Category Archives: Program Notices

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening May 9, 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.

Please note that this program will take place on the first floor of our library in the Program Room located in the KidsZone  rather than in The Classroom on the 2nd floor.  Just walk in to the KidsZone and head all the way to the back wall to the room.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, May 9, 2017:

Guest speaker Raymond Johnson will present a program titled “Navigating the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Archives” and will discuss naturalizations, Declarations of Intention, probates and wills, divorce/law/chancery records, criminal case files and “burnt records.” 

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 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; May 27, 2017 Genealogy Program; “Sweden’s Local Historical Societies: A Treasure Trove For Family Research” By Bengt Sjogren

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 May 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, May 27, 2017 from 10am to 12 noon.  Program is titled “Sweden’s Local Historical Societies: A Treasure Trove for Family Research” by Bengt Sjogren.  Cost to attend for members of the society is free.  Cost to attend for non-members is $10.  The society does ask that you contact them via email to let them know if you are attending.  Here is a small description of the program from the newsletter:

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Local communities and parishes across Sweden have a rich and colorful history that is traceable. Most have very active historical societies – documenting and building local archives, museums and websites. The historical societies can provide unique opportunities for adding insights into your family research and support during local visits. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111. 

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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 May 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 6, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “Courthouse Discoveries” Presented By Tina Beaird

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, May 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 6, 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 Tina Beaird.    The speaker will present a program titled “Courthouse Discoveries.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) May 6, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Tina Beaird, 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

April 22, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Getting The Most Out Of The Allen County Public Library Road Trip” Presented By Sandra Trapp

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having a special program at our library on Saturday, April 22, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM that is connected to the group having an upcoming “road trip” to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN.

The program is open to all, those that will be taking the road trip as well as those that may just want to learn more about the Allen County Public Library that will not be making the trip.

The title of the program is “Getting the Most Out of the Allen County Public Library Road Trip”.  Speaker for the program is Sandra Trapp, a member of the CAGGNI organization.

The “road trip” itself will take place from June 15, 2017 to June 17, 2017.  See the link below to the CAGGNI website for details about this trip.

Program description is:

Allen County Public Library is the 2nd largest genealogical library in the U.S. and has a multitude of research resources for both the U.S. and some other countries.  The Program will include a review of what the Genealogy Center has to offer and how to prepare for your visit so you can make the most of your research time. 

Even if you are not joining the Road Trip, but want to learn more about the resources at Allen County, do join us for the workshop.

Speaker information is:

Sandra Trapp has been researching her family, her husband’s, son-in-law’s, and friends’ families for almost 20 years.  She has provided genealogy programs for local organizations and libraries and has been the resource chairman for the Naperville Family History Center since 2000.  Her areas of interest include England, Italy, and some New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern states. 

Here is a link to the CAGGNI website that provides information of the upcoming trip to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN that will take place from June 15, 2017 to June 17, 2017:

Information About CAGGNI Allen County Public Library Road Trip June 15-17, 2017

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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG); Group Is Meeting At The Schaumburg Township District Library On Saturday April 22, 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.  Software MacKiev has purchased the product line from Ancestry.com and will be supporting and developing the product further into the future.

Perhaps the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) can be of immense assistance to you.  The CAGGNI group has had a Family Tree Maker SIG for quite some time.  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 Family Tree Maker lineage software.

The Family Tree Maker SIG of CAGGNI is having their next meeting on Saturday, April 22, 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:

April 22, 2017 Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the Schaumburg Township District Library

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)

Let the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI make some sense of the “retirement” of Family Tree Maker for you as a current user of the product.   Software MacKiev has purchased Family Tree Maker from Ancestry.com and will be the new developer of the product.  Family Tree Maker is still alive and kicking under a new owner and developer.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, April 16, 2017, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; John Stamos Is The Featured “Star” Of The Research

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, April 16, 2017, at 9 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature actor John Stamos.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At TLC

Six episodes of the new season have already aired on TLC.  The first episode featured Courtney Cox.  The second episode featured Julie Bowen.  The third episode featured Jennifer Grey.  The fourth was Noah Wylie.  The fifth was Jessica Biel.  The sixth episode was Smokey Robinson.

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

You can see these first six episodes of the new season on TLC.  Check out the site for “Who Do You Think You Are?” above.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “new” episode in its original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)

Now is the time to get the buzz going and to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, April 16, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about actor John Stamos.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow April 11, 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, April 11, 2017:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Barbara Peterson. Barbara will present a program titled “Ancestral Stories, Fact or Fiction?: Researching the Legends”.

We all have great stories of our ancestors. Military heroes? Scoundrels? Stowaways? Sea Captains? Sounds good. But are they real? Maybe we just want to let the stories exist. Maybe you really want to know. Barbara will provide us with a case study review on just such an ancestor. Hear how she went about substantiating the story or perhaps even refuting it.

Barbara Peterson has been an active participant at our monthly genealogy programs. Her research skills have developed over time from a novice researcher to a highly skilled researcher. She has also become an expert on genealogical DNA and has previously presented a program on that topic at our library. This program’s case study is based on research she provided to a client.

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