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

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) Will Be Starting A DNA Special Interest Group (SIG); First Meeting Will Take Place On Saturday, January 10, 2015, At The Schaumburg Township District Library At 10:30 AM

Hi Everyone,

CAGGNI logoJust want to let you know of another new development from the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI).  As active as they are, they are  about to embark on hosting another new Special Interest Group (SIG).  The new SIG that they will be starting is the DNA Special Interest Group.

The group will have its first meeting this Saturday at 10:30 AM at our library, the Schaumburg Township District Library which is located at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, IL.

The SIG will be led by Alan and Michelle Wilson who are members of the CAGGNI group.

Here is a quoted program description from the group’s recent January 2015 Newsletter:


“CAGGNI is proud to announce Chicagoland’s first genetic genealogy special interest group.  The group will meet periodically throughout the year.  The first meeting will take place on January 10, at 10:30 am at Schaumburg Library. All CAGGNI members are welcome to attend and guests considering joining CAGGNI are welcome to attend as well.

Our DNA group will focus on learning the methods for analyzing DNA test results.  Throughout the year we will study autosomal DNA (“family finder” and “cousin finder” tests), mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA and surname projects, X-DNA, and ancestral admixture results.  We’ll investigate third-party tools for analyzing your raw data results and for comparing DNA and GEDCOM data with test kit results from companies besides the one you tested with.

DNA can break down genealogical brick walls once thought impenetrable – but only if you know how. 

The SIG will combine short 15-20 minute lectures with interactive workshop-style activities.  Bring your laptop or tablet and, if you’ve already tested, have your login credentials handy for accessing your results. 

Get ready to put your DNA results to work for you!


You can connect to the CAGGNI group online at their website at:

Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI)

DNA Clip ArtIf you have submitted a DNA sample for genealogy purposes and are having a hard time making meaningful conclusions from your test results, then it sure sounds like this SIG group may be a good group to connect to.

I know this is somewhat short notice, but if you want to know more about how to interpret your DNA results as well as to learn more about many of the other DNA tests that can also be taken, this is the program to consider attending at our library.

Learn about DNA testing.  Learn about CAGGNI.  Learn about all of the other resources CAGGNI offers.  Non-members are welcome.  Consider taking the next step and become a member of CAGGNI.  You won’t regret it.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library


Genealogy Estate Planning Tutorial Video At Ancestry.com; Genealogy Codicil Form PDF Also Included

Hi Everyone,

Ancestry.com LogoIn my exploration of a variety of genealogy videos at Ancestry.com, I happened to come across one that I thought was very good and that applies to all genealogical researchers.

It is also a video on a topic that is one we do not want to acknowledge.  And that topic is our own mortality.

For all of the years that we research our family history, perhaps it is good that we acknowledge our own mortality as it applies to all of our research material.  I have heard far too many stories about a genealogy researcher passing away and family members simply throwing out all of their paper research material out of ignorance or lack of direction.

What would you do if you were an executor faced with doing something with what is meaningless paper for you in trying to clean up someone’s estate?  If you value your research and research efforts, perhaps it is time to recognize your mortality.  While you are living,  provide your family members with clear direction as to how your genealogy research is to be handled after your death.

The 25 minute Ancestry.com video is titled “Genealogy Estate Planning”.  It was created by Crista Cowen a frequent creator of wonderful genealogy YouTube videos from Ancestry.com.  Crista provides some matter of fact directions on how to go about passing on your family history research so that it does not wind up in the garbage dump or recycling bin!

You can see the video directly here:

Think about what genealogy researchers do.  They research the lives of our deceased ancestors!  None of us can escape our final end.  So why not acknowledge our end and provide direction about your materials while you can.

One of the tools I also discovered is a Genealogy Codicil Form.  This is a form that can become part of your existing Will.  It provides your Executor and the Legal Community with written direction as to how to treat your genealogy research material.  I thought this form is something you can use as you think through the process of directing your genealogy research material after your death.

Here is a copy of that form to consider to use with an existing Will or to include in a newly created Will:

Genealogy Codicil Form

View Crista’s “Genealogy Estate Planning” video and take a look at the Genealogy Codicil Form.

Don’t take a chance and have your life’s research work wind up in the dump or a paper recycling facility.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

New Season Of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Starts On Tuesday Evening, February 24, 2015, At 9 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 Tuesday evening, February 24, 2015, at 9 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

You will find a”teaser” video on the four announced upcoming “stars” that will appear on the show for the 2015 season.  In fact most of what is there at the site for the program as of my recent visit still contains mainly material from the 2014 season.

There will be 8 episodes of the show for this new season on TLC.

Four of the eight “stars” have been identified for this season.  The other four stars will be identified at a future time.  Here are the four “stars” identified so far that will appear on the show during the 8 episode 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:

  • Julie Chen
  • Angie Harmon
  • Sean Hayes
  • Bill Paxton

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 Tuesday evening, February 24, 2015 at 9 PM Central Time on TLC on cable.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

I Changed PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2013 Page Title To The Blog To Show Past Programs From 2002 To 2014

Hi Everyone!

I just changed the PAGE on the blog titled PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2013  to PREVIOUS PROGRAMS 2002 – 2014 to reflect our historical view of genealogy programs presented at our library to now include 2014.

You will find “Pages” to this blog on the top of the homepage of the blog.  You will see pages titled “About”,  “2015 Programs”, “Previous Programs 2002 – 2014″, “Favorite Links”, “Genealogy Program Flyer”.

Just look for it at the top of the blog.

Here is a direct link to the newly updated history of our genealogy programs presented at our library covering 2002 to 2014:

2002 – 2014 Genealogy Programs Presented at the Schaumburg Township District Library

Maybe you remember a program or speaker we had at one time.  Use this page to refresh your memory.  The programs are presented in order from 2014 back to 2002.  The programs within each year are in January through December month order.

Enjoy your travel through Memory Lane as it pertains to our past library genealogy programs!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

“2015 Programs” Added As A New Page On The Blog At The Top Of The Home Page

Hi Everyone!

I just want to let all of you know that I have created a new “page” on the blog that is at the top of the first page you see when you visit the blog.

The title of the page is “2015 Programs”.  You will find a list of the schedule of our upcoming genealogy programs for 2015 at our Central Library.  These programs always occur on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month starting at 7:30 PM.  Doors to the room open by 7:00 PM.

Take a look at the variety of topics and speakers we have scheduled for 2015 to see which ones are of special interest to you.  Also note the quarterly “breakout” groups we have when we do not have a speaker scheduled.  Mark your calendars for 2015 for these programs.

You can also get directly to this schedule of our programs for 2015 from right within this post at:

2015 Genealogy Programs at the Schaumburg Township District Library

We look forward to seeing you throughout 2015!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library