Category Archives: Program Notices

Reminder Re-Post: Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On September 26, 2015 (Saturday); George G. Morgan Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Fox Valley Gen Soc LogoJust a reminder.  The Fox Valley Genealogical Society will be having their upcoming Annual Conference on Saturday, September 26, 2015 in Naperville, IL.

George G. Morgan, famous genealogist and co-host of the Genealogy Guys Podcast, will be the featured speaker at this event.  He will be the only presenter for the day and will offer 4 lectures on a variety of topics noted in the brochure for the event that you can access in my original post that follows.

You can still go to the program as a walk-in on the day of the event if you have not already scheduled yourself for the event.  The cost as a walk-in would be $50.

Please take a look at the text of my original posting of this event below the separator line for all of the details related to this annual conference.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District LIbrary

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Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 26, 2015 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2015 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Alternative Search Strategies in Genealogy”

The guest speaker for the day will be George G. Morgan, President of Aha! Seminars, Inc. and co-host of the Genealogy Guys Podcast.  He will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Locating and Accessing Published Genealogies Online
  • Five Reasons the Records Aren’t in the Courthouse (and Where to Look)
  • Alternate Records You May Never Have Considered
  • Sidestep Genealogy

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:

2015 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 2015 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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, October 3, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Cemetery Sleuthing” By Kathy Kult

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, October 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, October 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.

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 Kathy Kult.    The speaker will present a program titled “Cemetery Sleuthing.

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

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

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Kathy Kult, 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 September 8, 2015

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 8, 2015:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 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, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

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

September 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “Today’s Immigration In Sweden” On Saturday, September 26, 2015, 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 September 2015 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, September 26, 2015 titled “Today’s Immigration in Sweden” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

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

At this genealogy session Kris Nicholson will be presenting on the topic of contemporary immigration in Sweden. Cost is free for Genealogy Center members; non-member cost is $10.

Reservations appreciated.

Note: The Nordic Family Genealogy Center is changing its name to the Swedish American Genealogical Society.

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 September 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago September 2015

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 September 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening September 8, 2015 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 8, 2015:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 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, as well as Colonial American. There will also be a Beginners Group as well as a “Share Your Family History Book/Report” table that will allow those that have created a Family History Book to share with others at the table how they created it.

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

Illinois State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 23, 2015 And Saturday, October 24, 2015 In Oak Lawn, IL; Conference Brochure Now Available

Hi Everyone,

illinoisgensoc-logoThe program brochure for the upcoming Illinois State Genealogical Society Annual Conference is now available from the Illinois State Genealogical society website.

The conference will take place on Friday, October 23, 2015 and Saturday, October 24, 2015.  Conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago/ Oak Lawn at 9333 S. Cicero Ave. in Oak Lawn, IL.  Phone number of the facility is 708-425-7800.  Rooms can be gotten at the facility for a $119 per night charge.

Here is a direct link to the brochure that contains all of the information of the events for the two-day conference in addition to the costs.

2015 Illinois State Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

You can also visit the general website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

I previously made a post letting readers know of the upcoming dates for this conference.  The details of the program were not available at that time.  The previous posting details follows after the separator line.

It really looks a conference that will have many top-notch speakers from the genealogical community.  Speakers noted are:

  • Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • Geoffrey Baer (Friday evening Dinner Speaker)
  • Tony Burroughs, FUGA
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Ruth Ann Abels Hager, CG, CGL
  • Carol Chandler
  • Grace DuMelle
  • George Findlen
  • Janis Minor Forte
  • Jane G. Haldeman
  • John C. Heider

Our Fall season in Illinois is not that far away.  Look at the full brochure in the link above.  This year’s conference is really in our own back yard in Oak Lawn.  Some of the previous conferences have taken place in more central and southern locations of Illinois.

I am sure there is some topic or topics of interest for you to consider attending.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone,

ISGS LogoI just noticed that there are dates noted for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference for 2015.  The dates noted are for Friday, October 23, 2015 and Saturday, October 24, 2015.  The conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago/ Oak Lawn in Oak Lawn, IL.

Details for the conference are still being worked out, but the dates are now set as is the location.

The blog of the Illinois State Genealogical society notes that room rates at the hotel are noted as $119 per night.

You can look at the blog posting describing the upcoming event here at:

http://ilgensoc.blogspot.com/2014/11/save-date-2015-fall-conference.html

Mark your calendar for these dates and see what the details will be unfolding for the programs and the speakers when they become available.

Check back with the Illinois State Genealogical Society in the future for details of the 2015 conference as they become available at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

You now have the dates and the location.  The location is certainly much closer to all of us rather than being outside the Chicago Metropolitan area.  This conference will be right in our own backyard (relatively speaking!).

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow August 11, 2015

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 11, 2015:

Jeff Bockman PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jeffrey Bockman. Jeffrey will present a program titled “Start Your Digging in 1940: Examine the 1940 Census for Information and Clues”.

This lecture will present information to the researcher about the data that can be found in the 1940 US Federal Census. Examine the 1940 Census for information and clues. Learn how to find them. Use them with: other records, directories, and maps; and to help find living people.

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.

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