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New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, April 9, 2017, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Smokey Robinson Is The Featured “Star” Of The Research

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, April 9, 2017, at 9 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature singer Smokey Robinson.

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

Five episodes of the new season have already aired on TLC.  The first episode featured Courtney Cox.  The second episode featured Julie Bowen.  The third episode featured Jennifer Grey.  The fourth was Noah Wylie.  The fifth was Jessica Biel.

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

You can see these first five episodes of the new season on TLC.  Check out the site for “Who Do You Think You Are?” above.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “new” episode in its original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)

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 Sunday evening, April 9, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about singer Smokey Robinson.

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:

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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.

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

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,
CAGGNI
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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:

www.caggni.org/Allen 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

New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, March 26, 2017, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Noah Wylie Is The Featured “Star” Of The Research

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, March 26, 2017, at 9 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature actor Noah Wylie.

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

Three episodes of the new season have already aired on TLC.  The first episode featured Courtney Cox.  The second episode featured Julie Bowen.  The third episode featured Jennifer Grey.

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

You can see these first three episodes of the new season on TLC.  Check out the site for “Who Do You Think You Are?” above.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “new” episode in its original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)

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 Sunday evening, March 26, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about actor Noah Wylie.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Episode Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” On Sunday Evening, March 19, 2017, At 9 PM Central Time On TLC; Jennifer Grey Is The Featured “Star” Of The Research

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that a new episode for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be airing on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, March 19, 2017, at 9 PM Central time.

The new episode for this new season will feature actress Jennifer Grey.

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

Two episodes of the new season have already aired on TLC.  The first episode featured Courtney Cox.  The second episode featured Julie Bowen.

TLC is actually making available a few of the previously aired shows in their full run time at the TLC site.  So you can actually watch some full episodes without having to go to iTunes to make purchases of previously aired shows.

You can see these first two episodes of the new season on TLC.  Check out the site for “Who Do You Think You Are?” above.

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch the “new” episode in its original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)

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 Sunday evening, March 19, 2017 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable and see what has been discovered about actress Jennifer Grey.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

FREE Access To All Irish Resources On AmericanAncestors.org From March 15-22, 2017

Hi Everyone!

While perusing through some online material at Dick Eastman’s blog website, I came across this very timely notice.

From March 15, 2017 through March 22, 2017, in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, the databases commonly referred to as American Ancestors at AmericanAncestors.org will be allowing FREE access to the Irish records in their database collections.  These databases are offered through the New England Historic Genealogy Society (NEHGS).

March 15, 2017 Through March 22, 2017 FREE Access To Irish Records At AmericanAncestors.org From The New England Historic Genealogy Society (NEHGS)

Access will require registration with NEHGS as a free guest user.

Check out all of the details in the link above to Dick Eastman’s article.

Our library subscribes and provides access to all of the American Ancestors databases all of the time.  You need to be present in our library in order to access these databases.  License agreements with NEHGS does not allow us to provide access to the databases to our library card holders at home.

So, take advantage of the free access to the Irish databases from home for this short window of free access.

Also take advantage of the American Ancestors databases offered by our library for in-house use. Use the computers located behind the “Ask Us” desk on the 2nd floor of our library.  Ask our librarians at that desk for any help to access our American Ancestors database when you are in our library.

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

Irish Genealogy Workshop And Webinar From Fountaindale Public Library March 15, 2017 And March 16, 2017 In Bolingbrook; Free And Open To The Public; Registration Required; Recorded Programs Will Be Available Online At A Later Date For A Short Time Interval

Hi Everyone!

Fountaindale LogoDebra Dudek,  librarian at the Fountaindale Public Library, has made me aware that there is a wonderful Irish Genealogy Workshop and  Webinar that is coming up and was put together by the Fountaindale Public Library of Bolingbrook and the  Ulster Historical Foundation.

Ulster Historical Foundation LogoThe program will take place over two days on March 15, 2017 and March 16, 2017.  The March 15, 2017 all-day program, between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, is titled “Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success!”.  The March 16, 2017 program takes place between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm and is titled “Irish Famine and Emigration Records”.

The programs will take place at the Fountaindale Public Library District located at 300 W. Briarcliff Rd. in Bolingbrook, IL

The event is free and is open to the public.

It does appear you can register for either program or both.  You are not required to participate in both programs.

For all of the details regarding these programs connect via the Fountaindale Public Library  Genealogy Blog at:

March 15, 2017 and March 16, 2017 Irish Genealogy Workshop and Webinar from the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, IL

Registration is required.  Walk-Ins may not be allowed.

Please note that as of this blog post, registration is already full if you wanted to participate in-person for the workshops.  However, there is ample space remaining to register to participate via the online streaming of either of the webinars.

From the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog, please note the following regarding the on-site program as well as the on-site Webinar overflow:

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The program is free, however in-person attendee space is limited to 75 participants in Meeting Room A, and an overflow webinar area for 35 in the 2nd Floor Board Room.

Due to the popularity of this event, walk-in registration may not be available. Reserve your space in the program online or call the Fountaindale Public Library 3rd Floor Reference Desk at (630) 685-4176.

In-person participants will enjoy light snacks, handouts, door prizes, and the opportunity to purchase Ulster Historical Society books during the program. Participants are asked to bring a seat cushion and a brown bag lunch or to pre-order a box lunch from Brooks Cafe or by calling  (630) 685-4295.  Download the lunch order form here: brooks-cafe-genealogy-box-lunch

Register online for Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success Live Workshop
Register online for Famine Era Records and Emigration Live Workshop

Online Webinar Available!
Can’t attend the presentation in person? No problem! Both programs will be available for free as a streaming webinar on YouTube!  Free reminder event and registration for the webinar is available on our site.

Register for Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success online webinar reminder
Register for Famine Era Records and Emigration online webinar reminder

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If you cannot attend in person, you will have the capability to view the recorded programs online.  As in the past, the online access to the recorded programs is only made available for about 1 month after the programs take place.  You will need to view them during this short window of availability.

Just stay connected to the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog at:

Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog

for further information regarding this 2 day Irish Genealogy event as well as the ability to access the recorded programs via Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy and Research Blog or YouTube.

If you are interested in attending then get yourself registered.  (Online streaming webinar access only available as of this blog post.) If you can’t attend get a reminder when the recorded programs will be available online for you to view during a limited time.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library