March 17, 2018 (Saturday) 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 on Saturday, March 17, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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 in 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 tracking his DNA.  Ed has presented his research during his family’s 150th and 160th reunion in Germany. 

Ed is employed by PepsiCo International in Chicago and is responsible for managing the planning of the deployment activities of SAP in South America, Europe and Asia.  Ed has held similar positions with Rockwell, Motorola and NEC with over thirty years of experience directing engineering and software projects. Previously, Ed has built several television stations and worked on TV shows such as Phil Donahue, Dinah Shore and Al McGuire with Sports.  He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a Master’s Degree in Project Management (MPM) from Keller.      

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


Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening March 13, 2018 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 13, 2018:

Share your love of family and cultural history at this informal program. Our 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 and Beginners Group. (These groups may adjust based on attendance.) A DNA/Adoption group has recently been added.

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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering All Day Genealogy Conference On Saturday June 23, 2018; Program Is Titled “GeneaQuest 2018; Building Your Genealogy Skills”; Program Location Is The NIU Conference Center In Hoffman Estates, IL

Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoI am happy to announce that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) will be holding an upcoming all-day genealogy conference.

The conference is titled “GeneaQuest 2018: Building Your Genealogy Skills”.

The conference will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the NIU Conference Center at 5555 Trillium Boulevard, Hoffman Estates IL between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Featured speakers for the day will be:

  • James M. Baker
  • Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Jane G. Haldeman
  • Marty Acks
  • Robert Allen
  • Liz Ross
  • Jacqueline Krieps Schattner

Here is a link to the CAGGNI website that can provide you with all the information regarding the conference speakers, programs, and location:

June 23, 2018 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference Programs, Speakers Location

Visit the following part of the CAGGNI site to find out information about the conference registration, cost etc.

June 23, 2018 CAGGNI GeneaQuest Conference Registration and Cost Information

So mark your calendar for this upcoming event being held by a great local genealogical society.

Congratulations to the CAGGNI group!

This organization is really clicking on all cylinders!

You can visit the organization at their main website to find out even more about the organization and the resources they have available at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

If you have never attended a local, all-day genealogy conference, this is certainly one to consider.   Non-stop genealogy all day!

Best wishes for a truly great all-day local genealogy conference!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“NEW” Genealogy Tutorial Video I Created; “How To Determine If Digital Data Is Available From FamilySearch”; 5 Minute Quick Tip!; View The Video Right In This Post; CHECK IT OUT!

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I am starting to create some new genealogy tutorial videos on a variety of subjects.  It has been a while since my last creation.  Since then some of our own internal library guidelines for creating such videos have changed.  Our guideline now expects a limitation of about 5 minutes for the length of these videos.

This is not a problem and actually is a good thing.  First, it allows me to really hone in to a key topic.  Previously, I tried to cover all bases on a topic.  If I were speaking about Newspaper, I wanted to review each and every component of that databases.  I accomplished that but it may have taken 30 minutes of recording tutorial to do that.  So with a 5 minute target limitation, I can now pick one key component and create a 5 minute tutorial.  I can then select another key component of the product and create still another tutorial.  See the picture here.  Many short videos are better than one long video!

Second, your time is valuable.  If I can provide a solution to a problem or an insight to a resource to help you create a solution and I can do it in 5 minutes then that shows that your time is valued.

This is the new model under which I will be creating these tutorial genealogy videos.

The video on YouTube follows just below!

So ……. what is the first video that you can see right in this post going to cover?

Well, I wanted to be sure you know what digital data you can access at FamilySearch that was previously in microfilm format.  Not only WHAT digital data but WHERE you can access the material.  FamilySearch is now out of the microfilm lending business.  But they are not leaving you high and dry for lack of data.  Now your home computer can be a microfilm reader.  But some data, while digitally converted, is not available to you at home because the data has certain restrictions on it that FamilySearch must honor.  So where do you find this data?

Check out the tutorial and learn what digital data you can access from FamilySearch and where you can access it.

On the drawing board for me is to also modify the home page of this blog to create a new “page” where this material can reside.  That way you can go right to that page to view all of the video tutorials I have created in one place.

I will still announce a “new video” via a blog post, but then I can move the video to a new page where you can find all of them together.

Check out the video above.

I would greatly appreciate any comments you have about it.

Just head on down to the “Leave a comment” link at the bottom of the post and create your comment there.

Enjoy the video.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference To Be Held On March 10, 2017; Conference Is Sold Out

Hi Everyone,

I see that the website for the DuPage County Genealogical Society is noting that their upcoming March 10, 2018 Annual Conference is SOLD OUT!

So …. if you thought you were going to register at the last moment, think again.  That chance is now gone.

Additionally, you cannot think of taking a chance as a “walk-in” on the day of the event hoping to get in that way.  The society has stopped accepting “walk-ins” a few years back.

Only registered in advance participants will be let in.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but better to hear it now than make a trip to the conference only to be turned away.

Here is a link to the part of the society website that notes that registration is closed, conference is sold out and that no walk-ins are accepted.

2018 DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Is “Sold Out”; No Walk-Ins

I used to be one of those “take a chance” “walk-ins” and always had luck being able to get into the conference years ago at the last-minute.  But that is no longer possible since the society chose to only go with admission for those who registered in advance.

Check out more about the society over and above the conference information.  Visit their main site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Jennifer Holik, World War II Genealogy Research Expert, Has A Beautiful Introductory YouTube Video Worth Seeing; She Can Do World War II Research For You

Hi Everyone!

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik has been a frequent genealogy speaker at our monthly programs.  Over the years she has created a specialty research knowledge about all things related to researching your World War II veteran.

She has made me aware that she has an “Introductory” YouTube video to showcase her World War II genealogy research skills as well as her own personal stories that connect her research to World War II.

I will say, it is a touching video.  In 3 minutes and 21 seconds it packs a lot of knowledge and emotion.

It is a “plug” for her services but you could not find a better, more knowledgeable person to help you uncover your World War II veteran’s military history.

You can view the video right here in this post.  It is only 3 minutes and 21 seconds.  I think you will like it!

The magical video was created by Scott Potter and his company Hidden Catalyst (  ).

It truly does amaze me of the magic that can be done in a short amount of video time by those that are skilled in capturing the video story and then weaving it together.

Feel free to leave any comments regarding your thoughts about the video.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Upcoming Monthly Programs February 2018 To October 2018

Hi Everyone!

I just received a very nice forward-looking flyer from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society.  It provides a nice schedule of their upcoming genealogy programs they host monthly.  The first program on their list has already occurred but the upcoming programs that will occur are noted for March 2018 all the way through October 2018.

I do plan on also adding this list of programs to my Google Calendar for Local Genealogy Events that is also part of this blog.  You can easily find this calendar at the top of the homepage of the blog.

The flyer also notes that on July 7, 2018 the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society will be hosting their Annual Conference at the McHenry County College Conference Center in Crystal Lake, IL.  More details will be coming on this annual conference in the future.

Here is the link to the PDF flyer of all of the society’s upcoming genealogy programs from February 2018 to October 2018:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Upcoming Genealogy Programs February 2018 to October 2018

You can also visit the general website for the society at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Check out the society and what they are all about.  Mark your calendars for any programs of interest, especially if you are out in the farther Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library