Genealogical Society of Kendall County, Texas

Welcome to our website!

The Genealogical Society of Kendall County, Texas was founded in 1981.  We are located in Boerne in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas.  
Changing a Flat Tire
Our purpose is to promote the study of family research, to collect and preserve biographical data and records of the people of the community and their ancestors, to build and maintain a genealogical library, and to offer programs of genealogical and historical interest to our members and to the general public.
We invite you to explore our new website.  Be sure to look at our library.  We have reference material for the entire United States in addition to an excellent collection of Kendall County publications.  If you have family ties in Kendall County look at our First Families of Kendall County.  It is an excellent way to document your family 

Seminar Registration Is Now Open

Registration for the 11th Annual Hill Country Family History Seminar is now open. The date is Saturday, March 28th.  Our speaker is the nationally known Lisa Louise Cooke.  You are also invited to join Lisa at the pre-seminar dinner to be held Friday, March 27th.  

Awards Given at Celebration

President Nancy McLarry was awarded the prestigious Rachel Betz award at the Genealogical Society of Kendall County’s (GSKC) Christmas Awards party. This award is given each year to the member who has made an outstanding contribution to the society through service to the organization over a period of several years. This dedicated president greatly improved GSKC’s financial health and outreach to the community and other organizations in her three year tenure. The Director’s Award was presented to Gwen Adrian, Chair of the Kendall County First Families Committee for five years. A First Families Celebration is held each September when descendants of Kendall County pioneers are honored and their ancestors recognized. The Genie Award, given to new members showing outstanding service, was given to Karla Thurner. Lloyd Shenberger received the Silver Dollar Award for three years’ service as treasurer. He also established a new society website and will continue as its 2015 web master.  Cathy Schwarz received the Volunteer of the Year award for her countless hours spent at our library and on our website.
Three Elf awards were given to members for special accomplishments during the year. These awards went to Sharon Wolff primarily for her work with the Symposium; Carla Chagaris for her willingness to take on and accomplish any task to help the organization; and Carol Westermeier primarily for her work with publicity, and as state and national liaison. Certificates were given to 45 members who have volunteered to work in different areas of the organization, primarily in GSKC’s library.
The Family History Place will be closed for the rest the year and will reopen January 5, 2015, with volunteers ready to help patrons discover and explore their family history. Hours are Monday: 1:00 to 4:00 and Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 to 4:00. Call 830.331.8730 or go online at for more information.

Family History Place

Family History Place
Be sure to visit our excellent research facility, The Family History Place.  We are located at 114 E. Blanco Street in Boerne, Texas.  Our hours are Monday, 1 pm to 4 pm; and Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.  We are closed on Saturday and Sunday.  If you are visiting from out of town, other hours can be arranged by appointment.
The research facility is open to the public and free.  Our volunteers can help you get started or assist with a research problem.  In addition to books and other on-site materials, we also offer Ancestry and Fold3.

Some of the historic pictures are courtesy of Dietert Historical Archives, Patrick Heath Public Library

March, 27
Pre-Seminar Dinner with Lisa Louise Cooke
Come join us as we welcome Lisa Louise Cooke to our Family History Seminar and enjoy a wonderful meal at the Helene House.  Registration will be available starting January 5, 2015.  Registration forms will be available either at the Family History Place or on-line at the GSKC website.  Tickets are $35 for GSKC members, seminar attendees, and guests.  Seating is limited so register early! 
March, 28
Eleventh Annual Hill Country Family History Seminar
Guest speaker will be Lisa Louise Cooke. Doors open at 8:15.  Lunch is included, along many door prizes. Registration will begin on 5 January 2015.  Registration forms will be available at the Family History Place and on the GSKC website. Early registration before March 9 will be $45 for GSKC members and $50 for non-members.  Late registration after March 9 and at the door will be $60 for everyone. Register early!
April, 18
General Meeting
Speaker:  To Be Announced Topic:       To Be Announced Visitors are welcome at General Meetings.  Membership is not required to attend.
April, 19
Salt Lake City Research Trip
Each year The Genealogical Society of Kendall County takes a group of researchers to Salt Lake City to spend a week at the Family History Library.  This has become a regular trip for some members.  We hope that you will join us in 2015 when we will again travel to Salt Lake City from Sunday, April 19 through Sunday, April 26.  We stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel which is located next door to the Library.  In addition to ...
May, 16
General Meeting
Speaker:   Peggy Munson Topic:       "The Last Two Civil War Widows" Visitors are welcome at General Meetings.  Membership is not required to attend.