Meeting Schedule

Current KCGS members will receive notification of both KCGS and Town and Country Public Library (TCPL)  genealogy meetings.

Guests interested in attending any KCGS sponsored meeting encouraged to supply their name and email address to kcgsinfo@gmail.com.  For TCPL programs, register with the library directly, via the provided link.

The start time for all events listed is 7:00 p.m. Central Time

08 December 2022

KCGS Holiday Social–Toys with Memories

Join us for our year-end celebration, reviewing KCGS 2022 accomplishments and sharing memories of favorite toys from our past.  Attendees are encouraged to on-screen share a toy, whether their own or one belonging to someone else, with personal significance or importance. 

Presentation method:  Via Zoom only

05 January 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  Immigration to the United States:  Passenger Lists

Presented by Jaymie Middendorf

“Immigration to the United States: Passenger Lists” focuses on available records from about 1820 to 1924. We will discuss finding an ancestor’s origins, various tools for locating passenger lists, how to find images and information on ships. We’ll also look at examples of passenger arrival lists from 1820 to 1913 to see how the lists have changed over time and what information can be found on the lists, including examples of folks held for special inquiry and who were detained. 

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual

Registration Link:https://elburn.librarymarket.com/event/genealogy-seekers-immigration-united-states-passenger-lists

26 January 2023

KCGS Sponsored:  Tracking Immigration Records

Presented by KCGS Representatives

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual 

 

02 February 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  Courthouse Finds

Presented by Tina Beaird

Courthouses are great resources for personal family history. Probate files, chancery cases, land sales, and law suits are just a handful of the types of records one can find in their local courthouse files. Join Tina for tips and tricks to identify and secure these records.

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual 

Registration link:  https://elburn.librarymarket.com/event/genealogy-seekers-courthouse-finds

 

23 February 2023

KCGS Sponsored:  Aliens in the Army

Presented by Debra Dudek

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual 

 

02 March 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  Church Records

Presented by Jenny Warner

You will learn how to find church records, use them to find your ancestors, and solve programs you may come across in your family tree. Many people forget the value that church records can provide in a person’s search for their family’s history. You may think that the only information available is records on baptism, marriage, and deaths. That may not be the case; church records can provide links to immigration or towns in which the family originated. 

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual 

Registration Link:  https://elburn.librarymarket.com/event/genealogy-seekers-church-records

 

23 March 2023

KCGS / Batavia Library Sponsored:  The Illinois State Archives

Presented by David A Joens, Directory

Presentation method:  In person only

Registration via Batavia Public Library

 

06 April 2023

TCPL Sponsored: Newspaper Necessities

Presented by Tina Beaird

Newspapers hold an astounding amount of genealogical and local history information other than obituaries. Learn how to find the hidden gems in newspapers like claim day notices, cards of thanks, society news, tax notices, and more. Learn how to locate digital copies of original newspapers as well as what online indexes and abstracts exist.

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual 

Registration Link:  https://elburn.librarymarket.com/event/genealogy-seekers-newspaper-necessities

 

27 April 2023

KCGS Sponsored:  Online Newspapers–Look Beyond the Lede

Presented by Laura Marshall Kovarik

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual 

 

04 May 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  It’s Not Online! The Other 90% of Records

Presented by Suz Bates

Many useful records for genealogy research are not online. How do you find these records and then how do you access them? Suz Bates, a local genealogist, will present ways to find and use archives, repositories, depositories, historical societies, and more to expand your family history research.

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual 

Registration Link:  https://elburn.librarymarket.com/event/genealogy-seekers-its-not-online-other-90-records

 

25 May 2023

KCGS Sponsored:  Screening Newspaper Finds

Presented by KCGS Representatives

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual 

 

01 Jun 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  To be determined

 

22 June 2023

KCGS Sponsored:  The National Road–America’s Highway

Presented by Dr. Kimberly Ormsby Nagy

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual 

 

06 July 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  To be determined

 

27 July 2023

KCGS / Batavia Library Sponsored:  My New England Research is Done–Or Is It?

Presented by D. Joshua Taylor

Presentation method:  Virtual only

Registration via Batavia Public Library

 

03 Aug 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  To be determined

 

24 August 2023

KCGS Sponsored: Finessing FindMyPast

Presented by Laura Street Chaplin

Presentation method:  Hybrid–in person and virtual

 

07 September 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  To be determined

 

28 September 2023

KCGS Sponsored:  To be determined

 

05 October 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  To be determined

 

26 October 2023

KCGS Sponsored:  To be determined

 

02 November 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  To be determined

 

07 December 2023

TCPL Sponsored:  To be determined

 

14 December 2023

KCGS Sponsored:  Holiday Social