Category Archives: Program Notices

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 6, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “Newspaper Research: Beyond The Birdcage” Presented By Debra Mieszala, 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, October 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 6, 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 Debra Mieszala, CG.    The speaker will present a program titled “Newspaper Research: Beyond the Birdcage.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) October 6, 2018 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Debra Mieszala, 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 September 11, 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.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, September 11, 2018:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Our 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.) A “New” DNA/Adoption group has recently been added.

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.  We will end the session by 9:30 p.m.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 2018 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Scheduled Genealogy Program For September 22, 2018 Is Titled “Nordic Research: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish”; Presented By Kathy Meade

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 September 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 normally 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 22, 2018 between 10 am and 12 noon.  The title of the program is “Nordic Research: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish”.  The presenter for the program is Kathy Meade.  Here is a description of the topic to be covered:

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Get an overview of the key resources for researching your Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish heritage. It will outline the steps for identifying key information about your ancestor so you can jump the pond. Identifying this information will include looking at key U.S. resources; unique Swedish-American, Danish-American, Norwegian American and Finnish-American sources and research centers. This will be followed by looking at the various record types for each country and where you can find these resources: online (both free and subscription sites) as well as physical archives and research centers.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. $10 museum members; $15 non- members to participate. Reservations are appreciated and can be made via email genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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The newsletter also notes that genealogy researchers can schedule themselves for one-on-one research help on the right sidebar.  Times noted are on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1 pm, 1 pm to 2 pm, and 2 pm to 3 pm.  Also on Saturdays from 1 to 2 pm and 2 pm to 3 pm.

Here are the stated costs for the one-on-one research help:

Genealogical Society members: No fee for first hour; $10 for each additional hour on the same day.
Museum member only: $10 for first hour and $30 for each additional hour on the same day.
Non-member: $30 fee for each hour

Please call the Museum at 773.728.8111 or e-mail genealogy@samac.org to make an appointment. Individuals with appointments have priority over walk-ins.

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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 2018 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago September 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 September 2018.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 15, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Beyond The Records: Putting Flesh On The Bones Of Your Civil War Ancestor” Presented By Karen Heinrich

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, September 15, 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.  You do not need to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  This is not a program sponsored by our library.  CAGGNI is using our meeting room to conduct their own program.  All are welcome to attend.

The title of the program is “Beyond the Records: Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Civil War Ancestor”.  Speaker for the program is Karen Heinrich.

Program description is:

Over 3 million Americans were in uniform during the Civil War. It’s becoming easier to find the facts of our ancestor’s service, but how do we reconstruct their experiences? This presentation will show you how to fill in the blanks between the facts, allowing you to tell your ancestor’s stories.

Speaker information is:

Karen Heinrich has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois, a Master of Arts in History from Southern New Hampshire University and an Masters of Library Science and Information from Drexel University. She is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists and numerous genealogical and historical societies across the U.S. She has served several terms as Board of Director, Cemetery Chair and as an Archivist for State and Local Genealogical Societies. She has more than 17 years of research experience and has given numerous seminars, lectures and workshops at conventions, organizations, societies and libraries throughout Illinois.

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 11, 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.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, September 11, 2018:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Our 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.) A “New” DNA/Adoption group has recently been added.

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

National Genealogical Society 2019 Annual Conference Announcement Brochure Available; May 8-11, 2019 In St. Charles, Missouri; “Journey Of Discovery”

Hi Everyone!

The National Genealogical Society has an annual multi-day conference each year.

The 2019 program is scheduled for May 8, 2019 through May 11, 2019 in St. Charles, Missouri.  The title of the 2019 conference is “Journey of Discovery”.

You certainly have plenty of time to peruse the material and make plans to attend this annual major genealogical event.

You can view the full-color 4 page “announcement” brochure at their website by clicking on the following link at:

It is still too early for any information on the registration costs or the programs being offered, but the “announcement” brochure is the teaser for the 2019 program for now.  Be patient as more details for the conference unfold as we get closer to the date of the conference.

Registration for the conference will start on December 1, 2018.

You can visit their main website at www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Look for the part of their main website at the top that says “Conferences and Events”.

Attending a national conference such as this is an eye-opening genealogical experience that I would recommend at least once in a lifetime for researchers.  There are literally 180 informative hour-long programs that are scheduled during this program between 8 AM through 4 PM.  There are even  programs going on through the early evening if you can’t get enough information on genealogy from 8 AM until 4 PM!

These are incredibly well attended conferences, both live at the venue itself as well as via the ability to participate during “live-streaming” of many of the various programs.  According to statistics provided to me from the NGS, the 2017 Conference in Raleigh, NC had 1,936 registered participants present at the conference plus an additional 268 participants that had registered for the live streaming programs.  Total attendance near the 2,200 number.  Pretty good turnout!

This conference can be nothing short of genealogy nirvana!

Check out my future blog postings as I post updated material for the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Genealogical Society when it becomes available.  For now at least refer to the “announcement” material for the 2019 Annual Conference in the link above.

Try to attend one once in your life.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, August 14, 2018:

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday evening, August 14, 2018.  Our guest speaker will be Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.  Jeanne will present a program titled “Sharing with Others: How to Convey Genealogical Evidence with Others”.

Techniques to construct and arrange genealogical reasoning so that our research is useful to future generations and facilitates effective collaboration with other genealogists.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSMis a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She conducts research projects for government agencies, attorneys, authors, newspapers, heir-search firms, professional genealogists, family researchers. Her clients are international and include Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Ireland, Israel, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. On behalf of the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force, Jeanne searches and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications and is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She served as the editor of Chicago Cemetery Records 1847–1863; Sexton’s Reports and Certificates, Treasurer Receipts, Deeds, and Undertakers’ Reports.

Jeanne researched the ancestry of actor-comedian Jason Sudeikis, for the television series, Who Do You Think You Are?, and appeared in that episode that first aired in May 2012. In April 2012 she was interviewed by National Public Radio about the release of the 1940 U.S. census.

She is a trustee and the treasurer of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a member of National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and a multi-year alumnus of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and the National Institute of Genealogical Research at the National Archives, Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts [History] from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a second-year certificate from the University of Chicago’s publishing program.

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