Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having A PGSA Workshop On Saturday May 20, 2017 From 11 AM To 4PM At The NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL.; One Program Is A Webinar From Poland Presented By Tadeusz Pilat; 2nd Program Will Be Presented By Jason Kruski On Site

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received a program flyer from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming PGSA Workshop that will take place at the NIU Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL on Saturday, May 20, 2017 between 11 am to 4 pm.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the workshop and meet other members of the society in attendance.

The first presentation will be a “live” webinar consisting of two topics presented by Tadeusz Pilat from Poland.  He will have a program on “Notary Records in Poland” as well as a program on “Cadastral Maps”.

A second presentation will take place on-site at the conference center.  Jason Kruski will present an on-site program titled “Technological Advances in Polish-American Genealogy”.

The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register either for the webinar (if you will not be attending the conference in person) or the live on-site presentation .  Those physically in attendance at the NIU Center will be participating in both the live webinar and the live program on-site.

You can just participate in the online webinar if you choose and not attend the Workshop in person.

The fee structure is also based on being a member of the PGSA or not being a member of the society.

Attendance on-site is limited to 50 people and registration ends May 10, 2017.

Attendance to participate on the webinar if you will not be at the Conference Center itself has unlimited numbers to attend and no registration deadline.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For May 20, 2017 PGSA Workshop

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider attending this workshop and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topics being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

March 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for March 14, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2017 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 March 2017 Handouts for your convenience:

March 2017 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, March 14, 2017 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

March 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for March 14, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the March 2017 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 March 2017 Newsletter for your convenience:

March 2017 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, March 14, 2017 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 March 14, 2017

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, March 14, 2017:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Schaumburg Library’s Genealogist Tony Kierna will give a brief review of genealogical topics, then you can work in small groups based on nationality, skill level or project type to share your findings and learn more about your heritage.

Small groups include Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, Colonial American, DNA/Adoption and Beginners Group. (These groups may adjust based on attendance.)

Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet to share your information and research with others, or use the laptop connected to our projector.

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

March 18, 2017 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “What’s New In Technology” Presented By Ed Rosenthal

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, March 18, 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 “What’s New in Technology”.  Speaker for the program is Ed Rosenthal.

Program description is:

Ed Rosenthal will present his very popular annual survey of emerging technologies. Sharing of the insights he gains from keeping tabs on new developments in the computing and digital imaging scenes will provide us all with a glimpse of what new tools will soon be available to leverage our favorite obsession – genealogy!

Speaker information is:

Ed Rosenthal has served three terms as the President of CAGGNI and has been doing family research for over 20 years with Family Tree Maker and recently tracing his DNA. Ed has presented his research during his family’s 150th and 160th reunion in Germany.

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

Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On September 23, 2017 (Saturday); “Connecting Generations: DNA And Dirt”; Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG, Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 23, 2017 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2017 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Connecting Generations: DNA and Dirt”

The guest speaker for the day will be Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG,.  She will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • An Overview of Genetic Genealogy
  • Autosomal DNA Data: Working the Results
  • Essential Research: Collateral Lines
  • Westward Ho! Understanding the Federal Land System

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Here is a PDF document from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society website that contains all of the details of the program, including location, lunch information, pricing, registration form, plus some biographical information for the speaker as well as a small description of each of the programs.  You can access this PDF at:

2017 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming Fall 2017 program in Naperville, IL.  Take a look at all of the details in the above PDF brochure.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 14, 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, March 14, 2017:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Schaumburg Library’s Genealogist Tony Kierna will give a brief review of genealogical topics, then you can work in small groups based on nationality, skill level or project type to share your findings and learn more about your heritage.

Small groups include Polish, Czech, German, Irish, British, Italian, Scandinavian, Colonial American, DNA/Adoption and Beginners Group. (These groups may adjust based on attendance.)

Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet to share your information and research with others, or use the laptop connected to our projector.

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