Category Archives: Program Notices

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their November 19, 2017 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Copernicus Center In Chicago, IL.; The Program Title Is “Rising From The Ashes Warsaw, Poland” Presented By Margaret Guzek ; 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 Copernicus Center, 5216 West Lawrence, Chicago, IL on Sunday, November 19, 2017 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program and meet other members of the society in attendance.  You do not have to be a PGSA member to attend.

The formal presentation is titled “Rising from the Ashes Warsaw, Poland”.  The presenter is Margaret Guzek.

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.

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:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For November 19, 2017 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

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November 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For November 18, 2017; “Treasured Family Recipes From The Past”

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities maybe 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 November 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 November 18, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon  (3rd Saturday this month because of the Thanksgiving Holiday).  This program is titled “Treasured Family Recipes from the Past”.

Here is the text from the program description contained in the Cirkular:

“Treasured Family Recipes from the Past”

Did your ancestors bring a recipe with them when they traveled to the New World? Perhaps a special Christmas cookie recipe, a delicious bread or meat dish recipe has been handed down from generation to generation.  Is there a story that goes with the Spritz recipe?  Have family members tried to duplicate the brown bean recipe but have been unsuccessful as Grandma left out a secret ingredient? Come exchange recipes and stories at the November genealogy meeting.

Join a team, answer immigration trivia, and have fun. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

Non-members are also welcome although there is generally a $10 fee.

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 November 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Program Registration Required For Our Upcoming November 14, 2017 Genealogy Program; Our Guest Speaker Gail Lukasik Will Present Program Titled “Genealogy Roadshow Solved My Family Mystery”

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

Just a reminder to anyone that is interested in attending our Tuesday evening, November 14, 2017 Genealogy Program, that we are asking you to register your intent to attend the program at our library.  You can do so by accessing our online calendar via our website at www.schaumburglibrary.org.  If you are more comfortable calling your registration in, you can contact our main library phone number at 847-985-4000 and ask to be connected for program registration.

Gail Lukasik

Our guest speaker is Gail Lukasik who will present a program based on her own experience participating on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow during which an important family history mystery was solved!  Gail in her own right is a well-known published mystery writer from our Chicago suburban area.  Mystery books she is well-known for are:

  • Peak Season for Murder
  • The Lost Artist
  • Death’s Door
  • Destroying Angels

Our monthly genealogy programs do not normally require program registration.  However, because of the topic of the program and the popularity of our guest speaker, we may get a higher than normal turnout for the program.  Because of that we thought it best to have intended attendees register with us in advance of the program.

So please go ahead and register yourself with our library if you are intending to attend this fascinating program and hear what the “mystery” was that was solved for Gail’s family history.

Thanks in advance for helping us with your registration.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 4, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “Chicago Research: Planning Is The Key To Success” Presented By Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, 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, November 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 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 Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.    The speaker will present a program titled “Chicago Research: Planning is the Key to Success.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) October 7, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, 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

October 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For October 28, 2017; “Immigration Trivia”

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities maybe 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 October 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 October 28, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon.  This program is titled “Immigration Trivia”.

Here is the text from the program description contained in the Cirkular:

Immigration Trivia

Join a team, answer immigration trivia, and have fun. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. $10 fee for non-members.  Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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 October 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

Dr. Daniel Hubbard

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday October 10 2017 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Daniel Hubbard. Dr. Daniel Hubbard will present a program titled “Developing a Sixth Census: Finding More in the “Census” Than Meets the Eye”.

This presentation is designed to help you really squeeze as much as you can from census data of many shapes and sizes.

Daniel Hubbard is a full-time professional researcher who has been researching almost as long as he can remember. Inspired by family stories and a pair of genealogist aunts he began to seriously conduct family history research at about eleven years of age. He spent eight years at CERN outside Geneva Switzerland learning to handle very large research projects while performing research in particle physics (Ph.D. University of Michigan Post-doc Harvard).

After living in Sweden for eleven years during which he was a software designer strategic product manager and editor of technical documentation he returned to the U.S. to fulfill his passion for family history.

Daniel now combines his skills in technology genealogy complex research the organizing of large amounts of information writing editing and book design to assist clients with their family history projects. He works with a variety of clients on projects including untangling problems in Swedish immigration and ancestry analysis of 19th century letters and photographs and extensive research into colonial families.

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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday October 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, October 14, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

This program is open to all.  You do not have to be a member of the CAGGNI group in order to participate.

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

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DNA Special Interest Group

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.

DNA can break down genealogical brick walls once thought impenetrable – but only if you know how.

The SIG will combine short 15-20 minute lectures with interactive workshop-style activities. 

Get ready to put your DNA results to work for you!

Facilitators:  Dr. David Stumpf and Alan Wilson

For more information: DNA Special Interest Group

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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