Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, February 6, 2016 At 10:00 AM; “Irish Emigrants To North America: Before, During And After The Famine” Presented By Paul Milner

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, February 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, February 6, 2016 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 Paul Milner.    The speaker will present a program titled “Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) February 6, 2016 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Paul Milner, 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 – RootsTech 2016 Will Take Place February 3- 6, 2016 In Salt Lake City, UT; See What It Is All About By Viewing Selected Videos From The 2015 Conference On Various Programs; Some Classes To Be Available For Online Streaming From Upcoming 2016 Conference

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoJust a reminder that the 2016 version of RootsTech will take place on February 3 to February 6, 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dick Eastman just had a recent post about the upcoming 2016 conference.  You can see that post with the information here:

January 8, 2016 Dick Eastman Post Reporting On Upcoming 2016 RootsTech

This has proven to be  a wildly successful major genealogical conference that brings together genealogy researchers and genealogy software developers under one roof.  Dick Eastman reported in a March 18, 2015 blog post that 23,918 people attended the 2015 RootsTech conference.  Here is a link to Dick Eastman’s blog post reporting on information from the previous 2015 conference:

March 18, 2015 Dick Eastman Blog Post About RootsTech 2015

You can view the conference website for information about this 2016 RootsTech Conference at:

RootsTech 2016

If you want to know more about what RootsTech in general is all about, visit the following link to a series of 20 Videos produced by RootsTech from their 2015 program.   These are videos of stunning quality!  I think you may want to look at what the videos showcase about what RootsTech is all about.  They may not all be at a very specific research level, they are often at a “larger view” of what technical developments are occurring that connect to genealogical research.

You can really get the “big picture” by looking at any one of the videos.

Take a look at these videos at:

2015 RootsTech Videos

Enjoy the 2015 videos.

Consider going to Salt Lake City, UT to connect with the soon to take place 2016 version of RootsTech!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers A Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (SIG); This Group Could Be Helpful Knowing That Ancestry.com Is “Retiring” Family Tree Maker; Group Is Meeting At The Bloomingdale Public Library On Saturday January 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 this coming Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Bloomingdale Public Library located at 101 Fairfield Way in Bloomingdale, 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:

January 16, 2016 Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group of CAGGNI Meeting at the Bloomingdale Public 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 “Publishing Your Book: Tips and Tricks for the Writer”.  The speaker will be Regina Yuill, a member 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.  Put your mind at ease by getting the real low down on what you should be aware of as Family Tree Maker is put to pasture over the next year!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for January 12, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2016 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 January 2016 Handouts for your convenience:

January 2016 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, January 12, 2016 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

January 2016 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for January 12, 2016 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2016 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 January 2016 Newsletter for your convenience:

January 2016 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, January 12, 2016 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 January 12, 2016

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, January 12, 2016:

Grace DuMelle (Photo by Bob Nick and Liz Sloan)

Grace DuMelle (Photo by Bob Nick and Liz Sloan)

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the Rasmussen South Meeting Room on the 2nd floor. The guest speaker for the evening will be Grace DuMelle. Grace will present a program titled “Chicago Genealogy 101”.

Learn the challenges of searching for Windy City relations, such as address and street name changes and scores of unindexed newspapers. Then discover some resources family historians often overlook: fire insurance maps, inquest records, and probate cases. Grace will offer copies of her book, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors, after the program.

Grace DuMelle has been a professional researcher since 1995, helping clients from all over the United States and several foreign countries. Her firm, Heartland Historical Research Service, has assisted the United States Department of Justice and Graystone Communications (parent company of The History Channel), among others.

Heartland’s projects have taken Grace to the Library of Congress and the National Archives as well as facilities throughout the greater Chicago area.

Since 2001, Grace has also been on staff at the Newberry Library in Chicago, one of the country’s foremost genealogical libraries. Guiding beginners to discoveries about their families is something she greatly enjoys. Her experience on both sides of the reference desk — as a staffer and as a researcher — influenced the very practical, hands-on approach of her book, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County. It has received state, regional and national awards for instructional nonfiction, and is now in its second printing from Lake Claremont Press in Chicago.

Grace is an alumna of Rosary College (now Dominican University) and the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research. Media appearances include WGN Radio, WLS TV, WGN TV, Chicago magazine, Real Simple, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Weekend. Conference appearances include Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International 2013, Wisconsin State Genealogical Society 2014, and National Genealogical Society 2006.

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

January 2016 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “Updates To Arkiv Digital And Lesser Used Records” On Saturday, January 23, 2016, 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 January 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

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2016 titled “Updates to Arkiv Digital and Lesser Used Records ” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

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

“This presentation by Kathy Meade, North American representative for ArkivDigital, will explore the various updates made recently to ArkivDigital as well as lesser used records. Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; non-members pay $10. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.”

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 January 2016 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago January 2016

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 January 2016.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library