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 


RE-INSTATED: All 2021 Society Meetings

The Madison County Genealogical Society plans to resume their monthly in-person meetings beginning on June 1, 2021. As before, meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month at the Winterset Public Library meeting room.  The start time has been changed to 6:30 pm.  The Library recommends face-masks and there is plenty of room for social distancing.

We plan to have occasional programs but our first meeting will be a chance to catch up on what genealogical adventures we’ve all had over the last 13-months since we last met.

Please mark your calendar with our future dates: July 6  —  August 3 —  September 7.

We hope to see you there.

2019 Christmas party

No Madison County Fair Genealogy Exhibit in 2021

The Madison County Genealogical Society will not be hosting their annual Genealogy Exhibit at the 2021 Madison County Fair this July.

Due to on-going considerations surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we feel this is best for those who enter exhibits, volunteer their time, and visit our displays. We will consider exhibiting at the 2022 County Fair at the first of the coming year.

To all who have worked, contributed, or enjoyed the display in the past,
we sincerely thank you.

For general information about the 2021 Madison County Fair, please visit:

January 2021 – Time to Join the MCGS or Renew Your Membership

Each January, the Madison County Genealogical Society asks our annual members to renew and hope that some of you will join for the first time.
Since our monthly meetings and programs (when we are able to have them once again) are open to the public, what do you receive for your dues?
  1. An 8-page quarterly newsletter filled with Madison County news and helpful genealogy tips.
  2. The satisfaction of knowing you support the MCGS as it provides money to help digitize newspapers, have available in the Winterset Library, assist with gravestone restorations, etc.
Please consider joining by using the form below.   You can right-click on the image for several options to print the form.    Or write the info down and send it, with your check, to the address listed.  Note the address has changed, just for this year.  If you have question please Contact us.

Retaining 2020 Officers into 2021

As this year draws to an end, we look back over cancelled meetings, no annual Christmas party (No snacks!  No family stories!), and concerns for health and safety.  Maybe you weren’t able to visit your usual genealogical haunts such as libraries and county offices.

Or, perhaps , on the other hand, it was a year when you had the time to dig into your ancestry, started some long hoped-for projects, found new resources on the Internet, or discovered new ways to connect with resources via Zoom.

In our December annual Christmas party, we usually elect officers for the coming year.  Since no December meeting was held, the current officers are planning to serve in 2021 also.  We feel this is a safe decision, as finding officers has been difficult for several years now.  (We also have two Director positions open, if anyone is interested.  The main duty is organizing the Madison County Fair exhibit, entries, and judging in July.)


Behind the scenes, the work of the Society continues with constant contributions to  During the IAGenWeb volunteer staff’s rigorous fall review, the site passed with compliments for its ease of use and the amount of data made available. Censuses are being reformatted by Kent Transier to be more readable.  Pat Hochstetler, Shirley Keating, and other volunteers enter 15-25 current and old obituaries each week that Kent and Linda Smith add to the our website.   And members can expect the first quarter newsletter in early February.


4th Quarter Newsletter

The MCGS newsletter for 4Q 2020 will soon be in the mail box or In Box of members.  Look forward to information on Mayflower participants, where to find vital records in our vicinity, Madison County pioneer cemeteries, and more.  Only current members receive our newsletter as they are published.  Others may view past newsletters, using the Newsletter Archive link to the right.

CANCELED: All 2020 Society Meetings

The Madison County Genealogical Society has made the difficult decision to hold no meetings for the rest of 2020.  Due to Covid-19, the group has been cancelling on a month-by-month basis, since our last meeting in March.  Now that more information is available about what may be ahead in the fall and early winter, it seems wise to cancel the remaining 2020 meetings and re-evaluate 2021 meetings at the end of the year.

But the MCGS wants to remind those interested in their family history that Madison County genealogy information is available at your fingertips.

  • The Winterset and Earlham libraries are both open and have informative genealogy sections of family histories, cemetery information, and obituaries.
  • Madison County’s official birth, marriage, and death records, 30,000+ obituaries, and much more is available at
  • Madison County gravestones can be viewed at  – over 30,000 in our 60 cemeteries.
  • The Society’s quarterly newsletter is still being written and sent to members.  Expect yours the first week of November.
  • On Facebook, visit Madison County IA Family History for your genealogy fix.

Please visit our CONTACT US tab if you have questions.   Stay safe out there!


CANCELED: August 4, 2020 Genealogy Society Meeting

Same story, fifth month. Due to the caution around the spread of Covid-19, the Genealogical Society will hold no meeting this month. Though the Winterset Public Library is now open 17 hours each week, the meeting room is not being used and the Madison County Historical Complex is closed until further notice..

If you use Facebook, you can get your Madison County genealogy fix in the group Madison County IA Family History.   And spend some time with, too.

Please visit our CONTACT US tab if you have questions.   Stay safe out there!


No Madison County Fair Genealogy Exhibit in 2020

The Madison County Genealogical Society will not be hosting their annual Genealogy Exhibit at the 2020 Madison County Fair this July.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we feel this is best for the safety of those who enter exhibits, volunteer their time, and visit our displays.  We plan to see you at the 2021 Fair.

For general information about the 2020 Madison County Fair, please visit:




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