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Madison County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 631
Edwardsville, IL 62025-0631


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Robert Ridenour
Last Update:
6 Feb 2015


Unless Otherwise Stated, All Meetings are at 7:00 p.m.,  in the Community Room of the Edwardsville Public Library, 112 South Kansas, Edwardsville, IL. 

September 10, 2015

Influenza Epidemic of 1918-19
Cindy Reinhardt

"It was 'only the flu.' Or so they thought in the beginning, but in 1918 the influenza virus known today as H1N1 or 'swine flu,' mutated into a deadly strain."

Local historian Cindy Reinhardt will discuss the effect of the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 on Madison County.

Prior to her retirement in 2009, Reinhardt was employed at SIUE's University Bookstore for 30 years. She has been a member of the Friends of Leclaire Board of Directors since 1997, was appointed to Edwardsville's Historic Preservation Commission in 2002, and joined the Madison County Historical Society's Board in 2011.

October 8, 2015

Route 66 in Illinois
Cheryl Eichar Jett

Local historian and author Cheryl Eichar Jett will discuss her new book on Route 66 in Illinois.

Cheryl Eichar Jett is an historian, author, blogger, and Route 66 "roadie." Currently working on her sixth book for Arcadia Publishing, she is also a regular contributor to several regional publications including a monthly column, "Along Route 66," in the Prairie Land Buzz, online at She blogs about her adventures at as the Route 66 Chick, a mostly lighthearted look at her travels, Route 66 and other history, and Route 66 events and tourism.


Madison County Recorder Creates Index to Civil War Discharge Papers

The Madison County Recorder's Office in Edwardsville has created an on-line index listing the names of Madison County Civil War soldiers who recorded their discharge papers there following the war.

More than 140 Madison County Civil War veterans had their discharge papers recorded in the Recorder's office after the war so they would have proof of service to receive their pensions.

The discharge papers contain a wealth of information about the veteran, including a physical description, the company, regiment and captain they served under, the term of service, their birthplace, age at discharge, occupation and location of enlistment. Some of the papers also list individual battles the veterans participated in.

The Madison County Recorder's office has recently undertaken preservation and access measures for the documents, including scanning, indexing, and re-housing of the documents into Archival quality protective sleeves.

The Recorder's office was assisted in the indexing project by students of Dr. Erik Alexander, a Civil War professor at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Dr. Alexander offered extra credit to his students who participated.

The index is currently available online at The documents themselves will also be available online in the future. Copies of the actual documents will be available for a fee.

Anyone who would like a copy or has questions about the documents can contact Casey Weeks at 618-296-4507 or

Genealogy Sharing Day at Trinity Lutheran, Worden

Dear Madison County Genealogical Society,

Our congregation is planning to host German Heritage Days, September 12-13, 2015. As part of this celebration we will be having a Genealogy Sharing Event on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am until 2 pm (and later if people choose to stay). Obviously given the theme and location of the event, the idea is to encourage people with German ancestry in northern Madison county to attend, share information, and meet their long lost cousins. There will also be a craft fair on site that day and concessions with Bratwurst.

I hope to see many of you there....and please spread the word!

Contact information: Trinity Lutheran Church, 219 McGaughy St., Worden, IL. 618-459-3991,

God bless,

Pastor H. R. Curtis
Trinity Lutheran Church, Worden, IL
Zion Lutheran Church, Carpenter, IL

No Programs Scheduled for the Following Dates

October 8, 2015

November 12, 2015

If you have something you would like to see presented or you would like to make a presentation, please contact the president, and we will try to accommodate your wishes.



Stalker Needs Articles

The Stalker is in dire need of articles. We need input from all members.

Send your contributions to Scott Delicate at


Madison County Pioneer Certificate.

If you are a direct descendant of an early (prior to 1880) resident of Madison County and can supply documented proof, you can obtain a certificate stating that fact. You would also be eligible if your ancestor was living before 1812 in the area that became Madison County. (When Madison County was originally formed, it reached to the Canadian border).

The fee for each certificate application is $20.00. One certificate is included in the fee and will be mailed after eligibility has been determined. Application fees are not refundable.

Brothers, sisters, children, or grandchildren of the applicant who wish to apply at the same time as the original applicant also need to fill out an application. Their documentation need only show direct relationship to the original applicant. These additional applications include one designated certificate each. The fee for additional certificates is $10.00 each.

If you are interested in applying for a Madison County Pioneer Certificate, click here. for an application and instructions.



A New Cemetery Web Site

Have you heard? You can now view over 55,000 photos of tombstones from 78 cemeteries in Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, and Greene counties free online! Also included are photos of the Smallpox Island Confederate POW Memorial in West Alton, Missouri, and of cemeteries in Leelanau County, Michigan. For more information, click here.

Archaic Medical Terms

If you are having trouble determining what your relative died from, you might want to consult to see if a definition of the medical terminology is given.

[From the Texas Research Rambler Genealogical Group]

Mystery Photos

We have been asked about some place to post unknown photographs where they can be viewed by others and perhaps the subject(s) can be identified. We have added a "Mystery Photographs" link to the MCGS home page. If you can identify any subject in any photograph, please send an e-mail to the address given with that photograph.

If you have any photographs you would like to have added to the "Mystery Photographs" pages, please send them to me at (Note: My internet provider limits the size of my e-mails, including attachments, to 10 Meg.)





Digital Scrapbooking

On October 11, 2012, Lola DeGroff presented a program on Creating a Digital Scrapbook.

Lola had a handout that leads you through the steps of creating a scrapbook page and exporting it as a JPEG. It then leads the user through the steps of uploading the pages and having the scrapbook printed. If you would like a copy of this handout, it can be downloaded or printed here.






Judy Nelson

155 N. Main Street
(618) 296-4470

For additional information contact Judy Nelson 618-296-4932

For Immediate Release


EDWARDSVILLE, July 23, 2012 -Madison County Circuit Clerk Judy Nelson announced the Circuit Clerk's Office has undertaken an extensive initiative to preserve thousands of historic court records through digital imaging.

"Creating digital images of historic records ensures they will be available for research and safe against loss or disaster," Nelson said. "But equally important is that once the digital images are created, they are being published online and available to the public. The records are valuable to historians and genealogists, as well as people just curious about family history."

To read the entire article, click here.





Troy Times-Tribune Looking for Information

On Thursday, May 31, 2012, the Troy Times-Tribune ran an article under the title of Down Memory Lane. This article included a photograph of The Blackjack Band. Only four out nine members of the band were identified. If you know anyone who ever played in The Blackjack Band, perhaps you can help identify the "unknowns." Click here to see the article.





*** NOTICE ***

Dues for 2015 are now being accepted. We would very much appreciate receiving your renewal checks ASAP. Delinquent members (unpaid on 31 January 2015) will receive no more Society publications until their dues are paid.


Do you have a family member that is interested in (or even obsessed with) genealogy? A membership in the Madison County Genealogical Society would be a very thoughtful gift. A gift card will be sent to the recipient of any gift membership.

The following memberships are available:
Individual/Family Annual Membership $20.00
Patron Annual Membership $30.00
Life Membership $250.00

Contact our Secretary, Petie Hunter, at, about a gift membership.





Now Available and Taking Orders

The Ten Year Stalker Index, 1991-2000, is complete; and we are taking orders for either a printed copy, 330 pages, for $45 or a copy on CD for $15. The CD copy is searchable using Adobe Reader.

A new Ten Year Stalker Index, 2001-2010, is complete; and we are taking orders for either a printed copy, 304 pages, for $35 or a copy on CD for $15. The CD copy is searchable using Adobe Reader.

To place an order contact Petie Hunter, at





Visitors are always welcome. 





Goals of the Society

To encourage and educate persons in the study of family history and research methods.
To preserve genealogical and historical record.
To inform people of the importance of collecting, preserving, and circulating genealogical literature.
To promote research, publish, and circulate genealogical records and information

To further these goals, the Society maintains a genealogical library room in the Edwardsville Public Library, holds workshops, invites guest speakers on topics relevant to genealogical research, and publishes genealogical records.






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