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Genealogy Society honors early settlers

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    Program Director Hal Harwell peruses family files at the Family History Place.

The Genealogy Society of Kendall County will hold its annual “First Families” celebration on Sept. 28 at St. Mark Presbyterian Family Life Center, 208 W. Bandera, at 10:30 am.

For 20 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.

“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,” Program Director Hal Harwell said,

Applications from 16 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 a.m. All are welcome and there is no charge. After the presentations, there will be a light lunch and entertainment.