Category Archives: Program Notices

Reminder Re-Post: Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On September 23, 2017 (Saturday); “Connecting Generations: DNA And Dirt”; Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG, Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Do you get that feeling that Summer 2017 is already flying away?  For me I get that sense when we have passed the 4th of July.  Time for a reminder on an upcoming Fall Annual Conference that is presented by the Fox Valley Genealogical Society.

Their Annual Conference will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Naperville, IL from 9 am to 4 pm.  The guest presenter for the entire day is Patricia Lee “Patti” Hobbs.  The theme of the conference is “Connecting Generations: DNA and Dirt”.  Patricia will present 4 programs, 2 will be on DNA and Genealogy, and 2 will be on non-DNA genealogy topics.

All of the details of this upcoming conference are contained in my original post that follows below the separator line.

Fall is the time of the year that often jump starts genealogy research and activities.  Societies restart their programs again after they have been on hiatus during the summer months.

Check out all of the details below and take advantage of any early registration discounts.

Is Summer flying by for you also?

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 23, 2017 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2017 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Connecting Generations: DNA and Dirt”

The guest speaker for the day will be Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG,.  She will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • An Overview of Genetic Genealogy
  • Autosomal DNA Data: Working the Results
  • Essential Research: Collateral Lines
  • Westward Ho! Understanding the Federal Land System

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Here is a PDF document from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society website that contains all of the details of the program, including location, lunch information, pricing, registration form, plus some biographical information for the speaker as well as a small description of each of the programs.  You can access this PDF at:

2017 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming Fall 2017 program in Naperville, IL.  Take a look at all of the details in the above PDF brochure.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

July 15, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Are You Related To Someone Famous?” Presented By Bob Allen

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, July 15, 2017 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 “Are You Related to Someone Famous?”.  Speaker for the program is Bob Allen.

Program description is:

A really fun aspect of genealogy is identifying “famous people” who are related to you.

We will talk about initial steps; how to prepare to do your research; helpful websites like gene.com; famouskin and abcgenealogy; ways to explain your discoveries; and how being related to a famous person can lead you to other relatives.

We will learn about the genealogies of Davy Crockett,  Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Adams, Tom Hanks, Laura Welch Bush, Ling John “Lackland” of England, Ann Boleyn and others.

Speaker information is:

Bob Allen received a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Kansas.

He then graduated from the University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas.

Now retired, he held executive positions with Container Corporation of America and Baxter Healthcare.

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

July 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For July 22, 2017; “Members Only” Program Sharing Research Help

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 July 2017 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 program scheduled for Saturday July 22, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon.  This program is intended for “members only” of the Nordic Family Genealogy Center.  They will be sharing information on their research discoveries and resources to use.

Here is the text from the program description contained in the Cirkular:

“What new resources have you found for your genealogy research?
Members-only meeting. Members will share update to their research and new resources they have found helpful in their research. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email 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 July 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago July 2017

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 July 2017.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening July 11, 2017 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, July 11, 2017:

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. Ginger Frere, MLIS, MBA, explains how to use timelines to solve genealogical problems.

Ginger Frere

Ginger Frere is a professional researcher who provides a variety of research services to authors, professional historians, film makers and individuals interested in genealogy. Her primary research interests include Chicago history and the creation of online tools for genealogists. She was one of the driving forces behind the development of ChicagoAncestors.org. Ginger is a Newberry Scholar-in-Residence and a regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education seminar program. Ginger has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research, the Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Illinois Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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

Upcoming Genealogy Program Webinar With Thomas MacEntee At The Cary Area Public Library On Sunday, June 25, 2017 At 2 PM

Hi Everyone,

Just received short notice of an upcoming Genealogy Program at the Cary Area Public Library.

The program is scheduled for this Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 2 pm at the Cary Area Public Library located at 1606 Three Oaks Road, Cary, IL 60013.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Registration is preferred through the Cary Area Public Library via their website at http://caryarealibrary.evanced.info/ or you can call the library at 847.639.4210  for assistance with registration.

The program will be a live webinar titled “Got Illinois Ancestors? A Guide to Prairie State Genealogy”.  The presenter is Thomas MacEntee via the webinar format.  There will be time after the presentation for questions to be asked of Thomas MacEntee.

So if you have Illinois ancestors check out the webinar and the presenter at the Cary Area Public Library this coming Sunday on June 25, 2017 at 2 pm.  Open to the public.  You do not need to be a library cardholder with the Cary Area Public Library in order to attend.

You can visit the general library website at http://www.caryarealibrary.org/ to see what they are all about.

Our own library will be having Thomas MacEntee as a genealogy presenter in May of 2018.  Different topic, but also via the webinar format.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow June 13, 2017

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, June 13, 2017:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 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, and Colonial American. There will also be a “new” DNA/Adoption table. Finally, there will also be a Beginners Group.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 13, 2017 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, June 13, 2017:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 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, and Colonial American. There will also be a “new” DNA/Adoption table. Finally, there will also be a Beginners Group.

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