Category Archives: Program Notices

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 10, 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, March 10, 2015:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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

Family History Day Event to Take Place At The Wilmette, IL Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center On Saturday, March 21, 2015, From 8 AM To 5 PM; Free To Attend; Registration Required

Hi Everyone!

indexI just recently became aware that the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints (LDS) in Wilmette, IL will be holding an all-day Family History Day on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 8 AM to 5 PM.

The all-day event will take place at 2727 Lake Avenue (Lake and Locust) in Wilmette, IL.

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

For those of you that have gone to the Wilmette, IL Family History Center (FHC) to do research, the event will be held at the same church facility.  It appears that much of the church facility will be utilized to accommodate the varied programs that will occur over and above just the Family History Center room itself.  But the facility address is the same location where you may have done previous on-site genealogy research using the resources at the FHC that is there.

Here is a PDF flyer for the event that I received:

March 21, 2015 Family History Day At Wilmette, IL Church Of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints

“Jumpstart Your Genealogy” is the theme for the 2015 Wilmette Illinois Family History Center’s family history fair. This free all-day event features local speakers, video workshops with content from RootsTech, hands-on activities for youth and children, and exhibit booths.

Thomas MacEntee, founder of,  will be the featured speaker for the day and will be presenting 4 of his most popular programs.

There are also a good number of the programs that will be presented in Spanish.

Lunch is on your own with suggested restaurants in the area noted at the website below.

You can go to this following site for more information about the overall program and a link for registration:

March 21, 2015  Family History Day Registration Information

The website link above also includes a more detailed description of the time of the various speaker programs throughout the day.  There will be “live” speakers as well as video presentations from speakers at the recently concluded RootsTech conference.

The Wilmette, IL Family History Center is an outstanding center.  I have been to both the Schaumburg one and the Wilmette one and the Wilmette facility is very large in physical size compared to the Schaumburg one.  The Wilmette, IL facility also has a very large amount of on-site microfilms, many focusing on the Chicago area including many of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago church films.

Mark this date and give it a try regardless of your skill level of doing genealogy research.  If you are a true Beginner, this fair may be especially helpful to you as you begin your research journey.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; March 28, 2015 Genealogy Program; “The Orphan Train; A Book Discussion”

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 March 2015 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

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 March 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago March 2015

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015 between 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The program is titled “The Orphan Train; A Book Discussion”.  The program will be led by Advisory Board Member Sue Nordstrom.   The program is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members.  Non-members are also welcome but there is a $10 fee to attend this program.  Reservations appreciated via email at or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of March 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Update Post Regarding March 7, 2015 Genealogy Program With D. Joshua Taylor At The Newberry Library; Program Is Full; Registration Is Closed; Walk-Ins Not Accepted

Hi Everyone,

Newberry Library LogoI previously made a post that the Newberry Library in conjunction with the Chicago Genealogical Society was having a genealogy program on Saturday, March 7, 2015 that featured D. Joshua Taylor as a program presenter.  Registration to attend the program was necessary.  Walk-ins are not allowed.

I have seen that the Chicago Genealogical Society website is now making note that the program is indeed “full” and closed for any further attempted registration.

Unfortunately, if you did not register yourself soon after my original posting, it is now too late to do so.

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoD. Joshua Taylor is a “hot” genealogy commodity at this time with him being one of the lead genealogists on the PBS show “Genealogy Roadshow”.

I am at least glad that I noticed the program is full and I can report that information back to you now in case you were still thinking about it.  Look at the Chicago Genealogical Society webpage under their “Upcoming Events” link to see the program is full and closed for any further registration.

I guess it is true, “You gotta strike when the iron is hot!”.

You can visit the Newberry Library website at:

Newberry Library

You can visit the Chicago Genealogical Society website at:

Chicago Genealogical Society

My original posting of the program follows below the separator line.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Hi Everyone!

Newberry Library LogoI just received some publicity information from the Newberry Library that they will be having a Genealogy Saturday program that will feature D. Joshua Taylor on March 7, 2015.

You will hopefully recognize the name of the presenter.  D. Joshua Taylor is one of the prominent genealogists showcased on the PBS series “Genealogy Roadshow”.

The program is free.  Registration is required.  Walk-Ins are not allowed under any circumstances.  Seating capacity is limited.

Doors open at 8:30 AM.  The program starts at 9 AM.  Lunch (not included) will be from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM.  A list of nearby restaurants will be provided at the event.  Balance of the program will be from 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.

D. Joshua Taylor will present:

  • Go West! Beginning Midwestern Research
  • Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends
  • On and Off the Net: Locality Searching
  • Putting It together: A Case Study

You can view a copy of the “flyer” provided to me by the Newberry Library here:

March 7, 2015 Genealogy Saturday at the Newberry Library with D. Joshua Taylor

Here is also the text provided to me from the Newberry in their e-mail notification to me:


Join us on March 7th for a very special event sponsored by the Newberry and the Chicago Genealogical Society – four lectures by popular genealogist D. Joshua Taylor, of Who Do You Think You Are (NBC and TLC) and Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) fame.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Director of Family History at Findmypast, a global leader in the family history industry. Passionate about the future of family history, Joshua is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe.

This is a free event, however registration is required. Be sure to register early, as seats are limited. Bring your registration receipt with you the day of the event. No walk-ins will be accepted. You can register at:

Doors will open at 8:30. Lunch is not provided, however a list of area restaurants will be available.


Think of spending a day with an incredibly talented genealogy persona!

Check out one of the recent “Genealogy Roadshow” episodes if you are not familiar with D. Joshua Taylor.  You can view these shows at :

Genealogy Roadshow Website at PBS

Sounds like a great day, with a great speaker and some great programs to advance your genealogy research knowledge!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Take A Genealogy Cruise! Federation Of Genealogical Societies Offering 2015 Alaskan Cruise August 28, 2015 To September 4, 2015

Hi Everyone!

FGS LogoAs I was reviewing one of our recent journals I noticed that the back page had an ad for an upcoming genealogy cruise.

Genealogy cruises have become very popular over the recent years.  Some have been one week cruises, some longer.  Some have been to the Caribbean.  Some have been to Europe.

What caught my eye on this one is that it is a cruise to Alaska.  I don’t think I have seen that destination noted for a genealogy cruise.

The cruise is being sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  It will take place from August 28, 2015 to September 4, 2015 sailing from Seattle, WA.  The cruise will take place on the Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas.

The following 4 noted genealogy speakers will be on the cruise:

  • Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
  • D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Conference registration opens April 1, 2015.

Further information about the conference rates, the cruise rates, the program scheduled times and other news can be obtained at:

2015 Alaskan Genealogy Cruise Sponsored By Federation Of Genealogical Societies

Here is also the 1 page back cover I noticed when reviewing a genealogy journal:

2015 Alaskan Genealogy Cruise Ad Found In “Internet Genealogy”

Sounds like an interesting cruise to a destination  that is certainly for those with a taste for a somewhat cooler climate!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Please Note Program Topic Change And Speaker Change For Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 7, 2015 At 10:00 AM; New Topic Is “18th And 19th Century English Parish Records”; New Speaker Is Sandra Trapp

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice update 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, March 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 7, 2015 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 original topic and speaker for the morning program has been changed.    The new speaker for this program, Sandra Trapp,  will present “18th & 19th Century English Parish Records.

Paul Milner will not be presenting the program originally scheduled that was titled “Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) March  7, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Sandra Trapp, 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

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episodes To Return Sunday March 8, 2015 At 9:00 PM Central Time On Cable Station TLC; All 8 Episodes Have Been Identified As To Who Is The Celebrity Star

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just saw in a recent Dick Eastman blog post that the “new” 8 episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are” will be airing starting on Sunday evening, March 8, 2015 at 9 PM Central time on cable station TLC.

Also, all of the “celebrity” stars and their genealogical stories have been identified for these new episodes.  The dates of the programs as well as which celebrity that is the “star” have been noted.

Here are the air dates and the stars that will be appearing in the new episodes starting on Sunday evening, March 8, 2015 at 9 PM central time:

  • March 8 Julie Chen
  • March 15 Josh Groban
  • March 22 Angie Harmon
  • March 29 Sean Hayes
  • April 5 Tony Goldwyn
  • April 12 America Ferrera
  • April 19 Bill Paxton
  • April 26 Melissa Etheridge

You can visit the TLC cable channel for “Who Do You Think You Are?” at:

TLC; Who Do You Think You Are?

You can even watch some of the full episodes of the show at the TLC website above from the original creation of the shows when they were on NBC.

If you miss seeing the original airing and you don’t DVR it, you will probably be able to view those episodes only by purchasing them from iTunes.

Get ready for a new set of genealogy TV shows!  Watch the show as it is occurring when it is originally shown to help with good ratings.  If you can’t watch it live, then plan to DVR the show for a future viewing.

Get ready for March 8, 2015 and the return with new episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library