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The Society holds regular meetings throughout the year except in December and January. An integral part of each meeting is a talk given by a noted speaker on topics related to genealogical and historical research. See the full calendar below. All General Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, at 6:30 PM. in the BCGS Library. Remember, doors open at 6 PM. Refreshments will be served before the program. Programs are free to Society members, donation requested from non-members.

The society also holds one dinner meeting and one picnic each year. The June Dinner Meeting and the Annual Picnic are held at various locations.

Periodically the Society conducts workshops, seminars, and trips for members and the general public which relate to genealogical research, methodology, and various other related activities.


2019 Meetings

Sunday, March 10
BCGS 39th Birthday and Open House 12 to 4. From 2-3pm Hallie Vaughn will give a program on the Hello Girls of World War I. In 1918 John Pershing recruited over 200 switchboard operators to work for the Army Signal Corps at the French front lines. These were America's first women soldiers, but they had to fight for recognition! Betty will do a FREE Genealogical 101 class at 3 PM, How to get Started.
Sunday, Thursday 21 @ 6:30pm
Presentation by Betty Sustello on Fractur Chests, Redware, and other Genealogical Sources of our Heritage
Pennsylvania German art is a distinctive folk style transplanted by European immigrants who settled in southeastern Pennsylvania. Characterized by the bold use of color and motifs that emphasize birds, flowers, and elaborate decoration, Pennsylvania German art was nurtured on the isolated farms where those settlers made their homes. Beginning in the late seventeenth century, immigrants from Switzerland, the Palatinate, and the Upper Rhine regions of Germany arrived in Pennsylvania. For the most part, they were peasants, small farmers, and artisans.

Upcoming Events

Genealogy 101: Starting Your Search
Berks County Genealogical Society is offering a series of four classes for the beginning genealogist. Classes will meet in the society's library, Room 413 at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601.
Dates: Monday, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 25, and Apr 1
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 per person for 4 classes, includes use of the library on class days.
The topics covered are:
Week 1 (10/8) - Getting Started: Collecting Basic Information
Week 2 (10/15) - Using Our Library
Week 3 (10/22) - Using Local Resources
Week 4 (10/29) - Using the Internet
Students must preregister by calling the library any day between noon and 4:00 at (484) 509-4806. Fee is payable at the first class session with cash, check or credit card. Class size is limited, so register now!
Ongoing in the BCGS Library
BCGS Book Sale - Everything must go!! Find a gift for the genealogist on your list, or something similar. Prices have been slashed to move the merchandise before we have to give up the space. First come, first served. Book Sale List
Sunday, March 10 | 12 - 4pm
The Berks County Genealogical Society will hold an Open House on Sunday, March 10, to commemorate National Genealogy Day and to celebrate our 39th anniversary. Join us in Room 413 at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601 from noon to 4 p.m. for refreshments. From 2-3pm, Hallie Vaughn will give a program on the Hello Girls of World War I. In 1918, John Pershing recruited over 200 switchboard operators to work for the Army Signal Corps at the French front lines. These were America's first women soldiers, but they had to fight for recognition! A FREE one-hour How to Get Started class at 3 pm will be conducted for those in attendanc.
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