Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Offers Internet Special Interest Group (SIG) On Saturday March 17, 2018

Hi Everyone!


Just want to make everyone aware that the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) has an Internet special interest group (SIG).

I just received an email from the group indicating that their next meeting will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 12:45 PM to 2:30 PM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

All are welcome to attend.  You do not have to be a member of the group in order to participate.  See what this SIG is all about as well as see what CAGGNI is all about.

Here is the text describing what will take place at this upcoming Internet SIG:



Internet Genealogical Services include Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage, Find My Past, WikiTree and many others.  The Internet Special Interest Group intends to review questions about these services and have a dialog on the advantages and features of the services used by members.  This complements the features available from computer programs such as Family Tree Maker or RootsMagic that exploit the on-line databases available from the internet services.

Facilitator:  Alan Wilson

For more information: Internet Special Interest Group 


Consider connecting with this special interest group within the CAGGNI organization that is local to our area.  You may have a vested interest with personal subscriptions to many of these services.  Why not get to know how to better use them in your online searches or uploads.

Learn from others, help others.

You can always visit the general website of the CAGGNI group to see what they are all about.  And I can guarantee you they are about many things genealogically speaking, including having this Internet SIG group.  You can visit CAGGNI at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

See how this CAGGNI group can help you with all things related to online Internet resources.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


March 2018 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program On March 24, 2018; “Old Swedish American Newspapers – New Treasure Trove For Online Research” Presented By Bengt Sjogren

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 March 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, March 24, 2018 from 10 am to 12 noon.  The program is titled “Old Swedish American Newspapers – New Treasure Trove for Online Research”.  The presenter for this program is Bengt Sjogren.

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

“Old Swedish American Newspapers – New Treasure Trove for Online Research” by Bengt Sjögren.

As Swedes arrived to the US in large numbers, hundreds of Swedish-language newspapers were published from 1850 onwards. Recently 28 such newspapers were digitized and they are now searchable – providing a great source of information.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members; $10 for non-members to participate. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email to 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

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 March 2018 at the Swedish American Museum:

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

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“NEW” Genealogy Tutorial Video I Created; “Using Google Translate For Genealogy”; 5 Minute Quick Tip! CHECK IT OUT!

Hi Everyone,



Here is a new genealogy video tutorial that I created for your enjoyment that you can view right below.

How many of you deal with documents in a language that are not in English?  Probably most of you.  And that includes me when I encounter documents that are in Polish,  especially Catholic Church records.  Additionally, as you focus on your research solutions, you may discover what looks like a good possible internet website to help with your dilemma only to discover it is in a language you cannot read.

So what can you do?

Try Google Translate!

It can do an amazing amount of work for you that can help you break through on your language translation research challenges.

“Using Google Translate for Genealogy” video tutorial was created just to make you aware of Google Translate and how to use it so you can make some genealogy research progress.  The video is about 5 minutes in length (that is our internal library guideline for video uploads).  I know your time is valuable.

You can view the video right here:

Google Translate can help.  It is simple to use and the amount of languages that can be translated is incredible.

Thanks for checking it out.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


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