Meeting Schedule

January 24, 2019

 Secrets of the US Census:  How Did Enumeration Really Work

Speaker:  Thomas MacEntee, via webinar

Meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Every US Federal Census had its procedures as well as its quirks. Do you know how to tell who was the “informant” in the 1930 or 1940 US Census? Do you know how to access the instructions given to enumerators for each census? Do you know what all the different “codes” mean?

Participants will gain a better understanding from the perspective of both the enumerator AND the enumerated how the US Federal Census worked for particular years.

February 28, 2019

Workshop: Secrets of the US Census:  How Did Enumeration Really Work

Facilitated by KCGS Members Laura Chaplin and Susan Lye

Using materials and concepts presented during the January 2019 meeting, attendees will utilize this session to work “hand on” with their own research.  Attendees are requested to bring census materials, from their own research, which are focused on one family group.  Materials for review will also be available.

March 28, 2019

Italian Genealogy

Speaker:  Linda Davenport

Previously scheduled for Fall of 2018, KCGS is delighted to have Linda Davenport present resources and techniques useful for advancing Italian family history research.


April 25, 2019

Quakers—Plain and Simple

Speaker:  Laura Street Chaplin


May 23, 2019

Cyber Sleuthing Your Family Tree

Speaker:  Tina Beaird

Genealogist Tina Beaird offers methods for evaluating web sites to find the most reliable sources of information. Learn how to use subscription databases in tandem with free genealogy websites to trace your family tree. Plus, find out what’s new in the online genealogy community.

June 20, 2019

One Touch Genealogy Research:  How to Handle a Record Just Once

Speaker:  Thomas MacEntee, in person

Co-sponsored by the Batavia Public Library; meeting will be 7:00 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library

Participants will learn the best way to extract as much information as possible from a genealogy record on the first pass! We’ll cover how to save and name record images, how to transcribe and extract information, how to create a quick source citation, and how to make sure you can find the record in the future.

July 18, 2019

Great Lakes Regional Archives–Getting the Most of Your Visit

Speaker:  Tina Beaird, via Webinar

Meeting will be 7:00 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library

In conjunction with concepts presented during the June 2019 presentation, Ms. Beaird will discuss the onsite and digitized resources and planning a visit to the Great Lakes Regional Archives.


August 22, 2019

Locating Your Confederate or Union Civil War Ancestors

Speaker:  Jennifer Warner

Ms. Warner specializes in military records and will offer an interesting presentation on one of the most important events in American History—an event that impacted all families residing in the country.  Join us for a very informative session.

 September 26, 2019

Try-It Illinois and Fold 3

Speaker:  Debra M. Dudek

Try-It Illinois is a comprehensive database available free during the month of October.  Ms. Dudek, genealogy librarian at Fountaindale library, will be here to share suggestions on utilizing the database to advance your genealogical research.

October 24, 2019

Tips for DNA Testing

Speaker:  Jane Haldeman

Use of DNA test results to advance genealogical research has exploded in the past few years.  Ms. Haldeman will offer suggestions and guidelines for best utilizing this new tool.


December 5, 2019

Holiday Social / Year in Review