Category Archives: Program Notices

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 4, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “DNA: A Power Tool In The Genealogist’s Toolbox” Presented By Karen Stanbary, CG

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, February 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 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 Karen Stanbary, CG.    The speaker will present a program titled “DNA: A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Toolbox.

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

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

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Karen Stanbary, CG, 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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Combined Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic and The Master Genealogist Special Interest Group (SIG); Group Is Meeting At The Schaumburg Township District Library On Saturday January 21, 2017 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 you are a user of the lineage product from Roots Magic.  Perhaps you are a user of The Master Genealogist lineage program that is no longer being updated or maintained.

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 now is offering a combined Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic and The Master Genealogist SIG .  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 any of the three lineage software products being offered in the SIG.

The combined lineage program SIG of CAGGNI is having their next meeting on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at our own library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road, 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:

January 21, 2017 Combined Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic and The Master Genealogist Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the Schaumburg Township District Library

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 “Navigating the Illinois State Archives”.  The speaker will be Tina Beaird.

You can make it a long day if you wanted to attend both the SIG and the regular CAGGNI program.  You do not have to attend both programs if you choose.  Pick the one of interest to you.

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)

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 21, 2017 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Navigating the Illinois State Archives” Presented By Tina Beaird

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 at our library on Saturday, January 21, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM.

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 “Navigating the Illinois State Archives “.  Speaker for the program is Tina Beaird.

Program description is:

“The Illinois State Archive holds an astonishing amount of information that can be used for genealogical research. Learn what records are available in the archives and tips for finding them”.

Speaker information is:

 Tina Beaird is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at a midsize Chicagoland public library and owner of Tamarack Genealogy. She provides lectures on genealogical research, archival preservation, and Illinois history at national, state and local conferences.  She is a governing board member of the Oswego Heritage Association and also volunteers her time with several local historical and genealogical societies.

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

“Discover Your Irish Heritage (2.0)” Program With The West Suburban Irish On Thursday January 26, 2017 In Naperville, IL

Hi Everyone!

west-suburban-irish-logoAt our library’s genealogy program last night on January 10, 2017, one of our participants provided me with a “flyer” of an upcoming “Irish” genealogy program.  The program is titled “Discover Your Irish Heritage (2.0)”.  The speaker for the evening will be Ellen Driscoll of Chicago’s Ancestry Sisters.  The program is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 26, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm at the Naperville Women’s Club located at 14 S. Washington St. in Naperville, IL.

The program is being offered by the West Suburban Irish (WSI) group.

Attendance is free but any donations to attend would gladly be accepted.

Here is a PDF flyer of the program announcement provided to me.

January 26, 2017 Discover Your Irish Heritage (2.0) Program in Naperville, IL

Glad I can make you aware of this upcoming program.  I have no previous knowledge of the group or any of the programs that it offers.  The flyer above does provide a web address as well as a phone number to call should you feel the need.  Web address on the flyer is www.wsirish.org.  Check them out!

Give it a try if your Irish heritage research is calling!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow January 10, 2017

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, January 10, 2017:

Tina Beaird

Tina Beaird

Our originally scheduled speaker Sarah A. V. Kirby has had to cancel her appearance and program for January 10, 2017. Sarah was originally going to present a program titled “Finding Newspapers Online”. We have scheduled a different speaker for the evening who will present a program in the same subject area as was originally scheduled. Tina Beaird will be our genealogy program speaker for the evening and will present a program titled “Newspaper Necessities”.

Newspapers hold an astounding amount of genealogical and local history information other than obituaries. Learn how to find the hidden gems in newspapers like claim day notices, cards of thanks, society news, tax notices and more. Learn how to locate digital copies of original newspapers as well as what online indexes and abstracts exist.

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy & Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.

Currently, Tina is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. She is an Oswego Heritage Association governing board member and an Oswego Historic Preservation Commissioner.

Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally, still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday January 14, 2017

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoHave you submitted your DNA for genealogical analysis?

Are you trying to make sense of the results you received back?

Feel like talking about it but don’t know where to turn?

Just want to make everyone aware that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) has a DNA special interest group (SIG).

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

Here is the text describing what will take place at this upcoming DNA SIG:

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DNA Special Interest Group

Special Presentation:

A Genealogist Physician’s View of DNA

by David A. Stumpf, MD, PhD

DNA Clip ArtPhysicians and scientists have a unique view to genetic genealogy. Neurologists recognized peculiarities that disrupted Mendelian genetic concepts and lead to new insights relevant in medicine and genealogy. We will review genetic data resources, selected lessons from clinical genetics, recent scientific research, and ways these might influence your genealogy research.

About the Presenter

Dr Stumpf is Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University. His research involved genetics. He is board certified in neurology, pediatrics and clinical informatics; his portfolio for certification by the Board Certification for Genealogists is in review. He is a lifelong genealogist with roots in the Netherlands (paternal) and across the American frontiers (maternal). He codes his own software and tests new methodologies.

About the DNA SIG

CAGGNI’s genomic genealogy group continues into its third year. This group focuses on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results. We study topics such as autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA and ancestral admixture results. We’ll also investigate third-party tools for analyzing your raw data and comparing DNA and gedcom data with test kit results from companies besides the one you tested with.

SIG LeadsAl & Michelle Wilson

Janaury DNA SIG Presenter: David A. Stumpf, MD, PhD

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Consider connecting with this special interest group local to our area.  You spent good money on your DNA kits.  Why not really learn how to interpret and use your results in a real productive manner.  I am sure your testing company offers automated ways to interpret results through PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos or maybe even person to person via customer service.  Here is your chance to discuss Genealogy DNA among fellow testers.  Learn about DNA tests that are over and above what you started with and how they can help you even more.

Learn from others, help others.

You can always visit the general website of the CAGGNI group to see what they are all about.  And I can guarantee you they are about many things genealogically speaking, including having this DNA SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with your DNA results.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening January 10, 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, January 10, 2017:

Tina Beaird

Tina Beaird

Our originally scheduled speaker Sarah A. V. Kirby has had to cancel her appearance and program for January 10, 2017. Sarah was originally going to present a program titled “Finding Newspapers Online”. We have scheduled a different speaker for the evening who will present a program in the same subject area as was originally scheduled. Tina Beaird will be our genealogy program speaker for the evening and will present a program titled “Newspaper Necessities”.

Newspapers hold an astounding amount of genealogical and local history information other than obituaries. Learn how to find the hidden gems in newspapers like claim day notices, cards of thanks, society news, tax notices and more. Learn how to locate digital copies of original newspapers as well as what online indexes and abstracts exist.

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy & Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs.

Currently, Tina is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. She is an Oswego Heritage Association governing board member and an Oswego Historic Preservation Commissioner.

Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally, still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

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.  The speaker is expected to start the presentation between 7:45 and 8 p.m..  Program will end approximately 9:15 p.m.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library