Category Archives: Program Notices

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their May 17, 2015 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Fountaindale Public Library District In Bolingbrook, IL; The Program Title Is “The Russian Partition And Poland’s Disappearance From The World Map” Presented By Ola Heska; 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 from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL on Sunday, May 17, 2015 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.

The formal presentation is titled “The Russian Partition and Poland’s Disappearance from the World Map”.  The presenter is Ola Heska.

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.

In 1795 Poland disappeared from the world maps and endured over 123 years of foreign occupation. The country was divided and occupied by Russia, Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This presentation is an overview of the causes and results of the occupation, focusing on the Russian partition. Online sources of digitized documents and indexes will also be discussed.

Presenter, Ola Heska received her M.A. in Russian Philology from Lodz University, Poland. She is fluent in Polish, Russian, and some Latin, with experience in deciphering Old Russian handwriting. Ola began researching her family roots 14 years ago and now enjoys working as a genealogist/translator helping others. She has participated in PGSA’s annual conference and is currently involved in a vital records indexing project with the Polish Genealogical Society (PTG) headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. Please join us.

There is ample parking and light refreshments will be served.

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 May 17, 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 as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On September 26, 2015 (Saturday); George G. Morgan Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 26, 2015 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2015 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Alternative Search Strategies in Genealogy”

The guest speaker for the day will be George G. Morgan, President of Aha! Seminars, Inc. and co-host of the Genealogy Guys Podcast.  He will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Locating and Accessing Published Genealogies Online
  • Five Reasons the Records Aren’t in the Courthouse (and Where to Look)
  • Alternate Records You May Never Have Considered
  • Sidestep Genealogy

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Here is a PDF document from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society website that contains all of the details of the program.  You can access this PDF at:

2015 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming Fall 2015 program in Naperville, IL.  Take a look at all of the details in the above PDF brochure.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2, 2015 And June 6, 2015 Upcoming Genealogy Programs Offered By The Chicago Genealogical Society At The Newberry Library In Chicago, IL

Hi Everyone!

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoI just received a couple of notices from the Chicago Genealogical Society about 2 upcoming programs they will be offering at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL..

The programs are “free” and open to the public.

One program will be on May 2, 2015 and the other will be on June 6, 2015.

Each program starts at 1:30 PM.

Here are links to the PDF flyers they provided to for these programs.

May 2, 2015 Genealogy Program From The Chicago Genealogical Society

June 6, 2015 Genealogy Program From The Chicago Genealogical Society

All programs meet at the Newberry Library on the Saturdays noted from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  The library is located at 60 W. Walton St in Chicago, IL.

You can visit the web site of the Chicago Genealogical Society at:

Chicago Genealogical Society

You can visit the Newberry Library web site at:

Newberry Library

See if the programs are of interest to you.  It might be a great experience to connect with the society and the Newberry Library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Bill Paxton Airs Sunday, April 19, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 19, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

Bill Paxton is featured on this episode.

Here is a small text description from the TLC website for the show of what this night’s episode is about:

“Actor/Director Bill Paxton researches his paternal lineage, uncovering the captivating life of an ancestor who was a war hero in an historic battle and who shaped politics and society during a turbulent era.”

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 19: Bill Paxton
  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

The “new” airings are already winding down for the season.  You can see that there are only 2 more “new” shows scheduled.

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 19, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring Bill Paxton on TLC!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow April 14, 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, April 14, 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:

Sandra Trapp Feb 24 2014The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Sandra Trapp. Sandra will present a program titled “Using FamilySearch.org”.

FamilySearch.org is the largest, free genealogy resource on the internet. This program will cover why you want to have an account; tips for searching the records; creating and editing your Family Tree; adding photos, stories and documents, accessing FamilySearch’s digitized books, how to get help, searching the catalog and ordering film and a few other features of interest.

Sandra Trapp has provided genealogy programs for various local genealogy organizations and libraries. She volunteers at the Naperville Family History Center as its Resource Chairman and is a former Director of the Genealogical Forum of Elmhurst and CAGGNI program chair. Sandra has been researching her ancestors, her husband’s son-in-law’s and friends’ families for 16 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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 2, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Researching American Colonial Ancestors” By Jane Haldeman

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, May 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 2, 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.

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 Jane Haldeman.    The speaker will present a program titled “Researching American Colonial Ancestors.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) May  2, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Jane Haldeman, 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

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing America Ferrera Airs Sunday, April 12, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 12, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

America Ferrera is featured on this episode.

Here is a small text description from the TLC website for the show of what this night’s episode is about:

“America Ferrera searches for a connection to a father she barely knew, and discovers a great grandfather who led multiple revolts against the government and left an enduring mark on Honduran history.”

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 12: America Ferrera
  • April 19: Bill Paxton
  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

The “new” airings are already winding down for the season.  You can see that there are only 3 more “new” shows scheduled.

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 12, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring America Ferrera on TLC!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library