Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Has An Upcoming Program on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in LaGrange, Illinois; Link To Calendar Of Czech Related Events Also Included

Hi Everyone!

CSAGSI (Czech) LogoI just received a notice from the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) of an upcoming program they will be having very soon.  The program will occur on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, Illinois.  The church is located at 150 S. Ashland Rd. in LaGrange, IL.

Here is a Google Map showing the location of the church in LaGrange, IL:

First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, IL Google Map

The topic of the program is “Bohemian National Cemetery Memorials, Old and New: How We Honor and Remember Our Ancestors”.  The speaker for the program will be Chuck Michalek.

With our observance of Memorial Day at the end of May and the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster in July, Mr. Michalek’s thoughtful reflection on how we remember and honor our ancestors is most fitting.  Our speaker will expand on Bohemian National Cemetery’s roll in the Eastland Disaster and the plans being made for the Eastland Memorial at the Bohemian National Cemetery.

I did notice at the website for the society that they do have a large Calendar of Events of upcoming programs of interest to those researching Czech genealogy and Czech culture.  Genealogy items on the calendar are just one of many different kinds of Czech events you can find on the calendar.  It looks like the calendar is updated monthly with additions, deletions and changes.  You can view this calendar from their website here:

2015 Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Calendar of Events

Mark the date and location down on your calendars.  For those doing Czech and Slovak research, you may want to connect with fellow researchers at this program.

Admission is free.  You do not have to be a member of the society to attend.

Check it out.

You can visit the web page of the society to obtain information and resources available from the society for interested Czech researchers at:

Czech and Slovak American  Genealogy Society of Illinois (CSAGSI) Website

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening May 12, 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, May 12, 2015:

Jennifer Holik

Jennifer Holik

The Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Jennifer Holik. Jennifer will present a program titled “Finishing the Story: Researching World War I and II Military Records”.

Tracing the life of a deceased military soldier (Soldier Dead) can be challenging. Through three World War I and World War II case studies, learn about records and resources available to help you write the stories of your Soldier Dead.

Jennifer Holik is a genealogical research professional and the owner of Generations and co-founder of The In-Depth Genealogist. Jennifer has over twenty years of research and writing experience. She has authored articles for local and national genealogical publications; authored and published a set of kids’ genealogy curriculum books in 2012; is an Expert Author for Archives.com; and writes for several blogs.

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

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their May 17, 2015 Meeting/Program at 2 PM At The Fountaindale Public Library District In Bolingbrook, IL; The Program Title Is “The Russian Partition And Poland’s Disappearance From The World Map” Presented By Ola Heska; Program Will Also Be Presented As A “Live” Webinar” For Those Unable To Attend In Person

Hi Everyone!

PGSA Logo Clip ArtI received the following publicity statement from the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) about their upcoming meeting that will take place at the Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL on Sunday, May 17, 2015 starting at 2 PM.

The PGSA is inviting anyone interested in Polish genealogy to attend the program and meet other members of the society in attendance.

The formal presentation is titled “The Russian Partition and Poland’s Disappearance from the World Map”.  The presenter is Ola Heska.

The program is also being presented as a “live” webinar for those that cannot attend in person.  The PDF flyer noted below provides information on how to register for the webinar if you would like to participate in that manner.

In 1795 Poland disappeared from the world maps and endured over 123 years of foreign occupation. The country was divided and occupied by Russia, Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This presentation is an overview of the causes and results of the occupation, focusing on the Russian partition. Online sources of digitized documents and indexes will also be discussed.

Presenter, Ola Heska received her M.A. in Russian Philology from Lodz University, Poland. She is fluent in Polish, Russian, and some Latin, with experience in deciphering Old Russian handwriting. Ola began researching her family roots 14 years ago and now enjoys working as a genealogist/translator helping others. She has participated in PGSA’s annual conference and is currently involved in a vital records indexing project with the Polish Genealogical Society (PTG) headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. Please join us.

There is ample parking and light refreshments will be served.

The society has recently been having its quarterly programs at a variety of locations in Chicago and suburbs over the recent years rather than just at its main location in the city of Chicago, IL.

Here is a PDF flyer I received from the society that describes the program for the gathering:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Flyer For May 17, 2015 Program

You can also visit the society’s website and discover who they are and what resources are offered to those interested in Polish genealogical research.  You can visit the website at:

Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Website

Consider attending this program and learn about the PGSA and its membership as well as the topic being presented for this event.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Fox Valley Genealogical Society (FVGS) Annual Conference Program To Be Held In Naperville, IL On September 26, 2015 (Saturday); George G. Morgan Will Be Guest Speaker; PDF Link To Conference Brochure

Hi Everyone!

Please mark Saturday, September 26, 2015 on your calendars.  This is the date for the 2015 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference.

The conference title is “Alternative Search Strategies in Genealogy”

The guest speaker for the day will be George G. Morgan, President of Aha! Seminars, Inc. and co-host of the Genealogy Guys Podcast.  He will present four 1 hour genealogical programs.  Topics in the program that will be presented are:

  • Locating and Accessing Published Genealogies Online
  • Five Reasons the Records Aren’t in the Courthouse (and Where to Look)
  • Alternate Records You May Never Have Considered
  • Sidestep Genealogy

Please visit the website of the Fox Valley Genealogical Society directly.  You can reach them at:

Fox Valley Genealogical Society of Naperville, Illinois

Here is a PDF document from the Fox Valley Genealogical Society website that contains all of the details of the program.  You can access this PDF at:

2015 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Annual Conference Brochure

There is plenty of time to plan for this all day program.

Mark your calendar for this upcoming Fall 2015 program in Naperville, IL.  Take a look at all of the details in the above PDF brochure.

Support another local genealogical society that is in our area!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

May 2, 2015 And June 6, 2015 Upcoming Genealogy Programs Offered By The Chicago Genealogical Society At The Newberry Library In Chicago, IL

Hi Everyone!

Chicago Genealogical Society LogoI just received a couple of notices from the Chicago Genealogical Society about 2 upcoming programs they will be offering at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL..

The programs are “free” and open to the public.

One program will be on May 2, 2015 and the other will be on June 6, 2015.

Each program starts at 1:30 PM.

Here are links to the PDF flyers they provided to for these programs.

May 2, 2015 Genealogy Program From The Chicago Genealogical Society

June 6, 2015 Genealogy Program From The Chicago Genealogical Society

All programs meet at the Newberry Library on the Saturdays noted from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.  The library is located at 60 W. Walton St in Chicago, IL.

You can visit the web site of the Chicago Genealogical Society at:

Chicago Genealogical Society

You can visit the Newberry Library web site at:

Newberry Library

See if the programs are of interest to you.  It might be a great experience to connect with the society and the Newberry Library.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

Ancestry.com Has New Ancestry Academy Resource; Online Video Tutorials; Some For Free; Others Require Ancestry Academy Subscription

Hi Everyone!

Ancestry.com LogoIn case you are not aware, Ancestry.com has just introduced an online tutorial resource called Ancestry Academy.

You can see what this is all about by visiting the Ancestry Academy at:

Ancestry Academy at Ancestry.com

There are “free” tutorials that anyone can access.  There are premium tutorials that will require a subscription to the Ancestry Academy.

Subscription rates to Ancestry Academy are noted as:

  • $11.99 per month
  • $99.99 per year
  • $199 for a 6 month subscription to Ancestry World Explorer Plus that gives you access to all of the records of Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, Fold 3 and all of the Ancestry Academy tutorials.

Even if you are not a subscriber to Ancestry.com, there are tutorials noted as “free” that anyone can access and learn from.

If you want the non-free tutorials, you will need to subscribe to the Academy under one of the above pricing options.

I personally have a full, all access subscription to Ancestry records.  I thought this might allow me to access all of the tutorials.  It did not.  I think that is because I do not have additional subscriptions to Newspapers.com and Fold 3.  This is how Ancestry.com seems to be packaging the $199 product offering.  It just looks like you will have to proactively subscribe to the Academy and not assume that a current subscription package you have will gain you access to it.

Perhaps if you subscribe to the highest level offerings from Ancestry.com, maybe you would actually be able to gain access to Ancestry Academy under your current subscription.  It is probably worth a call to Ancestry to check out if you have an interest in pursuing full access to Ancestry Academy.

Whether I was signed in to Ancestry.com with my subscription or just accessing Ancestry.com not signed in, I had no trouble accessing the free tutorials at Ancestry Academy.

I did look at some of the segments of one of the free tutorials.  They are well put together.  The video presentation looks professional and well-polished.  The video instructors are top of the line genealogists from around the country.  They seem to exhibit a very good on-screen presence as teachers.   Each tutorial is broken down into various sub-segments noting the topic contained in that one.  When the initial segment ends the next segment automatically starts up.

You can even gain access to outside material such as PDF files or websites through the tutorials through the links provided that correlates to material spoken about in the tutorial.

And finally, you can even take an optional test at the end of the tutorial to see how you absorbed the covered material.  If you get any wrong answers, you can even link back to the section of the video that covered the material.

“Free” is good but there may be some great presentations that are worth the price of admission, especially if it is on a more “niched” topic that connects to your own personal research.  I think there is enough now at the Academy for you to sample and gain an idea on how the material can help you.

And Ancestry.com has indicated there will be more and more tutorials added.  I’m sure there will also be more “free” ones added in the future.

Check out the link above to the new Ancestry Academy being offered by Ancestry.com.  Try one of the “free” ones.  I think you will like what you see.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“Who Do You Think You Are?” New Episode Showcasing Melissa Etheridge Airs Sunday, April 26, 2015, On TLC At 9 PM Central Time; Final Premiere Episode For This Season’s Shows

Hi Everyone!

Who Do You Think You Are?I wanted to remind you that a  “new” episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” for this year’s series airs on Sunday night, April 26, 2015, on TLC at 9 PM Central time.

Melissa Etheridge is featured on this episode.

Here is a small text description from the TLC website for the show of what this night’s episode is about:

“Melissa Etheridge digs into her French roots and finds a family shaken by a scandalous lawsuit; a turbulent relationship entangled with tragedy; and an adventuresome ancestor who prospered in colonial America.”

Try to watch the original airing on TLC if possible.

Here is the schedule of the balance of the original airings of the new episodes for this season:

  • April 26: Melissa Etheridge

The “new” airings are already winding down for the season.  This is the final “premiere” airing for this season’s episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are?” .

Visit the shows website at TLC at:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” On TLC

You can find so much at the website about the show, video snippets of previous shows, and full online viewing in its entirety of many of the previously broadcast The Learning Channelshows.

Enjoy this new episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sunday night, April 26, 2015 at 9 PM Central time featuring Melissa Etheridge on TLC!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library