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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - March 13, 2008


President, Robert Ridenour, called the meeting to order.


Treasurer LaVerne Bloemker presented the financial report for the period ending February 29, 2008.

Secretary Barbara Hitch reported that the current membership level was 148 annual and 46 life members but renewals are still being received. She stated that several of our life members had not responded to any attempts to contact them and they would be dropped from the rolls. Barbara had the latest issue of the Stalker available for the members present. She stated that we were looking for someone to assume the job of labeling and mailing the Stalker. She said she would handle the mailing through the Summer issue.

Librarian/Researcher Elsie Wasser reported that we had several new cemetery books for Greene County, Illinois. She reported that she had received research requests from several people for the following families: Osborne, Osburn, Ozbun, Freidman, Scroggins, and others. She reminded those present that they should fill out a surname card in the genealogy room so that others researching the same families would be able to contact you.


Two guests were present: Russ Fetter, from Granite City, and the speaker, Sue Wolf.

Sue Wolf presented a program titled Journaling to Preserve Family Stories.

Ms. Wolf discussed the different types of journals that people keep and the types of information that people preserve in their journals: chronicles, memoirs, recipes, meal plans, family stories, etc. She said the purpose of journaling is to preserve family stories and history for those family members who would not know those ancestors who lived that story or history. Her presentation was informative and enjoyable.

Our new portable public address system was used for the first time at this meeting. It worked fine, enabling those in the back of the room to hear quite well.