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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.
September 10, 2015
"It was 'only the flu.'
Or so they thought in the beginning, but in 1918 the influenza
virus known today as H1N1 or 'swine flu,' mutated into a deadly
Local historian Cindy Reinhardt will discuss the effect of the
influenza pandemic of 1918-19 on Madison County.
Prior to her retirement in 2009,
Reinhardt was employed at SIUE's University Bookstore for 30
years. She has been a member of the Friends of Leclaire Board
of Directors since 1997, was appointed to Edwardsville's Historic
Preservation Commission in 2002, and joined the Madison County
Historical Society's Board in 2011.
October 8, 2015
Route 66 in Illinois
Cheryl Eichar Jett
Local historian and author Cheryl
Eichar Jett will discuss her new book on Route 66 in Illinois.
Cheryl Eichar Jett is an historian, author, blogger, and Route
66 "roadie." Currently working on her sixth book for
Arcadia Publishing, she is also a regular contributor to several
regional publications including a monthly column, "Along
Route 66," in the Prairie Land Buzz, online at www.thebuzzmonthly.com.
She blogs about her adventures at www.route66chick.blogspot.com
as the Route 66 Chick, a mostly lighthearted look at her travels,
Route 66 and other history, and Route 66 events and tourism.
November 12, 2015
Meeting at 7:00 pm at
Alton Museum of History and Art
2809 College Avenue
An Evening with
Alton's Gentle Giant
We will meet at the
Alton Museum of History and Art to view a video on the life of
Robert Pershing Wadlow, the tallest man who ever lived. We will
also tour the museum's exhibits, including that about Robert
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.
January 14, 2016 thru
November 10, 2016
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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