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Monthly Meeting Minutes
Officer Contact List
2 Sept 2014
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.
October 9, 2014
Dr. Steve Kerber, University
Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, will discuss the
evolution of the Louisa H. Bowen University Archives and Special
Collections at Lovejoy Library and the Madison County Naturalization
Records held at SIUE.
November 13, 2014
Howard Knotts: Ace
of the Prairie
This program by Tom Emery, author
from Carlinville, details the life of Howard Knotts (1895-1942),
one of only five World War I flying aces from Illinois and the
only one from downstate. The second-youngest of America's sixty-three
aces, Knotts shot down six planes in a month in 1918 in his Sopwith
Camel before prolonged captivity in a German prison camp.After
the war, Knotts became a foremost expert on both Illinois and
national aviation law.The program will provide an overview of
World War I and cite numerous letters and first-hand accounts
to create a portrait of Knotts, a fascinating, recklessly brave
individual whom one journalist called "100 percent hero."
If you have something
you would like to see presented or you would like to make a presentation,
please contact the president, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Madison County Pioneer
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
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 http://www.archaicmedicalterms.com
to see if a definition of the medical terminology is given.
[From the Texas
Research Rambler Genealogical Group]
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
(Note: My internet provider limits the size of my e-mails, including
attachments, to 10 Meg.)
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.
MADISON COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK
155 N. Main Street
EDWARDSVILLE, IL 62025
For additional information
contact Judy Nelson 618-296-4932
For Immediate Release
CIRCUIT CLERK ARCHIVES GO ONLINE
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com,
about a gift membership.
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
To place an order contact Petie Hunter, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
are always welcome.
Goals of the Society
and educate persons in the study of family history and research
To preserve genealogical
and historical record.
To inform people of the
importance of collecting, preserving, and circulating genealogical
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
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