Category Archives: Program Notices

April 15, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Researching Italian Records” Presented By Dan Niemiec

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, April 15, 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 “Researching Italian Records”.  Speaker for the program is Dan Niemiec.

Program description is:

Many people with Italian ancestors don’t read Italian, and thus they don’t try to research Italian civil or church records.  Dan will show you that you can learn to find the genealogical information without reading every word on every page.  He will show you an overview of common document formats and indexes so you can work with them easily.

Speaker information is:

Daniel Niemiec has been the monthly Italian genealogy columnist for Fra Noi for the past 12 years. He has researched his family for 26 years and has traced his Italian roots back to the mid 1600’s. By tracing the descendants of those ancestors he has well over 80,000 known relatives.

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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Taking A “Road Trip” To The Allen County Public Library In Fort Wayne, IN From June 16, 2017 To June 17, 2017

Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoJust received some “road trip” information from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI).

The group has plans to make a “road trip” to the Allen County Public Library from June 16, 2017 to June 17, 2017.

Non-members of the group are invited to participate for a small fee.

Here are the details of the trip as provided to me from CAGGNI:


Join CAGGNI on a Road Trip to the
Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN

The events include:

  • Two days of research, June 16-17, Friday-Saturday
  • Check-in Thursday evening, June 15
  • Registration fee: $10 members / $15 guests
  • Library orientation tour by the ACPL staff Friday morning
  • ACPL librarians available to assist researchers
  • Group rate of $136 ($119 plus tax) per night at the Hilton Fort Wayne for June 15 and 16 (details below) if booked by May 19.


**CAGGNI is hosting a pre-trip workshop on Saturday, April 22, at the Schaumburg Township Library. Open to all!**

CAGGNI is also facilitating a dinner Friday, June 16, at Don Hall’s Old Gas House, 305 E. Superior St., Fort Wayne, a 15-minute walk from the Library. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their own meal, drinks and tip.

All trip participants are responsible for:

  • Making travel arrangements to Fort Wayne
  • Paying for meals, transportation, etc. 
  • Making and paying for hotel arrangements
  • Incidentals such as photocopies
  • CAGGNI will assist in room-share and car pool arrangements.

If you have questions, contact

To book at the Hilton Fort Wayne, call 260-420-1100 and mention the group name “CAGGNI,” or book online here.  Note that special rates are not available after May 19. 

For more information and online registration: SPECIAL EVENT: 2017 Road Trip – Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN

Best regards,

Please note that transportation and all costs are your responsibility should you want to participate.  Non-members are welcome to participate for a $15 fee.

Take a look at the CAGGNI website for information about the group and the CAGGNI Registration Page for this special Road Trip to the Wisconsin Historical Society.  Visit the registration page at: County Public Library Trip Registration Page

Browse around the rest of their website if you are not familiar with them and their activities.  CAGGNI is a very vibrant genealogy group that offers many diverse programs for its members and those who would like to become members.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening April 11, 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, April 11, 2017:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Barbara Peterson. Barbara will present a program titled “Ancestral Stories, Fact or Fiction?: Researching the Legends”.

We all have great stories of our ancestors. Military heroes? Scoundrels? Stowaways? Sea Captains? Sounds good. But are they real? Maybe we just want to let the stories exist. Maybe you really want to know. Barbara will provide us with a case study review on just such an ancestor. Hear how she went about substantiating the story or perhaps even refuting it.

Barbara Peterson has been an active participant at our monthly genealogy programs. Her research skills have developed over time from a novice researcher to a highly skilled researcher. She has also become an expert on genealogical DNA and has previously presented a program on that topic at our library. This program’s case study is based on research she provided to a client.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, April 1, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “What’s New On The Internet?” Presented By Caron Primas Brennan

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, April 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, April 1, 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 Caron Primas Brennan.    The speaker will present a program titled “What’s New on the Internet?.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) April 1, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Caron Primas Brennan, 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

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 8, 2017 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL; Discounts Available For Early Registration; Top Notch Speakers And Programs; Program Links Included

Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) that they will be offering an all-day genealogy conference on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “MCIGS 2017 Summer Conference”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day all four of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from.

There will be 4 speakers making presentations:

  • Mary M. Tedesco (hostess, Genealogy Roadshow on PBS)
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Paul Milner
  • Michael Lacopo

Vendors will also be present for you to check out all kinds of genealogical material to purchase to help you in your own research.

The society will actually be trying something new for this conference.  A “Genealogy Help Desk” will be staffed by members of the McHenry County Genealogical Society during session breaks and lunch to help those in attendance who might have genealogical questions.  You will even be able to sign up for a 15 minute session with one of the volunteers to seek research help.

Pre-program registration is encouraged.  Discounts are given if you are an existing McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society member.  Discounts are also given if registration to members of the society  if registration is done prior to April 1, 2017.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before April 1, 2017 – $50
  • Non-members registering before April 1, 2017 – $60
  • All registration between April 2, 2017 through June 15, 2017  – $70
  • Registration after June 15, 2017 and Walk-Ins – $80

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to June 16, 2017.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after June 17, 2016 or for walk-ins.

Here is a link to the portion of the MCIGS website that contains all of the information you need for the conference, especially the individual programs being offered as well as the biographical information for the speakers and registration information.  You can reach the society information for this event at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society July 8, 2017 “MCIGS 2017 Summer Conference”

Please also pay a visit to the main website for the society to find out more about the society and the services they offer to members and non-members at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Mark your calendars for this upcoming program.  I have already added it to the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  It sure looks like there are great speakers offering a wide variety of programs that will help novice researchers through expert researchers.  Be sure you go to the conference link noted above for a full detailed listing of the programs available to choose from.

Time flies on our calendars!  The details are all here with this society for this annual conference.  They put on a great program with fantastic speakers plus they are not that far away in Crystal Lake, IL.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

There Will Be No Genealogy Program Tonight, March 14, 2017; Our Entire Main Library Location Has Closed For The Balance Of The Rest Of The Day And Night Due To A Nearby Water Main Break

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I am sorry to report that there will not be a Genealogy Program this evening as is normally scheduled.


I was actually just in my car starting to drive in to work when I received a call from my Reference Department manager.  She told me what was just occurring at the library.  Plans were being made to close the main library down for the rest of our normally scheduled open hours.  I was told not to come into work tonight because our facility will soon be closed.

Our main library web site is sharing this news also that our main library building is now closed.

Since our Genealogy Program is categorized as a “drop in” program with no registration required to attend, this blog post will have to serve as the best method of getting the word out to subscribers to the blog that there will be no genealogy program tonight because our library building is  closed for the rest of the day due to the water main break.  We do not know who would be intending to come to the program since there is no registration and consequently no way we could contact those to let them know the library will be closed.

I apologize in advance for this disappointing news and I do hope this will not be disruptive for those of you that were planning on dropping in tonight.  I also apologize in advance to those that may try to attend our Genealogy Program tonight only to discover upon arrival that our building is closed due to the water main break emergency.

We will just make the best of it and reconvene next month.

Thanks for understanding.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Family History Library Classes And Webinars Schedules Via FamilySearch Wiki; Can Attend Programs In Person (Salt Lake City) Or Online Via Registration; Some Previously Recorded Webinars Available To View; Handouts From Past Classes/Webinars Available

Hi Everyone!

One of my genealogy librarian colleagues shared some information about some upcoming British Isles research classes being offered by the Family History Library.  These classes will occur between March 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017.  There are 2 classes scheduled for each of the above dates in the range.  First class for the day starts at 1 PM (Mountain Time), followed by the second class at 2 PM (Mountain Time).

The British Isles Research Seminar for the above days is currently highlighted when you access it from the link below.

These are classes that you can attend in person at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT OR you can attend these programs ONLINE.

My point here is that for the immediacy of any interest in British Isles research check out these programs since the dates are coming up very soon.

More importantly, all of this information about Family History Library classes and webinars that are coming up as well as those previously presented can be found from within the Family History Library Wiki for this topic at:

Family History Library Classes and Webinars

They currently are showing the programs they have coming up for March and April 2017.  There are literally programs each and every day.  The classes are identified by “skill level” for the researcher.  Just about all of the classes are noted as intended for “Beginners”.  For April 2017 there are about 4 of the scheduled programs identified as for “intermediates”.

The topics span all aspects of genealogical research that you can learn from.  Some are of a broader nature such as how to use the FamilySearch Catalog effectively.  Some are what I would categorize as being for a very small niche such as “The Value of Danish Military Levying Rolls”.

You can also access information on the description of the class as well as who is presenting it and their background biography.

This looks like a wonderful source of classes/webinars that could really help you with your research.  This Wiki entry is well-worth bookmarking for future use when the urge strikes you to want to learn something more about a genealogical topic relative to your own research needs.

Also, the Family History Library has grouped their previously presented classes/webinars under broader terms such as “Scandinavian Research Webinars”, “British Isles Research Webinars” etc. to allow you to easily discover what are the programs under this broader topic category.

And there is more!  You can access all of the handouts associated with any of these previously presented classes/webinars.  Just looking under my own personal interest for “Polish Research Webinars” I saw that there are handouts currently for 15 classes/webinars on the subject.  It does note that it takes about 4 weeks after a program/webinar is presented for it to become available in the previously presented grouping of these programs.

And you can even view some of the previously presented classes themselves.

I am very impressed with the wealth of material for these programs/webinars that spans a broad range of genealogical topics.

Even if you cannot or do not want to participate in one of these programs in person or online, you should definitely check out some of the previously presented ones just to see the handouts associated with the program.  The handout alone could be very helpful to you.

Still, there is nothing like being able to hear a fully presented program from a knowledgeable presenter and also then receive their handouts.

Check out this Wiki entry on all of the upcoming programs offered by the Family History Library as well as check out the previously presented programs under the categories that pertain to your own research interests.

I think you will like what you see.

See what you think.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library