Category Archives: Program Notices

September 16, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Hunting For Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals” Presented By Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

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, September 16, 2017 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 “Hunting for Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals”.  Speaker for the program is Teresa Steinkamp McMillin.

Program description is:

Henry Steren was a German immigrant who lived in Quincy, IL.  The U.S. records that were created about him indicate only that he was from the Province of Hanover on Germany. This lecture will deal with how his town of origin and parents were identified in spite of the lack of records naming him. Carefully researching each of his associates and correlating all available evidence reveals the origins of Henry. Use of the Genealogical Proof Standard is demonstrated.

Speaker information is:

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Certified Genealogist who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She presents quality genealogy lectures for local and national organizations. She has attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course and has a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Illinois – Urbana.

She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, as well as many local genealogical organizations. 

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

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Reminder Re-Post: Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On September 23, 2017 (Saturday); “Connecting Generations: DNA And Dirt”; Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG, Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Do you get that feeling that Summer 2017 is already flying away?  Time for a reminder on an upcoming Fall Annual Conference that is presented by the Fox Valley Genealogical Society.

Their Annual Conference will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Naperville, IL from 9 am to 4 pm.  The guest presenter for the entire day is Patricia Lee “Patti” Hobbs.  The theme of the conference is “Connecting Generations: DNA and Dirt”.  Patricia will present 4 programs, 2 will be on DNA and Genealogy, and 2 will be on non-DNA genealogy topics.

All of the details of this upcoming conference are contained in my original post that follows below the separator line.

Fall is the time of the year that often jump starts genealogy research and activities.  Societies restart their programs again after they have been on hiatus during the summer months.

Check out all of the details below and take advantage of any early registration discounts.

Is Summer flying by for you also?

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 23, 2017 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2017 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Connecting Generations: DNA and Dirt”

The guest speaker for the day will be Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG,.  She will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • An Overview of Genetic Genealogy
  • Autosomal DNA Data: Working the Results
  • Essential Research: Collateral Lines
  • Westward Ho! Understanding the Federal Land System

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, including location, lunch information, pricing, registration form, plus some biographical information for the speaker as well as a small description of each of the programs.  You can access this PDF at:

2017 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 2017 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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening September 12, 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.

Here are the details of our upcoming program for Tuesday evening, September 12, 2017:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. There is no formal presentation for this gathering. Instead, we will have our breakout group discussions so participants can work within a small group of people having specific interests in a common genealogical topic. The object is to share information and experience on this topic among those in the breakout group.

We are planning on having the same breakout groups we had in our previous breakout groups based on various nationalities. These will be Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, and Colonial American. There will also be a “new” DNA/Adoption table. Finally, there will also be a Beginners Group.

A laptop computer connected to our projector will also be available in the room to use by those in attendance. Participants are also encouraged to bring in their own lap top or net book to connect wirelessly to the library’s WiFi Network. This will allow the user to share information with other participants in areas of genealogical research.

Some of the above mentioned groups may be eliminated if there are not enough participants in any one group to make it beneficial. Some groups that have not been identified may be added.

The doors to the room will open at approximately 7 PM so participants can pick up the 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 breakout groups will form 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

August 19, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Bringing Life To Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections” Presented By Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

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 at our library on Saturday, August 19, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM.

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 “Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections”.  Speaker for the program is Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.

Program description is:

If our genealogical research is limited to the Who, When and Where questions we compile a collection of skeletons. To answer the interesting questions the What, the Why and the How we can use manuscript collections. These underutilized collections bring our ancestors to life and put flesh on their bones.

Speaker information is:

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories.

On behalf of the Department of the Army, Jeanne searches for and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops and institutes.

She is trustee and president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. 

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

Correction Update – – – August 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For August 26, 2017; “What Is New In ArkivDigital” Presented By Kathy Meade; Free For Members Of The Swedish American Genealogical Society; $10 Fee For Non-Members

Hi Everyone!

I need to make a correction to a recent post I made on the upcoming August 26, 2017 genealogy program that will take place at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

My original post that is below the separator lines indicated that only members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society were to attend which meant the program was not open to the public.

That is INCORRECT.

Members of the society can attend the program for free.

Non-members can attend the program but there is a $10 charge to them.

Please check the original post down below the separator line to access any of the embedded links in the original post.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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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 August 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 August 26, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon.  This program is titled “What Is New in ArkivDigital?” and is presented by Kathy Meade.

Here is the text from the program description contained in the Cirkular:

MEMBERS ONLY GENEALOGY SESSION (Not open to the general public)

ArkivDigital is an online service that provides access to over 68 million newly photographed color images or about 136 million pages of Swedish historical records. About 600,000 new records are added each month. Now, more searchable name registers are being added to the product. Kathy Meade, the North American ArkivDigital representative, will demonstrate the new features that will help and ease your search to discover your rich Swedish heritage.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email 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 August 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, August 26, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “Preserving Your Family History On Family Tree” Presented By Maureen Brady

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, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, August 26, 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 Maureen Brady.    The speaker will present a program titled “Preserving Your Family History on Family Tree.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) August 26, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Maureen Brady, 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 August 8, 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, August 8, 2017:

Jeff Bockman

Jeffrey Bockman will provide you with an understanding of registering yourself with FamilySearch and becoming a volunteer transcriber, with all the joys and challenges that it presents.

 Jeffrey Bockman is a Genealogy Lecturer & Writer. He was a contributing editor for the former Everton’s Genealogical Helper and a feature writer for the former Heritage Quest Magazine. His articles have also appeared in various other publications. He was the President of the DuPage County Genealogical Society for 5 terms. He is the author of Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy, a book that encourages people to record and preserve their family’s history.

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