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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.

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 Congress.

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 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

This presentation was well received and prompted several questions.