At a W&BCGS Event

Attend one of our events. Check the schedule below for dates and times.

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.



We meet at Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL unless otherwise specified.

All interested persons are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

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


Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
"Getting to know the William Graydon Family & Me"
By Vicki Ruthe Hahn

Vicki will demonstrate her use of many different genealogical research methods to show a surprisingly interesting Family History with Regional Connections between East Troy, Troy, Eagle, and Elkhorn, Wisconsin; as well as Chicago, Meacham Grove, Freeport, Rockford, Galena, and Macktown (Rockton), Illinois.

Vicki is a Public Services Librarian at the Beloit Public Library with a BA and MLIS and designates herself as the “Stateline Genealogy Sorter” (SGS). She founded the Stateline Genealogy Club at the Beloit Public Library and is the blog creator of StatelineGenealogyClub.Wordpress.com. With a background in Anthropology, History, Clothing history, and Teaching, Vicki sorts out mysteries, rediscovers histories, weaves stories, and helps people with family genealogy and local history. She specializes in the area from Central IL to Central WI.


Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
"Scrapbooks: Purposes and Possibilities"
by Devon Noel Lee (via live webinar)

This presentation will discuss the different types of projects you can do to showcase your family history. Whether you're a craft fanatic, or not crafty at all, there's a project for you!

Devon Noel Lee specializes in preserving and sharing family memories and motivating budding genealogists. She has crafted over 60 scrapbooks, written a memoir and seven family history how-to books, including the popular A Recipe for Writing Family History. Devon is a high energy speaker and also serves as programming chair for her local genealogical society, as well as newsletter chair, which builds upon her 16 years as a journalist. Currently, Devon is a home educator to five superheroes.

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)