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"Our purpose is to encourage the science of genealogy, to help others gather genealogical information, to preserve, and publish material of historical and genealogical nature, all for educational purposes."

PROGRAMS FOR 2014:
Meetings are held at 1:30p.m. second floor Meeting Room at the Kewanee Public Library unless otherwise noted. Everyone is welcome, elevator at First Street Entrance.



HCGS Programs for 2014


September 22 Don Schmidt of the SCGS will be presenter at the September meeting.

Finding Henry County Genealogy Information in Old Stark County Newspapers
By Don Schmidt

Earlier this year the Stark County Genealogical Society helped the Toulon Public Library and Bradford Public Library raise funds to digitize early Stark County newspapers and to post them online.  One can go to either library’s website and click their link to the Toulon newspapers or to the Bradford newspapers.  A called-up newspaper page onscreen reads just like the hardcopy–only better because the images can be enlarged and you can very quickly look at any issue.

Obituaries or other genealogy articles of interest can be found with keyword searches or by looking at issues of a certain date.  Searching for, looking at and clipping articles of interest are all free of charge.  They are also free of the hassle of having to enter userids and passwords.

Don will demonstrate how to access these newspapers online.  He will illustrate how to navigate the websites to view specific issues and how to navigate from page to page and from issue to issue.  Don will conduct some specific searches of interest to members of the Henry County Genealogical Society.  He will also show how to snip these articles from the computer screen, how to enhance the clipped images by adjusting darkness and contrast, and how to paste clippings directly into WORD documents.

The Toulon and Bradford newspapers, as well as the Galva and Geneseo newspapers, are gold mines of genealogical information.  The goal is to show how easy and fun they are to view from home.



October 20

Floyd Ham Probate Records and the Genealogist

Sharon Perkins, Program Chair for the Henry County Genealogical Society has announced that Floyd Ham, a member from Toulon, will present a program Monday, October 20, 2014, about Probate Records and the need for Genealogical Research during the Probate Process.

He will talk very briefly about the Illinois Probate Act of 1975 and one relatively recent court ruling that has caused executors, administrators and attorneys to better and more comprehensively investigate the genealogical history of the deceased. 

This is not a review of the law or legal requirements but a discussion of the newly found investigative tools that Ham has had to use. 

Ham will talk about the use of not only primary and secondary records but also tertiary records that can be just as important and invaluable to determine descendants and heirs.

The public is invited to hear Ham at the Kewanee Public Library Board Room beginning at 1:30 PM.   


SPECIAL WORKSHOP - NOV. 22
A Genealogical workshop to assist with the writing of a family history will be presented by Brian "Fox" Ellis in Bishop Hill at the Welcome Center on November 22, 2014 sponsored by the Henry County & Stark County Genealogical Societies.  Cost will be $25/ person with a lunch provided by the Filling Station for an additional $10.  
We all have a story to tell.  This participatory workshop will help us find ways to research and pass on this deep sense of who we are and where we come from.  These stories will enrich your family and help you create a book that is a legacy for generations to come.  Fox will also present lessons on narrative and poetic transcription of family lore and a primer on what you need to know to self-publishing your family history.  Come to listen and come to tell!  Bring paper, pencil, 5 of your favorite family photographs, and a family tree if you have one.  Advanced registration a must.
Brian "Fox" Ellis is well know in this area as a master story teller.  We are very fortunate to have engaged him to assist us with this workshop and hope many of you will take advantage of the opportunity to learn from him.  This workshop is for all ages and interests from students to seniors.
Register with Sharon Perkins 7885 W Osceola Rd Neponset, IL.  Checks for registration made out to HCGS.
Sharon Perkins Program Chair HCGS & Pres SCGS

FUN & ELLOWSHIP

November - 24

Jean Dixon who will sing Negro Slave Spirituals. We will have refreshments and fellowship to follow.


Come join in the fun, last meeting of the year!

 


 

 

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