of the homepage of the blog.

The flyer also notes that on July 7, 2018 the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society will be hosting their Annual Conference at the McHenry County College Conference Center in Crystal Lake, IL.  More details will be coming on this annual conference in the future.

Here is the link to the PDF flyer of all of the society’s upcoming genealogy programs from February 2018 to October 2018:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Upcoming Genealogy Programs February 2018 to October 2018

You can also visit the general website for the society at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Check out the society and what they are all about.  Mark your calendars for any programs of interest, especially if you are out in the farther Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 3, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “Learning Your Way Around Ancestry DNA!” Presented By Karen Stanbary, CG

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 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 3, 2018 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 Karen Stanbary, CG.    The speaker will present a program titled “Learning Your Way Around Ancestry DNA!.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) March 3, 2018 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Karen Stanbary, CG, 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

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow February 13, 2018

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.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, February 13, 2018:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday February 13 2018 at 7:30 PM in The Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Teresa Steinkamp McMillin. Teresa will present a program titled “The Voyages of Our German Immigrants”.

Germans began immigrating to the United States in 1683 according to documented history. This talk will highlight significant aspects of the first four major waves of migration through 1910. The areas from which they came and motivations that typified each wave will be detailed. Available immigration and emigration records help tell the immgrants’ story. Laws changed over time and impacted various aspects of the immigration experience.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin Certified GenealogistSM author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library is the owner of Lind Street Research a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national regional and local genealogical societies.

Reading German gothic script found in Germanic records prior to the mid-1900’s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresas specialty areas.

She is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has taken college-level German classes. Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as many Germanic and local genealogical societies. She is the webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights Illinois and is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

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

February 17, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Tracing Your World War I Immigrant Ancestors In “Alien” Papers” Presented By Debra Dudek

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, February 17, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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 “Tracing Your World War I Immigrant Ancestors in “Alien” Papers “.  Speaker for the program is Debra Dudek.

Program description is:

Learn what 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:

Debra Dudek is head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL.  Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics.  She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

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 February 13, 2018 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.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, February 13, 2018:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday February 13 2018 at 7:30 PM in The Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Teresa Steinkamp McMillin. Teresa will present a program titled “The Voyages of Our German Immigrants”.

Germans began immigrating to the United States in 1683 according to documented history. This talk will highlight significant aspects of the first four major waves of migration through 1910. The areas from which they came and motivations that typified each wave will be detailed. Available immigration and emigration records help tell the immgrants’ story. Laws changed over time and impacted various aspects of the immigration experience.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin Certified Genealogist, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, is the owner of Lind Street Research a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national regional and local genealogical societies.

Reading German gothic script found in Germanic records prior to the mid-1900s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresas specialty areas.

She is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has taken college-level German classes. Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as many Germanic and local genealogical societies. She is the webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights Illinois and is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

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

February 10, 2018 (Saturday), Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering A Special Interest Group (SIG) For Apple Mac Users That Use “Reunion” As Their Lineage Program; From 12:45 PM To 2:30 PM At The Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email notice from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) that the next meeting of the  Reunion (Mac Lineage Software) Special Interest Group (SIG) is coming up soon.

The meeting of this SIG group will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, between 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM at our library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.  Our library is located in the Town Square complex at the intersection of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road.

All are welcome to attend.

Bruce Christopher of the CAGGNI group will be acting as facilitator for the group.

Here is a description of the program from the CAGGNI email:

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Reunion Special Interest Group

Calling all Apple users!  Reunion is a genealogy software designed specifically for Macintosh and also available as an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  Learn the tips and tricks that will have you utilizing this highly regarded program to its fullest.

If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. Learning software is enhanced in a hands-on environment.

Facilitator:  Bruce Christopher

For more information: Reunion Special Interest Group 

Best regards, 
CAGGNI

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Apple Mac users using Reunion, now is your chance to really learn a lot more about your own program from others that are also using the product.  Maybe you are already a good user of the product.  Consider sharing your skills with others using the Apple Mac system and Reunion.

More and more computer users have been switching over to Apple products over the last few years and this includes the desktop/laptop machines as well as mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Mark your calendars for this great opportunity to really become more skilled at using an incredibly well-rated lineage product on your Apple products.

Check out more about the CAGGNI organization itself and all that it offers.  Keep in touch with them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Enjoy the program.

Enjoy the organization.

Enjoy your Mac genealogy lineage software even more than you already do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 2018 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On February 24, 2018; “Clergymen, Witches, And Swedish Genealogy ” Presented By Kerstin Nicholson

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities maybe 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 February 2018 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, February 24, 2018 from 10 am to 12 noon.  The program is titled “Clergymen, Witches and Swedish Genealogy”.  The presenter for this program is Kirsten Nicholson.

Here is a description of the program from the February 2018 Cirkular:

Clergymen?  Witches?  Witch hunts? Genealogy?  Church records?

How are these connected?

Swedish church books are particularly detailed about members of the clergy. Since Swedes have been Lutheran since the Reformation, there are no restrictions on marriages and family. 

There is fascinating information in the church books about how priests are educated and compensated and how they were selected for their jobs. You can also learn about old witch hunts and border loyalties between Sweden and Norway.

Hear the story about one family that had many priests and preachers through the centuries, all of them from what are today the northern provinces of Jämtland and Ångermanland.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email to genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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 February 2018 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago February 2018

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 February 2018.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library