Category Archives: Program Notices

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!

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 14, 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, March 14, 2017:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Schaumburg Library’s 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, DNA/Adoption and Beginners Group. (These groups may adjust based on attendance.)

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

March 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; March 25, 2017 Genealogy Program; “Swedish Monarchy Genealogy: The Bernadotte Dynasty” By Robert Johnson

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 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, March 25, 2017 from 10am to 12 noon.  Program is titled “Swedish Monarchy Genealogy: The Bernadotte Dynasty” by Robert Johnson.  Cost to attend for members of the society is free.  Cost to attend for non-members is $10.  The society does ask that you contact them via email to let them know if you are attending.  Here is a small description of the program from the newsletter:

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The origins of the current Swedish royal family, the House of Bernadotte, lie not in Scandinavia, but in 19th century France and a Napoleonic marshal called Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte. Come learn about the French Connection and other interesting royal connections with the House of Bernadotte
since 1810. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated.

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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 March 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago March 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 March 2017.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Irish Genealogy Workshop And Webinar From Fountaindale Public Library March 15, 2017 And March 16, 2017 In Bolingbrook; Free And Open To The Public; Registration Required; Recorded Programs Will Be Available Online At A Later Date For A Short Time Interval

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek,  librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library, has made me aware that there is a wonderful Irish Genealogy Workshop and  Webinar that is coming up and was put together by the Fountaindale Public Library of Bolingbrook and the  Ulster Historical Foundation.

Ulster Historical Foundation LogoThe program will take place over two days on March 15, 2017 and March 16, 2017.  The March 15, 2017 all-day program, between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, is titled “Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success!”.  The March 16, 2017 program takes place between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm and is titled “Irish Famine and Emigration Records”.

The programs will take place at the Fountaindale Public Library District located at 300 W. Briarcliff Rd. in Bolingbrook, IL

The event is free and is open to the public.

It does appear you can register for either program or both.  You are not required to participate in both programs.

For all of the details regarding these programs connect via the Fountaindale Public Library  Genealogy Blog at:

March 15, 2017 and March 16, 2017 Irish Genealogy Workshop and Webinar from the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL

Registration is required.  Walk-Ins may not be allowed.

Please note that as of this blog post, registration is already full if you wanted to participate in-person for the workshops.  However, there is ample space remaining to register to participate via the online streaming of either of the webinars.

From the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog, please note the following regarding the on-site program as well as the on-site Webinar overflow:

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The program is free, however in-person attendee space is limited to 75 participants in Meeting Room A, and an overflow webinar area for 35 in the 2nd Floor Board Room.

Due to the popularity of this event, walk-in registration may not be available. Reserve your space in the program online or call the Fountaindale Public Library 3rd Floor Reference Desk at (630) 685-4176.

In-person participants will enjoy light snacks, handouts, door prizes, and the opportunity to purchase Ulster Historical Society books during the program. Participants are asked to bring a seat cushion and a brown bag lunch or to pre-order a box lunch from Brooks Cafe or by calling  (630) 685-4295.  Download the lunch order form here: brooks-cafe-genealogy-box-lunch

Register online for Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success Live Workshop
Register online for Famine Era Records and Emigration Live Workshop

Online Webinar Available!
Can’t attend the presentation in person? No problem! Both programs will be available for free as a streaming webinar on YouTube!  Free reminder event and registration for the webinar is available on our site.

Register for Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success online webinar reminder
Register for Famine Era Records and Emigration online webinar reminder

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If you cannot attend in person, you will have the capability to view the recorded programs online.  As in the past, the online access to the recorded programs is only made available for about 1 month after the programs take place.  You will need to view them during this short window of availability.

Just stay connected to the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog at:

Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog

for further information regarding this 2 day Irish Genealogy event as well as the ability to access the recorded programs via Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog or YouTube.

If you are interested in attending then get yourself registered.  (Online streaming webinar access only available as of this blog post.) If you can’t attend get a reminder when the recorded programs will be available online for you to view during a limited time.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 4, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “On And Off The Net: Locality Searching (Live Webinar)” Presented By D. Joshua Taylor

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, March 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 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 D. Joshua Taylor.    The speaker will present a program titled “On and Off the Net: Locality Searching.  This program will be a “live” webinar.  The speaker will not be physically present in the room.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) March 4, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about D. Joshua Taylor, 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

Irish Genealogy Research Session Offered By The Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago On The Last Sunday Of Each Month; 1 To 3 PM; Led By Brian Donovan

Hi Everyone!

iahc-logoI just saw a Calendar entry in the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) February 2017 Newsletter.

The entry notes that the Irish American Heritage Center, located at 4626 N. Knox Ave. in Chicago, IL, is offering an Irish Genealogy Research Session on the last Sunday of each month.  The program is offered between 1 to 3 pm in the library of the facility.  It is being led by Brian Donovan.

These sessions are open to the public.  You do not need to be a member of the Irish American Heritage Center, although once you see the facility and get some help from these genealogy sessions you might be open to become a member.   It might be well-worth considering becoming an individual member because it costs a reasonable $30 per year.

They even have a pub in the facility!!

To learn more about the sessions, call the Center office at 773-282-7035, ext. 10.

Here is a text description of the program that comes from the website of the Irish American Heritage Center:

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FIND YOUR ROOTS

Are you interested in tracking down information about your ancestry?

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Wondering just where and how to begin your search? Not sure what resources are available or how to locate them?

The Center offers a genealogy session with genealogist Brian Donovan on the last Sunday of each month from 1pm to 3pm in the Library. All sessions are free. Attendees are encouraged to bring relevant documents that could help in their search. We do not offer sessions any other times during normal Library hours, but appointments can be made for those who cannot attend the monthly sessions.

To learn more about the sessions, call the Center office at 773-282-7035, ext. 10.

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Here is a link to the part of the site containing genealogy information where I found the above program description:

Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, IL/Genealogy

Just so you can get a scale of the magnitude of this organization and its facility, the following description also comes from the website of the organization:

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Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Irish American Heritage Center In Chicago, IL

Located on the city’s northwest side in a renovated, turn-of-the-20th century building that sprawls over a full city block, the IAHC is dedicated to fostering Irish heritage, culture and traditions in America.

The Center boasts a 658-seat theatre, library, museum, art gallery, authentic Irish pub, dance practice studios, meeting rooms and banquet rooms for parties. The building is wheelchair-accessible.  We provide a broad selection of quality educational programs in traditional Irish music, dance, theatre, film, literature, language, Irish customs and more.

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I highly recommend just visiting the organization at their main website and take a tour of all that is being offered there.  Lots and lots of Irish programs of all kinds.  When you look at the calendar you will be amazed at all they are offering related to Ireland and the Irish culture, including the program I am describing related to genealogy.

You can stop by the website at:

Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, IL

The center is housed in what at one time was Mayfair Junior College.  I actually went to the center one time.  It has an expansive on site parking lot that certainly makes it easy to drive there and be able to park your car.

Another wonderful resource to consider tapping into for your Irish genealogy research efforts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 At NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL; Registration Is Now CLOSED; 280 Person Registration Limit Has Been Reached; NO WALK-INS

Hi Everyone!

DCGS Logo

I just visited the website of the DuPage County Genealogy Society and am clearly seeing that they have CLOSED registration for their upcoming Annual Conference that is taking place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, because they have reached the capacity registration number of 280 attendees.

Unfortunately, your time has officially run out if you were interested in attending but had not yet registered for the all day program!  You cannot come to the program as a Walk-In.

I had just mentioned at our genealogy program that you needed to act fast on registering for the program if you were interested.  They were going to close registration on March 4, 2017 if the 280 registration number had not yet been met.  The fact that registration is now closed means that they have achieved maximum registration already.

For what it is worth, you will find the contents of my previous post about this event below the separator line and will see what you will be missing.

Looks to be a great conference as always based on the topics and the speakers.

Better luck next year!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtIt is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs!

I want to remind everyone of the upcoming 42nd Annual Conference that will be held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Web Site

Their conference will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL from 7:30 AM until about 3:30 PM.   At 7:30 AM, you can have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 2:30 PM.

Please note that “Walk-Ins” will NOT be allowed for this conference.  Every attendee must be pre-registered.

The Annual Conference Theme is “A Tradition of Excellence in Education of Genealogists”.

Please note that the society is noting at the society website and in the program brochure that there will be a limit of 280 people who will be able to register.  So if you are interested you might want to take action by registering in advance while there are openings.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own program.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual DCGS LogoConference Information directly at the following link:

At their site in the above links you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the NIU Conference Center and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:00 PM and one at 2:30 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 4 programs that will be occurring.   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear 4 unique programs among the 16 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
  • Carole Magnuson
  • Kathy Meade
  • Donna Moughty
  • Diahan Southard

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.

I attended this conference in February 2012 and in February 2014.  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the links I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear 4 presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flies.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library