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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. 

May 9, 2015

Old Six Mile Museum

At 1:00 PM on May 9, 2015, we will meet at the Old Six Mile Museum, 3729 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois 62040, for a tour of their museum

June 11, 2015

1904 St. Louis World's Fair

Angela Custer, Director of the Carrollton Illinois Library and history enthusiast, will discuss the turn of the century celebration.

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.

Alton Museum of History and Art

2809 College Avenue

Alton Illinois


Saturday, May 3, 2015, 12:30 pm

Saturday, May 17, 2015, 12:30 pm

Wood River Massacre

Widder's Landing

by Cathy Bagby

by Eddie Price

Sunday, May 30, 2015, 12:30 pm

Sunday, May 30, 2015, 1:45 pm

Treaties, Tension, and Tecumseh

Preservation of Revolutionary and War of 1812 Battlefield Sites

by Michael Wiant

by Dale Phillips


Hill's Fort

1395 Museum Avenue

Greenville, Illinois

618-248-5885 or 618-830-4433


Saturday, June 6, 2015, 12:30 pm

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 1:45 pm

Sacajawea/Bird Woman

John Murdock, Soldier and Indian Hater

by Nancy Hoppe

by Linda Hanabarger

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 12:30 pm

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 12:30 pm

Trip to Bobby Eversgerd's Stone Fort Germantown, Illinois

Battle of Hill's Fort

Meet at Hill's Fort 12:00 pm

by Kevin Kaegy

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 12:30 pm

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 2:00 pm

U.S. Flag, Fort McHenry,
and Francis Scott Key

Sons of the American Revolution
Historic Flag Program

by Robert Ridenour

at Greenville Courthouse Square

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 12:30 pm

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 1:45 pm

British Invasion of Wabash and Lower Ohio

Battle of New Orleans

by Gordon Howe

by Dale Phillips

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 12:30 pm

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 1:45 pm

Dubious Battles of the Illinois War of 1812

War of 1812

by Gillum Ferguson

by Bill Wilson

No Programs Scheduled for the Following Dates

August 13, 2015

September 10, 2015

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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