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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - August 12, 2010

The August 12, 2010, meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society was held at the Madison County Historical Society Archival Library.

President, Robert Ridenour, called the meeting to order.


LaVerne Bloemker, MCGS Treasurer, presented the financial report for the months of June and July 2010, is as follows:



*Note: The Board of Directors voted to combine the General Fund and the Lifetime Membership Fund on July 26, 2010.


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, Barbara Hitch, at, about a gift membership.

August Meeting

On August 12, 2010, the regular meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society was held at the Madison County Historical Society Archival Library.

The introduction to the program was made by Mary Westerhold, Operations Manager for the Library. She gave a brief general description of the library's holdings.

Mary then introduced Marty Porter, Archivist at the library, who talked about the work being done to put the Madison County Poor Farm records into electronic form and to make them searchable. The same type of effort is being done on the books of the former Doerr Funeral Home of Bethalto, Illinois. The original records of both institutions will still be available for viewing if desired.

After Marty finished his portion of the program, he introduced LaVerne Bloemker, another Archivist at the library. LaVerne talked about the library's extensive photo collection. She talked about the effort that was being done to scan their photos to preserve them and improve their quality. She also explained how the catalog of photos could be searched.

Mary Westerhold then talked about the library's collection of school photo albums, containing photos of both old schoolhouses and of some of the student classes.

After the presentation, the many attendees had opportunities to do some assisted research or to look at the original Poor Farm books - if they wore the white cotton gloves provided to protect the fragile volumes.

This meeting was very well attended and generated a lot of interest on the part of the attendees.