Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, November 7, 2015 At 10:00 AM; “Time Travel With Google Earth” Live Webinar By Lisa Louise Cooke

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, November 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, November 7, 2015 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 Lisa Louise Cooke.    The speaker will present a program titled “Time Travel with Google Earthvia a “Live Webinar”.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) November 7, 2015 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Lisa Louise Cooke, 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

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening October 13, 2015 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, October 13, 2015:

Ginger Frere PhotoThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Ginger Frere. Ginger will present a program titled “Sound Research Practices: Sources and Citations”.

If you’re a beginning genealogist or have ever scratched your head trying to identify a document in your old research files, this session is for you. Learn the basics of evaluating a document and the information it contains. Find out how to cite sources appropriately. Resources to guide you in becoming a better genealogist will also be discussed.

A life-long Chicagoan, Ginger Frere MBA, MLIS, has been involved in family history for over 20 years. She has an extensive technical and training background with years of experience introducing people to technology.

In addition to working with private clients, speaking and teaching seminars, Ginger is a reference librarian in the Genealogy and Local History Section at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where her responsibilities include providing reference services and working on digital projects. She is co-director of, a free website for finding and sharing historical information about Chicago.

Ginger has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) as well as the Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

She is a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Illinois Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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

Re-Post Reminder – Illinois State Genealogical Society To Host Annual Fall Conference On Friday, October 23, 2015 And Saturday, October 24, 2015 In Oak Lawn, IL; Conference Brochure Now Available

Hi Everyone,

ISGS LogoJust a reminder that the Illinois State Genealogical Society will be hosting their Annual Conference starting Friday October 23, 2015 and continuing on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn at 9333 S. Cicero in Oak Lawn.

Take a look at the full previous posting I made about this event.  All of the details of the event and links are in the post that follows after the separator line.

If you have not made plans already and you are interested, now is the time to get those plans finalized.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Hi Everyone,

illinoisgensoc-logoThe program brochure for the upcoming Illinois State Genealogical Society Annual Conference is now available from the Illinois State Genealogical society website.

The conference will take place on Friday, October 23, 2015 and Saturday, October 24, 2015.  Conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago/ Oak Lawn at 9333 S. Cicero Ave. in Oak Lawn, IL.  Phone number of the facility is 708-425-7800.  Rooms can be gotten at the facility for a $119 per night charge.

Here is a direct link to the brochure that contains all of the information of the events for the two-day conference in addition to the costs.

2015 Illinois State Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

You can also visit the general website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

I previously made a post letting readers know of the upcoming dates for this conference.  The details of the program were not available at that time.  The previous posting details follows after the separator line.

It really looks a conference that will have many top-notch speakers from the genealogical community.  Speakers noted are:

  • Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
  • Geoffrey Baer (Friday evening Dinner Speaker)
  • Tony Burroughs, FUGA
  • Thomas MacEntee
  • Ruth Ann Abels Hager, CG, CGL
  • Carol Chandler
  • Grace DuMelle
  • George Findlen
  • Janis Minor Forte
  • Jane G. Haldeman
  • John C. Heider

Our Fall season in Illinois is not that far away.  Look at the full brochure in the link above.  This year’s conference is really in our own back yard in Oak Lawn.  Some of the previous conferences have taken place in more central and southern locations of Illinois.

I am sure there is some topic or topics of interest for you to consider attending.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Hi Everyone,

ISGS LogoI just noticed that there are dates noted for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference for 2015.  The dates noted are for Friday, October 23, 2015 and Saturday, October 24, 2015.  The conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago/ Oak Lawn in Oak Lawn, IL.

Details for the conference are still being worked out, but the dates are now set as is the location.

The blog of the Illinois State Genealogical society notes that room rates at the hotel are noted as $119 per night.

You can look at the blog posting describing the upcoming event here at:

Mark your calendar for these dates and see what the details will be unfolding for the programs and the speakers when they become available.

Check back with the Illinois State Genealogical Society in the future for details of the 2015 conference as they become available at:

Illinois State Genealogical Society

You now have the dates and the location.  The location is certainly much closer to all of us rather than being outside the Chicago Metropolitan area.  This conference will be right in our own backyard (relatively speaking!).

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Try-It! Illinois 2015” Free Database Access Available From October 1, 2015 Through November 30, 2015; Request Log-In ID/Password From Illinois Secretary Of State; Approximately 33 Genealogy And Family History Databases Available To Try

Hi Everyone!

Try It Illinois LogoThe Illinois Secretary of State makes available on an annual basis access to a variety of electronic databases that are available for libraries to add to their collection for a fee.  Trying the databases can give the user feedback as to whether the database is good and useful to that user.

The Illinois Secretary of State calls the trial “Try-It! Illinois 2015”.

The Illinois Secretary of State will provide you with a Log In ID and Password that will allow you to visit the databases and give them a test run to see if there is material of interest to you.  If you find a database of interest that your local library is currently not subscribing to you can then provide your input to that library to see if the database access can be obtained by that library for ongoing use.

You can go to the site where Try-It Illinois 2015 information can be found.  At this site you can also submit a request to obtain a Log-In ID and Password that will allow you access to the databases available during the trial.  Here is the site to begin your trial access to a multitude of databases:

Try-It! Illinois 2015

This trial is open to users from October 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015.

Here is a little write-up at the Try-It Illinois 2015 website describing more about this Try-It Illinois 2015 access:

About Try-It!

Welcome to Try-It! Illinois 2015, the sixteenth annual statewide database trial, sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. Try-It! Illinois offers the staffs and library users of the more than 5,000 ILLINET member libraries the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.
Note: We ask that you not post the Try-It! Illinois login and password on the Internet, on Web sites or in publicly archived e-newsletters.

Once I logged in to the trial, I was able to select the “subject” category and it presented me with a list of subjects one of them being “Genealogy and Family History”.  I think selecting the “subject” category will be your best manner of looking for databases rather than the other categories.  Within that category I saw there was a list of 33 databases that had been categorized with this grouping.  You can select a database of interest that will get you to the provider of the database.  With a few more clicks you will ultimately get yourself to the database to actually try it out.

Some of the databases within this list are databases our library currently subscribes to such as Fold3, Historical Chicago Tribune, Historical New York Times, and Newspaper  Many of the databases on the surface are named in a manner that would make you wonder how it got categorized as a genealogy type database!  e.g. “Films on Demand”.  But, nonetheless, it is in the list of 33 databases.  Many seem to be more “pure” history databases and not so much genealogy databases as we are more familiar with.  But at least the “subject” category narrows down your choices over and above the hundreds of databases made available overall.

You also have access to the hundreds of other databases available during the trial, not just the genealogy databases.  The list of databases will be presented to you in alphabetical order by name (Product).  You can also look at the list by “Company” or “Library Type” or by “Subject” as I did to find the Local History and Genealogy Databases. ( I recommend using the “Subject” method to find databases of interest within a subject category.)

So just head on out to the Try-It! Illinois link I provided above and submit your request to obtain a Log In ID and Password from the Illinois Secretary of State to begin accessing this multitude of databases, 33 of which are identified as being Genealogy and Family History oriented.

We should give a big “thank you” to Jessie White, the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian for making this access available for trial on a recurring basis each year for a rather lengthy period.  This trial is open from October 1, 2015 to November 30, 2015.

Check out the databases, especially ones that you have not previously accessed or even knew about.  There are literally hundreds of databases to sample across a myriad of subjects.  You have access to all of these not just the 33 databases categorized as being for Genealogy and Family History.

See what you think.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

October 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “Writing Your Family History” On Saturday, October 24, 2015, 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 October 2015 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, October 24, 2015 titled “Writing Your Family History” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

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

Join us for this session with Dr. Dan Hubbard who will instruct guests on how to go about writing your family history. Cost is free for Genealogy Center members; non-member cost is $10.

Reservations appreciated.

You can contact the Nordic Family Genealogy Center through the museum at

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 October 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago October 2015

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 October 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS) Offering A Genealogical Bus Tour That Focuses On “Chicago Neighborhoods thru the Eyes of the City’s Great Writers”; Craig Pfannkuche Will Be The Guide; Saturday, October 3, 2015 From 9:30 AM to 4 PM; Also Open To Non-Members Of The Society

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoHi Everyone!

The Chicago Genealogical Society (CGS) will be offering a genealogical bus tour on Saturday, October 3, 2015 between 9:30 AM and 4 PM.

The theme of the tour will be “Chicago Neighborhoods thru the Eyes of the City’s Great Writers”.

The tour will be led by Craig Pfannkuche of the Chicago Genealogical Society who specializes in Chicago family history research.

The tour bus will be ready for boarding at 9:30 AM and will depart from and return to the northwest corner of the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Madison and Clinton Streets) in Chicago.

You do not have to be a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society in order to participate.  However, your cost will be slightly higher than for members ($50 non-members; $40 members).

You can choose to purchase a box lunch for an added fee of $15  if you so choose or you can even brown bag your own lunch for the day.

Take a look at the link to a PDF of a full-page description of the event that contains even more background and details about the events of the day.

Here is a link to the one page PDF with all of the details:

October 3, 2015 Chicago Genealogical Society Genealogy Bus Tour – “Chicago Neighborhoods thru the Eyes of the City’s Great Writers”

You may also want to visit the home page of the society to check on the status of this bus tour if you are interested in participating.  These bus tours often fill up quickly and are then closed when capacity has been reached.  I see that you can register online for this event through the society.  Here is a link to the part of the society website where the program is contained.  You will see a link with the program description that allows you to register online:

October 3, 2015 Chicago Genealogical Society Bus Tour Online Registration Information

I have had Craig as a speaker at our genealogy programs.  He is fantastic in that setting.  I can’t even imagine how good he will be at being a guide for an all-day event.

If interested, you must submit payment using the form that is the PDF above by September 25, 2015.  Space is limited.

Sounds like another great bus tour put together by the Chicago Genealogical Society on a topic that always connects to genealogical research!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 At NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL; 300 Person Capacity Limit

Hi Everyone!

Feature Presentation Clip ArtIt is never too early to be aware of upcoming genealogy programs!

I want to remind everyone of the upcoming 41st Annual Conference that will be held by the Du Page County Genealogical Society.  You can visit the main web site of the society to find out more about them and what is available at their site at:

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Web Site

Their conference will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL from 7:30 AM until about 3:30 PM.   At 7:30 AM, you can register as a walk-in if you have not previously registered (assuming they have not reached their 300 person registration limit), have some morning refreshments that you can buy and take a look at the materials available for purchase from the vendors that are also participating at the conference.  The actual genealogy presentations will start at 9:00 AM.  The last series of genealogical presentations will start at 2:30 PM.

The Annual Conference Theme is “A Tradition of Excellence in Education of Genealogists”.

Please note that the society is noting at the society website and in the program brochure that there will be a limit of 300 people who will be able to register.  So if you are interested you might want to take action by registering in advance while there are openings rather than taking a chance as a walk-in on the day of the event and be turned away because capacity has been reached.

I have previously mentioned this upcoming annual conference at our own program.

I encourage everyone to visit the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual DCGS LogoConference Information directly at the following link:

At their site in the above links you will find out all the details about the upcoming program such as:

  • Information about the NIU Conference Center and driving directions to the facility.
  • Registration Fees (Walk-Ins are welcome assuming the 300 limit on capacity has not been reached.  Supplied lunch cannot be guaranteed but there are plenty of places in the local vicinity to have a lunch on your own.)
  • Program Titles, Times and Speakers.
  • Speaker Biographies
  • Information on Previous Annual Conferences

I am a big proponent for attending these one day, all day local conferences.  You will be exposed to multiple genealogy presentations that you can choose to attend throughout the day.

There are 4 segments of programs that occur.  One is at 9:00 AM, one at 10:30 AM, one at 1:00 PM and one at 2:30 PM.  Within all the time segments you will be able to pick from 4 programs that will be occurring.   You will be attending one of the segments that is of interest to you.  So you will actually be able to hear 4 unique programs among the 16 that will be offered.

The speakers that will be offering their unique presentations are:

  • Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A
  • Antje Petty
  • Judy G. Russell
  • Katherine R. Willson

These speakers are some of the best of the best that you can encounter as you expand your genealogical knowledge.

I attended this conference in February 2012 and in February 2014 as a walk-in.  It is one of the best conferences that you can attend in the local area.  If you have never attended such an all-inclusive one day conference, then this is the one to experience.  The location is close, the facility is great, the organization is superb, the programs are outstanding, the speakers are top-rated, the vendors have great material and other societies are represented!

You will have a great genealogical learning experience in one day that will expand your genealogical knowledge and assist you further in your own research efforts.

Take a closer look at the Du Page County Genealogical Society Annual Conference Information by clicking on the link I provided above.  All of the information about the conference can be found here.

Our library provides one program per month.  Here is your chance to hear 4 presentations by top-rated speakers in one day.

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

This may seem like it is a long time away.  But we all know how time flies.  Mark your calendar now for this date so it does not slip by.  You will not be sorry!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library