Category Archives: Program Notices

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 5, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “Who Sank Grandpa’s Boat?” Presented By Dan Niemiec

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, May 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 5, 2018 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 Dan Niemiec.    The speaker will present a program titled “Who Sank Grandpa’s Boat?.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) May 5, 2018 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Dan Niemiec, 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

April 28, 2018 Genealogy Program At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago; “Digging Up Funeral Records” Presented By Janet Nelson; I Previously Reported That There Was NO Genealogy Program Scheduled For April 2018

Hi Everyone,

A previous post for April 2018 activities at the Swedish American Museum noted that there was no genealogy program scheduled for April 2018 at the museum.  I noted that with the information I had at the time of the post and what information was available through the Swedish American Museum.

However, from a recent update received today, there is in fact a Genealogy Program scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  The program is titled “Digging Up Funeral Records”.  The presenter is Janet Nelson, former Director of the Nelson Funeral Home, a popular Funeral Home in the well-known Andersonville area of Chicago popular with Swedes.

The Swedish American Museum is located at 5211 N. Clark St. in Chicago IL.  Their phone number is 77-728-8111.

You can also visit the genealogy part of the website of the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum/Genealogy

Here is the text of the announcement that I received:

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Digging up Funeral Records by Janet Nelson

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 10 A.M. – NOON

Nelson Funeral Home was a landmark business in Andersonville from 1926 to 2013. Janet Nelson, former director of the funeral home, will present “”Digging Up Funeral Records.” Her presentation will give us some insight as to what information is collected at the time of death by the funeral home and what is kept and where. Come with your questions. This will be a very interactive presentation.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. $10 museum members; $15 non- members to participate. Reservations are appreciated and can be made via email genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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Please note there will be a cost to you if you are not a member of Swedish American Genealogical Society.  The general public is still invited to participate.

Though this is on short notice, consider attending, especially if you are doing Swedish research yourself.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their May 20, 2018 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Arlington Heights Memorial Library; The Program Title Is “Cook County Circuit Court Archives” Presented By Ray Johnson ; Program Will Also Be Presented As A “Live” Webinar” For Those Unable To Attend In Person

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement via a Program Flyer from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, IL on Sunday, May 20, 2018 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program for free at the library and meet other members of the society in attendance.  You do not have to be a PGSA member to attend in person.  You do not have to be a cardholder with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  There is no charge incurred to attend the program in person.  If you do plan to attend in person at the library please contact the library and register for the program.  You can call the library at 847-392-0100 and ask to register for the program.

The formal presentation is titled “Cook County Circuit Archives”.  The presenter is Ray Johnson.

The program is also being presented as a “live” webinar for those that cannot attend in person.  The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register for the webinar if you would like to participate in that manner.  Again, you do not have to be a member of the PGSA in order to participate via the webinar.  However, there is a $10 fee for non-PGSA members to participate via the Webinar itself.

The society has recently been having its quarterly programs at a variety of locations in Chicago and suburbs over the recent years rather than just at its main location in the city of Chicago, IL.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering as well as has information about the speaker:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For May 20, 2018 Program

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider attending this program and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

April 21, 2018 (Saturday), 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; From 12:45 PM To 2:45 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, April 21, 2018, between 12:45 PM to 2:45 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. You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI 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:

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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

For more information: Reunion Special Interest Group 

Best regards, 
CAGGNI

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Apple 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 Apple 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 Apple products.

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 (CAGGNI)

Enjoy the program.

Enjoy the organization.

Enjoy your Mac genealogy lineage software even more than you already do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

April 21, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Preserve Your Ancestor’s Legacy: Write Their Life Story” Presented By Mike Karsen

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 on Saturday, April 21, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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 “Preserve Your Ancestor’s Legacy: Write Their Life Story”.  Speaker for the program is Mike Karsen.

Program description is:

In this unique presentation, Mike Karsen walks the audience through the process of preserving the memories of departed loved ones. Where genealogy meets family history, this presentation explores the elements of putting together an individual’s life story. Framed against the backdrop of historical context, these elements begin with collecting the information and various formats and styles available to each author. These efforts result in written portraits of our ancestors that bring them back to life for future generations to know and cherish.

Speaker information is:

Mike Karsen, a professional speaker, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and is Past President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. He has presented over 300 talks on genealogy topics locally, nationally and internationally including Newberry Library and Sports Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. Mike is the author of “Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland” and has published articles on genealogy.

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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG); Group Is Meeting At The Schaumburg Township District Library On Saturday April 14, 2018 From 10:30 AM To 12:30 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.  Software MacKiev has purchased the product line from Ancestry.com and will be supporting and developing the product further into the future.

Perhaps the Family Tree Maker 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, April 14, 2018 at our own library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg,IL.  They will be meeting between 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

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

April 14, 2018 Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the Schaumburg Township District Library

You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  All are welcome 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.   Software MacKiev has purchased Family Tree Maker from Ancestry.com and will be the new developer of the product.  Family Tree Maker is still alive and kicking under a new owner and developer.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow April 10, 2018

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, April 10, 2018:

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. guest presenter Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana will discuss the Genealogical Proof Standard where she explains in order to merit confidence, each conclusion about an ancestor must have sufficient credibility to be accepted as “proved.” Acceptable conclusions, therefore, meet the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana is a consulting archivist, genealogist, writer and lecturer. She earned a BA in Art History with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2006, she has worked as a Consulting Archivist in a wide variety of archives from Shure, Inc. to the Union League Club of Chicago where her interest in genealogy was resurrected as she assisted researchers in their efforts to locate information about their relatives.

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