Madison County Genealogical Society

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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 iagenweb.org/madison/ 

 

UPDATE – November 5

UPDATE – Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Madison County Genealogical Society meeting will be held at the Winterset Public Library rather than at the Madison County Annex. Tonight, there will NOT be a program, but only a meeting. Look for a tour of the Recorder’s Office to be a program in 2020.

November 5 – Treasures in the Madison County Recorders Office

Madison County Recorder, Lisa Smith, will present the Madison County Genealogical Society program at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  She will give us a tour around the wonderfully-organized vital records that are accessible to the public. Here you can access birth, marriage, death, and land records to further your family research.

This is a change from our usual location – Lisa is hosting the program and meeting at the MADISON COUNTY ANNEX, at the corner of Court Avenue and 2nd Avenue (old Union State Bank building).  Please come to the north door.

The Society’s monthly programs are always free and open to the public.  A short business meeting will follow for those who are interested.

 

October 1 – CANCELLED Familysearch.org Tips and Techniques

CANCELLED due to severe weather.  We will schedule this program in a future month.

The Madison County Genealogical Society program (7:00 pm, Winterset Public Library) features the website Familysearch.org.  This FREE website has billions of records, which are easy to search.  And this program will show you how to get started or how to improve your techniques.  Theresa Liewer of Des Moines, an Iowa Genealogical Society instructor, will once again visit Winterset with one of her informative presentations.  

The Genealogical Society monthly programs are always free and open to the public.  A short Society meeting will follow the program for those who are interested in attending.

Sepember 3 – Winterset City Park Grant

The Madison County Genealogical Society program (7:00 pm, Winterset Public Library) will be a public meeting for all those interested in the recently awarded state grant that will be used to nominate the Winterset City Park to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).  In this short presentation, John Pletchette (Winterset Parks & Rec Director), Linda Griffith Smith (Madison County Historic Preservation Commission Chair), and historian Leah Rogers (Tallgrass Archeology, LLC) will explain the upcoming process and how various groups are working together. 

The outcome will be a complete history of the park using board minutes, newspaper articles, photos, and much more that all go into the required nomination.  A successful NRHP nomination opens the door to other grants that would help restore the Park’s aging structures. 

A nostalgic photo presentation of the park through the years will be shown on the screen.  Perhaps you have something to share about the Winterset City Park?  We’d love to hear it.  

The Genealogical Society monthly programs are always free and open to the public.  A short Society meeting will follow the program for those who are interested in attending.

 

This project is supported in part by the State Historical Society of Iowa, Historical Resource Development Program.

Photo courtesy of the Madison County Historical Society.

Sifting Thru the Ashes – Saturday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.

Presented by the Winterset Public Library.  This program is free and open to the public.

Writing about a tragic house fire that occurred 60 years ago can be a challenge.  Attempting to research the event, knowing that none of the survivors are still alive, is an even bigger challenge.  And when those deceased survivors are all relatives, look out!

Join author, genealogist, and storyteller Tim Ritter for a lively multimedia presentation about encountering brick walls in research, learning to sift through family legends in search of the truth, and taking chances that ultimately lead to incredible discoveries and connections to the past.  You can learn more about Tim, his writing, and his adventures at http://www.timritter.net/ Tim will have copies of his books for sale and autographing following this presentation.

 

August 6 – Penn Township History

The Madison County Genealogical Society program will be “Penn Township History” given by Pat Hochstetler.  Pat is an MCGS member and has lived in/near Penn Township in the northwest corner of Madison County most of her life.  She will cover the community, the people, and various events, including the annual Penn Center picnic tradition.  This program is free and open to the public.

A short Society meeting will follow the program for those who are interested in attending.

1875 Penn Township maps

July 2 – County Fair Entry Preparation

Do you have an item set aside to enter into the County Fair or want to know how?  Members and guests will cover the simple steps needed to best prepare your entries. We’ve found these sessions informative to both participants and spectators.

For a list of this year’s rules, click 2019 Genealogy Fair Entry Rules and List – final

Gene - County Fair

 

June 4, 2019 – What’s New at IAGenWeb for Madison County

Program given by Linda Smith, Assistant County Coordinator

IAGenWeb/madison/ is being constantly updated with new obituary and family history information.  But other projects have recently been completed or are underway.  Linda will provide an overview of the Divorce Index, Composite Census, and the new format of the Madison County Family Tree with nearly 95,000 entries.  Plus a peak at the 1925 Census transcription that should be finished by the end of 2019. Feel free to bring your questions.

 

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