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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - September 11, 2008


The September 11, 2008, meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society was held at the Tri-Township Library in Troy, Illinois, in the room occupied by the Troy Genealogical Society.

President, Robert Ridenour, called the meeting to order.


Treasurer LaVerne Bloemker presented the financial report for the period ending August 31, 2008.

Librarian/Researcher Elsie Wasser reported that we had received four books for the library:

Wentz Hardware - Its History - Three Generations by Shirley A. Daiber. Donated by the author.

Steal-Easy: My Home Town, A Memoiric History of Crab Orchard, Illinois by John M. Brewer, Rolla, Missouri. Donated anonymously.

Alton, Illinois, The Story of a Picturesque and Busy City of the Mississippi (1912). Donated anonymously.

History of Railroads in Edwardsville, Illinois, by William J. Harteau. Donated annonymously.

The following additions were made to the Family Vertical Files:

Reynold, Edw. H. family
Wachmuth, John
Hartnett, John family
Riniker, Henry (of Switzerland)

Members of the Troy Genealogical Society discussed the contents of their library. Those in attendance were informed that the shelving system used in the genealogical library does not follow the Dewey Decimal system exactly. However, the system used is easy to follow.

There was a discussion of differing storage media, old and new, and the advantages and disadvantages and life expectancy of each.

The formal presentation was followed by the attendees perusing the available material for items of interest.

Hearing and seeing how other genealogical societies save and store their information made for an interesting meeting. Our thanks to the Troy Genealogical Society for being such gracious hosts.