Nordic Family Genealogy Center Of The Swedish American Museum Announces Upcoming Genealogy Programs For July 2015 To November 2015

Hi Everyone!

Swedish American Museum LogoThe Swedish American Museum has shared with me what are the balance of the upcoming Genealogy Programs that will be offered by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center for July 2015 to November 2015.

Programs will take place at the Swedish American Museum that is located at 5211 N. Clark St. in Chicago, IL.  A phone number of the museum to contact them at is 773-728-8111.  An email address to reach them at is museum@samac.org.

You can visit the website of the Swedish American Museum through which you can connect to the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at:

Swedish American Museum Of Chicago, IL

Here are the details of the programs coming up as provided to me from the Swedish American Museum.  List of upcoming programs and other pertinent information about the group appears after the separator line:

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The Nordic Family Genealogy Center: Upcoming Events

The Genealogy Center hosts genealogy sessions from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday of each month excluding June and December. Check the website for any exceptions or updates.

July 25 “Current State of Swedish Organizations” presented by Janet Nelson

Aug. 22 “National Archives – Great Lakes Region” presented by Ellen Kondrot

Sept. 26 “Today’s Immigration in Sweden” presented by Kris Nicholson

Oct. 24 “Writing a Family History” presented by Dan Hubbard

Nov. 21 Discussing Our Own Family Histories

Cost is free for Genealogy Center members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations appreciated. You may email the Genealogy Center at genealogy@samac.org to RSVP or ask any questions you may have about sessions or call the Museum at 773.728.8111 and leave a message for the Genealogy Center volunteer, or visit SwedishAmericanMuseum.org/genealogy.

Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
(P) 773.728.8111 (F) 773.728.8870 (E) museum@samac.org
www.SwedishAmericanMuseum.org

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Normally I receive program notices for the next upcoming program.  I am glad the organization has provided these for the balance of 2015 for me to share with you.

This is an organization to connect with if you are doing Swedish family history.  They do offer a great deal of information and resources to the Swedish researcher.

Check them out!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Smallest Cemetery In Chicago!; Do You Know Where It Is? It Even Connects Back To Napoleon!

Hi Everyone,

Cemetery Headstones Clip ArtOnce again one of my wonderful colleagues shared with me some insights into cemeteries that exist in the city of Chicago.  We often think of historical cemeteries that still exist within the current boundaries of Chicago as containing hundreds and thousands of burials across many acres of land.  Yet his sharing with me was related to the “smallest” cemetery in Chicago.  That caught my attention because it sounded like a great game question that would be asked on some kind of TV show.

My colleague also has a connection to all things “Napoleon”.  His knowledge of Napoleon is deep and wide.  He shared this “smallest” cemetery information with me because for him it has a “Napoleon” connection but for genealogists it has a connection because it is related to being a “cemetery”.

And we all know how genealogists like cemeteries!!

I am not going to give you the details in this blog post directly that would spoil your own discovery of the information.  I will give you the link that came from “Chicago History Today” on the internet that was shared with me by my colleague.  I found this fascinating to read!

Check out the story about Chicago’s “smallest” cemetery here:

Chicago’s Smallest Cemetery

It was just a fun thing to hear about and read about.  I think you will also enjoy adding on another bit of trivial genealogical knowledge to your repertoire of all of your other genealogy knowledge!

So now you are prepared to provide an answer if that question ever comes up in genealogical conversation in the Chicago area.

Let me see …. I wonder what the “largest” cemetery is in the city of Chicago??

And on and on and on!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

June 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for June 9, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the June 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the June 2015 Handouts for your convenience:

June 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, June 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the handouts online or you can save them as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

You will also note that I  “highlight” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of Contents.

Please note that you can access directly any and all URL Links that you find within the Handouts PDF.  You can get directly to the website being mentioned from within the handout being mentioned.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

June 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for June 9, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the June 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the June 2015 Newsletter for your convenience:

June 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, June 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the newsletter online or you can save it as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

Please note that the Newsletter has Bookmarks and Hyperlinks within the document to make for fast navigation from within the Table of Contents.  You can quickly get to the spots that interest you from the Table of Contents.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow June 9, 2015

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, June 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 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 laptop or netbook or tablet 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

Re-Post Reminder: June 6, 2015 Upcoming Genealogy Program Offered By The Chicago Genealogical Society At The Newberry Library In Chicago, IL

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to create a re-post reminder for an upcoming genealogy program being offered by the Chicago Genealogical Society this Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Newberry Library at 1:30 PM.

The program is titled “CSI Meets Genealogy”.  The presenter for this program is Gerry Schmidt.

The initial posting follows after the separator line.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoI just received a couple of notices from the Chicago Genealogical Society about 2 upcoming programs they will be offering at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL..

The programs are “free” and open to the public.

One program will be on May 2, 2015 and the other will be on June 6, 2015.

Each program starts at 1:30 PM.

Here are links to the PDF flyers they provided to for these programs.

May 2, 2015 Genealogy Program From The Chicago Genealogical Society

June 6, 2015 Genealogy Program From The Chicago Genealogical Society

All programs meet at the Newberry Library on the Saturdays noted from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  The library is located at 60 W. Walton St in Chicago, IL.

You can visit the web site of the Chicago Genealogical Society at:

Chicago Genealogical Society

You can visit the Newberry Library web site at:

Newberry Library

See if the programs are of interest to you.  It might be a great experience to connect with the society and the Newberry Library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

United States National Archives YouTube Channel; Many Genealogy Videos Within The National Archives Channel

Hi Everyone!

National Archives LogoOne of my colleagues shared a link with me to the National Archives on one subject that led me to look around for some other resources that can be helpful to genealogists.  But then again, just about anything at the National Archives that relates to the history of the country can be beneficial to genealogy researchers.

I also did notice that there is a United States National Archives channel on YouTube.

You can view all that is within the United States National Archives YouTube Channel at:

United States National Archives YouTube Channel

When you first peruse all that is there you will find lots and lots of materials.  I did a little more of a refined search and started searching for items of genealogical interest within the entire National Archives channel on YouTube using the search term “genealogy” within the search box to search the channel.

The results of this search also provided me with many wonderful items that areYouTube Logo genealogically related that are contained in the channel.

Here is a link to the “Genealogy” items within the United States National Archives YouTube Channel:

Genealogy Items Within The United States National Archives YouTube Channel

Items come up with and without having the word “genealogy” in the title.  The National Archives must be “tagging” or giving the items a note of being also under the umbrella of “genealogy” that you cannot determine from just looking at the item in the results list.  That is how my search using the term “genealogy” discovered them.

You will find many items of interest within the total National Archives channel.  I just find it interesting to see the varied topics that exist, many of which have rather lengthy videos to view.

I just wanted to make you aware of what is another great genealogical resource on YouTube specifically contained within the National Archives channel.

It is just fun to look through all the varied topics.  Something will jump out at you for you to click on and view.  I started clicking away at many of the small videos on preservation activities related to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library