New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Sunday Evening, July 26, 2015, At 8 PM Central Time On TLC; Check TLC Website For Show Information

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I just want to let you know that the new season for “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be starting on the cable channel TLC on Sunday evening, July  26, 2015, at 8 PM Central time.

Previously, when the show was on NBC, they dedicated a portion of their website to the show so that you could always get updates on the show.  TLC appears to be doing the same for this show as it unfolds during this season.  You can find the information for the show on TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Website At TLC

Currently, there is little detail at the TLC website for the show about the upcoming episodes other than mentioning the date and time for the season premier.  Your best bet is to just visit the TLC website as the date approaches.

Four of the “stars” have been identified for this season.  Here are the four “stars” identified so far in a Dick Eastman Online Newsletter blog post that will appear on the show during the  run for the season on TLC.  The order is alphabetical and does not represent the order of the shows as they appear to the best of my knowledge:

  • Tom Bergeron
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Alfre Woodard

Make sure you mark down the date and time and plan to watch these shows in their original airing rather than at a later time if you can.  (Ratings are important for continuity of this wonderful show!)  Last year if you did not watch the original airing or did not DVR the show, your alternative was to purchase a copy from iTunes to catch up on shows missed and not recorded by yourself.

Now is the time to get the buzz going and to reconnect with some TV help and entertainment to motivate you in your own genealogical research efforts.

Mark your calendar for Sunday evening, July 26, 2015 at 8 PM Central Time on TLC on cable.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening July 14, 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, July 14, 2015:

June 2015 Dan Niemiec PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dan Niemiec. Dan will present a program titled “Chicago Cemetery Research”.

After years of traveling all around the area and elsewhere to find grave markers of his relatives, Dan can give everyone tips galore on what to expect and what not to expect when dealing with Chicago’s cemeteries.

Dan Niemiec has been the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi for 10 years. He is co-founder and immediate past president of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter. He has given many presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late-1600s, and his Polish lines go back to the mid- 1700s. By tracing descendant lines, he has found over 73,000 relatives, the result of 23 years of original research.

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

July 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; Genealogy Program Titled “The Meaning Of Home” On Saturday, July 25, 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 July 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, July 25, 2015 titled “The Meaning of Home” that will take place between 10 AM and Noon.

What does “home” mean to you – a place, a person, or a feeling? What did “home” mean to your ancestors? View the current Museum exhibit titled Chicago’s Families: Finding Home; then join a member discussion about how your ancestors/relatives and you view home. Did your relatives discuss their Swedish home? What did they miss? How did they make their American home Swedish? What makes your house a Swedish home?

Cost is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center/Swedish American Genealogical Society members; non-members pay $10.

Reservations appreciated.  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 July 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago July 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 July 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Will Present Genealogy Program On Sunday August 9, 2015 From 1PM To 3:30 PM; “Stepping Stones To Researching Your Family’s Jewish Roots”; Presented By Harriet Rudnit

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AHML LogoI received a program notice from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on an upcoming genealogy program they will offer on Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 1 PM to 3:30 PM.

The program is titled “Stepping Stones to Researching Your Family’s Jewish Roots”.  The presenter will be Harriet Rudnit.

Harriet Rudnit, member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, will discuss Jewish research challenges, relevant documents, plus important online sources including Jewishgen.org, and Ancestry.com.

Registration is required through the library website at www.ahml.info.  Or you can call the library directly at 847-392-0100 for help to register.

Here is the text description of the program provided to me by Michael Mulholland, the Genealogy Librarian at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library:

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Hendrickson Room

8/9/2015 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm

“Stepping Stones to Researching Your Family’s Jewish Roots”

Presented by Harriet Rudnit

Harriet Rudnit, member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, will discuss Jewish research challenges, relevant documents, plus important online sources including Jewishgen.org, and Ancestry.com.

No Library Card Required

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Check out her upcoming program at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Reminder Re-Post: McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society Will Be Holding All-Day Conference On Saturday, July 11, 2015 At McHenry County College In Crystal Lake, IL

Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just wanted to re-post this reminder of the upcoming McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) Annual Conference that will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

You still have about 2 weeks to think about attending this wonderful annual conference.  Registration at this time for the conference will be $70 (lunch not included for registrations at this time).  “Walk-Ins” are welcome the day of the conference at the full $70 cost with no lunch included.  I am sure that the society members present at the conference can suggest some local restaurants for lunch for any registrants at this time as well as for “walk-ins” the day of the conference.

I also received a couple more “flyers” for this upcoming program that you can see here:

July 11, 2015 McHenry County Genealogical Society Detailed Flyer For Annual Conference

July 11, 2015 McHenry County Genealogical Society One Page Flyer For Annual Conference

The original posting of this event in this blog took place on January 27, 2015 and occurs after the separator line.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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Hi Everyone!

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society LogoI just received a notice from the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society (MCIGS) that they will be offering an all-day genealogy conference on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL.

The conference is titled “MCIGS 2015 Summer Conference”.

There will be 4 separate sessions throughout the day three of which will provide a choice of 4 programs to pick from while one other sessions will provide a choice of 3 programs to choose from.

Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL and Thomas MacEntee (from Geneabloggers and High-Definition Genealogy) are two nationally known genealogy experts who will be providing presentations.  There will be 5 other speakers also presenting programs.

Vendors will also be present for you to check out all kinds of genealogical material to purchase to help you in your own research.

Pre-program registration is encouraged.  Discounts are given if you are an existing McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society member.  Discounts are also given if registration is done prior to April 1, 2015.

Here is the fee schedule:

  • MCIGS Members registering before April 1, 2015 – $40
  • Non-members registering before April 1, 2015 – $50
  • All registration between April 2, 2015 through June 15, 2015  – $60
  • Registration after June 15, 2015 and Walk-Ins – $70

Lunch will be included for all registered prior to June 15, 2015.  Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after June 15, 2015 or for walk-ins.

Here is a link to the portion of the MCIGS website that contains all of the information you need for the conference, especially the individual programs being offered as well as the biographical information for the speakers and registration information.  You can reach the society information for this event at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society July 11, 2015 “MCIGS 2015 Summer Conference”

Please also pay a visit to the main website for the society to find out more about the society and the services they offer to members and non-members at:

McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

Mark your calendars for this upcoming program.  I have already added it to the Google Calendar that is part of this blog.  It sure looks like there are great speakers offering a wide variety of programs that will help novice researchers through expert researchers.  Be sure you go to the conference link noted above for a full detailed listing of the programs available to choose from.

Time flies on our calendars!  The details are all here with this society for this annual conference.  They put on a great program with fantastic speakers plus they are not that far away in Crystal Lake.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Recent Genealogy Program Speaker, Jennifer Holik, Has Just Had A World War II Military Research Article Published In Internet Genealogy, June/July 2015, Volume 10, Number 2; Article Title Is “Online Resources For Finding World War II Ancestors”; We Have That Journal In Our Collection

Hi Everyone!

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

I just want to let you know that Jennifer Holik, our recent May 12, 2015 Genealogy Program presenter,  has just had an article published in the recent issue of Internet Genealogy (June/July 2015, Volume 10, Number 2).  The title of the article is “Online Resources for Finding World War II Ancestors”.

For those in attendance for Jennifer’s program at our library in May, you may have seen that Jennifer has become an incredible World War I and II military researching  resource in our area.  Her program at our library was also on World War I and II military records.

For those doing World War I and II military ancestral research, I strongly recommend taking a look at this journal issue for Jennifer’s article.  It is packed with plenty of information in which she uses an example of her own ancestor for tracking down military records online.  It is a 5 page article that is just full of tips and website addresses to assist you in your own World War II military research.

We have this journal in our collection.  You can access this journal on the 2nd floor of our library on our magazine shelves.  I would strongly recommend making a personal copy of the article for your own current or future use if you do not currently subscribe to this journal yourself.

You can also find some tips on military research and other military research resources from Jennifer’s web site at:

Jennifer Holik Website

Jennifer is someone you will want to keep in mind as a military research resource for all things World War I and II.  Keep connected to her website for so much more you can discover that can help you in your own research.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Ever Attended A Family Reunion?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

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.

“Have You Ever Attended A Family Reunion?”  Yes or No

A Family Reunion can be a rewarding part of doing Family History research.  Not only have you discovered information about your past ancestors, but you have also discovered many more cousins than you have ever known about.  Tracking down ancestors is one part but you also track down living descendants of those ancestors that are your cousins.  Most of them may not be “closely” related to you.  But they are your kin.

As Family Historian you may decide to take it to the next level of interacting with living relatives.  Perhaps a Family Reunion is the ultimate get-together of family to interact with and even meet for the first time.  Maybe a Family Reunion might be small.  Maybe you are connecting with those discovered cousins that are local to your area.  Maybe a Family Reunion is large in size taking place at a hotel in a distant city.

You may have a special day set aside for such a gathering.  Maybe at someone’s house?  Maybe at your house?  Maybe in the summer time at a large park for a picnic?  Maybe at a restaurant?  Maybe a banquet hall?  Maybe with a mixed bag of elderly, middle age and children that are your newly discovered cousins, all sharing a connecting back in time to a common ancestor.  Maybe someone else is doing all the work and you are just going to be attending?  Maybe you did all the work?  Maybe you collaborated with your newly discovered cousins?

So ……………………. have you ever been to a “Family Reunion”??

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