Genealogical Society of Kendall County, Texas

Bookcase Donations

 
The Genealogical Society of Kendall County has received a generous donation of nearly 2,500 valuable books useful for genealogical research from Ed and Mary Lou Mergele.  To house these books in the GSKC library, we are installing library-quality book cases. To defray the costs, we are accepting donations. This is an opportunity for you to make a donation in honor of or in memory of an ancestor or loved one.  The individual's name will be engraved on brass plates attached to the shelf or bookcase. The cost is $170 for a shelf or $840 for a full bookcase.  
 
Donation may be made online by clicking here, or you may print the donation form and mail your check to GSKC, PO Box 623, Boerne, TX 78006



First Families Celebration

 
Mark your calendars - Our First Families of Kendall County celebration and reunion will be held this year on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 208 W. Bandera Road, Boerne, beginning at 10:30 AM.
 
This celebration will be very exciting.  Seventy-five (75) applications have been submitted so far and sixty-eight (68) of them have already been approved.  Fourteen (14) of the families have never be recognized before.  We will recognize seven (7) new Early Settlers and six (6) new Founders of Kendall County.  Families of our County Clerk, County Judge, and all four commissioners will be represented.
 

 


Genealogical Society of Kendall County Texas

 
"The purpose of the Genealogical Society of Kendall County Texas shall be 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 its members and to the general public."
Genealogical Society of Kendall County Texas Constitution, Article III



2018 Seminar Has Been Announced

John Sellers
The 14th Annual Hill County Family History Seminar has been announced.  This year our speaker will be Mr. John Sellers.  John is a fifth generation Texan and native of Hopkins County.  He has been researching for twenty-six years and he has been lecturing for over twenty years.  He is a popular regional and national  speaker.  John has served as both the President of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society and as the Mayor of Sulphur Springs, Texas.  He specializes in courthouse research and a myriad of other topics.
 
The full day seminar will consist of 4 sessions.  The topics are:
  1. Women: That Gender You Can't do Without in Your Research.
  2. What's Hidden in Courthouse Records?
  3. Researching Newspapers in Cyberspace.
  4. What Do You Mean it Burned?  How to Work Around Destroyed Documents.
Registration will begin November 1, 2017.
 
The date of the seminar is Saturday, February 24, 2018, and will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00  pm at the Kronkosky Place, 17 Old San Antonio Road, Boerne, TX 78006.
 
Mark the date on your calendar and we will see you there!



Volunteer Opportunities

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.
 
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

 


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.  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:
 
New 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.
 

 


"The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten"


 
 
 
 
 
 


Last Updated on September 14, 2017


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


September, 29
Friendship Friday
LET’S ALL GET TOGETHER!! Have you ever thought that you would like to talk to “that person” a little longer? Well now is your opportunity! The last Friday of the month, we will gather at the Family History Place to VISIT with our members and friends. Bring a snack to share and whatever it is that you like to drink! LET’S MAKE SOME NEW FRIENDS! ! Everyone is invited and we urge you to bring your friends and join the ...
September, 30
First Families of Kendall County
First Family Renunion and Awards Ceremony. Join the celebration as we honor past and new recipients of First Families of Kendall County.  The celebration begins at 10:30 AM and the doors will open at 10:00 AM.  An informative presentation of current First Families will be given and First Families certificates and pins will be presented to descendants. 
October, 21
General Meeting
The Genealogical Society of Kendall County has its 35th anniversay in 2017.   We will have a great celebration on Saturday, October 21st.  The celebration will begin at Patrick Heath Public Library and end with an open house at The Family History Place, 114 East Blanco, Boerne.     Visitors are welcome at General Meetings.  Membership is not required to attend.
October, 27
Friendship Friday
LET’S ALL GET TOGETHER!! Have you ever thought that you would like to talk to “that person” a little longer? Well now is your opportunity! The last Friday of the month, we will gather at the Family History Place to VISIT with our members and friends. Bring a snack to share and whatever it is that you like to drink! LET’S MAKE SOME NEW FRIENDS! ! Everyone is invited and we urge you to bring your friends and join the ...
November, 18
General Meeting
Speaker:  Wilson Seawright Topic:      "Native American Ancestry and the Story of the Chickasaw Nation"   Wilson Seawright is a Chickasaw tribal member and curator of the Hilisso, the library at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Oklahoma.  November is Native American Month.  The Patrick Heath Public Library will have an exhibit on loan from the DRT Headquarters Museum in Austin.   Visitors are welcome at General Meetings.  Membership is not required to attend. ...