DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Annual Conference To Take Place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 At NIU Conference Center In Naperville, IL; Registration Is Now CLOSED; 280 Person Registration Limit Has Been Reached; NO WALK-INS

Hi Everyone!

DCGS Logo

I just visited the website of the DuPage County Genealogy Society and am clearly seeing that they have CLOSED registration for their upcoming Annual Conference that is taking place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, because they have reached the capacity registration number of 280 attendees.

Unfortunately, your time has officially run out if you were interested in attending but had not yet registered for the all day program!  You cannot come to the program as a Walk-In.

I had just mentioned at our genealogy program that you needed to act fast on registering for the program if you were interested.  They were going to close registration on March 4, 2017 if the 280 registration number had not yet been met.  The fact that registration is now closed means that they have achieved maximum registration already.

For what it is worth, you will find the contents of my previous post about this event below the separator line and will see what you will be missing.

Looks to be a great conference as always based on the topics and the speakers.

Better luck next year!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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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 42nd 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 11, 2017 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL from 7:30 AM until about 3:30 PM.   At 7:30 AM, you can 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.

Please note that “Walk-Ins” will NOT be allowed for this conference.  Every attendee must be pre-registered.

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 280 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.

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
  • 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:

  • Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
  • Carole Magnuson
  • Kathy Meade
  • Donna Moughty
  • Diahan Southard

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.  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 links 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

February 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for February 14, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the February 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts as a PDF file into the PROGRAM HANDOUTS Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the February 2017 Handouts for your convenience:

February 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, February 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the handouts online or you can save them as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

You will also note that I  “highlight” in this uploaded PDF key points within the handout  by using  the “yellow highlighting” function within Microsoft Word.  This will allow your eyes to visually see key points within the handouts that I want to emphasize.  I hope you will enjoy being able to more easily see these key points within the set of handouts through this highlighting technique.  I plan on highlighting within the Handout file on a going forward basis.

Please note that the Handouts PDF file has embedded Bookmarks to allow you to move to the handouts of interest to you quickly without having to scroll through the entire document.  Just open the Bookmark window in the PDF file and select the handout of interest for quick access.

You can also get to the handouts of interest to you quickly via the Table of Contents at the beginning of the document.  You will find hyperlinks that will get you directly to the handout of interest to you from the Table of Contents.

Please note that you can access directly any and all URL Links that you find within the Handouts PDF.  You can get directly to the website being mentioned from within the handout being mentioned.

Enjoy the handouts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

February 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for February 14, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the February 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter as a PDF file into the NEWSLETTER Category on the right sidebar of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the February 2017 Newsletter for your convenience:

February 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter

Take a look at it if you choose to browse through it in advance of our Genealogy Program that will take place on Tuesday evening, February 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM at our main library location at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

You can read the newsletter online or you can save it as a PDF file to your own computer for reading offline and more detailed searching through all of the contents.

Please note that the Newsletter has Bookmarks and Hyperlinks within the document to make for fast navigation from within the Table of Contents.  You can quickly get to the spots that interest you from the Table of Contents.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder: Our Next Genealogy Program at STDL Is Tomorrow February 14, 2017

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, February 14, 2017:

jane-haldeman-pictureCome early to review genealogical materials. At 8 p.m. guest speaker Jane Haldeman, co-owner of It’s Relative and genealogy researcher of over 20 years, shares her expansive knowledge of searching the web for genealogy research.

When searching the web with Google, Yahoo or Bing, the words you choose and the order in which you use them determine the results you get. Jane Haldeman is here to teach you how to find just what you are searching for. Come explore the web beyond the most popular websites.

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

February 18, 2017 Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “New Sources For British Isles Research” Presented By Paul Milner

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 at our library on Saturday, February 18, 2017 starting at 10:30 AM.

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 “New Sources for British Isles Research”.  Speaker for the program is Paul Milner.

Program description is:

Learn what new primary and secondary sources have become available and how to access them. Keep up to date on the constantly changing face of British Isles research by learning about recently released original records, new indexes, books and web sites.

Speaker information is:

 Paul Milner, a native of northern England is an author of six publications, a professional genealogist and international lecturer. Paul has specialized in British Isles genealogical research for over 35 years. He is the course coordinator and instructor for the English and Scottish tracks at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) plus has taught at the British Institute in Salt Lake City. He has lectured extensively in the US, Australia, Canada and England, plus on genealogy cruises.

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

Roots Tech 2017 Has Just Started Today; Consider Participating In The “Live Stream” Programs; Check Out The Archived Videos From 2016 To Get An Idea What It Is All About

Hi Everyone!

RootsTech 2014 LogoThe massive Roots Tech 2017 conference has just started today in Salt Lake City, UT.  Upwards of 20,000 genealogy focused people could be in attendance at this annual conference.  The conference will continue through February 11, 2017.

I have never attended the program in Salt Lake City, but I do try to attend by “proxy” by viewing many of the online videos of the programs that are available to view on many different topics.  Sometimes these videos seem difficult to discover because I think Roots Tech leaves them up for a period of time and then pulls them down.

It does appear that you can actually watch up to 18 of the live streaming programs that are taking place between today and Saturday.  You would not previously have had to register for the conference to do this.  In order to do so, you have to provide your first name, last name, email address and zip code via the link to access the live stream material.  Here is what FamilySearch says about this information:

“Watch all live streamed RootsTech sessions by providing your contact information.

FamilySearch International (“FamilySearch”) is requesting that you provide your personal information to help us evaluate how many people view and access RootsTech videos. FamilySearch will not sell your personal information. FamilySearch will retain the information you provide for as long as it has a useful purpose. FamilySearch uses technical and security measures to protect personal information against loss, misuse, and unauthorized access or disclosure. You understand that FamilySearch will collect, process, and transfer your personal information to the United States and you consent to this transfer, if applicable.”

Take a look at the Roots Tech website to connect with the live stream programs at the conference.  You can find them on the very first page you encounter.  Just click on the video image at:

2017 Roots Tech Conference

I can’t share with you any of the material of the current conference in progress, but I can share with you  a link to access the videos of the 2016 conference so you can get a flavor for what is all out there to learn from.  Roots Tech has about 29 videos that are available at:

2016 Roots Tech Videos Of Various Keynote Speeches, General Session Videos, and Genealogy Teaching Videos

I find these videos to be priceless and inspirational.  They are very high quality.  The topics can help you with your own genealogy research efforts as well as give you a peek at where genealogy is heading with the keynote speeches.

Most videos run about 1 hour.

Give at least one a try.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.  The only thing that will disappoint you is trying to figure out to squeeze in the time to view all of them!!

Consider “live streaming” participation.  Enjoy the videos.  Enjoy the experience.  This is the largest participatory genealogy conference you will ever see.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening February 14, 2017 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, February 14, 2017:

jane-haldeman-pictureCome early to review genealogical materials. At 8 p.m. guest speaker Jane Haldeman, co-owner of It’s Relative and genealogy researcher of over 20 years, shares her expansive knowledge of searching the web for genealogy research.

When searching the web with Google, Yahoo or Bing, the words you choose and the order in which you use them determine the results you get. Jane Haldeman is here to teach you how to find just what you are searching for. Come explore the web beyond the most popular websites.

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