August 19, 2017 (Saturday) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Program At The Schaumburg Township District Library; “Bringing Life To Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections” Presented By Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

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, August 19, 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 “Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections”.  Speaker for the program is Jeanne Larzalere Bloom.

Program description is:

If our genealogical research is limited to the Who, When and Where questions we compile a collection of skeletons. To answer the interesting questions the What, the Why and the How we can use manuscript collections. These underutilized collections bring our ancestors to life and put flesh on their bones.

Speaker information is:

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories.

On behalf of the Department of the Army, Jeanne searches for and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops and institutes.

She is trustee and president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. 

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

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Correction Update – – – August 2017 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Scheduled For August 26, 2017; “What Is New In ArkivDigital” Presented By Kathy Meade; Free For Members Of The Swedish American Genealogical Society; $10 Fee For Non-Members

Hi Everyone!

I need to make a correction to a recent post I made on the upcoming August 26, 2017 genealogy program that will take place at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

My original post that is below the separator lines indicated that only members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society were to attend which meant the program was not open to the public.

That is INCORRECT.

Members of the society can attend the program for free.

Non-members can attend the program but there is a $10 charge to them.

Please check the original post down below the separator line to access any of the embedded links in the original post.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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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 August 2017 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 program scheduled for Saturday August 26, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon.  This program is titled “What Is New in ArkivDigital?” and is presented by Kathy Meade.

Here is the text from the program description contained in the Cirkular:

MEMBERS ONLY GENEALOGY SESSION (Not open to the general public)

ArkivDigital is an online service that provides access to over 68 million newly photographed color images or about 136 million pages of Swedish historical records. About 600,000 new records are added each month. Now, more searchable name registers are being added to the product. Kathy Meade, the North American ArkivDigital representative, will demonstrate the new features that will help and ease your search to discover your rich Swedish heritage.

Cost is free for Swedish American Genealogical Society members. Reservations appreciated and can be made via email 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 August 2017 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago August 2017

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 August 2017.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) Next Program Scheduled For Saturday Morning, August 26, 2017 At 10:00 AM; “Preserving Your Family History On Family Tree” Presented By Maureen Brady

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, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

The society will be meeting on Saturday, August 26, 2017 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 Maureen Brady.    The speaker will present a program titled “Preserving Your Family History on Family Tree.

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

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society (NWSGS) August 26, 2017 Program Notice

You will find more details about the program location, the program contents and some information about Maureen Brady, 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

August 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for August 8, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the August 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 August 2017 Handouts for your convenience:

August 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, August 8, 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

August 2017 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for August 8, 2017 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the August 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 August 2017 Newsletter for your convenience:

August 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, August 8, 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 August 8, 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, August 8, 2017:

Jeff Bockman

Jeffrey Bockman will provide you with an understanding of registering yourself with FamilySearch and becoming a volunteer transcriber, with all the joys and challenges that it presents.

 Jeffrey Bockman is a Genealogy Lecturer & Writer. He was a contributing editor for the former Everton’s Genealogical Helper and a feature writer for the former Heritage Quest Magazine. His articles have also appeared in various other publications. He was the President of the DuPage County Genealogical Society for 5 terms. He is the author of Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy, a book that encourages people to record and preserve their family’s history.

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

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “When Was The Last Time You Visited A Local Family History Center (FHC) Of The Mormon Church?” (Not Including A Family History “Affiliate” Like A Public Library To View Microfilms.); Select Answer From List Provided

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“When Was The Last Time You Visited A Local Family History Center (FHC) Of The Mormon Church?” (Not Including A Family History “Affiliate” Like A Public Library To View Microfilms.)

A) Within The Last  12 Months

B) Within The Last 3 Years

C) Within The Last 5 Years

D) Over 5 Years Ago

E) Have Never Visited A Local Family History Center At A Mormon Church

Many of my recent poll questions were based on looking for a simple “Yes” or “No’ response to choose.  This poll is a lot different because I am asking you to pick one of the answers from the list offered.  Sometimes these can be too complicated and the responder may not know how to respond or there may not be a response from the provided list that applies.  I still wanted to take another chance with this poll format this time to see what happens.  So read through the question and all the provided choices before selecting your answer.

I think this is a simple and direct question even with the choice of responses.

I am looking to gather information on visits to an “original” Family History Center (FHC) that are usually located in a local Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints church building.  In our area there are these facilities in Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Wilmette, Naperville and Crystal Lake (All in Illinois).

I am not looking for responses if you have only been to Family History “Affiliates” to view ordered microfilms from FamilySearch.  Facilities in our area for this are generally public libraries like the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Algonquin Public Library, Palatine Public Library etc.

I am asking this question because as of September 1, 2017 FamilySearch will no longer be providing microfilms to either Family History Centers or Affiliates.  Instead, “digital” microfilms as discovered in the FamilySearch catalog may be identified as viewable only at “Family History Centers” on their computers rather than in microfilm format.

So if you want to take advantage of digital microfilms created by FamilySearch, you will have to visit a local Family History Center to view the digital images at the computers located there.  You will not be able to view these film images at home when you click on the film number discovered in the catalog.  A message will pop up on your home screen noting the film images can “only” be viewed at a local Family History Center.

Contractual obligations are what is limiting access to viewing of some of this data to only Family History Centers.  This limitation may be on a film by film basis.  I know of films I have used in microfilm format that are in fact viewable as digital images from home.  Yet there are other digital films that restrict my viewing of these images only from within a local Family History Center of the Mormon churches.

If you have not recently been to a FHC you may want to consider visiting one now to view the digital films of interest to you when the message pops up on your screen directing you for digital film viewing to a FHC.

So where do you fit into the responses ?

Let the poll speak for itself

Lets see how the responses go to the question at hand with the list of answers to pick from.

So …………………….“When Was The Last Time You Visited A Local Family History Center (FHC) Of The Mormon Church?” (Not Including A Family History “Affiliate” Like A Public Library To View Microfilms.)

A) Within The Last  12 Months

B) Within The Last 3 Years

C) Within The Last 5 Years

D) Over 5 Years Ago

E) Have Never Visited A Local Family History Center At A Mormon Church

Simple, direct and to the point!

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library