The DVD Of Our Recorded April 10, 2018 Genealogy Program Is Now Available To Check Out For Home Viewing; “Family History’s Navigational Tool: Genealogical Proof Standard (G.P.S.)” by Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana

Hi Everyone,

Our Previously Recorded Genealogy Programs on DVD on Our 2nd floor 929.1072 Circulating Area

I just want to let you know that the DVD recording of our recently held April 10, 2018 Genealogy Program is now available to check out from our library and view at home.  Our recorded Genealogy Program DVDs can be checked out for a 21 day period similar to our book check-out.

The title of the program was “Family History’s Navigational Tool: Genealogical Proof Standard (G.P.S.)”.  The program was presented by Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana.  The run time of the DVD is 1 hour and 23 minutes.

You can find this DVD on the 2nd floor of our library on the tall circulating shelves.  The call number of the DVD is 929.1072 GENEALOGY FAMILY. (Please check our online catalog for this DVD to be sure it is not already checked out if you are interested in checking it out.)

This DVD as well as other previously recorded programs can be found on the shelves with the genealogical books we circulate.  Other Audio Visual material is generally found on the first floor of our library but we chose to incorporate these in the area of the circulating genealogy book collection for convenience.

While in this 929.1072 circulating section on the 2nd floor you can also browse for other Genealogy Programs we have recorded since 2012.  There are in fact about 41 previously genealogy program DVDs on the shelf when I was looking.

If you missed the program completely here is your chance to catch up by viewing it.  Even if you attended our April 10, 2018 program here is your chance for another “encore” viewing of the program to review items to help you that perhaps you did not catch while in the audience.

Consider searching our online catalog from our website for all of the Genealogy Programs we may have recorded over the years.  You can access the catalog from the home page of our website at Schaumburg Township District Library Homepage.  Search our catalog using the search term “genealogy program”.  You will get about 44 results (a couple are not our recorded program) where you will see the media format as “DVD”.  Use the “Sort” tool in the upper right hand corner of the results pages and select “newest” to put the results in the order of most recently added to our collection.  Browse through the list of DVDs we created to get a flavor of the variety of topics from speakers we have had since 2012 through today.

Enjoy this DVD.  Catch up with other programs you may have missed.  Revisit still other programs on a topic of interest to you that you may have missed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2018 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On May 12, 2018

Hi Everyone!

I have been receiving some activities updates from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, IL recently.  Some of the activities maybe 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 May 2018 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 normally has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  However, the Calendar of the Museum is showing there is a special Genealogy Program on the 2nd Saturday of this month rather than on the 4th Saturday of the month.

Not only is it on a different Saturday of the month but it is also at a different time.  The time of the program starts at 12 Noon with a lunch ($20 fee to participate in the lunch).  The actual Genealogy Program starts at 1 pm.  You can skip the lunch and participate in the presentation only for a $10 fee.

Below are some of the details I captured from the Museum website for this program.  Please read the details if you are interested in attending.  Contact the organization in advance to make your reservations.

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Genealogy session

May 12 @ 12:00 pm

“Swedes in the Civil War” by Todd DeDecker.

The American Daughters of Sweden has graciously invited Swedish American Genealogical Society and Museum members to attend a special presentation by Todd DeDecker, Bishop Hill Heritage Association Administrator. This program is in lieu of the Society’s regular May program.

Learn how Midwestern Swedes responded to Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops in 1861. Todd DeDecker will present the story of “Swedes in the Civil War.” The Swedish Union Guard was mustered into service in December 1861 as Company D, 57th Illinois Infantry. Made up of Swedes, mainly from Bishop Hill and surrounding Henry County, the unit fought in the Battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, and “Sherman’s March to the Sea.” Come here about these brave Swedish men.

Lunch will be served at noon followed by the presentation at 1 p.m. Reservations are requested by Tuesday, May 8 and can be made here, via email genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111. Cost is $20 for lunch and presentation or $10 for just the presentation. Reservations are binding.

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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 May 2018 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago May 2018

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 May 2018.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening May 8, 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, May 8, 2018:

Thomas MacEntee

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. guest presenter Thomas MacEntee will discuss the best ways to connect with other family historians and share resources including research, documents and research strategies, all via live webinar.

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get, Thomas MacEntee. He was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started building his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, May 5, 2018 At 10:00 AM; “Who Sank Grandpa’s Boat?” Presented By Dan Niemiec

Hi Everyone,

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society logo.newjpg (New 2014-25)-150I just received a program notice from the Northwest Suburban  Genealogy Society indicating that their next genealogy program is scheduled for Saturday morning, May 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, May 5, 2018 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.  Visitors are always welcome.

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 Dan Niemiec.    The speaker will present a program titled “Who Sank Grandpa’s Boat?.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) May 5, 2018 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Dan Niemiec, 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

April 28, 2018 Genealogy Program At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago; “Digging Up Funeral Records” Presented By Janet Nelson; I Previously Reported That There Was NO Genealogy Program Scheduled For April 2018

Hi Everyone,

A previous post for April 2018 activities at the Swedish American Museum noted that there was no genealogy program scheduled for April 2018 at the museum.  I noted that with the information I had at the time of the post and what information was available through the Swedish American Museum.

However, from a recent update received today, there is in fact a Genealogy Program scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  The program is titled “Digging Up Funeral Records”.  The presenter is Janet Nelson, former Director of the Nelson Funeral Home, a popular Funeral Home in the well-known Andersonville area of Chicago popular with Swedes.

The Swedish American Museum is located at 5211 N. Clark St. in Chicago IL.  Their phone number is 77-728-8111.

You can also visit the genealogy part of the website of the Swedish American Museum at:

Swedish American Museum/Genealogy

Here is the text of the announcement that I received:

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Digging up Funeral Records by Janet Nelson

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 10 A.M. – NOON

Nelson Funeral Home was a landmark business in Andersonville from 1926 to 2013. Janet Nelson, former director of the funeral home, will present “”Digging Up Funeral Records.” Her presentation will give us some insight as to what information is collected at the time of death by the funeral home and what is kept and where. Come with your questions. This will be a very interactive presentation.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. $10 museum members; $15 non- members to participate. Reservations are appreciated and can be made via email genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111.

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Please note there will be a cost to you if you are not a member of Swedish American Genealogical Society.  The general public is still invited to participate.

Though this is on short notice, consider attending, especially if you are doing Swedish research yourself.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Polish Genealogical Society Of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their May 20, 2018 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Arlington Heights Memorial Library; The Program Title Is “Cook County Circuit Court Archives” Presented By Ray Johnson ; Program Will Also Be Presented As A “Live” Webinar” For Those Unable To Attend In Person

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement via a Program Flyer from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, IL on Sunday, May 20, 2018 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program for free at the library and meet other members of the society in attendance.  You do not have to be a PGSA member to attend in person.  You do not have to be a cardholder with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.  There is no charge incurred to attend the program in person.  If you do plan to attend in person at the library please contact the library and register for the program.  You can call the library at 847-392-0100 and ask to register for the program.

The formal presentation is titled “Cook County Circuit Archives”.  The presenter is Ray Johnson.

The program is also being presented as a “live” webinar for those that cannot attend in person.  The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register for the webinar if you would like to participate in that manner.  Again, you do not have to be a member of the PGSA in order to participate via the webinar.  However, there is a $10 fee for non-PGSA members to participate via the Webinar itself.

The society has recently been having its quarterly programs at a variety of locations in Chicago and suburbs over the recent years rather than just at its main location in the city of Chicago, IL.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering as well as has information about the speaker:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For May 20, 2018 Program

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 program and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

April 21, 2018 (Saturday), Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Offering A Special Interest Group (SIG) For Apple Mac Users That Use “Reunion” As Their Lineage Program; From 12:45 PM To 2:45 PM At The Schaumburg Township District Library

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email notice from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) that the next meeting of the  Reunion (Mac Lineage Software) Special Interest Group (SIG) is coming up soon.

The meeting of this SIG group will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018, between 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM at our library, the Schaumburg Township District Library located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.  Our library is located in the Town Square complex at the intersection of Roselle Road and Schaumburg Road.

All are welcome to attend. You do not have to be a member of CAGGNI to attend.

Bruce Christopher of the CAGGNI group will be acting as facilitator for the group.

Here is a description of the program from the CAGGNI email:

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Reunion Special Interest Group

Calling all Apple users!  Reunion is a genealogy software designed specifically for Macintosh and also available as an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  Learn the tips and tricks that will have you utilizing this highly regarded program to its fullest.

If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. Learning software is enhanced in a hands-on environment.

Facilitator:  Bruce Christopher

For more information: Reunion Special Interest Group 

Best regards, 
CAGGNI

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Apple Mac users using Reunion, now is your chance to really learn a lot more about your own program from others that are also using the product.  Maybe you are already a good user of the product.  Consider sharing your skills with others using the Apple Mac system and Reunion.

More and more computer users have been switching over to Apple products over the last few years and this includes the desktop/laptop machines as well as mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Mark your calendars for this great opportunity to really become more skilled at using an incredibly well-rated lineage product on your Apple products.

Check out more about the CAGGNI organization itself and all that it offers.  Keep in touch with them at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

Enjoy the program.

Enjoy the organization.

Enjoy your Mac genealogy lineage software even more than you already do!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library