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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.
June 11, 2015
1904 St. Louis
Join us as Angela Collins-Custer,
Director of the Carrollton Public Library, presents some of the
highlights of the 1904 World's Fair. The program will include
stories of the fair's construction, its effects on current culture,
some little-known oddities, and of course its storied destruction.
Angela is a wife and mother of two beautiful little girls. She
received a degree in Business Administration with a specialization
in Computer Management and Information Systems from SIUE. She
was fortunate to have worked at the Louisa H. Bowen University
Archives for the duration of her time at SIUE. She is currently
the director of the Carrollton Public Library, only the 6th in
its 113 year history. She is also a part time professional photographer
and a history/pop culture buff.
40 Year's War Showcase
These presentations of historical
events that occurred between the beginning of the Revolutionary
War and the end of the War of 1812 should be enlightening for
individuals with an interest in local and Illinois history. If
you fit that description, please join us.
The following programs will
be presented at the Alton Museum of History
and Art, 2809 College Avenue, Alton Illinois, Phone: 618-462-2763,
e-mail: email@example.com. The Museum is not open on Monday
Saturday, May 30,
12:30 pm: "Treaties, Tension & Tecumseh: A review of
the land cessions that sparked renewed resistance" presented
by Michael Wiant
A series of treaties negotiated
by William Henry Harrison in the first decade of the 19th century
expanded U.S. Territory north of the Ohio River to the Mississippi
River. The process created much confusion stemming from differences
in attitudes about land ownership and different interpretations
of treaty language to strengthening the relationship between
the tribes and Great Britain. Mr. Wiant is the Director of the
Illinois State Museum - Dickson Mounds. As an archaeologist for
more than 40 years, he has explored the long history of Native
Americans in the Illinois River Basin, sharing his insights through
lectures, teaching, and publication.
Except as noted, the following
programs will be presented at the Reconstructed Hill's Fort,
1395 Museum Avenue, Greenville,Illinois, Phone:618-248-5885 or
618-830-4433, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
6, 12:30 pm: "Sacajawea/Bird Woman" presented by Ranger
The events of the only woman
to accompany Meriwether Lewis & William Clark to the Pacific
Ocean on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The program will examine
Sacagawea's early childhood kidnapping, her marriage, her skills
and character qualities used on the Expedition, the mystery surrounding
her death and whatever happened to her baby boy. Hands on items
relating to her story are available after the talk. Ms. Hoppe
is a National Park Service Park Ranger Interpreter working at
the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis for the
past 30 years.
Saturday, June 6,
1:45 pm: "John Murdock, Soldier and Indian Hater" presented
by Linda Hannabarger.
John Murdock's early life saw
several members of his family lose their lives in Indian attacks
and this had a very strong bearing on the man John became. He
served several stints in the militia during his life. A few tales
of John's escapades will be added in telling this story. Ms.
Hannabarger, of rural Ramsey, IL, is a columnist for the Vandalia
Leader-Union and Ramsey News-Journal newspapers in Fayette County
and editor of 'Fayette Facts,' the genealogical magazine for
the Fayette Co. Genealogical & Historical Society. Since
2009, Ms. Hannabarger has taught beginning genealogy and writing
classes at Kaskaskia College, Vandalia Campus.
Sunday, June 7,
12:00 noon: Trip to Bobby Eversgerd's Stone Fort in Germantown,
We will meet at Hill's Fort at
12:00 noon and convoy/carpool to Eversgerd's Stone Fort. We should
arrive at the fort about 12:30 pm and leave the fort about 3:00
pm. (If you know the location and wish to meet us there, feel
free to do so.)
13, 12:30 pm: "Battle of Hill's Fort" presented by
Isaac Hill was sent to the Territory
by Thomas Jefferson to survey the land between Shoal Creek and
the Kaskaskia River in 1808 so the government could eventually
sell the land. When Hill finished the survey, he sold the cabins
he had built to David White. White and others quickly finished
the fort as there were skirmishes with the Indians during that
period. In September, this unrest culminated in the Battle of
Hill's Fort. Mr. Kaegy has served as a leader of the Bond County
Historical and Genealogical Societies for over twenty years.
He has also worked as an editor with Bill Wilson to co-author
five books since 2002.
Sunday, June 14, 12:30 pm: "U.S. Flag, Fort McHenry,
and Francis Scott Key" presented by Robert Ridenour.
Mr. Ridenour will discuss the
evolution of the American Flag from 1777 to today, with a side
visit to Fort McHenry and a young lawyer. Mr. Ridenour is currently
the President of the Madison County Illinois Genealogical Society,
First Vice-President and Grave Marking Coordinator for the of
the Illinois Chapter of the Society of the War of 1812, Grave
marking Chairman for the Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter of
the Sons of the American Revolution, and a Regional Director
for the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
****At the Courthouse
Square in Greenville ****
Sunday, June 14,
2:00 pm: "Sons of the American Revolution Historic Flag
Program" presented by the Genl George Rogers Clark SAR Chapter
and narrated by Jim DeGroff.
Mr. DeGroff is extremely interested
in American history, especially that of the colonial through
early 1800s timeframe. That interest has evolved to include the
identification of flags, and their use and importance in early
America. Local vexillophiles (a person who likes, admires or
enjoys flags) will enjoy viewing this historic flag program.
Mr. DeGroff is the past-president of the Genl George Rogers Clark
Chapter Sons of the American Revolution and past-president of
the Illinois Society of the War of 1812 and active in the War
of 1812 Bicentennial events.
27, 12:30 pm: "British Invasion of Wabash and Lower Ohio"
presented by Gordon Howe.
27, 1:45 pm: "Battle of New Orleans" presented by Dale
The program is a step-by-step
reconstruction of this battle that ended conflict between the
U.S. and Great Britain. To this day, this battle is generally
thought of as the end of the War of 1812, even though it was
fought after the war was officially over. Mr. Phillips is Superintendent
of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield and
guide/lecturer for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company.
Sunday, June 28,
12:30 pm: "Dubious Battles of the War of 1812" presented
by Gillum Ferguson.
The material shared from his
book is devoted to the experience of Illinois during the War
of 1812, a crucial stage in the transition from territory status
to statehood. The book and today's program is the result of two
and a half years of research among original documents and appears
in time for the observance of the war's bicentennial. Mr. Ferguson
has been an Illinois state prosecutor for six years and Assistant
U.S. Attorney in Chicago for 25 years.
Sunday, June 28,
1:45 pm: "Forty Years War Closing Program" presented
by Bill Wilson.
Mr. Wilson is the president of
the Illinois Chapter of the Society of the War of 1812, a member
of the Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter of the Sons of the American
Revolution, President of the Hills Fort Society, and Chairman
of the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, and a recipient
of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical
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
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
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
Anyone who would like a copy or has questions about the documents
can contact Casey Weeks at 618-296-4507 or email@example.com.
Day at Trinity Lutheran, Worden
Dear Madison County Genealogical
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, http://www.TrinityLCMSWorden.org
Pastor H. R. Curtis
Trinity Lutheran Church, Worden, IL
Zion Lutheran Church, Carpenter, IL
No Programs Scheduled
for the Following Dates
If you have something
you would like to see presented or you would like to make a presentation,
please contact the president, firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will try to accommodate your wishes.
August 13, 2015
September 10, 2015
October 8, 2015
November 12, 2015
Stalker Needs Articles
The Stalker is
in dire need of articles. We need input from all members.
Send your contributions to Scott Delicate at email@example.com
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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 email@example.com.
Visitors 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 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
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