Category Archives: Program Notices

Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Has An Upcoming Program on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in LaGrange, Illinois; “Lidice Memorial Service (Video)”; No Presenter

Hi Everyone!

CSAGSI (Czech) LogoI just received a notice from the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) of an upcoming program they will be having very soon.  The program will occur on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, Illinois.  The church is located at 150 S. Ashland Rd. in LaGrange, IL.

Here is a Google Map showing the location of the church in LaGrange, IL:

First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, IL Google Map

The topic of the program is “Lidice Memorial Service (Video)”.  There is no scheduled speaker.

I did notice at the website for the society that they do have a large Calendar of Events of upcoming programs of interest to those researching Czech genealogy and Czech culture.  Genealogy items on the calendar are just one of many different kinds of Czech events you can find on the calendar.  It looks like the calendar is updated monthly with additions, deletions and changes.  You can view this calendar from their website here:

2016 Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Calendar of Events

Mark the date and location down on your calendars.  For those doing Czech and Slovak research, you may want to connect with fellow researchers at this program.

Admission is free.  You do not have to be a member of the society to attend.

Check it out.

You can visit the web page of the society to obtain information and resources available from the society for interested Czech researchers at:

Czech and Slovak American  Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Website

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 7, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Reading Between The Lines Of The City Directory” Presented By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

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 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2016 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 Teresa Steinkamp McMillin.    The speaker will present a program titled “Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) May 7, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, 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 April 12, 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, April 12, 2016:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Debra Dudek. Debra will present a program titled “What’s the Buzz About BillionGraves?”.

What’s the Buzz About BillionGraves? – BillionGraves is contending to be the top cemetery search site on the web. Toting a hot new app and an easy interface, BillionGraves is making cemetery transcription projects and research information more accessible to tech-friendly users. Get a look at this site as a researcher, transcriber, and in-the-field data gatherer.

Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics. She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening April 12, 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, April 12, 2016:

Dudek photoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Debra Dudek. Debra will present a program titled “What’s the Buzz About BillionGraves?”.

What’s the Buzz About BillionGraves? – BillionGraves is contending to be the top cemetery search site on the web. Toting a hot new app and an easy interface, BillionGraves is making cemetery transcription projects and research information more accessible to tech-friendly users. Get a look at this site as a researcher, transcriber, and in-the-field data gatherer.

Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics. She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

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

April 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “Swedish Organizations … Alive And Kicking” On Saturday, April 23, 2016, From 10 AM To Noon

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 April 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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016 titled “Swedish Organizations … Alive and Kicking!” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

Here is a small program summary from the newsletter for the event:

Learn more about Swedish organizations around Chicagoland!; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.”

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 April 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago April 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 April 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On October 1, 2016 (Saturday); David McDonald, CG, Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, October 1, 2016 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2016 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Church or Court: Where Did Grandma Go?”

The guest speaker for the day will be David McDonald, CG,.  He will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Illinois Migration & Settlement Patterns
  • Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where did Grandma’s Church Go?
  • Reach for the Power Tools: Record Transcriptions & Analysis
  • The Other Side of the Courthouse: Criminal & Civil Court Records

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:

2016 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 2016 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

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 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    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • ChicagoAncestors.org    (10:00-10:30, 12:20-12:50)
  • FindMyPast.com    (12:20-12:50, 2:00-2:30)
  • Newspapers.com    (10:00-10-30, 12:20-12:50)

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