Category Archives: Program Notices

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Starting A DNA Special Interest Group (SIG); First Meeting Will Take Place On Saturday, January 10, 2015, At The Schaumburg Township District Library At 10:30 AM

Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoJust want to let you know of another new development from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI).  As active as they are, they are  about to embark on hosting another new Special Interest Group (SIG).  The new SIG that they will be starting is the DNA Special Interest Group.

The group will have its first meeting this Saturday at 10:30 AM at our library, the Schaumburg Township District Library which is located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

The SIG will be led by Alan and Michelle Wilson who are members of the CAGGNI group.

Here is a quoted program description from the group’s recent January 2015 Newsletter:


“CAGGNI is proud to announce Chicagoland’s first genetic genealogy special interest group.  The group will meet periodically throughout the year.  The first meeting will take place on January 10, at 10:30 am at Schaumburg Library. All CAGGNI members are welcome to attend and guests considering joining CAGGNI are welcome to attend as well.

Our DNA group will focus on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results.  Throughout the year we will study autosomal DNA (“family finder” and “cousin finder” tests), mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA, and ancestral admixture results.  We’ll investigate third-party tools for analyzing your raw data results and for comparing DNA and GEDCOM data with test kit results from companies besides the one you tested with.

DNA can break down genealogical brick walls once thought impenetrable – but only if you know how. 

The SIG will combine short 15-20 minute lectures with interactive workshop-style activities.  Bring your laptop or tablet and, if you’ve already tested, have your login credentials handy for accessing your results. 

Get ready to put your DNA results to work for you!


You can connect to the CAGGNI group online at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

DNA Clip ArtIf you have submitted a DNA sample for genealogy purposes and are having a hard time making meaningful conclusions from your test results, then it sure sounds like this SIG group may be a good group to connect to.

I know this is somewhat short notice, but if you want to know more about how to interpret your DNA results as well as to learn more about many of the other DNA tests that can also be taken, this is the program to consider attending at our library.

Learn about DNA testing.  Learn about CAGGNI.  Learn about all of the other resources CAGGNI offers.  Non-members are welcome.  Consider taking the next step and become a member of CAGGNI.  You won’t regret it.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Tuesday Evening, February 24, 2015, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Check TLC Website For Show Information

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that the new season for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be starting on the cable channel TLC on Tuesday evening, February 24, 2015, at 9 PM Central time.

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

You will find a”teaser” video on the four announced upcoming “stars” that will appear on the show for the 2015 season.  In fact most of what is there at the site for the program as of my recent visit still contains mainly material from the 2014 season.

There will be 8 episodes of the show for this new season on TLC.

Four of the eight “stars” have been identified for this season.  The other four stars will be identified at a future time.  Here are the four “stars” identified so far that will appear on the show during the 8 episode run for the season on TLC.  The order is alphabetical and does not represent the order of the shows as they appear to the best of my knowledge:

  • Julie Chen
  • Angie Harmon
  • Sean Hayes
  • Bill Paxton

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch these shows in their original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)  Last year if you did not watch the original airing or did not DVR the show, your alternative was to purchase a copy from iTunes to catch up on shows missed and not recorded by yourself.

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 Tuesday evening, February 24, 2015 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2013 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2014

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2013  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2014 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2014.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2015 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2014″, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2014:

2002 – 2014 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2014 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“2015 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2015 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2015 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2015 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2015 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2015 from right within this post at:

2015 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2015!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Follow-Up Post: (Registration Now Open) Carl Sandburg Institute Of Genealogy In Galesburg, Illinois Will Be Holding 4 Day Genealogy Institute From May 28, 2015 To June 1, 2015; 4 Well-Known Genealogy Experts Will Provide Instructions

Hi Everyone!,

Sandburg CSI Genealogy LogoI just received some follow-up information from the Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy that indicated that registration is now open for their 4-day genealogy institute that will take place in Galesburg, IL from May 28, 2015 to June 1, 2015.

Here is the added information from the Institute about the registration process from their blog:

Online Registration

We’re looking forward to having you join us at CSIG this May. Online registration is easy and can be done by following the directions:

To register online, follow these directions:


Click “click here to register for BCE classes”
Choose leisure as your topic code.
Choose your class and hit “submit.”

Go through the registration process.

If you have difficulties or questions, call Linda Hankins at 309.345.3501 or Nancy Randall at 309.341.5260 during normal business hours central time. They are happy to talk to people and help them with their registration. Nancy’s an amateur genealogist herself, but doesn’t answer research questions. ;-)

Phone Registration

Registration for CSI-G is by phone until 31 October 2014 when online registration becomes operational. Registration for all CSI-G classes starts on 13 October at 8:30 AM Central.

If you’d like to register by phone, please have the following course information handy:

  • Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy (coordinator Cyndi Ingle)–Sandburg Course number:L EIC00600 (54213) -$400
  • Advanced Methodology and Analysis (coordinator Michael John Neill)–Sandburg Course number: LEIC00602 (54215) -$400
  • The Advancing Genealogist: Research Standards, Tools, and Sources (coordinator Debbie Mieszala, CG)–Sandburg Course number: LEIC00601 (54214) -$400
  • Germanic Research Sources and Methods (coordinator Teresa McMillin, CG)–Sandburg Course number LEIC00603 (54231) -$400

The meal plan is optional ($150) and is Sandburg Course number LEIC00604 (54232). The meal plan does not have to be added at your initial registration.

The College needs to reach an enrollment threshold in order to cover institute expenses. We ask that registrants not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until we’ve confirmed to registrants that the enrollment threshold has been met. Since this is the first time we’ve offered CSI-G we don’t have a good estimate of what our enrollment will be.

Registrants will need a debit or credit card to process payment.

To register by phone, call:

  • Linda Hankins, Administrative Assistant, CME / Community Education at 309-345-3501. Linda will respond to voicemails in the order received and can be reached via email at
  • If Linda is unavailable, and you really want to talk to a human, Nancy Randall, Records / Registration Specialist, can be called at 309-341-5260.


Hi Everyone!

Sandburg CSI Genealogy LogoI recently received a notice from the Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy in Galesburg, IL that they will be a holding a 4-day genealogy institute from May 28, 2015 to June 1, 2015.

Four nationally known genealogy experts will be providing instructions on various aspects of genealogy to those registered in attendance;

The 4 speakers and the program topic each will present are:

  • Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy (coordinator Cyndi Ingle of CyndisList)
  • Advanced Methodology and Analysis (coordinator Michael John Neill of Genealogy Tip of the Day)
  • The Advancing Genealogist: Research Standards, Tools, and Records (coordinator Debbie Mieszala, CG)
  • Germanic Research Sources and Methods (coordinator Teresa McMillin, CG)

Here is a link to a PDF that provides information on the program:

May 28, 2015 to June 1, 2015 Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy Conference

The registration process is expected to start sometime during September 2014 for this lengthy educational program.

I did not see anything at this time that indicated the costs to attend this 4 day program.  That will probably be made available when registration opens during this month.

Teresa McMillin, CG, has been a speaker at our own genealogy programs.  Her specialty area in genealogy is Germanic research.  She is in fact the leader at this program for the Germanic Genealogy track.

Debbie Mieszala, CG, is also local from our area associated with the Lake County Genealogical Society.  She too will be one of the track coordinators during this program.  I have also seen her make a presentation.

Both of the above researchers are well-skilled and knowledgeable and can certainly provide you with many research insights to make your own genealogical research efforts more successful.

I realize this is quite a way down the road but these Institute programs are limited in size to make the educational experience more productive as well as providing a smaller classroom setting for better interaction.

Use the above link as a starting point to obtain initial information.

More information will be released via the Institute website noted in the above link as it becomes available.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, January 3, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Preparing To Publish Your Family Book” By Regina Yuill

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, January 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, January 3, 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.  You are also encouraged to bring in a written family history book if you have one to “show and tell” for this day’s pre-program gathering.

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 Regina Yuill.    The speaker will present a program titled “Preparing to Publish Your Family Book.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) January 3, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Regina Yuill, 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

December 2014 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; No Genealogy Programs Appeared To Be Scheduled For December 2014

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 December 2014 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

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 December 2014 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago December  2014

There is no genealogy program scheduled for December 2014.

See what interests you.  Make a connection with the society if you are digging deep into your Swedish roots.  Take at look at all of the cultural doings going on at the Museum during the month of December 2014.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library