Due to the impact of COVID-19 and based upon recommendations of the State of Illinois, KCGS announces that meetings through August 2020 will be available via webinar. Current KCGS members will receive notification and access to meetings. Guests interested in attending any webinar are encouraged to supply their name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guest requests to attend webinars must be received no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the event.
Please note the start time for each meeting date.
May 28, 2020
Maps and Trails: Migration Paths from 17th Through 19th Centuries
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Tina Beaird
Join us as Ms. Beaird shares her deep genealogical knowledge and infectious enthusiasm on a topic that many forget—migration patterns. Learn the who, how, and why our ancestors resided in the certain parts of the country.
June 25, 2020
The Other Census: US State Censuses
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Participants will learn how to determine if a specific state or territory conducted their own census and when. In addition, we’ll cover how to access these records both online and in-person at various repositories. Finally, we’ll review how to take state and territorial census data and incorporate it into your current genealogy research.
July 23, 2020
Untangle the Web of German Websites
Speaker: Teresa Steinkamp McMillin
Time: 7:00 p.m.
The internet is offering more and more quality information for German researchers. This talk will focus on collections of free digitized German materials and indexes available on the internet. Most websites presented are based in Germany, so navigation tips and tricks will be included.
August 27, 2020
To Be Determined
September 24, 2020
Looking for European Roots
Speaker: Caron Brennan
If you are ready to “cross the pond” in your research, this presentation will provide ideas of where to find records for European records. This presentation includes review of the well-known sites like FamilySearch and Find My Past as well as lesser known sites.
October 22, 2020
DNA: Beginning Genetic Genealogy (Part 1 of 3)
Speaker: Laura Street Chaplin
Are you using DNA in your genealogical research? Not sure what to do once your sample is analyzed? To answer these and many other questions, through a 3 part program, Ms. Chaplin is going to guide through us through the incorporation DNA testing into our genealogy research.
With Part 1, we will review the various types of DNA tests, what their results may produce and which test to select.
Part 2, scheduled for January 2021, will focus on result interpretation.
Part 3, scheduled for February 2021, will focus on finding and connecting with others.
December 3, 2020
Holiday Social / Year in Review
Join us as we enjoy the beautiful holiday surroundings at the Geneva History Museum.