Category Archives: Program Notices

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 5, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Sound Research Practices: Sources And Citations” Presented By Ginger Frere

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, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 5, 2016 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 Ginger Frere.    The speaker will present a program titled “Sound Research Practices: Sources and Citations.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) November 5, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Ginger Frere, 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

Upcoming Lake County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Take Place On Saturday, November 12, 2016 In Lake Villa, IL; Juliana Szucs Is Featured Speaker; PDF Brochure Included In Post

Hi Everyone!

Lake County Genealogical Society LogoOne of my counterpart genealogy librarians made me aware of the upcoming Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society Annual Conference.  It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Lake Villa Township West Campus in Lake Villa, IL.

The title for the society’s 24th Annual Genealogical Workshop is “Using Ancestry for Your Ancestry”.

The speaker for the 4 programs for the day will be Juliana Szucs.

Feature Presentation Clip Art

 

After visiting the Lake County Genealogical Society website, I see that at this time they do not have current online information regarding this upcoming 24th Annual Genealogical Workshop that will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

A link to the online brochure I have for this event follows down below.

You can visit the general website for the society at:

Lake County Genealogical Society (IL) Website

Registration and browsing of materials starts at 8 AM.

Programs run from 9 AM until 3:30 PM.

Guest speaker for the day is Juliana Szucs.

It looks like the costs for the program are:

  • $35.00 if you are a member of the society (program registration prior to November 4, 2016)
  • $40.00 if you are not a member of the society  (program registration prior to November 4, 2016)
  • $45.00  (program registration after November 1, 2016 or as a walk-in on the day of program)

“Walk-ins” on the day of the program are OK  but you are on your own for lunch.  Lunch is not guaranteed for “walk-ins”.  You would pay the highest fee on that day.

Please use the following link that will get you directly to the PDF file that has all of the information about the day including the registration material, program titles and times, speaker biographies and directions:

November 12, 2016 Lake County Genealogical Society 24th Annual Conference Program/Registration Brochure

I have been to their programs some time back and I always felt that they had top-notch speakers.  I would definitely recommend attending this annual event.

I know you will enjoy the day.

The society puts on a great annual conference with top-notch speakers and topics.  You will not be disappointed.  If you have not attended a local, all-day conference, this is a good one to attend.

You can always decide at the last-minute and be a “walk-in” to attend the conference (unfortunately, at the highest cost to you).  I have attended conferences as a “walk-in” and I usually find that it was well-worth the added cost to attend at the last-minute if pre-scheduling was a problem for you.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow October 11, 2016

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, October 11, 2016:

Steve Szabados

Steve Szabados

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Steve Szabados. Steve will present a program titled “Find Your Roots in Naturalization Records”.

Find your immigrant ancestors naturalization papers and see the beginning of your roots in America. This program starts with the history of the naturalization process and a review of the requirements. Steve discusses where your ancestors were naturalized which is the key to finding their documents. Traditional and online sources are discussed.

Steve Szabados is a retired project manager. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and a MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Steve has been researching his ancestors for about fourteen years and has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730’s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia and Slovenia. He has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. His goal is to share his passion for Family 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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG); Group Is Meeting At The Hyatt Place Schaumburg On Saturday October 15, 2016 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 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 has had a Family Tree Maker SIG for quite some time.  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 Family Tree Maker lineage software.

The Family Tree Maker SIG of CAGGNI is having their next meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Hyatt Place Schaumburg located at 1851 McConnor Parkway, 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:

October 15, 2016 Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the Hyatt Place Schaumburg

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 “Try It: Illinois”.  The speaker will be Debra Dudek.

You can make it a long day if you wanted to attend both the SIG and the regular CAGGNI program.

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)

Let the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI make some sense of the “retirement” of Family Tree Maker for you as a current user of the product.  With Ancestry announcing it will no longer sell FTM after Dec. 31, 2015, and end support on Jan. 1, 2017, the group will be exploring what comes next, including the ongoing development of FTM by Software MacKiev and a future connection between RootsMagic software and Ancestry.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening October 11, 2016 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, October 11, 2016:

Steve Szabados

Steve Szabados

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Steve Szabados. Steve will present a program titled “Find Your Roots in Naturalization Records”.

Find your immigrant ancestors naturalization papers and see the beginning of your roots in America. This program starts with the history of the naturalization process and a review of the requirements. Steve discusses where your ancestors were naturalized which is the key to finding their documents. Traditional and online sources are discussed.

Steve Szabados is a retired project manager. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and a MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Steve has been researching his ancestors for about fourteen years and has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730’s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia and Slovenia. He has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. His goal is to share his passion for Family 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

Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Has An Upcoming Program on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in LaGrange, Illinois; “St. Joseph Bohemian Orphanage In Lisle: A History Of Their Czech Roots”; Presented By Sister Mary Bratrsovsky and Sister Mary De Paul

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, November 5, 2016 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 “St. Joseph Bohemian Orphanage of Lisle: A History of Their Czech Roots”.  Presenters will be Sister Mary Bratsrovsky and Sister Mary De Paul.

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:

2016 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

October 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; October 22, 2016 Genealogy Program; “Let’s Visit Sweden: Part II”

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 October 2016 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 Genealogy Program scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  The title of this month’s program is “Let’s Visit Sweden: Part II”.  No presenter name was identified.   Members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society can attend for free.  Non-members can attend for a $10 fee.  Reservations for attendance are appreciated.

From the newsletter, here is a description of the program:

“This month’s topic is “Let’s Visit Sweden: Part II.” Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members and $10 for non-members. Reservations are appreciated.”.

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 October 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago October  2016

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 October 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library