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 http://www.co.madison.il.us/Recorder/PDF/CivilWarPDFs/CivilWarIndex.pdf. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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."
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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.
Dues for 2016
are now being accepted. We would very much appreciate receiving
your renewal checks ASAP. Delinquent members (unpaid on 31 January
2016) will receive no more Society publications until their dues
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 email@example.com.