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JANUARY 28, 2016

THE 15 HABITS OF HIGHLY FRUGAL GENEALOGISTS

Speaker:  Thomas MacEntee, via webinar

 

Who said genealogy and the hunt for your family history has to be expensive? Just as in any other industry, there are some tricks to getting the best deals and bargains in the genealogy marketplace. With The 15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists you’ll learn the tricks and also how to think like a savvy frugal genealogist!  This session is a webinar and will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

FEBRUARY 25, 2016

* BILLIONGRAVES:  BEYOND THE BASICS

Speaker:  Debra Dudek

 

What is the big deal about BillionGraves?  Debra Dudek, Head of Adult and Teen Services- Fountaindale Public Library-Bolingbrook, will enthusiastically discuss the features and benefits of one of the newest world-wide repositories for headstones and cemetery information.  

Small participation fee required for Non-KGCS members attending

 

 

MARCH 24, 2016

RESEARCHING IN ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES: THE DO AND DONTS

Speakers:  Melissa Barker, via webinar

 

Get ready for your research travels as Melissa shares tips on how to prepare and make the most of your visit to libraries and archives.  

This session is a webinar and will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

 

APRIL 28, 2016

MY COUSIN, THE GANGSTER

Speaker:  Mike Karsen

 

Cousin Frank Frost (a.k.a. Frank Foster) was a real Chicago gangster who was ultimately associated with the infamous Al Capone.  In searching family lore, it was learned there was almost too much information.  How does one sort through the scads of information in newspapers, books, websites, etc. and how do you know fact vs fiction?  Join us and Mike Karsen, noted genealogical speaker,  we journey through a most enjoyable presentation where we learn about Cousin Frank.

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MAY 26, 2016

GRANDMA NELLIES SCRAPBOOK:  IDENTIFYING AND INTERPRETING HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS

Speaker:  Tina Beaird

 

Many of us have treasured photographs but there may be more within the photos than meets the eye.  Tina Beaird will share methods and thoughts to consider while reviewing your family artifacts.

 

JUNE 16, 2016

THEYRE ALIVE! SEARCHING FOR THE LIVING

Speaker:  Thomas MacEntee, in person

 

Co-sponsored by the Batavia Public Library; meeting will be held at the Batavia Public Library

Genealogists have many reasons to locate living relatives – from connecting with long lost cousins to performing collateral searches to break down brick walls.  Learn the most effective ways to find living people using Internet search engines and resources.  The meeting will be held at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S Batavia Ave., Batavia IL.

 

JULY 28, 2016

MEMBERS MEETING:  IRAD (ILLINOIS REGIONAL ARCHIVES DEPOSITORY

Speaker:  Cindy Ditzler, Director

 

Director Cindy Ditzler will provide an on-site tour and presentation of the IRAD collection, which contains county records for all northern Illinois counties (except Cook county.  Time will be available for research within the collection.  Note:  KCGS Membership is required to attend this meeting.  

 

AUGUST 25, 2016

*RESEARCH AT THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY

Speaker:  Ginger Frere

 

The Newberry Library is one of the regions greatest genealogical treasures.  Librarian Ginger Frere will guide us on the contents of the library as well as how to best use the resources within.

 Small participation fee required for Non-KGCS members attending

 

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

*UNDERSTANDING FAMILYSEARCH: PART I

Speaker:  Jane Haldeman

 

Many use FamilySearch.org as part of our research regime, but are using it to its potential?  As part of a two-part program, Jane will break down the use of FamilySearch so that we can better use this powerful research tool.

Small participation fee required for Non-KGCS members attending

 

 

OCTOBER 27, 2016

UNDERSTANDING FAMILYSEARCH: PART II

Speaker:  Jane Haldeman

This is a continuation of the September 2016 presentation.

 

DECEMBER 1, 2016

HOLIDAY SOCIAL / YEAR IN REVIEW

 Join us as we share holiday cheer and camaraderie as we complete our annual year-end review of activities.

 

Meeting Information:

Meeting Location:

 

Geneva History Museum

113 S. Third Street

Geneva, IL

 

Meeting Time: 7:30 PM