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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - May 13, 2010


The May 13, 2010, 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.


In the absence of the Treasurer, President, Robert Ridenour, presented the financial report for the month of April 2010.

New in the Library:

Our Librarian, Elsie Wasser, reported two new additions to the library.

Someone donated a copy of the 1972 Edwardsville High School 'Tiger' yearbook.

An unknown Wetzel family researcher donated a Gehrig-Leutwiler-Wetzel-Dauderman FAmily Tree outline of 1788-1964. It will be placed in the Family vertical Files unnder Wetzel.

Secretary's Report

Our Secretary, Barbara Hitch, was not present at our meeting but sent a report. She reported that we currently had 39 life members and 145 new and renewed members. There are still several that have not renewed from last year.

*** NOTICE ***

Dues for 2010 are now being accepted. We would very much appreciate receiving your renewal checks ASAP. Delinquent members will receive no more Society publications until their dues are paid.


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.

May Meeting

On May 13, 2010, the Madison County Genealogical Society held a "Brick Wall" meeting. Attendees were requested to bring their "brick wall" questions to the meeting to see if someone in attendance might have a suggestion that would lead to the collapse of their brick wall.

Several of those in attendance took advantage of this offer.

Harry and Josephine Thiel were searching for the burial place of Charles W. (Carl Wilhelm Fredrick) Schoeck, born 1816 in Prussia, died 1869 presumably in Madison County, Illinois, gr-grandfather of Harry. The only information they had was that the cemetery was on the road between Troy and O'Fallon, Illinois. Subsequent to the meeting, Elsie Wasser was able to determine that Charles W. Schoeck is buried in the Old St. John's (German) Evangelical Church Cemetery. All of the church buildings were destroyed by storms between 1929 and 1938. Records of burials in this cemetery are to be found in Cemeteries of Madison County, Volume 1. They can also be found at Freidens UCC in Troy, Illinois. Probate papers for Charles can be obtained from Illinois Regional Archive Depository (IRAD) at Carbondale, Illinois.

Wes Lohr was looking for the Citizenship Intention papers for his ancestor Joseph Lohr. Again, Elsie Wasser was able to determine the papers, dated 1853, are located in the Pennsylvania Archives. There are also probate papers for Joseph Lohr available from IRAD at Carbondale, Illinois.

Ferne Ridenour is still looking for the port of entry and place of origin of her gr-grandfather, Frederick Devening. Part of the problem stems from the many different ways that his name is found to be spelled. Also, his Citizenship Intentions have not been found. Differing family stories have him born in more than one place and more than one year and entering the U.S. in different years and ports. Barbara Levergood, Librarian at SIUE, offered to check some material available to her. However, this problem is still looking for a solution even after Barbara's assistance.

The audience was very interested in each other's problems and, hopefully they were helpful.