County historical society starts genealogy group

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society has formed a genealogy interest group to help those interested in family history share and encourage the hobby. All are welcome to attend, from experienced genealogists to those who want to learn how to get started. The informal group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Sycamore Public Library meeting room. The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 26. Those interested can come as often or as seldom as their schedules allow, and there is no cost to attend. 

The DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society sponsors programs that promote the history of DeKalb County. The society has reprinted out-of-print books of historical value, sponsored presentations, recorded and published burial data from cemeteries within each township in the county, and placed markers at historical sites. Its members have also written and published two significant historical works, “Rural School Journeys: A Legacy of Learning” in 2006 and “Acres of Change: A History of DeKalb County, Illinois 1963-2012,” to be released this year.

Society meetings are usually held at the Oak Crest Retirement Center Little Theater in DeKalb at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September through May. The next meeting will be on Sept. 11, when Nancy Beasley will discuss her book “The Underground Railroad in DeKalb County, Illinois.”

For information, call 815-895-7271 or 815-895-9424, or visit

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