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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:



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.

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)
U.S. Soldiers and Sailors System
U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records
Ellis Island
State Governments

Illinois Secretary of State
Illinois State Archives Searchable Databases

Missouri Secretary of State -State Archives - Digital Heritage
Death Certificate Search

 Non-Government Web Sites
Family search
Cyndi's List
Building Genealogy Web Sites

 Genealogy Web Sites - NOT FREE - but useful
Ancestry (some free records)
Fold3 (formerly - Some free records)
Distant Cousins (free)

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