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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - January 8, 2009


The January 8, 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.


Treasurer LaVerne Bloemker presented the financial report for the months of November and December (there was no December meeting).

Recording secretary Barbara Hitch reported that she was accepting 2009 dues at this meeting. Dues for 2009 are due on 1 January and delinquent on 31 January.

Librarian Elsie Wasser reported that we had received several new books:

From the Illinois State Grange Secretary, Lynette Schaeffer, three books concerning the Lindley Grange #1927 that met in the 1950s and 1960s in the St. Jacob, Illinois, Community Building. The contents of these books will be summarized in a future issue of The Stalker. The books will be turned over to the Madison County Historical Society for safekeeping.

Shirley A. Daiber donated a volume titled John Hess, Sr. and His Family.

The last book received is St. Peter's Cathedral Census 1888-1895, Belleville, Illinois. This volume can serve as a partial replacement for the missing 1890 Federal Census if your ancestor attended this church.

Judy Thompson, Reference Librarian at the Edwardsville Public Library, made a presentation and status report on Internet access to the items digitized through the Illinois State Library's LSTA grant program. These items are part of the data selected and donated by the Edwardsville Public Library, the Madison County Historical Society, and the Madison County Genealogical Society. A description of the use of the website will be printed in the next issue of the Madison County Genealogical Society Newsletter (due out in February).

This presentation was very enlightening and well received.