Category Archives: Program Notices

Illinois State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 23, 2015 And Saturday, October 24, 2015 In Oak Lawn, IL; Conference Brochure Now Available

Hi Everyone,

illinoisgensoc-logoThe program brochure for the upcoming Illinois State Genealogical Society Annual Conference is now available from the Illinois State Genealogical society website.

The conference will take place on Friday, October 23, 2015 and Saturday, October 24, 2015.  Conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago/ Oak Lawn at 9333 S. Cicero Ave. in Oak Lawn, IL.  Phone number of the facility is 708-425-7800.  Rooms can be gotten at the facility for a $119 per night charge.

Here is a direct link to the brochure that contains all of the information of the events for the two-day conference in addition to the costs.

2015 Illinois State Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

You can also visit the general website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

I previously made a post letting readers know of the upcoming dates for this conference.  The details of the program were not available at that time.  The previous posting details follows after the separator line.

It really looks a conference that will have many top-notch speakers from the genealogical community.  Speakers noted are:

  • Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • Geoffrey Baer (Friday evening Dinner Speaker)
  • Tony Burroughs, FUGA
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Ruth Ann Abels Hager, CG, CGL
  • Carol Chandler
  • Grace DuMelle
  • George Findlen
  • Janis Minor Forte
  • Jane G. Haldeman
  • John C. Heider

Our Fall season in Illinois is not that far away.  Look at the full brochure in the link above.  This year’s conference is really in our own back yard in Oak Lawn.  Some of the previous conferences have taken place in more central and southern locations of Illinois.

I am sure there is some topic or topics of interest for you to consider attending.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone,

ISGS LogoI just noticed that there are dates noted for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference for 2015.  The dates noted are for Friday, October 23, 2015 and Saturday, October 24, 2015.  The conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago/ Oak Lawn in Oak Lawn, IL.

Details for the conference are still being worked out, but the dates are now set as is the location.

The blog of the Illinois State Genealogical society notes that room rates at the hotel are noted as $119 per night.

You can look at the blog posting describing the upcoming event here at:

http://ilgensoc.blogspot.com/2014/11/save-date-2015-fall-conference.html

Mark your calendar for these dates and see what the details will be unfolding for the programs and the speakers when they become available.

Check back with the Illinois State Genealogical Society in the future for details of the 2015 conference as they become available at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

You now have the dates and the location.  The location is certainly much closer to all of us rather than being outside the Chicago Metropolitan area.  This conference will be right in our own backyard (relatively speaking!).

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow August 11, 2015

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, August 11, 2015:

Jeff Bockman PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jeffrey Bockman. Jeffrey will present a program titled “Start Your Digging in 1940: Examine the 1940 Census for Information and Clues”.

This lecture will present information to the researcher about the data that can be found in the 1940 US Federal Census. Examine the 1940 Census for information and clues. Learn how to find them. Use them with: other records, directories, and maps; and to help find living people.

Jeffrey Bockman is a Genealogy Lecturer & Writer. He was a contributing editor for the former Everton’s Genealogical Helper and a feature writer for the former Heritage Quest Magazine. His articles have also appeared in various other publications. He was the President of the DuPage County Genealogical Society for 5 terms. He is the author of Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy, a book that encourages people to record and preserve their family’s history.

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

August 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “National Archives Great Lakes Region” On Saturday, August 22, 2015, From 10 AM To Noon

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 August 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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2015 titled “National Archives Great Lakes Region” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

Here is a small program summary from the website of the museum for the event:

Join us for this presentation about the national archives with Ellen Kondrot. Cost is free for Genealogy Center/Genealogical Society members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations appreciated. You may genealogy@samac.org to RSVP or ask any questions you may have about this session or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the genealogy volunteer.

Note: The Nordic Family Genealogy Center is changing its name to the Swedish American Genealogical Society.

Reservations appreciated.  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 August 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago August 2015

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 August 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Has An Upcoming Program on Saturday, August 15, 2015 in LaGrange, Illinois; “Lost Children: Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Dependents, Surrendered, Adopted” Presented By Jeanne Larzalere-Bloom

Hi Everyone!

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, August 15, 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 “Lost Children: Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Surrendered, Adopted”.  The speaker for the program will be Jeanne Larzalere-Bloom.

This presentation covers the period of 1729, when the first home for orphans was opened in New Orleans, through the current period. Learn how the views of society changed regarding these lost children from the Pre-humanist era before 1851 through the late 20th century. Sources for locating records includes the government, archives, historical societies, libraries, newspapers, WPA inventories and the Family History Library catalog.

Jeanne, is a full-time professional genealogist who specializes in Chicago and Cook county Research. She is also an author and lecturer. There will be a four page handout at this presentation. Please join us for this interesting program and find out that lost children can be found.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, August 29, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Genealogical Research Strategies” By Bob Allen

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 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, August 29, 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 speaker for the morning program will be Bob Allen.    The speaker will present a program titled “Genealogical Research Strategies.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) August 29, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Bob Allen, 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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Has Published An Updated Brochure For 2015-2016 Including Programs That Will Occur During 2015-2016; Brochure Available As PDF For Your Use In this Post

Hi Everyone!

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received an updated brochure/guide from the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS).

Please know that this society was formerly known by the name Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists. They renamed themselves as of August 1, 2014.

Their recently updated brochure contains information about the society, membership benefits, meeting location, programs they will offer during their upcoming 2015-2016 “season” and membership application.

Here is the newly updated NWSGS brochure for the society that includes their 2015-2016 programs:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Brochure That Includes The 2015-2016 Programs

I am happy to share this information with readers of this blog.

Please take a look at the above link to the PDF for the information.  Print it off and mark the dates for the programs that interest you the most.  Give the society a try and check out one of their programs.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of the society.  A membership application is also included as part of the brochure that you can access through the above link to the PDF.

This is the time of the year when a lot of dated information about upcoming programs that start in September becomes available.  Check them out.

You can also visit the society webpage itself to find out more about the society, its resources and its programs.  You can visit them at the following link at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS)

Enjoy the brochure and plan on attending some of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow July 14, 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, July 14, 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:

June 2015 Dan Niemiec PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dan Niemiec. Dan will present a program titled “Chicago Cemetery Research”.

After years of traveling all around the area and elsewhere to find grave markers of his relatives, Dan can give everyone tips galore on what to expect and what not to expect when dealing with Chicago’s cemeteries.

Dan Niemiec has been the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi for 10 years. He is co-founder and immediate past president of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter. He has given many presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late-1600s, and his Polish lines go back to the mid- 1700s. By tracing descendant lines, he has found over 73,000 relatives, the result of 23 years of original research.

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