Category Archives: Program Notices

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow February 10, 2015

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, February 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

Teresa McMillin PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG. Teresa will present a program titled “Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory”.

This lecture encourages one to go beyond the obvious use of a city directory-locating an ancestor. The directory provides an opportunity to understand our ancestor’s historical context. Pictures, advertisements, maps of the city and many more items are often included. The audience will be encouraged to understand each directory’s unique qualities. Examples will be used to illustrate various points.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Certified genealogist who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a child and currently has many pleased clients. She presents quality genealogical lectures for local societies and national conferences.

Teresa will also have available for purchase at a discounted price to those in attendance copies of her recently published book titled “Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library”.

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

Illinois State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 23, 2015 And Saturday, October 24, 2015 In Oak Lawn, IL

Hi Everyone,

ISGS LogoI just noticed that there are dates noted for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference for 2015.  The dates noted are for Friday, October 23, 2015 and Saturday, October 24, 2015.  The conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago/ Oak Lawn in Oak Lawn, IL.

Details for the conference are still being worked out, but the dates are now set as is the location.

The blog of the Illinois State Genealogical society notes that room rates at the hotel are noted as $119 per night.

You can look at the blog posting describing the upcoming event here at:

http://ilgensoc.blogspot.com/2014/11/save-date-2015-fall-conference.html

Mark your calendar for these dates and see what the details will be unfolding for the programs and the speakers when they become available.

Check back with the Illinois State Genealogical Society in the future for details of the 2015 conference as they become available at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

You now have the dates and the location.  The location is certainly much closer to all of us rather than being outside the Chicago Metropolitan area.  This conference will be right in our own backyard (relatively speaking!).

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Newberry Library Of Chicago Will Be Presenting Genealogy Saturday With D. Joshua Taylor (From The Genealogy Roadshow) On March 7, 2015; 4 Programs Presented By The Speaker

Hi Everyone!

Newberry Library LogoI just received some publicity information from the Newberry Library that they will be having a Genealogy Saturday program that will feature D. Joshua Taylor on March 7, 2015.

You will hopefully recognize the name of the presenter.  D. Joshua Taylor is one of the prominent genealogists showcased on the PBS series “Genealogy Roadshow”.

The program is free.  Registration is required.  Walk-Ins are not allowed under any circumstances.  Seating capacity is limited.

Doors open at 8:30 AM.  The program starts at 9 AM.  Lunch (not included) will be from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM.  A list of nearby restaurants will be provided at the event.  Balance of the program will be from 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.

D. Joshua Taylor will present:

  • Go West! Beginning Midwestern Research
  • Finding the Roots of Your Family Legends
  • On and Off the Net: Locality Searching
  • Putting It together: A Case Study

You can view a copy of the “flyer” provided to me by the Newberry Library here:

March 7, 2015 Genealogy Saturday at the Newberry Library with D. Joshua Taylor

Here is also the text provided to me from the Newberry in their e-mail notification to me:

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Join us on March 7th for a very special event sponsored by the Newberry and the Chicago Genealogical Society – four lectures by popular genealogist D. Joshua Taylor, of Who Do You Think You Are (NBC and TLC) and Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) fame.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Director of Family History at Findmypast, a global leader in the family history industry. Passionate about the future of family history, Joshua is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe.

This is a free event, however registration is required. Be sure to register early, as seats are limited. Bring your registration receipt with you the day of the event. No walk-ins will be accepted. You can register at: https://go.newberry.org/page.aspx?pid=1341

Doors will open at 8:30. Lunch is not provided, however a list of area restaurants will be available.

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Think of spending a day with an incredibly talented genealogy persona!

Check out one of the recent “Genealogy Roadshow” episodes if you are not familiar with D. Joshua Taylor.  You can view these shows at :

Genealogy Roadshow Website at PBS

Sounds like a great day, with a great speaker and some great programs to advance your genealogy research knowledge!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening February 10, 2015 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, February 10, 2015:

Teresa McMillin PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG. Teresa will present a program titled “Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory”.

This lecture encourages one to go beyond the obvious use of a city directory-locating an ancestor. The directory provides an opportunity to understand our ancestor’s historical context. Pictures, advertisements, maps of the city and many more items are often included. The audience will be encouraged to understand each directory’s unique qualities. Examples will be used to illustrate various points.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Certified GenealogistSM who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a child and currently has many pleased clients. She presents quality genealogical lectures for local societies and national conferences.

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

February 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; February 28, 2015 Genealogy Program; “Swedes In Chicago: A WTTW Documentary”

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 February 2015 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

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 February 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago February 2015

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2015 between 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The program is titled “Swedes in Chicago”.  The program is a WTTW (local PBS station) documentary that will be viewed by the attending audience.   The program is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members.  Non-members are also welcome but there is a $10 fee to attend this program.  Reservations appreciated via email at genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111

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 February 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Re-Post – DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 At NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL; New Location Than In Past Years

Hi Everyone!,

I just wanted to do a re-post on the upcoming DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference that will take place on March 14, 2015 in Naperville, IL at the NIU Conference Center.

My previous post on this conference was made on September 29, 2014.  How time does fly!  We are now only about 6 weeks from the actual event.

Take a look at what follows from my original post about the annual conference.  The society does produce a great annual conference full of informative speakers and topics.  So if you put my original post on the back-burner because the conference was far out into the future, take another look at it because we are almost there for the program to occur.

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 40th 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 14, 2015 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL from 7:30 AM until about 4 PM.  (Please note that this is a new location for the society’s annual conference; previous conferences have recently been held in St. Charles, IL.  This is a change in venue for the 2015 conference.)  At 7:30 AM, you can register as a walk-in if you have not previously registered, 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 Opening Comments will take place at 8:30 AM.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 3 PM.

The Annual Conference Theme is “Connecting Past to Present Through Educating, Preserving and Publishing”.

Please note that the society is noting in their brochure that there will be a limit of 250 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 rather than taking a chance as a walk-in on the day of the event and be turned away because capacity has been reached.

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 (Walk-Ins are welcome assuming the 250 limit on capacity has not been reached.  Supplied lunch cannot be guaranteed but there are plenty of places in the local vicinity to have a lunch on your own.)
  • 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 1:30 PM and one at 3 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:

  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Stephen P. Morse (Creator of “One-Step” Website)
  • Marsha Peterson-Maass
  • Katherine R. Willson

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.  To date at our own library we have had 1 of the speakers present an individual program at our own monthly genealogy program.  Marsha Peterson-Maass has previously presented one program at our library and will soon present another program on November 11, 2014.

I attended this conference in February 2012 and in February 2014 as a walk-in.  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 link 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

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 11, 2015 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 11, 2015, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “MCIGS 2015 Summer Conference”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day three of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from while one other sessions will provide a choice of 3 programs to choose from.

Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL and Thomas MacEntee (from Geneabloggers and High-Definition Genealogy) are two nationally known genealogy experts who will be providing presentations.  There will be 5 other speakers also presenting programs.

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, 2015.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before April 1, 2015 – $40
  • Non-members registering before April 1, 2015 – $50
  • All registration between April 2, 2015 through June 15, 2015  – $60
  • Registration after June 15, 2015 and Walk-Ins – $70

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to June 15, 2015.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after June 15, 2015 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 11, 2015 “MCIGS 2015 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.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library