At a W&BCGS Event

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

Monthly meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month and start at 1:30 p.m. (May through September). Program details 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 or Email wbcgensociety@gmail.com


NOTE: New Summer Meetings have New Day (Thursday) and Time (6:00 p.m.)!






Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
"Finding Your German Ancestors with Maps and Gazetteers"
by John D. Wasserstrass, President of the German Interest Group in Beloit, WI

In order to find information about your ancestors, you not only need to know the names and dates, but also their exact locations. For German ancestors, this is often a problem, because political boundaries and jurisdictions have undergone many changes over time. This program will discuss the most common tools available for finding historical places, their jurisdictions, maps, and locating archives.

John Wasserstrass lives in Beloit, Wisconsin, and is a retired computer programmer and math teacher. All his ancestors immigrated from Germany, but according to AncestryDNA, they brought along many non-German genes. He has researched these German ancestors for many years and has been involved with the German Interest Group in Wisconsin (currently as President), and its annual German Genealogy workshop for many years as well.

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
"Exploring Irish Ancestors"
by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Special location: Nordlof Center

Co-hosting with Rockford Public Library
"DNA Genealogy"
by Steve Szabados