Category Archives: Program Notices

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening June 9, 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, June 9, 2015:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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

June 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; No Genealogy Program Scheduled For June 2015

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 June 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

There is no genealogy program scheduled for the month of June 2015.  There will be a genealogy program for July 2015.  I will share those program details when they become available.

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 June 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago June 2015

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 June 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Wauconda Area Public Library Genealogy Program On June 11, 2015 At 7 PM; Steve Szabados Will Present A Program On “Polish Genealogy”

Hi Everyone,

Wauconda Area Public LIbraryThe Wauconda Area Public Library will be having an upcoming Genealogy Program on Thursday evening June 11, 2015 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.  Steve Szabados will be presenting a program titled “Polish Genealogy”.

The library is located at 801 N Main St, Wauconda, IL 60084.  The phone number for the library should you need to contact them about this program is (847) 526-6225.

Steve Szabados will be speaking about Polish genealogy. As board member for the Polish Genealogical Society of America, genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal and author of books on Polish and wider European genealogical research, Steve is a knowledgeable source of information about researching ancestors from this part of the world. Come hear what he has to say!

Steve has been a genealogy program presenter at our library several times.  He is one of the best in the area!  He is knowledgeable about all aspects of genealogical research but one of his specialties is Polish research.

You can visit Steve’s genealogy website to learn more about him and his programs he offers at:

Steve Szabados Genealogy Website

You can visit the website of the Wauconda Area Public Library at:

Wauconda Area Public Library

If you have Polish ancestry and have never heard Steve speak about that area of genealogical research, you might want to consider catching the program in Wauconda.  You won’t be disappointed plus you will walk away with a great deal of information to help you in your Polish ancestral research.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Re-Post: 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 wanted to post this reminder of the upcoming McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) Annual Conference that will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

You still have 2 months to think about attending this wonderful annual conference.  You still have a chance to take advantage of a small discount for registering for this event if you register prior to June 15, 2015.  If you register before June 15, 2015 your cost will be $60.  If you register after that time or come as a walk-in, your cost will be $70.

The original posting of this event in this blog occurs after the separator line.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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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

The Swedish American Museum Will Be Offering A Genealogy Program On Saturday, May 23, 2015 From 10:00 AM To 12 Noon; “Pullman Employee Records” Presented By Shirley Koelling and Judy Baouab

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 genealogy program update 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 Museum will be offering a Genealogy Program  on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  The program title is “Pullman Employee Records”.  It will be presented by the Shirley Koelling and Judy Baouab.

Here is the text from the museum’s website that describes the program:

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Genealogy Program: 

Pullman Employee Records

Saturday, May 23, 2015; 10 AM to 12 Noon

Shirley Koelling and Judy Baouab will present about the information that can be found via the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society Library and Pullman employee records. Cost is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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Sounds like a topic of research that I do not believe I have previously heard about.

If you believe you have ancestors that worked for Pullman you might want to give this program a thought to attend.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow May 12, 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, May 12, 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:

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jennifer Holik. Jennifer will present a program titled “Finishing the Story: Researching World War I and II Military Records”.

Tracing the life of a deceased military soldier (Soldier Dead) can be challenging. Through three World War I and World War II case studies, learn about records and resources available to help you write the stories of your Soldier Dead.

Jennifer Holik is a genealogical research professional and the owner of Generations and co-founder of The In-Depth Genealogist. Jennifer has over twenty years of research and writing experience. She has authored articles for local and national genealogical publications; authored and published a set of kids’ genealogy curriculum books in 2012; is an Expert Author for Archives.com; and writes for several blogs.

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

Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Has An Upcoming Program on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in LaGrange, Illinois; Link To Calendar Of Czech Related Events Also Included

Hi Everyone!

CSAGSI (Czech) LogoI just received a notice from the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) of an upcoming program they will be having very soon.  The program will occur on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, Illinois.  The church is located at 150 S. Ashland Rd. in LaGrange, IL.

Here is a Google Map showing the location of the church in LaGrange, IL:

First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, IL Google Map

The topic of the program is “Bohemian National Cemetery Memorials, Old and New: How We Honor and Remember Our Ancestors”.  The speaker for the program will be Chuck Michalek.

With our observance of Memorial Day at the end of May and the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster in July, Mr. Michalek’s thoughtful reflection on how we remember and honor our ancestors is most fitting.  Our speaker will expand on Bohemian National Cemetery’s roll in the Eastland Disaster and the plans being made for the Eastland Memorial at the Bohemian National Cemetery.

I did notice at the website for the society that they do have a large Calendar of Events of upcoming programs of interest to those researching Czech genealogy and Czech culture.  Genealogy items on the calendar are just one of many different kinds of Czech events you can find on the calendar.  It looks like the calendar is updated monthly with additions, deletions and changes.  You can view this calendar from their website here:

2015 Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Calendar of Events

Mark the date and location down on your calendars.  For those doing Czech and Slovak research, you may want to connect with fellow researchers at this program.

Admission is free.  You do not have to be a member of the society to attend.

Check it out.

You can visit the web page of the society to obtain information and resources available from the society for interested Czech researchers at:

Czech and Slovak American  Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Website

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library