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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - May 9, 2013

The May 2013 meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society was held at the EdwardsvillePublic Library on Thursday, May 9, at 7:00 pm.

President, Robert Ridenour, called the meeting to order.

The following is the Treasurer's report for the month of April:


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.

May Meeting

On May 9, 2013, Larry Darnell presented a program titled, Lost and Found: Your Adoption Search.

Searching for biological parents, siblings, or children following an adoption event can be a difficuilt if not impossible task. Belleville native, Larry Darnell, shared strategies and resources for adoptees and birth parents to find their biological relatives, along with his personal experiences researching his own biological lineage.

Mr. Darnell has a 30 year carer in Information Technology and has been actively researching and documenting his family history for the past 15 years. He also maintains the SCCGS facebook page at

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