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Monthly Meeting Minutes
Officer Contact List
17 May 2014
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 12, 2014
The 1814 Wood River
Massacre and the
After-Story of the Families Involved
This presentation by Cathy
Bagby is based on a collection of many of the renditions of the
story that were found. A committee, chaired by the late Charlene
Gill of the Alton Museum of History and Art, collected the many
stories, combined them together, and added photographs to produce
a new book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase
at the meeting.
Ms. Bagby was born in Hannibal, Missouri, grew up in St. Louis,
and has lived in Alton, Illinois, for about 30 years. She is
married and has two grown sons. Cathy worked for Christian Hospital
Northeast for 33 years, retiring in 2009. She is now devoting
her time to her passion - history. She joined the Alton Museum
of History and Art in 2007, where she is now a board member and
August 14, 2014
Forts and Blockhouses
of Early Illinois, Book 2
Bill Wilson, President of
Hill's Fort Society, will present a program titled Forts and
Blockhouses of Early Illinois, Book 2. In this program Bill will
discuss his new book by the same title. Copies of the book will
be available for purchase.
No Programs Yet 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.
Stalker Needs Articles
The Stalker is in
dire need of articles. We need input from all members.
Send your contributions to Scott Delicate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer's Group for
Family History and Genealogy
at the Belleville
BPL Writers' Group is for
those who have a desire or are involved with writing family history
stories or memoirs, as well as genealogy-related research columns
and articles. Whether your family history and genealogy end goal
is a book, short story, article, or any other written product,
a writers' group can help you get there!
When: Saturday, May
24, 2014 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Public Library-West Branch 3414 West Main Street
encouraged as seating is limited.
Please call 618-234-0441
or email email@example.com
The 4th Annual Genealogy
is a FREE 3 Day Event,
June 12-14, 2014, with Nationally Known Speakers.
All lectures are free to the
public, both Genealogy and History. Visit our vendors of Genealogy
and History in the streets of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, along
with surname tents, Genealogy and Historical Societies. Meet
Authors and talk Genealogy. Take a walk into the past with our
traditional crafters showing how our ancestors mad items to use
in basic life tasks, visit the different Native Americans with
For more information,
go to www.genealogyjamboree.us
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indiana Historical
MIDWESTERN ROOTS 2014
What Would Your Pioneers Have Tweeted?
August 1 and 2, Indianapolis,
on July 31
Attend the Midwest's
largest 2014 family history conference!
For more information:
www.indianahistory.org/midwesternroots or (317) 232-1882
Madison County Pioneer
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 Web
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
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]
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
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.
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.
2014 are now being accepted. We would very much appreciate receiving
your renewal checks ASAP. Delinquent members (unpaid on 31 January
2014) will receive no more Society publications until their dues
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 email@example.com,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
INVITE YOU TO RESEARCH YOUR ANCESTORS WITH US!
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