Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening January 9, 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, January 9, 2018:

Maureen Brady

Come early to review genealogical materials. At 7:45 p.m. guest presenter Maureen Brady will help you learn how to jump start your online genealogy research by utilizing Cyndis List  Find My Past  Fold3  USGenWeb and other “broad coverage” websites.

Maureen Brady has over 35 years experience with family history research, is a professional genealogist and owns Bare Roots Genealogical Services. Ms. Brady is co-director of the Crystal Lake (Illinois) Family History Center and is a member of many genealogical and family history societies in the U.S. and Scotland.  

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


January 2018 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On January 27, 2018; “Overcoming Research Obstacles In The Swedish Church Books” Presented by Kathy Meade

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 January 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 has a genealogy program on the 4th Saturday of each month from January to November at the Museum.  There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10 am to 12 noon.  The program is titled “Overcoming Research Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books”.  The presenter for this program is Kathy Meade.

Here is a description of the program from the January 2018 Cirkular:

Swedish church books are a wonderful source for ancestor’s birth, marriage, death and household records. However, sometimes the minister used abbreviations in the records. Other times he wrote the vital information in a different book than the actual parish book. What do the abbreviations mean? Where is that birth record?

In this presentation, we highlight many of the stumbling blocks researchers have experienced over the years researching in Swedish church books and present solutions. Some of the topics will include; abbreviations in household books, church organization (mother parish versus annex parish), reviewing various church book formats and format of older church books.

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

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 January 2018 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago January 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 January 2018.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Upcoming Genealogy Programs At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago; January 2018 To May 2018

Hi Everyone!

I just received an email from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago in which they provided to me the schedule of the upcoming genealogy programs that will take place between January to May 2018.

Oftentimes I become aware of their programs on a more short-term basis as they publish the information in their monthly newsletter Cirkular.  Glad to see they have a much longer series of scheduled programs.

Take a look at the upcoming genealogy programs at the Swedish American Museum in the link below:

January to May 2018 Genealogy Programs at the Swedish American Museum

The programs are free to attend for members of the Swedish American Genealogy Society.  Non-members are welcome to attend for a $10 fee.  The museum does ask that you contact them in advance if it is your intention to attend a program.  Many of the programs appear to be oriented for those doing Swedish genealogical research.  Can be very helpful to you if you are doing Swedish research.

You can visit the web site of the Swedish American Museum in Chicago at:

Swedish American Museum

You can also visit the Swedish American Genealogy Center website that is part of the museum at:

Swedish American Genealogy Center

Enjoy the museum and the programs.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“2018 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2018 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2018 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2018 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2018 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2018 from right within this post at:

2018 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2018!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2016 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2017

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2016  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2017 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2017.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2018 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2017”, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2017:

2002 – 2017 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2017 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

National Genealogical Society 2018 Annual Conference Brochure And Program Information Available; May 2-5, 2018 In Grand Rapids, Michigan; “Paths To Your Past”

Hi Everyone!

The National Genealogical Society has an annual multi-day conference each year.

The 2018 program is scheduled for May 2, 2018 through May 5, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The title of the 2018 conference is “Paths to Your Past”.

You certainly have plenty of time to peruse the material and make plans to attend this annual major genealogical event.

You can view the full-color 16 page registration brochure at their website by clicking on the following link at:

Especially take a look at the registration material in the above program guide.  You can get discounts for early bird registration as well as even further discounts if you are a member of the National Genealogical Society and do early bird registration.  You can also sign up for a 1-day series of programs only.  Registration by March 20, 2018 will get you an early bird discount if you are a member of the society or not.  Check out all of the registration costs as well as all of the costs if you will choose to participate in any of the special programs being offered by the society that generally occur in the evening.

Being a member of NGS AND doing early bird registration will get you the biggest discount on price overall.

Also just visit the main NGS website to take a look at much more information and material that they have at the site.  There is much more information about this conference available through their main website.  Browse their site and see what other great resources they may have available online that can help you in your own research efforts.

You can visit their main website at www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Look for the part of their main website at the top that says “Conferences and Events”.

Attending a national conference such as this is an eye-opening genealogical experience that I would recommend at least once in a lifetime for researchers.  There are literally 180 informative hour-long programs that are scheduled during this program between 8 AM through 4 PM.  There are even  programs going on through the early evening if you can’t get enough information on genealogy from 8 AM until 4 PM!

NGS Logo Clip ArtThis brochure is one that in the past I would have made a copy for distribution to our genealogy program  participants.  However, now that I am writing this blog, it is more appropriate to direct you to the National Genealogical Society website directly for you to take a look at their full 16 page color brochure they have put together.

The above link will take you directly to this 16 page incredible brochure.

Even if you do not go to this program or another one down the road, I always recommend that you should take a look at the variety of programs being offered.  You may very well find a program with a great speaker that fits right in with your own research aspirations.  You will then possibly have a contact to make with the speaker to see if they can help answer a question you may have on the genealogical topic of interest.

Also take a look at the long list of world-renowned genealogical speakers that are in the brochure.

These are the best of the best!

Your paths may cross with them through material they may have already published.  Some may even be local to our own area.  Some may very well be speakers we have had at our library offering some great genealogical programs for you to learn from!

Take a look through the brochure to gain a sense of magnitude of what a national genealogical conference looks like.  It is amazing.  These conference are often attended by anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 fellow researchers.  Vendors are also present selling their wares.

According to statistics provided to me from the NGS, the 2017 Conference in Raleigh, NC had 1,936 registered participants present at the conference plus an additional 268 participants that had registered for the live streaming programs.  Total attendance near the 2,200 number.  Pretty good turnout!

This conference can be nothing short of genealogy nirvana!

Check out the brochure.  Check out the NGS Program.  Try to attend one once in your life.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“White Like Her: My Family’s Story Of Race And Racial Passing” Book By Gail Lukasik; This Book Has Been Added To Our Circulating Collection; This Book Is Also Part Of Our “Second Floor Reads” Program; It Will Be Group Discussed On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, At 6:30 PM

Hi Everyone!

Schaumburg Township District Library

I hope that for those of you that were able to attend our recent November 14, 2017 Genealogy Program, that you thoroughly enjoyed it as much as I did.  This program had Gail Lukasik as our guest speaker sharing with us her experience on the Genealogy Roadshow as well as providing us her family story that was the highlight of Genealogy Roadshow.  Her recently published book is a result of both her family history story and her experience on the Genealogy Roadshow.

We have just added her newly published book to our circulating collection.  The title of her book is White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing.  The call number of the book is 929.1072 LUKASIK, G.  You would currently find this book in the “New Non-Fiction” shelving area of our library on the 2nd floor near the “Ask Us” desk. (As of the publication of this blog post, the book I noticed is currently checked out.  Put a hold on the book for yourself.)

I have now personally read her book.  I could not put it down.  Finished it in about 3 days.  Book is about 282 pages in length plus Acknowledgements and Notes.  She truly did combine her skills as being a mystery writer as well as a genealogy researcher.  She magically had one chapter about the genealogy aspects of her mystery followed by a chapter of her family life then followed back and forth between genealogy and family stories.  It worked for me as the suspense built up chapter to chapter.

Gail Lukasik

Also, our library has a non-fiction book discussion group called “Second Floor Reads” that meets nine months per year. The book selections have already been established for 2018 and lo and behold! Gail’s book White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing has been selected as one of their 2018 titles. Specifically, her book will be discussed on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, between 6:30 – 8 pm at our library.

You do not have to participate in every month of the Second Floor Reads non-fiction book discussions. You can choose one or attend any months you choose – it’s up to you. If you would like more information about Second Floor Reads, please contact Susan Gibberman, Readers’ Advisory Specialist Library, by email or phone (sgibberman@stdl.org / 847.923.3339). She will be happy to explain how the program works and what you need to do in order to participate.

I actually think I am going to participate in this program on the February 28, 2018 date to discuss Gail’s new book.  I wish I would have taken notes on the book while I was reading it knowing now that the book is on our Second Floor Reads list!  Oh well, time for another review of the book in advance of the program.

I am sure that your own family story is as stupendous as that of Gail.  Now is the time to get pen to paper and start writing your own family history story/book even if it never gets to the Genealogy Roadshow.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library