Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG); Group Is Meeting At The Schaumburg Township District Library On Saturday July 16, 2016 From 12:45 PM To 2:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

CAGGNI logoAncestry.com announced in December 2015 that it will be “retiring” their lineage software program Family Tree Maker.  If you are a user of the product you may be uncertain how that decision does or does not affect you as a user of Family Tree Maker.

Perhaps the Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) can be of immense assistance to you.  The CAGGNI group has had a Family Tree Maker SIG for quite some time.  Perhaps you did not take advantage of this resource in the past.  Perhaps now would be the time if you are in a state of confusion on all things related to Family Tree Maker lineage software.

The Family Tree Maker SIG of CAGGNI is having their next meeting on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at our own library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg,IL.  They will be meeting between 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM.

You can see details of this event in the CAGGNI Calendar of Events at:

July 16, 2016 Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the Schaumburg Township District Library

The CAGGNI group will be having their regularly scheduled program also on this date at the same location.  Their regular program will start at 10:30 AM and is titled “Who Got the Family Album?: Digitizing and Sharing Family Artifacts”.  The speakers will be Mary Hoyer, Larry Olson and Michelle Wilson, members of the organization.

You can make it a long day if you wanted to attend both the SIG and the regular CAGGNI program.

All guests are welcome to attend either program.  You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI in order to attend.  I am sure if you attended and were not a member you may very well think of becoming a member of this wonderful genealogical organization.

You can also check out the CAGGNI group website itself at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Let the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI make some sense of the “retirement” of Family Tree Maker for you as a current user of the product.  With Ancestry announcing it will no longer sell FTM after Dec. 31, 2015, and end support on Jan. 1, 2017, the group will be exploring what comes next, including the ongoing development of FTM by Software MacKiev and a future connection between RootsMagic software and Ancestry.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Re-Post Reminder: McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 9, 2016 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL

Hi Everyone,

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoJust wanted to remind you that the McHenry  County Genealogical Society will be having their annual all-day Conference this Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.  I went to their website and did not see anything that would indicate the program has reached its attendance limit.  For those that would be walk-ins to attend it would be good to know if registration levels had been reached.  They could turn you away in such a case because there is simply no room left.

I have attended many conferences as a walk-in and always was able to get in without a problem.  Of course you pay a higher fee but that is the trade-off for coming in at the last-minute.  All of the discounted fees occurs months before the actual event during registration.

What follows after the separator line is my original posting with all of the information regarding this soon to be conference this Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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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 9, 2016, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “MCIGS 2016 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 5 speakers making presentations:

  • D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Jennifer Holik
  • Tony Burroughs
  • Tina Beaird

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

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 is done prior to April 1, 2016.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before April 1, 2016 – $40
  • Non-members registering before April 1, 2016 – $50
  • All registration between April 2, 2016 through June 15, 2016  – $60
  • Registration after June 15, 2016 and Walk-Ins – $70

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to June 16, 2016.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after June 16, 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 9, 2016 “MCIGS 2016 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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening July 12, 2016 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, July 12, 2016:

Caron Primas Brennan

Caron Primas Brennan

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 8 p.m. Association of Professional Genealogists’ Caron Primas Brennan shares her expansive knowledge of genealogy, especially Ancestry.com’s family trees.

Guest presenter CaronPrimas Brennan loves history, biography, puzzles and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited to genealogy! Caron has been researching her family history since a 6th grade school project got her interested. She uses Family Tree Maker and Ancestry.com to share with others in her family. Caron is the former Newsletter Editor for CAGGNI and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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

July 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; July 23, 2016 Genealogy Program; Get Help To Get Past Your Research Problems

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 July 2016 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, July 23, 2016 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  It does not look to be  a speaker program but rather a session designed to help you overcome your research dilemmas in your Swedish research.  Members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society can attend for free.  Non-members can attend for a $10 fee.  Reservations for attendance are appreciated.

From the newsletter, here is a description of the program:

“Hitting brick walls in your genealogy research? We might have the solutions you need! This session will focus on providing help for your genealogical quandaries. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations appreciated.”

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 July 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago July 2016

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 July 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday July 9, 2016

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, July 9, 2016 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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

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CAGGNI genomic genealogy group continues into its second year. This group focuses on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results. Throughout the year we will study 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:  Al & Michelle Wilson

More information: DNA Special Interest Group

Best regards,
CAGGNI

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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

Genealogy Roadshow 2016 Season 3 ; Episodes 3-7 Available For Free To Watch

Hi Everyone!

Genealogy Roadshow PBS LogoGenealogy Roadshow has been up and running on PBS this summer.  The successful genealogy TV show is currently in Season 3.

Perhaps you have missed some of the episodes that have been aired.  Normal original airing on the local PBS station of WTTW is Tuesday evenings at 8 PM Chicago time.

If you want to do a mini-binge watch to catch up with the 5 most recently aired episodes of Season 3, you can connect with PBS to see them.  Episodes for 2016 that have so far aired based on origin of city where they took place are:

  • Season 3 Episode 1 2016 Albuquerque (Available Only Through PBS Membership)
  • Season 3 Episode 2 2016 Miami (Available Only Through PBS Membership)
  • Season 3 Episode 3 2016 Houston (View for Free)
  • Season 3 Episode 4 2016 Favorite Stories (View for Free)
  • Season 3 Episode 5 2016 Boston (View for Free)
  • Season 3 Episode 6 2016 Providence (View for Free)
  • Season 3 Episode 7 2016 Los Angeles (View for Free)

You get to view the above noted full hour shows for free at PBS at the following:

2016 Genealogy Roadshow Episodes To View For Free

You can view the 5 most recently aired episodes for the current season for free.  You will see that there are previous season episodes of the show in full-time viewing length at the website.  However, you would need to be member of PBS in order to view these.

So, if you want to catch up with season 3 episodes 3 to 7 you can do so for free.  Previous season episodes can only be viewed  through membership.

Here is a great opportunity to view shows you may have never seen while so much else on TV is in rerun versions.

Have a mini-binge watch!  It will make you feel good!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

September 24, 2016 Genealogy Program At The Swedish American Museum; Gail Lukasik Will Present “How PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow Solved Author’s Family Mystery”

Hi Everyone,

Swedish American Museum LogoI just received a notice from the Swedish American Genealogical Society of an upcoming Genealogy Program that will take place on Saturday morning, September 24, 2016 at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL between 10 am to 12 noon.

Members of the society can attend at no cost.

Non-members of the society are invited to attend.  However, there is a $10 fee for non-members of the society to attend.

Gail Lukasik will present a program titled “How PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow Solved Author’s Family Mystery”.

You can see all of the details for this upcoming program in the included PDF “flyer” for the program provided to me by the society including background information about the presenter right below:

September 24, 2016 Genealogy Program From the Swedish American Genealogical Society

It is never too early to mark your calendar for such an event.

Check out the website for the Swedish American Museum where you can connect to the Nordic Family Genealogy Center that is part of the museum at:

Swedish American Museum

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library