Madison County Genealogical Society
Minutes of the Meeting - April 9, 2009
The April 9, 2009, meeting
of the Madison County Genealogical Society was held at the Edwardsville
Public Library in Edwardsville, Illinois.
President, Robert Ridenour,
called the meeting to order.
In the absence of our
Treasurer LaVerne Bloemker, President Robert Ridenour presented
the financial report for the month of March 2009.
- General Fund - Beg.
Balance $2,022.60 - Income $206.50 - Expense $138.87 - End Balance
- Publications Fund
- Beg. Balance $11,119.09 - Income $120.00 - Expense - $30.87
- End Balance $11,208.22
- Life Membership Fund
- Beg. Balance $5,397.28 - No Change- End Balance $5,297.28
- Total Assets as of
March 31, 2009 - $18,595.73
Librarian Elsie Wasser
reported that we had received several new items for the library:
Vogelbacher's Bakery - Its History, In Marinetown, Illinois
by Shirley A. Daiber. Small size 84-page book on the bakery and
family from 1834 to the present. Donated by the author.
Post Offices in Marine, Illinois by Shirley A. Daiber.
Donated by the author.
The Urbana Free Library of Urbana, Illinois, sent a large packet
of information on the Schneider family covering from the Civil
War up to almost the present time. The data includes all types
of vital records (birth, death, etc.).
milies: Hollman/Holman, Good, Brown family of Ireland, Fuhrmann-Poneleit
Ms. Amy Wilkinson of the Teaching with Primary Sources Program,
School of Education, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville,
gave a presentation titled Primary Sources from the Library of
Anyone who has an Internet connection can access the online portion
of the Library of Congress (LOC) with no charge. The address for
the LOC is www.loc.gov. Using her laptop and the Edwardsville
Library's WiFi, Ms. Wilkinson showed two sections of the many
available on the LOC website: 1. Resources for Researchers and
2. Digital Collections.
Resources for Researchers leads to you a series of sub-sites that
give you a broad overview of what is available in the genealogical
collections. It also has a section explaining reading room policies,
preparing for your research, and getting a reading card, which
is required and takes about ten minutes for a U.S. citizen with
a current photo ID
If you have a question about what is available in the LOC, there
is an Ask a Librarian link on most pages. You can submit your
question and a librarian will send you a response within 2-4 days.
Most of the resources for research at the LOC are available for
use only at the library. However, if you know when your trip to
Washington is going to be, you can go to Ask a Librarian and the
library personnel can help you focus your research.
The Digital Collections area gives you online access to print,
pictorial, and audio-visual collections and other digital services.
Ms. Wilkinson demonstrated many of the areas of the LOC website
during her very interesting presentation. If you would like to
ask Ms. Wilkinson a question about the Library of Congress website,
you may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This presentation was well received and prompted several questions.