Category Archives: Program Notices

June 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; I Do Not See A Formal Genealogy Program Scheduled For The 4th Saturday For June 2016

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 2016 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.  However, I did not see a formal Genealogy Program on the group’s calendar of events from within the website.  The June 25th calendar entries show a Swedish Festival in Geneva, IL and a Gallery Walk looking at crystal pieces on that day.

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 June 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago June 2016

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 June 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Re-Post Reminder: Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering All Day Genealogy Conference On Saturday June 18, 2016; Program Is Titled “GeneaQuest 2016; Genealogy Detectives: Investigating Photos, DNA And Databases For Evidence”; Program Location Is The ASA Conference Center In Schaumburg, IL

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust a reminder that the GeneaQuest 2016 Program offered by the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will soon take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

This is a wonderful program put on by this outstanding organization.

This one is well-worth attending!  If you register before June 8, 2016 you will still obtain a price discount and be able to obtain a lunch.  If you register after June 8, 2016 you will pay the highest fee and will not be able to get a lunch as part of registration.  It does look like they will accept walk-ins (without lunch and at highest registration ) if you are so inclined to want to attend at the last-minute.  It is always good to check out the website for the society below to see if capacity has been reached and no walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the event.

Below the separator line is my original posting about this program.

Check out the link from within the original posting to get you to parts of the CAGGNI website that provides more information about this program.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoI am happy to announce that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be holding an all-day genealogy conference.

The conference is titled “GeneaQuest 2016: Genealogy Detectives: Investigating Photos, DNA and Databases for Evidence”.

The conference will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)  Conference Center at 1061 American Lane in Schaumburg, IL between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Featured speakers for the day will be:

  • Maureen Taylor (On Photos)
  • Diahan Southard (On DNA)
  • Juliana Szucs (On Ancestry.com)
  • Maureen Brady (On FamilySearch.org)

Here is a link to the CAGGNI website that can provide you with all the information regarding the conference:

June 18, 2016 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference

All the details about the conference programs, discounts, registration, speakers, location, exhibitors and door prizes can be found within the above link.

So mark your calendar for this upcoming event being held by a great local genealogical society.

During the all-day conference,  CAGGNI is even having an informal  “GeneaUs” Bar lasting 30 minutes in-between conference segments during which you can have conversations with expert researchers on the following topics:

  • Legacy Family Tree Software    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • Reunion Software    (10:00-10:30, 12:20-12:50)
  • RootsMagic Software    (10:00-10:30, 12:20-12:50)
  • ChicagoAncestors.org    (10:00-10:30, 12:20-12:50)
  • FindMyPast.com    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • Newspapers.com    (12:20-12-50, 2:00-2:30)

Congratulations to the CAGGNI group!

This organization is really clicking on all cylinders!

If you have never attended a local, all-day genealogy conference, this is certainly one to consider.  Not only do you see great topics given by great speakers, but you can fill the time in-between program segments by sitting down with experts present at the “GeneaUs” Bar on the variety of topics noted above.  Non-stop genealogy all day!

Best wishes for a truly great all-day local genealogy conference!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township district Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Has Published A Revised Brochure For 2016-2017 Including Programs That Will Occur During 2016-2017; Brochure Available As PDF For Your Use In this Post

Hi Everyone!

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a revised brochure/guide from the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS).

The revision included in this brochure simply notes that the title of the March 4, 2017 program (webinar) will be “On and Off the Net: Locality Searching”.  This program will be presented as a webinar by D. Joshua Taylor.  The initial publication of this program date was lacking the program title at the time.

All other items in the brochure remain the same as the original I shared with readers a little while ago.

Their recently updated brochure contains information about the society, membership benefits, meeting location, programs they will offer during their upcoming 2016-2017 “season” and membership application.

Here is the newly revised NWSGS brochure for the society that includes their 2016-2017 programs:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Brochure That Includes The 2016-2017 Programs

I am happy to share this information with readers of this blog.

Please take a look at the above link to the PDF for the information.  Print it off this revised brochure and mark the dates for the programs that interest you the most.  Give the society a try and check out one of their programs.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of the society.  A membership application is also included as part of the brochure that you can access through the above link to the PDF.

This is the time of the year when a lot of dated information about upcoming programs that start in September becomes available.  Check them out.

You can also visit the society webpage itself to find out more about the society, its resources and its programs.  You can visit them at the following link at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS)

Enjoy the revised brochure and plan on attending some of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Has Published An Updated Brochure For 2016-2017 Including Programs That Will Occur During 2016-2017; Brochure Available As PDF For Your Use In this Post

Hi Everyone!

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received an updated brochure/guide from the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS).

Their recently updated brochure contains information about the society, membership benefits, meeting location, programs they will offer during their upcoming 2016-2017 “season” and membership application.

Here is the newly updated NWSGS brochure for the society that includes their 2016-2017 programs:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Brochure That Includes The 2016-2017 Programs

I am happy to share this information with readers of this blog.

Please take a look at the above link to the PDF for the information.  Print it off and mark the dates for the programs that interest you the most.  Give the society a try and check out one of their programs.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of the society.  A membership application is also included as part of the brochure that you can access through the above link to the PDF.

This is the time of the year when a lot of dated information about upcoming programs that start in September becomes available.  Check them out.

You can also visit the society webpage itself to find out more about the society, its resources and its programs.  You can visit them at the following link at:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS)

Enjoy the brochure and plan on attending some of their programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow May 10, 2016

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, May 10, 2016:

Tina Beaird PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Tina Beaird. Tina will present a program titled “Mapping Your Migrating Ancestors”.

Our ancestors traveled so much, if not more, than we do today. Explore what types of maps and property records exist for pinpointing your ancestor’s whereabouts across the United States, from plat maps to Sanborn Fire Insurance maps to Google maps!

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.

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

May 7, 2016 Genealogy Day At The Fountaindale Public Library In Bolingbrook; Free 3-Program Online “Streaming” Available; No Registration Needed To Participate In Online “Streaming” Access

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek, genealogy librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, has made me aware that they will be having a Genealogy Day this Saturday, May 7, 2016 that starts at 9:30 am and lasts until 4 pm CST.  They will be offering 3 genealogy programs that day.  The day’s programs have reached on site capacity, so you cannot attend in person.

However, Debra has noted that all three program are available for “live” streaming access online for anyone that is interested in attending “online”.

You do not have to register in advance for these “streaming” sessions.  There is no cost to you to view the streaming sessions.

The overall “theme” for the day’s programs is “Hunting Down Sensational Stories”.

The three programs that will be taking place and their “start” and “end” times are:

  • Session 1 – 9:30 am to 11 am – “Using HistoryLines to Tell Your Family Story” presented by Adam Allgaier
  • Session 2 – 11:30 am to 1 pm – “Sensational Deaths and Where to Find Them” presented by Tina Beaird
  • Session 3 – 2:15 pm to 4 pm – “Tracking Infamous Ancestors in Court Records” presented by Ray Johnson

You can go directly to the webinar link on May 7, 2016 at:

May 7, 2016 Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Day Free Online “Streaming” To 3 Genealogy Programs

Also, Debra has made me aware that even if you cannot participate in the free “streaming” of these programs you will have yet another opportunity to view this material after the fact on YouTube.  Just come to the Fountaindale Genealogy Blog a few days after the program and look for access to these YouTube program videos at:

Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Blog

You will be able to then see the videos of the programs that you were not able to attend in person or participate in during the “live streaming”.

There is even more!

You can go to the Fountaindale Genealogy blog in the above link now and you will be able to access the multi-page PDF handouts for each of these programs RIGHT NOW!  So even if you cannot participate in person, or participate in live streaming or have no time to view the recorded videos after the event is over, you can still at least go now and capture the handouts for review at some convenient time for you in the future!

Sounds like you can’t lose!

Sounds very simple!

Participate in the “live” streaming on May 7, 2016.

Missed that or couldn’t then access the recorded videos on YouTube through the Fountaindale Genealogy Blog.

Thank you Debra for sharing all of this and working your magic to make this event so accessible in so many different formats!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening May 10, 2016 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, May 10, 2016:

Tina Beaird PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Tina Beaird. Tina will present a program titled “Mapping Your Migrating Ancestors”.

Our ancestors traveled so much, if not more, than we do today. Explore what types of maps and property records exist for pinpointing your ancestor’s whereabouts across the United States, from plat maps to Sanborn Fire Insurance maps to Google maps!

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.

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