Madison County Genealogical Society

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


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Robert Ridenour
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2 Sept 2014

UPCOMING MEETINGS


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, rwridenour@wildblue.net 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 scottd14@verizon.net


UPCOMING EVENTS



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 http://www.archaicmedicalterms.com 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 rwridenour@wildblue.net. (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
MADISON COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK

155 N. Main Street
EDWARDSVILLE, IL 62025
(618) 296-4470
 

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.


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.

GIFT MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE

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 petie8135@att.net, 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 petie8135@att.net.


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.

WE INVITE YOU TO RESEARCH YOUR ANCESTORS WITH US! 


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