Honoring the Early Settlers
Genealogy Society Honors the Early Settlers of Kendall County
The Genealogy Society of Kendall County will hold its annual “First Families” celebration on September 28 at Saint Mark’s Presbyterian Family Life Center at 208 W. Bandera at 10:30 am. For twenty years this celebration has recognized descendants of “founders” of Kendall County who were living here when the county was formed in 1862 as well descendants of early settlers who came to the county before 1900.
Applications from families with qualified ancestors can be submitted to obtain a “First Family” certificate and to have their family genealogy entered in volumes at GSKC’s Family History Place research library at 114 E. Blanco. Records of 220 families honored to date are available at the library. Applications are available at FHP and at www.gskctx.org.
Program Director, Hal Harwell, said, “These volumes are a priceless source of information on the history and heritage of those who created and nurtured our county. The documentation, family histories and photographs are an enduring record of achievement which will be preserved and available to future generations at our research library.”
Applications from sixteen new families have been received and certified this year. Members of the Brinkmann, Ochse, Spenrath, Meckel, Smith, Kapp, Flach, Reeh, Ertel, Pressler and Wren families will receive certificates. The public is invited to attend this celebration and hear about the adventures and heritage of these “First Families” who created Kendall County.
Doors will open at 10:00 am. All are welcome and there is no charge. After the presentations, there will be a light lunch and entertainment.
Temporary closure of Family History Place!
Please mark your calendar noting that Thursday, October 31st,
Family History Place will close at 4:00 pm for Halloween.
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. We are happy to announce a new partnership between The Family History Place (FHP) and the Family History Center (FHC) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). The FHC has relocated to the FHP at 114 E. Blanco Street. This partnership has increased the number of free genealogical databases and websites available to all visitors, in addition to the ability to order films from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. We have also expanded our hours:
Monday, 1 pm - 4 pm
Tuesday, 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday, 10 am - 9 pm
Thursday, 10 am - 9 pm
Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday, closed
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. Volunteers are available to assist you with your research questions and problems.
We are always in need of volunteers. In addition to our Research Center, we have other opportunities. Click on the SignUp button to see all of the opportunities.
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Last Updated on June 1, 2019
Some of the historic pictures are courtesy of Dietert Historical Archives, Patrick Heath Public Library