Category Archives: Program Notices

Newberry Library Offers Genealogy And Local History Tours And Orientations On First Saturdays Of The Month In 2017

Hi Everyone,

Newberry Library LogoMatt Rutherford, curator at the Newberry Library, has made me aware that the Newberry continues to offer an introductory genealogy orientation and tour of the Newberry on the first Saturdays of each month.

He has just provided me with an updated schedule of these events for 2017.

There are times when the library needs to change the date from the 1st Saturday of the month to the 2nd Saturday of the month.  Oftentimes it is as a result of a holiday occurring in the first week time period.  Please be aware that this can happen.  Such changes are always noted by the Newberry.

The Newberry is located at 60 West Walton in Chicago, IL.  The phone number for the Newberry is 312-255-3700.

The program/orientation on using the Newberry’s collection starts at 9:00 AM.  The initial orientation takes about 1 hour.  A short tour of the library follows the orientation.

There is no pre-registration.  There is no cost.

The program is aimed at those new to using the Newberry and those new to the genealogical process.

Here are the dates for 2017:

  • January 7, 2017  @ 9:00 AM
  • February 4, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
  • March 4, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
  • April 1, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
  • May 6, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
  • June 3, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
  • July 1, 2017  @ 9:00 AM
  • August 5, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
  • September 9, 2017 (2nd Saturday) @ 9:00 AM
  • October 7, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
  • November 4, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
  • December 2, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Here is a text description from the Newberry website describing these kind of orientations:

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9 am
Main lobby

Stop at the first floor information desk for meeting location

PROGRAMS FOR GENEALOGISTS

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, the session will last approximately and hour followed by a short tour of the library. Afterwards you are welcome to begin your research in the General Reading Room where a reference librarian will be available to provide suggestions and assistance.

In order to maximize research time, please register in advance as a Newberry Reader. Click on http://requests.newberry.org and select “First Time Users.” Readers’ cards will be issued during the orientation.

Cost and Registration Information 

Reservations not required. Free.

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Here is a link to the upcoming genealogy programs at the Newberry from their website for 2017 as of this posting:

2017 Genealogy Programs at the Newberry Program

If you have never been to the Newberry but are an experienced genealogy researcher, you may want to take advantage of these programs for 2017 to learn about the collections and resources of the Newberry.

If you are a new genealogy researcher, this orientation is also geared for you to learn how to begin your research plus you too will also learn about the Newberry and how it can  help your research.

I have placed these event dates into the Google Calendar that is also part of this blog.

Sounds like a great opportunity to visit the Newberry if you have never previously been there and then be able to get a nice orientation and tour of the facility.

Something to consider!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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; Saturday, February 11, 2017, From 10:30 AM To 12:30 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 11, 2017, between 10:30 AM to 12:30 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:

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

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 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 Macintosh.

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

Enjoy the program.

Enjoy the organization.

Enjoy your software even more than you already do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 4, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “DNA: A Power Tool In The Genealogist’s Toolbox” 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, February 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 4, 2017 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 “DNA: A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Toolbox.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) February 4, 2017 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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Combined Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic and The Master Genealogist Special Interest Group (SIG); Group Is Meeting At The Schaumburg Township District Library On Saturday January 21, 2017 From 12:45 PM To 2:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoAncestry.com announced in December 2015 that it will be “retiring” their lineage software program Family Tree Maker.  If you are a user of the product you may be uncertain how that decision does or does not affect you as a user of Family Tree Maker.

Perhaps you are a user of the lineage product from Roots Magic.  Perhaps you are a user of The Master Genealogist lineage program that is no longer being updated or maintained.

Perhaps the Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) can be of immense assistance to you.  The CAGGNI group now is offering a combined Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic and The Master Genealogist SIG .  Perhaps you did not take advantage of this resource in the past.  Perhaps now would be the time if you are in a state of confusion on all things related to any of the three lineage software products being offered in the SIG.

The combined lineage program SIG of CAGGNI is having their next meeting on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at our own library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg,IL.  They will be meeting between 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM.

You can see details of this event in the CAGGNI Calendar of Events at:

January 21, 2017 Combined Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic and The Master Genealogist Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the Schaumburg Township District Library

The CAGGNI group will be having their regularly scheduled program also on this date at the same location.  Their regular program will start at 10:30 AM and is titled “Navigating the Illinois State Archives”.  The speaker will be Tina Beaird.

You can make it a long day if you wanted to attend both the SIG and the regular CAGGNI program.  You do not have to attend both programs if you choose.  Pick the one of interest to you.

All guests are welcome to attend either program.  You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  I am sure if you attended and were not a member you may very well think of becoming a member of this wonderful genealogical organization.

You can also check out the CAGGNI group website itself at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 21, 2017 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Navigating the Illinois State Archives” Presented By Tina Beaird

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, January 21, 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 “Navigating the Illinois State Archives “.  Speaker for the program is Tina Beaird.

Program description is:

“The Illinois State Archive holds an astonishing amount of information that can be used for genealogical research. Learn what records are available in the archives and tips for finding them”.

Speaker information is:

 Tina Beaird is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at a midsize Chicagoland public library and owner of Tamarack Genealogy. She provides lectures on genealogical research, archival preservation, and Illinois history at national, state and local conferences.  She is a governing board member of the Oswego Heritage Association and also volunteers her time with several local historical and genealogical societies.

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

“Discover Your Irish Heritage (2.0)” Program With The West Suburban Irish On Thursday January 26, 2017 In Naperville, IL

Hi Everyone!

west-suburban-irish-logoAt our library’s genealogy program last night on January 10, 2017, one of our participants provided me with a “flyer” of an upcoming “Irish” genealogy program.  The program is titled “Discover Your Irish Heritage (2.0)”.  The speaker for the evening will be Ellen Driscoll of Chicago’s Ancestry Sisters.  The program is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 26, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm at the Naperville Women’s Club located at 14 S. Washington St. in Naperville, IL.

The program is being offered by the West Suburban Irish (WSI) group.

Attendance is free but any donations to attend would gladly be accepted.

Here is a PDF flyer of the program announcement provided to me.

January 26, 2017 Discover Your Irish Heritage (2.0) Program in Naperville, IL

Glad I can make you aware of this upcoming program.  I have no previous knowledge of the group or any of the programs that it offers.  The flyer above does provide a web address as well as a phone number to call should you feel the need.  Web address on the flyer is www.wsirish.org.  Check them out!

Give it a try if your Irish heritage research is calling!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow January 10, 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, January 10, 2017:

Tina Beaird

Tina Beaird

Our originally scheduled speaker Sarah A. V. Kirby has had to cancel her appearance and program for January 10, 2017. Sarah was originally going to present a program titled “Finding Newspapers Online”. We have scheduled a different speaker for the evening who will present a program in the same subject area as was originally scheduled. Tina Beaird will be our genealogy program speaker for the evening and will present a program titled “Newspaper Necessities”.

Newspapers hold an astounding amount of genealogical and local history information other than obituaries. Learn how to find the hidden gems in newspapers like claim day notices, cards of thanks, society news, tax notices and more. Learn how to locate digital copies of original newspapers as well as what online indexes and abstracts exist.

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy & Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.

Currently, Tina is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. She is an Oswego Heritage Association governing board member and an Oswego Historic Preservation Commissioner.

Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally, still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

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