At a W&BCGS Event

Attend one of our events. Check the schedule below for dates and times. We meet at Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL.

Monthly meetings are held September through May on the first Saturday of the month and start at 1:30 p.m. Details of programs appear in the Newsletters.

Presentations are made at each meeting and feature experts on a variety of engaging topics. Question and Answer sessions follow.



WINTER BREAK (December-January)

We will resume meetings in February 2019.

All interested persons are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

No cost to attend. For more information, call: (779) 203-3511.



Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Research Your Overseas Ancestors without Going “Across the Pond”
by Vickie Ruthe Hahn

Learn how to find your immigrant ancestors' information in U.S. records, in overseas online genealogy databases, and in other, mostly free, resources. Learn how histories and maps help track their immigrations, and what to do about language barriers. There will be an emphasis on England, Ireland, Germany, and Norway.

Vicki Ruthe Hahn is a Public Services Librarian at the Beloit Public Library. She got her BA and MLIS from the University of Illinois. She is the founder of the Stateline Genealogy Club at the Beloit Public Library, and the author of a blog, “statelinegenealogyclub.wordpress.com”.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
(Alternate location - Boone County Historical Museum)

Sam Larson, Sexton (caretaker) of Belvidere Cemetery
She will be discussing the history of the cemetery, what her job at Sexton entails, and how she works with the genealogy of local families.

Sam was born and raised in Belvider, and has lived in Rockford since 2001. She was married in Belvidere, and she and her husband have a son and a daughter, 5 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. She is currently Sexton of Belvidere Cemetery, where she has worked since 1996.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
(Spring Creek United Church of Christ)
“Young at Heart.” A humorous look at the process of aging with local author Nancy Hanewall Stacy who is “Young at heart, but older in other places.” Mix doctor’s advice with the best medicine of all…laughter.


SUMMER BREAK (June—August)