Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) Will Be Having Their February 8, 2015 Meeting/Program at 2 PM at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL; The Program Will Be A Free Screening Of A Documentary Film, “The Fourth Partitition”

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 Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL on Sunday, February 8, 2015 starting at 2 PM.

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

The formal presentation will be a free screening of the documentary film “The Fourth Partition, “Czwarta Dzielnica”.  The documentary is about Polish-American immigrants at the turn of the 20th century, directed by Adrian Prawica and written by Rafal Muskala and Adrian Prawica.

Over 4 million Poles immigrated to the U.S. between 1870 and 1920 in search of a better life. Chicago was the center of Polish culture and political activism in
America. Here Poles built communities, churches, and most of all, aided their
beloved Poland in her fight for independence. They worked in some of the most
dangerous factories and mills in the United States. Learn more about your
immigrant ancestors’ daily lives. The film features rarely shown photographs and film of the period. (Shown in English with Polish subtitles.)

Director, editor, and cinematographer Adrian Prawica will be in attendance to
answer your questions after the screening. Born in Lodz, Poland, Adrian
immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, he started in event videography and public access television at age 25, then moved into advertising and documentary work.

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 February 8, 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.  Also take the opportunity to discover the Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL and how it connects to the Polish presence in Chicago..

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

January 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Program Handouts Uploaded As A PDF for January 13, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2015 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 January 2015 Handouts for your convenience:

January 2015 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, January 13, 2015 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

January 2015 Schaumburg Township District Library Genealogy Newsletter Uploaded As A PDF for January 13, 2015 Genealogy Program

Hi Everyone!

I have added the January 2015 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 January 2015 Newsletter for your convenience:

January 2015 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, January 13, 2015 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 January 13, 2015

Hi Everyone!

It is that time once again when we will be having another Genealogy Program at the central location of the Schaumburg Township District Library on Tuesday evening, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM.  We are located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

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 is a summary of the information about the program:

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana. Laura will present a program titled “Archivist’s Notebook: Gleaning Genealogical Evidence from Ephemera”.

All of us have some oral history passed to us. Is it true? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe in parts. Maybe with embellishments. Laura’s story was “someone went to Brazil to work for the King.” She spent years researching that ancestor but it wasn’t until she realized she had a physical piece of ‘evidence’ that gave credence to that ‘crazy’ story that she was able to break down the wall. The end result is that researchers look at family ‘memorabilia’ as potential clues to move research forward. It can be pretty much anything from china to buttons to embroidery to furniture; we just have to open our eyes to the possibility.

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana is a Consulting Archivist, Genealogist, Writer and Lecturer. She earned a BA in Art History with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2006, she has worked as a Consulting Archivist in a wide variety of Archives from Shure, Inc. to the Union League Club of Chicago where her interest in genealogy was resurrected as she assisted researchers in their efforts to locate information about their relatives. Laura’s passion for Archives and Genealogy have combined both through her blog, The Last Leaf On This Branch (http://thelastleafonthisbranch.blogspot.com/) and her business From Roots to Leaves (http://www.fromrootstoleaves.com), where she provides the services and education to help you research, organize, describe and share your family history materials.

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

What Are All Those Acronyms And Abbreviations You See Associated In Genealogy Related Material??; Included Is A Nice List From The Association Of Professional Genealogists That Will Answer Your Mysterious Acronym Questions

Hi Everyone!

Association of Professional Genealogists LogoHave you ever been reading some genealogy published material and happen to come across those mysterious acronyms?

Surely you have seen some of the following:

  • CG
  • DAR
  • FUGA
  • NGS
  • NGSQ

Even though you are a knowledgeable genealogist, I am sure you find it very frustrating to come across acronyms like the above and not really know what they mean.  And you are even more frustrated when the acronym is not even defined within the article you are reading.  You know how that is.  It goes on your “To Do” list to find out and probably sits there still.

The same happens with me which is why this time I wanted to dig a little deeper and find not only my immediate answer to one acronym, but perhaps uncover an entire list of genealogically related acronyms.

And lo and behold, thanks to the Association of Professional Genealogists, I was able to make a discovery of a very nice genealogical acronym list they have created.

You can access this very nice list at the following link:

Genealogical Acronym List Provided By The Association Of Professional Genealogists

Now if you come across that mysterious genealogy acronym you can quickly refer to the above list and have the answers at your fingertips.

Thank you APG (oooops, I better define that – Association of Professional Genealogists.  Their logo above nicely defines the acronym!) for making this nice handy acronym list available to us.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

Our Next Genealogy Program Is Coming Up On Tuesday Evening January 13, 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, January 13, 2015:

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana PictureThe Genealogy program will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the 2nd floor Classroom. The guest speaker for the evening will be Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana. Laura will present a program titled “Archivist’s Notebook: Gleaning Genealogical Evidence from Ephemera”.

All of us have some oral history passed to us. Is it true? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe in parts. Maybe with embellishments. Laura’s story was “someone went to Brazil to work for the King.” She spent years researching that ancestor but it wasn’t until she realized she had a physical piece of ‘evidence’ that gave credence to that ‘crazy’ story that she was able to break down the wall. The end result is that researchers look at family ‘memorabilia’ as potential clues to move research forward. It can be pretty much anything from china to buttons to embroidery to furniture; we just have to open our eyes to the possibility.

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana is a Consulting Archivist, Genealogist, Writer and Lecturer. She earned a BA in Art History with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2006, she has worked as a Consulting Archivist in a wide variety of Archives from Shure, Inc. to the Union League Club of Chicago where her interest in genealogy was resurrected as she assisted researchers in their efforts to locate information about their relatives. Laura’s passion for Archives and Genealogy have combined both through her blog, The Last Leaf On This Branch (http://thelastleafonthisbranch.blogspot.com/) and her business From Roots to Leaves (http://www.fromrootstoleaves.com), where she provides the services and education to help you research, organize, describe and share your family history materials.

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

January 2015 Newsletter Titled “Cirkular” From The Swedish American Museum; January 24, 2015 Genealogy Program; “Swedish Emigration Resources: EMIWEB Vs. EMIBAS”

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 January 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

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 January 2015 at the Swedish American Museum:

Events At The Swedish American Museum In Chicago January  2015

There is a genealogy program scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2015 between 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Museum.  The program is titled “Swedish Emigration Resources: EMIWEB vs. EMIBAS”.  The program will allow you to explore different resources for researching your emigration leads from Sweden.  (I could not find who is indicated as the program speaker.)  The program is free for Nordic Family Genealogy Center members.  Non-members are also welcome but there is a $10 fee to attend this program.  Reservations appreciated via email at genealogy@samac.org or by calling the Museum at 773.728.8111

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 January 2015.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library