Category Archives: Program Notices

March 2018 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On March 24, 2018; “Old Swedish American Newspapers – New Treasure Trove For Online Research” Presented 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 maybe 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 March 2018 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 genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 am to 12 noon.  The program is titled “Old Swedish American Newspapers – New Treasure Trove for Online Research”.  The presenter for this program is Bengt Sjogren.

Here is a description of the program from the March 2018 Cirkular:

“Old Swedish American Newspapers – New Treasure Trove for Online Research” by Bengt Sjögren.

As Swedes arrived to the US in large numbers, hundreds of Swedish-language newspapers were published from 1850 onwards. Recently 28 such newspapers were digitized and they are now searchable – providing a great source of information.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email to genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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 March 2018 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago March 2018

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 March 2018.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 17, 2018 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “What’s New In Technology” Presented By Ed Rosenthal

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoJust wanted to let you know that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be having their next program on Saturday, March 17, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

The program is open to any and all interested in learning more about genealogy as well as learning more about this wonderful genealogy group and meeting its members in attendance.

The title of the program is “What’s New in Technology”.  Speaker for the program is Ed Rosenthal.

Program description is:

Ed Rosenthal will present his very popular annual survey of emerging technologies. Sharing of the insights he gains from keeping tabs on new developments in the computing and digital imaging scenes will provide us all with a glimpse of what new tools will soon be available to leverage in our favorite obsession — genealogy!  

Speaker information is:

Ed Rosenthal has served three terms as the President of CAGGNI and has been doing family research for over 20 years with Family Tree Maker and recently tracking his DNA.  Ed has presented his research during his family’s 150th and 160th reunion in Germany. 

Ed is employed by PepsiCo International in Chicago and is responsible for managing the planning of the deployment activities of SAP in South America, Europe and Asia.  Ed has held similar positions with Rockwell, Motorola and NEC with over thirty years of experience directing engineering and software projects. Previously, Ed has built several television stations and worked on TV shows such as Phil Donahue, Dinah Shore and Al McGuire with Sports.  He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a Master’s Degree in Project Management (MPM) from Keller.      

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 13, 2018 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, March 13, 2018:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Our Genealogist Tony Kierna will give a brief review of genealogical topics, then you can work in small groups based on nationality, skill level or project type to share your findings and learn more about your heritage.

Small groups include Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, Colonial American and Beginners Group. (These groups may adjust based on attendance.) A DNA/Adoption group has recently been added.

Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet to share your information and research with others, or use the laptop connected to our projector.

Doors will open at approximately 7 p.m. so you can pick-up handouts, review books and journals, and network with other participants. Tony Kierna will start the program at 7:30 p.m. with introductions of new participants and a brief review of handouts and genealogical matters.

For further information contact Tony Kierna at 847-923-3390.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering All Day Genealogy Conference On Saturday June 23, 2018; Program Is Titled “GeneaQuest 2018; Building Your Genealogy Skills”; Program Location Is The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates, IL

Hi Everyone,

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

The conference is titled “GeneaQuest 2018: Building Your Genealogy Skills”.

The conference will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the NIU Conference Center at 5555 Trillium Boulevard, Hoffman Estates IL between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Featured speakers for the day will be:

  • James M. Baker
  • Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Jane G. Haldeman
  • Marty Acks
  • Robert Allen
  • Liz Ross
  • Jacqueline Krieps Schattner

Here is a link to the CAGGNI website that can provide you with all the information regarding the conference speakers, programs, and location:

June 23, 2018 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference Programs, Speakers Location

Visit the following part of the CAGGNI site to find out information about the conference registration, cost etc.

June 23, 2018 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference Registration and Cost Information

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

Congratulations to the CAGGNI group!

This organization is really clicking on all cylinders!

You can visit the organization at their main website to find out even more about the organization and the resources they have available at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

If you have never attended a local, all-day genealogy conference, this is certainly one to consider.   Non-stop genealogy all day!

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Upcoming Monthly Programs February 2018 To October 2018

Hi Everyone!

I just received a very nice forward-looking flyer from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society.  It provides a nice schedule of their upcoming genealogy programs they host monthly.  The first program on their list has already occurred but the upcoming programs that will occur are noted for March 2018 all the way through October 2018.

I do plan on also adding this list of programs to my Google Calendar for Local Genealogy Events that is also part of this blog.  You can easily find this calendar at the top of the homepage of the blog.

The flyer also notes that on July 7, 2018 the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society will be hosting their Annual Conference at the McHenry County College Conference Center in Crystal Lake, IL.  More details will be coming on this annual conference in the future.

Here is the link to the PDF flyer of all of the society’s upcoming genealogy programs from February 2018 to October 2018:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Upcoming Genealogy Programs February 2018 to October 2018

You can also visit the general website for the society at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Check out the society and what they are all about.  Mark your calendars for any programs of interest, especially if you are out in the farther Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, March 3, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “Learning Your Way Around Ancestry DNA!” Presented By Karen Stanbary, CG

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, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, March 3, 2018 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 Karen Stanbary, CG.    The speaker will present a program titled “Learning Your Way Around Ancestry DNA!.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) March 3, 2018 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Karen Stanbary, CG, 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

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow February 13, 2018

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.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, February 13, 2018:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday February 13 2018 at 7:30 PM in The Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Teresa Steinkamp McMillin. Teresa will present a program titled “The Voyages of Our German Immigrants”.

Germans began immigrating to the United States in 1683 according to documented history. This talk will highlight significant aspects of the first four major waves of migration through 1910. The areas from which they came and motivations that typified each wave will be detailed. Available immigration and emigration records help tell the immgrants’ story. Laws changed over time and impacted various aspects of the immigration experience.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin Certified GenealogistSM author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library is the owner of Lind Street Research a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national regional and local genealogical societies.

Reading German gothic script found in Germanic records prior to the mid-1900’s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresas specialty areas.

She is a multi-year attendee of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has taken college-level German classes. Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as many Germanic and local genealogical societies. She is the webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights Illinois and is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

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