Category Archives: Program Notices

Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On October 1, 2016 (Saturday); David McDonald, CG, Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, October 1, 2016 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2016 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Church or Court: Where Did Grandma Go?”

The guest speaker for the day will be David McDonald, CG,.  He will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Illinois Migration & Settlement Patterns
  • Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where did Grandma’s Church Go?
  • Reach for the Power Tools: Record Transcriptions & Analysis
  • The Other Side of the Courthouse: Criminal & Civil Court Records

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.  You can access this PDF at:

2016 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 2016 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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering All Day Genealogy Conference On Saturday June 18, 2016; Program Is Titled “GeneaQuest 2016; Genealogy Detectives: Investigating Photos, DNA And Databases For Evidence”; Program Location Is The ASA Conference Center In Schaumburg, IL

Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoI am happy to announce that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be holding an all-day genealogy conference.

The conference is titled “GeneaQuest 2016: Genealogy Detectives: Investigating Photos, DNA and Databases for Evidence”.

The conference will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)  Conference Center at 1061 American Lane in Schaumburg, IL between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Featured speakers for the day will be:

  • Maureen Taylor (On Photos)
  • Diahan Southard (On DNA)
  • Juliana Szucs (On Ancestry.com)
  • Maureen Brady (On FamilySearch.org)

Here is a link to the CAGGNI website that can provide you with all the information regarding the conference:

June 18, 2016 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference

All the details about the conference programs, discounts, registration, speakers, location, exhibitors and door prizes can be found within the above link.

So mark your calendar for this upcoming event being held by a great local genealogical society.

During the all-day conference,  CAGGNI is even having an informal  “GeneaUs” Bar lasting 30 minutes in-between conference segments during which you can have conversations with expert researchers on the following topics:

  • Legacy Family Tree Software    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • Reunion Software    (10:00-10:30, 12:20-12:50)
  • RootsMagic Software    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • ChicagoAncestors.org    (10:00-10:30, 12:20-12:50)
  • FindMyPast.com    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • Newspapers.com    (10:00-10-30, 12:20-12:50)

Congratulations to the CAGGNI group!

This organization is really clicking on all cylinders!

If you have never attended a local, all-day genealogy conference, this is certainly one to consider.  Not only do you see great topics given by great speakers, but you can fill the time in-between program segments by sitting down with experts present at the “GeneaUs” Bar on the variety of topics noted above.  Non-stop genealogy all day!

Best wishes for a truly great all-day local genealogy conference!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township district Library

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 9, 2016 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL; Discounts Available For Early Registration

Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) that they will be offering an all-day genealogy conference on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “MCIGS 2016 Summer Conference”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day all four of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from.

There will be 5 speakers making presentations:

  • D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Jennifer Holik
  • Tony Burroughs
  • Tina Beaird

Vendors will also be present for you to check out all kinds of genealogical material to purchase to help you in your own research.

Pre-program registration is encouraged.  Discounts are given if you are an existing McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society member.  Discounts are also given if registration is done prior to April 1, 2016.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before April 1, 2016 – $40
  • Non-members registering before April 1, 2016 – $50
  • All registration between April 2, 2016 through June 15, 2016  – $60
  • Registration after June 15, 2016 and Walk-Ins – $70

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to June 16, 2016.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after June 16, 2016 or for walk-ins.

Here is a link to the portion of the MCIGS website that contains all of the information you need for the conference, especially the individual programs being offered as well as the biographical information for the speakers and registration information.  You can reach the society information for this event at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society July 9, 2016 “MCIGS 2016 Summer Conference”

Please also pay a visit to the main website for the society to find out more about the society and the services they offer to members and non-members at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Mark your calendars for this upcoming program.  I have already added it to the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  It sure looks like there are great speakers offering a wide variety of programs that will help novice researchers through expert researchers.  Be sure you go to the conference link noted above for a full detailed listing of the programs available to choose from.

Time flies on our calendars!  The details are all here with this society for this annual conference.  They put on a great program with fantastic speakers plus they are not that far away in Crystal Lake, IL.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, April 2, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Get The Scoop: Interviewing To Gather Family Stories” Presented By Diane Dassow

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, April 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, April 2, 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 Diane Dassow.    The speaker will present a program titled “Get the Scoop: Interviewing to Gather Family Stories.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) April 2, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Diane Dassow, 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 March 8, 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, March 8, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 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, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

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

March 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “Let’s Visit Sweden” On Saturday, March 19, 2016, 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 March 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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2016 titled “Let’s Visit Sweden” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

Here is a small program summary from the newsletter for the event:

“Listen to Swedish American Genealogical Society members give their best tips for visiting Sweden and get inspired to take your own journey.; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.”

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 March 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago March 2016

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 March 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 8, 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, March 8, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 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, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

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