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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - April 10, 2014

The April 2014 meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society was held at the Edwardsville Public Library on Thursday, April 10, at 7:00 pm.

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 10, 2014, Kathy Kessels and Lynn Haller presented a dual program. Ms. Kessels' presentation was titled, "Genealogy Resources at the Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library." Kathy is the secretary and acquisitions librarian at Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library in Highland, Illinois, and also takes care of the genealogy room and all genealogy queries. She has worked at the library for 25 years. Kathy helped start the Looking Glass Prairie Genealogy Group formed in 2003. The list of Genealogy Resources at the Louis Latzer Library can be found here.

Ms. Haller's presentation was on the Looking Glass Prairies Genealogy Group's Madison County Country Schools Project. Lynn was born and raised in HIghland and has been doing genealogy since the age of ten. She is a retired RN, and through her work as a nurse, got to know many of the families in the Highland area. She is also very interested in dating old pictures. As part of her presentation, Ms. Haller passed out a questionaire to anyone in the audience who had ever attended a country school (even if it was not in Madison County) and asked them to fill it out and return it to her so that she could gain more information about the country schools. If you have attended a country school, you can find the questionaire at School_Questionaire, fill it out on your computer, and e-mail it to Lynn at

Ms. Haller also had artifacts (books, posters, photographs, etc.) from many of the county rural schools on display. These artifacts drew many of the attendees up to the display after the presentation. She also handed out a list of the known rural schools in Madison County (and a few in neighboring counties). Click here to download that list.

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