Madison County Genealogical Society

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Welcome to Our Website

Here you will find updatLogo - straight from Kented information about our meetings and projects, as well as how we can assist you with your own family research.  You will find a vast amount of Madison County, Iowa genealogical information available online at 


No January or February 2022 MCGS Meetings

Due to possible winter weather and last minute cancellations, the group decided in our November 2021 meeting to eliminate our January and February 2022 meetings. But mark your calendars for March 1, 2022 where we will kick off MCGS for the year.

If you would like to connect with us at any time, feel free to use the Contact Us page or email us directly at

MCGS December 7 Meeting

The Madison County Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, December 7, at 6:30 pm at the Winterset Public Library.  Our meeting will consist of a short business meeting to elect officers and directors for 2022 and then of loooong tales of our 2021 genealogy adventures. This is our “bring a treat to share” meeting. We will provide hot cider, plates, napkins, and utensils.

The slate for 2022 officers will look familiar, since our 2021 officers agreed to serve again: President Ken Callison, Vice President Skip Greenwood, Treasurer Pat Hochstetler, Secretary Linda Smith. We are also looking for three directors that will help make long-term decisions on the direction of the MCGS.

We hope to see you, and a munchie, there!

MCGS November 2 Meeting

The Madison County Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, November 2, at 6:30 pm at the Winterset Public Library. 

Our meeting will begin with a short PowerPoint presentation on the History of the Winterset Cemetery.

That will be followed by a short business meeting to discuss the society’s success this year and to start thinking about what to accomplish in 2022.  It’s also time to look ahead for officers – president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary – for 2022. Onward and upward!

No MCGS October Meeting

The Madison County Genealogical Society is not meeting in October. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 2, 6:30 pm, at the Winterset Public Library. We hope all those interested in family history will plan to attend then.

We can report that McGinnis, Peru, and St. Charles cemeteries have all been walked this year. The alphabetic name and row-by-row documentation for each is being updated and placed in the Winterset Library’s Genealogy section. Photos of recent gravestones are also being uploaded to Many thanks to our volunteers for their dedication.

MCGS September 7 Meeting

The Madison County Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, September 7, 6:30 pm at the Winterset Public Library.  The program will provide a brief introduction to to assist with your family research.  FamilySearch has millions of records, is available from your home PC or phone, and has no subscription fee. All are welcome to attend.

No MCGS August Meeting

The Madison County Genealogical Society is not meeting in August. They have been continuing their feet-on-the-ground cemetery work.

Their next meeting will be Tuesday, September 7, 6:30 pm, at the Winterset Public Library. Hope all those interested in family history will attend then.

Meanwhile, find a cool morning to check out a local cemetery . Or visit the gravestones from the comfort of your home with your computer or smart phone at

MCGS July Meeting

Tuesday, July 6, 6:30 pm, Winterset Public Library – Free and all are welcome.

At our upcoming monthly meeting, we will be demonstrating where local genealogists have posted 30,000 gravestone photos for viewing from your PC or your smartphone.

It’s very easy to access and can help immensely when you are searching for the cemetery where someone is buried or to find the actual gravestone within the cemetery. Many of the entries are linked back to Madison County’s 35,000+ online newspaper obituaries.

Recent Cemetery Walks

Small groups have been visiting McGinnis Cemetery (NW of Patterson) and Peru Cemetery to update our documentation. The Society keeps two documents for each cemetery – and alphabetical listing by surname and a row-by-row listing. Copies of both are kept in the Winterset Public Library to reference when trying to locate a gravestone, which is especially helpful within large cemeteries with multiple sections. Many thanks to member Pat Hochstetler for her continued updating of these documents.

Of course, with each new burial, the work become out of date. So the nearly 60 cemeteries in Madison County are always in need of a walk to update the documents with the latest burials, new stones for those who are not yet deceased, or death dates where there was none before.

It’s also great to have 30,000 gravestones photos uploaded to for reference on your computer and smart phones. As we take new photos, or replace old ones, the GPS coordinates are now also available online. What a help in locating a gravesite!! Retaking and processing 30,000 new photos will be a loooooong-term goal.

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