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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


October 27

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 & FELLOWSHIP

November - 24

JEAN DIXON will sing Negro Slave Spirituals. We will have refreshments and fellowship to follow.

Jean started singing at about the age of 4 at Second Baptist Church in Huntsville, Mo. where her mother's parents were long time members. She did sing with children, youth, junior,and adult church choirs. Negro spirituals are just part of her cultural background and the songs will reflect songs she heard from childhood from family and church. Jean will be singing a mix of spiritual and gospel songs.

Jean (Harvey)Dixon is one of five children of Duke and Nellie Harvey. A graduate of Kewanee High School class of 1968. A graduate of Kewanee Hospital School of Radiologic Technology and retired after 30 years of health care. Jean returned to Kewanee in 2001 to care for her mother and is member of Second Baptist Church, Kewanee.

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

SEE YOU AT THE MEETING