Meeting Schedule

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held at the Geneva History Museum, 113 S. Third St., Geneva, IL

December 5, 2019

Holiday Social / Year in Review

Join us as we enjoy the holiday in the Geneva History Museum and review the KCGS accomplishments 2019.

January 23, 2020

 After You Are Gone:  Future Proofing Your Genealogical Research

Speaker:  Thomas MacEntee, via webinar

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

Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone? Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, Thomas will review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research. 


February 27, 2020

New Resources for British Isles Research

Speaker:  Paul Milner

Co-sponsored by the St. Charles Public Library;

Note:  The meeting will be 7:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Public Library

1 S. Sixth Ave, St. Charles, IL

Learn what new primary and secondary sources have become available and how to access them. Keep up to date on the constantly changing face of British Isles research by learning about recently released original records, new indexes, book, CD-ROM and web sites.

March 26, 2020 


Due to the novel coronavirus and based upon recommendations of the State of Illinois, KCGS regrets to announce that this meeting is cancelled.  All efforts will be made to reschedule the speaker at a future date.


April 23, 2020

Internet Archive:  The Amazing Genealogical Resource

Speaker: Debra Dudek

Learn how to super-charge your genealogy research with Internet Archive – a fantastic resource that you may be under-utilizing.

May 28, 2020

Maps and Trails: Migration Paths from 17th Through 19th Centuries

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, in person

Co-sponsored by the Batavia Public Library

Note:  The meeting will be 7:00 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library

10 S. Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL

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.

Note:  The library requests that attendees pre-register

July 23, 2020

Untangle the Web of German Websites

Speaker:  Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

Co-sponsored by the Batavia Public Library

Note:  The meeting will be 7:00 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library

10 S. Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL

 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.

Note:  The library requests that attendees pre-register


August 27, 2020

KCGS Indexing Project

Speaker:  KCGS Project Leaders

During its 40 year plus history, the Kane County Genealogical Society has created a research database consisting of over 1.2 million entries.  Learn more about the database, its scope, and how the project leaders manage this every growing resource.

 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.