Category Archives: Program Notices

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


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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 7, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Evernote For Genealogy” Live Webinar By Thomas MacEntee

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society (formerly known as the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists) indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, February 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 7, 2015 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.

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.  A demonstration of Flip-Pal will be given at 9:15 AM.  Flip-Pal is a mobile scanner that copies photos and documents without requiring a computer.

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 Thomas MacEntee.    The speaker will present a program titled “Evernote for Genealogy.  The program will be a live Webinar.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) February 7, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Thomas MacEntee, 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

Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) Announces 2015 First Tuesday Morning Programs And Third Thursday Evening Programs; Programs Will Take Place At The Gail Borden Public Library In Elgin, IL

Hi Everyone!

EGS LogoI recently received a 2015 Program List from the Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) that highlights both the morning programs they will be offering during the year as well as the evening programs.

The daytime programs occur on the first Tuesday morning of each month starting at 9:30 AM.  The evening programs occur on the third Thursday evening of the month starting at 7 PM.

These programs are held at the Gail Borden Public Library,   270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL.   It is always best to check the society website or call the Gail Borden Public Library at 847-742-2411 to check if schedule changes have occurred.

Here is a link to a PDF file that identifies these programs as well as what speaker is presenting it:

2015 Elgin Genealogical Society Genealogy Programs

Take a look at the schedule to see if there are programs of interest to you.  Consider attending.  Even better, considering becoming a member of the society, especially if any of your ancestral research has any connection to the Elgin area.

Don’t forget to visit the Elgin Genealogical Society website to learn more about the society and what they offer to visitors at their site as well as to registered members of the society.  You can find them at:

Elgin Genealogical Society

Please note that these EGS programs have also been included in the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  Just look for the “page” at the top of this home page that says “Calendar of Local Genealogy Events”.

I want to make our readers are well aware of not only our own library genealogy programs but also those that are occurring in the nearby area.

Check out the society at the above link and see what programs are of interest to you to attend.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Taking A “Road Trip” To The Wisconsin Historical Society In Madison, WI From April 23, 2015 To April 25, 2015

Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoJust received some “road trip” information from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI).

The group has plans to make a “road trip” to the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, WI from April 23, 2015 to April 25, 2015.

Here are the details of the trip as provided to me from CAGGNI:


Wisconsin Historical Society
2015 Road Trip
April 23 – 25, 2015

Join us for CAGGNI’s 4th Road Trip, this year to the Wisconsin Historical Society in the heart of the UW Campus in Madison. WHS boasts some of finest genealogical holdings on the continent, including exceptional French-Canadian and Midwestern resources.

Activities commence Thursday pm, April 23rd for an informal dinner. On Friday, the library and archives are open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. A 30 minute orientation of the library by a WHS genealogist will take place at 9:00AM. A CAGGNI dinner will be held at Porta Bella’s just off campus. On Saturday, library and archives open at 8:00AM; library closes at 5:00PM, archives at 4:00PM.

An optional pre-trip to the Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library on Thursday April 23 is encouraged for those with Norwegian roots. Non-members of the Naeseth will pay an additional $15 fee directly to the Naeseth upon arrival.

Attendees are encouraged to attend the companion preparation events, “The Wisconsin Historical Society Library & Archives: What’s in it? Everything!” by George Findlen on February 21, 2015 and the April 11, 2015 WHS Preparation Workshop.

Travel, hotel, meals and parking fees are not included. CAGGNI will facilitate car pooling for those interested. A block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Madison, 525 West Johnson Street, telephone: 608-251-5511, request reservation code CGI.

For complete information including library preparation tips, alternate accommodations, restaurants, and parking options see the Information Sheet.
$10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members. No refunds after Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Additional Information:

Address: Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706. Tel: 608.254.6400. Map.

Porta Bella’s Restaurant: 425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53715. Map.
Information Sheet Link.
Nearby Parking.

Best regards,


Please note that transportation and all costs are your responsibility should you want to participate.  Non-members are welcome to participate for a $15 fee.

Take a look at the CAGGNI website for information about the group and the CAGGNI Registration Page for this special Road Trip to the Wisconsin Historical Society.  Visit the registration page at: Registration Page

Browse around the rest of their website if you are not familiar with them and their activities.  CAGGNI is a very vibrant genealogy group that offers many diverse programs for its members and those who would like to become members.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their February 8, 2015 Meeting/Program at 2 PM at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL; The Program Will Be A Free Screening Of A Documentary Film, “The Fourth Partitition”

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL on Sunday, February 8, 2015 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program and get to meet other members of the society.

The formal presentation will be a free screening of the documentary film “The Fourth Partition, “Czwarta Dzielnica”.  The documentary is about Polish-American immigrants at the turn of the 20th century, directed by Adrian Prawica and written by Rafal Muskala and Adrian Prawica.

Over 4 million Poles immigrated to the U.S. between 1870 and 1920 in search of a better life. Chicago was the center of Polish culture and political activism in
America. Here Poles built communities, churches, and most of all, aided their
beloved Poland in her fight for independence. They worked in some of the most
dangerous factories and mills in the United States. Learn more about your
immigrant ancestors’ daily lives. The film features rarely shown photographs and film of the period. (Shown in English with Polish subtitles.)

Director, editor, and cinematographer Adrian Prawica will be in attendance to
answer your questions after the screening. Born in Lodz, Poland, Adrian
immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, he started in event videography and public access television at age 25, then moved into advertising and documentary work.

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 February 8, 2015 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.  Also take the opportunity to discover the Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL and how it connects to the Polish presence in Chicago..

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow January 13, 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, January 13, 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:

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana. Laura will present a program titled “Archivist’s Notebook: Gleaning Genealogical Evidence from Ephemera”.

All of us have some oral history passed to us. Is it true? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe in parts. Maybe with embellishments. Laura’s story was “someone went to Brazil to work for the King.” She spent years researching that ancestor but it wasn’t until she realized she had a physical piece of ‘evidence’ that gave credence to that ‘crazy’ story that she was able to break down the wall. The end result is that researchers look at family ‘memorabilia’ as potential clues to move research forward. It can be pretty much anything from china to buttons to embroidery to furniture; we just have to open our eyes to the possibility.

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana is a Consulting Archivist, Genealogist, Writer and Lecturer. She earned a BA in Art History with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2006, she has worked as a Consulting Archivist in a wide variety of Archives from Shure, Inc. to the Union League Club of Chicago where her interest in genealogy was resurrected as she assisted researchers in their efforts to locate information about their relatives. Laura’s passion for Archives and Genealogy have combined both through her blog, The Last Leaf On This Branch ( and her business From Roots to Leaves (, where she provides the services and education to help you research, organize, describe and share your family history materials.

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