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21 February 2017
Dues Are Now Overdue
At the August 2016 MCGS Board
meeting, it was noted that the current dues structure was failing
to keep pace with the expenses. It was then decided to increase
the annual dues.
Individual/Family/Institutional dues will henceforth be $25 per
year, Patron dues will be $35 per year, and The Life Member dues
will be $300.
The last dues increase occurred in 2002.
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. Visitors
Are Always Welcome.
March 9, 2017
The History Chix
The History Chix will be giving a presentation
about the inspiring life of Harriet Tubman. She was just
not a part of the Underground Railroad, but also a spy and a
nurse during the Civil War, and so much more!
The History Chix is a group of three ladies who have a love of
history and give lectures whenever asked:
Nancy Alexander has lived in Alton all her life. She and her
husband, Les, have been married 46 years and have five children,
two of whom are teachers. They have been blessed with eight beautiful
grandchildren. She is a certified lay minister. She has been
a member of the Alton Museum and served on their board for over
four years. Nancy volunteers at the Alton Convention and Visitor
Bureau as a local historian; she also volunteers at the College
for Life Program at LCCC in Godfrey. In her free time, she hoards
history books, loves to do research and crochet.
Cathy Bagby was born in Hannibal, Missouri, in 1958 but grew
up in St. Louis. She graduated from Riverview High School in
1976 and worked at Christian Hospital Northeast for 33 years,
retiring in 2010. Since 1983, she has lived in Alton. Her husband
is Brian Bagby; and they have two grown sons, Ian and Patrick.
She has volunteered for a hospice organization for three years
and at the Alton Museum of History and Art for eight years.
She stepped down from the museum in 2015. All of her life she
has been a 'History Addict.' She now spends her time doing research
and being a part of the History Chix.
Mary Westerhold is the Archival Research Manager at the Madison
County Historical Society Archival Library. She has been involved
in family history research for over 30 years. Researching the
stories behind the stones in the cemeteries is a passion that
consumes much of her spare time. She is also now the newest member
of the History Chix.
April 12, 2017
The 1763 Massacre of the Conestoga
An Indian war erupting on the
Pennsylvania frontier in 1763 caused the forming of a vigilante
group to respond to the fear and the hatred of American Indians.
This vigilante group was called "The Paxton Boys" and
was comprised of Presbyterian frontiersmen of Scot-Irish descent.
The Conestoga were peace-loving Indians who were caught in the
middle of fear, greed, and culture differences. The fear was
largely brought about by the events that defined the French and
Indian War and further exaggerated Pontiac's Rebellion.
Sharon Kilzer is a retired Computer Operator from Graybar Electric
in St. Louis, Missouri, who is actively involved in Pleasant
Ridge Baptist Church in Collinsville, Illinois.
She has been the Secretary for the Troy Genealogy Society for
the past five years and an active member of the D.A.R. Silver
Creek Chapter in Highland, Illinois, since June 2015. She has
submitted an application to the U. S. Daughters of 1812 and is
Sharon has given her program "The 1763 Massacre of the Conestoga"
to the Troy Genealogy Society in September 2016, and will be
presenting it to the D.A.R. Silver Creek Chapter in March 2017.
P.O. Box 376, Greenville,
For release January-February
Quilt Show to feature
Antique Quilt Bed Turning
Contact: Nadine Baldwin (618) 567-1948
On Saturday, March 18, 2017,
Bond County Historical Society will be hosting their 15th annual
quilt show and 3rd annual bed turning program at the Greenville
Free Methodist Church, 1367 Route 140, Greenville, Illinois.
The quilt show will be open to the public from 9:00am until the
viewers' choice prizes are awarded at 4:00pm. Bed turning demonstrations
are scheduled for 10:00am and 2:00pm.
Every quilt has a story, so join BCHS as we present the old fashioned
social event of a "bed turning" at 10am and again at
2pm. A stack of quilts are removed one by one from a bed frame
as stories are told about the making of each. The antique quilts
to be turned will be provided by community members and the Hoiles-Davis
Museum. As in the old days when the quilter would invite guests
in to show off her quilts we, too, will present the family stories
and meanings of the handiwork stitched into these specially chosen
quilts! For those of you who have not seen a bed turning, you
will be in for a treat.
Approximately 100 quilts are expected to be on display at the
quilt show. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your quilt(s)
and share them with us. Please mail your pre-registration entry
form before March 4th. Find rules and forms at the BCHS website,
www.bondcountyhistorical.org, and HSHS Holy Family Hospital Auxiliary
Thrift Store in Greenville. Quilts will be accepted at the church
on Friday, March 17th from 12:00pm noon until 6:00pm.
Quilt block contest winners utilizing the theme "County
Fair" will also be on display. Several quilt/handicraft
vendors will also be set-up at the show, some of whom may provide
Tickets are available for the quilt raffle in conjunction with
the quilt show. The four-square log cabin quilt is hand pieced
in silver and ruby hued satin fabrics. The quilt was created
by Shirley Pustelnik of the local Black Diamond Quilt Guild.
Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and can be purchased at the show
or at Capri IGA in Greenville (ticket selling date TBA). The
quilt may be seen in the window of the Bond County Treasurer's
office or on Bond County Historical Society's website. A winner
will be drawn at the conclusion of the quilt show.
Admission to the quilt show is $3.00. For more information contact
Nadine Baldwin, quilt show chairwoman, at (618) 567-1948.
P.O. Box 376, Greenville, Illinois 62246
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, email@example.com
and we will try to accommodate your wishes.
March 9, 2017
May 11, 2017
June 8, 2017
August 10, 2017
September 14, 2017
October 12, 2017
November 9, 2017
MCGS Facebook Page
The Madison County Genealogical
Society has a Facebook page.
The address is: Madison County Genealogical
Society of Illinois
The cost of the 1880 Federal
Census has been reduced to $35, as long as the current supply
We have a NEW Mystery
Photo. Check it out.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 2017 are now being accepted. We would very much appreciate
receiving your renewal checks ASAP. Delinquent members (unpaid
on 31 January 2017) 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 $25.00
Patron Annual Membership $35.00
Life Membership $350.00
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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