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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - April 11, 2013

The April 2013 meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society was held at the Edwardsville Public Library on Thursday, April 11, at 7:00 pm. This meeting was co-sponsored by the Edwardsvillle Library. The Madison County Genealogical Society wishes to express their deep appreciation to the Library for their co-sponsorship.

President, Robert Ridenour, called the meeting to order.

The following is the Treasurer's report for the month of March:


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, about a gift membership.

April Meeting

On April 11, 2013, the meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society was co-sponsored by the Edwardsville Public Library. As is usually the case when the Library co-sponsors one of our meetings, the meeting was very well attended.

This meeting was A Visit from Abigail Adams as Portrayed by Barbara Kay.

Mrs. Kay is from St. Louis, and has been teaching at Highland High School for the last 28 years. She began doing these first person historical programs about 20 years ago. Her first "lady" was Mary Todd Lincoln and it just snowballed, going from one woman to eleven now.

Abigail Adams was a force to be reckoned with! Had she been born in the 1900's rather than in the 1700's, she would have been the politician. She was a tremendous help to John Adams when he served as Congressional delegate, as ambassador, and as vice president and president. She was the "rock" - keeping the home and farm running, keeping the finances straight, you name it - she was tending to it.

This presentation was very well attended, very well received, and produced several questions from the audience.