Category Archives: Program Notices

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday January 13, 2018

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoHave you submitted your DNA for genealogical analysis?

Are you trying to make sense of the results you received back?

Feel like talking about it but don’t know where to turn?

Just want to make everyone aware that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) has a DNA special interest group (SIG).

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

This program is open to all.  You do not have to be a member of the CAGGNI group in order to participate.

Here is the text describing what will take place at this upcoming DNA SIG:

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DNA Special Interest Group

CAGGNI’s genomic genealogy group continues into its third year. This group focuses on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results. We study topics such as autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA and ancestral admixture results. We’ll also investigate third-party tools for analyzing your raw data and 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. 

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

Facilitators:  Dr. David Stumpf and Alan Wilson

For more information: DNA Special Interest Group

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Consider connecting with this special interest group local to our area.  You spent good money on your DNA kits.  Why not really learn how to interpret and use your results in a real productive manner.  I am sure your testing company offers automated ways to interpret results through PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos or maybe even person to person via customer service.  Here is your chance to discuss Genealogy DNA among fellow testers.  Learn about DNA tests that are over and above what you started with and how they can help you even more.

Learn from others, help others.

You can always visit the general website of the CAGGNI group to see what they are all about.  And I can guarantee you they are about many things genealogically speaking, including having this DNA SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with your DNA results.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening January 9, 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, January 9, 2018:

Maureen Brady

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. guest presenter Maureen Brady will help you learn how to jump start your online genealogy research by utilizing Cyndis List  Find My Past  Fold3  USGenWeb and other “broad coverage” websites.

Maureen Brady has over 35 years experience with family history research, is a professional genealogist and owns Bare Roots Genealogical Services. Ms. Brady is co-director of the Crystal Lake (Illinois) Family History Center and is a member of many genealogical and family history societies in the U.S. and Scotland.  

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

January 2018 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On January 27, 2018; “Overcoming Research Obstacles In The Swedish Church Books” Presented by Kathy Meade

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 January 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, January 27, 2018 from 10 am to 12 noon.  The program is titled “Overcoming Research Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books”.  The presenter for this program is Kathy Meade.

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

Swedish church books are a wonderful source for ancestor’s birth, marriage, death and household records. However, sometimes the minister used abbreviations in the records. Other times he wrote the vital information in a different book than the actual parish book. What do the abbreviations mean? Where is that birth record?

In this presentation, we highlight many of the stumbling blocks researchers have experienced over the years researching in Swedish church books and present solutions. Some of the topics will include; abbreviations in household books, church organization (mother parish versus annex parish), reviewing various church book formats and format of older church books.

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 January 2018 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago January 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 January 2018.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Upcoming Genealogy Programs At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago; January 2018 To May 2018

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago in which they provided to me the schedule of the upcoming genealogy programs that will take place between January to May 2018.

Oftentimes I become aware of their programs on a more short-term basis as they publish the information in their monthly newsletter Cirkular.  Glad to see they have a much longer series of scheduled programs.

Take a look at the upcoming genealogy programs at the Swedish American Museum in the link below:

January to May 2018 Genealogy Programs at the Swedish American Museum

The programs are free to attend for members of the Swedish American Genealogy Society.  Non-members are welcome to attend for a $10 fee.  The museum does ask that you contact them in advance if it is your intention to attend a program.  Many of the programs appear to be oriented for those doing Swedish genealogical research.  Can be very helpful to you if you are doing Swedish research.

You can visit the web site of the Swedish American Museum in Chicago at:

Swedish American Museum

You can also visit the Swedish American Genealogy Center website that is part of the museum at:

Swedish American Genealogy Center

Enjoy the museum and the programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

National Genealogical Society 2018 Annual Conference Brochure And Program Information Available; May 2-5, 2018 In Grand Rapids, Michigan; “Paths To Your Past”

Hi Everyone!

The National Genealogical Society has an annual multi-day conference each year.

The 2018 program is scheduled for May 2, 2018 through May 5, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The title of the 2018 conference is “Paths to Your Past”.

You certainly have plenty of time to peruse the material and make plans to attend this annual major genealogical event.

You can view the full-color 16 page registration brochure at their website by clicking on the following link at:

Especially take a look at the registration material in the above program guide.  You can get discounts for early bird registration as well as even further discounts if you are a member of the National Genealogical Society and do early bird registration.  You can also sign up for a 1-day series of programs only.  Registration by March 20, 2018 will get you an early bird discount if you are a member of the society or not.  Check out all of the registration costs as well as all of the costs if you will choose to participate in any of the special programs being offered by the society that generally occur in the evening.

Being a member of NGS AND doing early bird registration will get you the biggest discount on price overall.

Also just visit the main NGS website to take a look at much more information and material that they have at the site.  There is much more information about this conference available through their main website.  Browse their site and see what other great resources they may have available online that can help you in your own research efforts.

You can visit their main website at www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Look for the part of their main website at the top that says “Conferences and Events”.

Attending a national conference such as this is an eye-opening genealogical experience that I would recommend at least once in a lifetime for researchers.  There are literally 180 informative hour-long programs that are scheduled during this program between 8 AM through 4 PM.  There are even  programs going on through the early evening if you can’t get enough information on genealogy from 8 AM until 4 PM!

NGS Logo Clip ArtThis brochure is one that in the past I would have made a copy for distribution to our genealogy program  participants.  However, now that I am writing this blog, it is more appropriate to direct you to the National Genealogical Society website directly for you to take a look at their full 16 page color brochure they have put together.

The above link will take you directly to this 16 page incredible brochure.

Even if you do not go to this program or another one down the road, I always recommend that you should take a look at the variety of programs being offered.  You may very well find a program with a great speaker that fits right in with your own research aspirations.  You will then possibly have a contact to make with the speaker to see if they can help answer a question you may have on the genealogical topic of interest.

Also take a look at the long list of world-renowned genealogical speakers that are in the brochure.

These are the best of the best!

Your paths may cross with them through material they may have already published.  Some may even be local to our own area.  Some may very well be speakers we have had at our library offering some great genealogical programs for you to learn from!

Take a look through the brochure to gain a sense of magnitude of what a national genealogical conference looks like.  It is amazing.  These conference are often attended by anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 fellow researchers.  Vendors are also present selling their wares.

According to statistics provided to me from the NGS, the 2017 Conference in Raleigh, NC had 1,936 registered participants present at the conference plus an additional 268 participants that had registered for the live streaming programs.  Total attendance near the 2,200 number.  Pretty good turnout!

This conference can be nothing short of genealogy nirvana!

Check out the brochure.  Check out the NGS Program.  Try to attend one once in your life.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, January 6, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “No Photo? No Problem! – How Slides And Negatives Capture The Past!” Presented By Debra M. Dudek

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, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, January 6, 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 Debra M. Dudek.    The speaker will present a program titled “No Photo? No Problem! – How Slides and Negatives Capture the Past.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) January 6, 2018 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Debra M. Dudek, 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 December 12, 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, December 12, 2017:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday December 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