Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - November 10, 2011

The November 2011 meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society was held at the Edwardsville Public Library on Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 pm.

President, Robert Ridenour, called the meeting to order.

The following reports were presented.

Financial report for the month of October 2011, as follows:


 

GIFT MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE

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 racerbarb@aol.com, about a gift membership.


November Meeting


On November 10, 2011, the Madison County Genealogical Society held its regular meeting at the Edwardsville Public Library. A program titled New Ways to Find Find Old Stuff ­ Researching Ancestors Online was presented by Mary Westerhold, Archival Research Manager at the Madison County Historical Society Archival Library. She sttended the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Springfield, Illinois, and presented some of the things she learned.

Mary discussed many web sites that have been updated and improved in their use to genealogists. She told about her efforts to find information about one of her ancestors and the sites she used to obtain that information.

The following list contains those websites:

 Free Genealogy Web Sites
 
U.S. Government
National Archives and Records Administration
(free searching - copies of records are not free)
http://www.archives.gov
U.S. Soldiers and Sailors System http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/
U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/
Ellis Island http://www.ellisisland.org/
 
State Governments

Illinois
Illinois Secretary of State http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com
Illinois State Archives Searchable Databases http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases.html

 Missouri
Missouri Secretary of State -State Archives - Digital Heritage http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/
Death Certificate Search http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/
 

 Non-Government Web Sites
Family search http://www.familysearch.org
Rootsweb http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
USGenWeb http://usgenweb.org/
Cyndi's List http://www.Cyndislist.com
Building Genealogy Web Sites Tribalpages.com
 

 Genealogy Web Sites - NOT FREE - but useful
 
Ancestry (some free records)  http://www.ancestry.com
Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com - Some free records)  http://www.footnote.com
Distant Cousins (free)  http://www.distantcousin.com/

This presentation was well received and generated quite a few questions.



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