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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.


April 19, 2019 – St. Patrick’s Cemetery Walk Planned

As published in the April 17, 2019 Winterset Madisonian

Dear Publisher:

For a number of years, a very active group of members of the Madison County Genealogical Society has “walked” all of the county cemeteries to gather up-to-date genealogical information (stone locations, names, dates, etc.) to file at the Winterset Public Library and Madison County Historical Museum. These records need to be kept current.

Some of our members are no longer able to be actively involved in these walks. All of our county cemeteries have been walked, and need to be updated with current data. No special experience is needed – just the ability to read and copy information for our files/records. This is just one of the many projects we have done.

St. Patrick’s Church on National Register of Historic Places

We will have a Cemetery Walk at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Cemetery, in southeast Lee Township on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The location is north of Bevington at 155th Street and Warren/Madison Avenue. Please meet at the cemetery and volunteer was much time as you can. Please bring your own lunch. You do not need to be a member to volunteer to help.

More opportunities like this will be available in the future. All ages may participate.
Thank you!
Michael J. Mahan, Madison County Genealogical Society






May 7, 2019 – It Started with a Pathetic Obit

Program given by Linda Greethurst, an instructor for the Iowa Genealogical Society.

Noticing that her husband’s grandmother’s obit was “pathetic,” in that it told very little of her life, Linda decided to find out more about her and the time she lived in.  Born in 1854 and dying in 1921, this grandmother saw many inventions, wars, fashions, and household appliances for the first time.  Linda is writing her story (and 63 others!) to include much more than just when they were “hatched, matched and dispatched. ”  Let her inspire you to do the same..

This program is free and open to the public starting at 7:00 pm in the Winterset Public Library.  After a short break, the MCGS business meeting will be conducted for those who would like to participate.



April 2, 2019 – John Wayne Trivia

Program by Frances May, John Wayne Museum Tour Guide

Francis, after retiring from forestry work in the eastern United States, choose Winterset as her home for one reason only – John Wayne.  To say that she is an enthusiast, is an understatement.  She will delight us with her knowledge of all-things-John-Wayne in her fun and fast-paced program.

Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm, Winterset Public Library meeting room. Business meeting for those who would like to participate after the program.






March 5, 2019 – Uncovering Covered Bridge History

Program by Walt Libby and David Hargrove,
authors of “Covered Bridge News in the Winterset Madisonian

Walt and Dave will tell us about their process for revisiting and discovering Covered Bridge history through old newspapers and original County Supervisor minutes.  Some interesting twists and turns have come to light.  Photo courtesy of the Madison County Historical Society.

Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 pm, Winterset Public Library meeting room. Business meeting for those who would like to participate after the program.






February 5, 2019 – Kellogg Family History

Program by Skip Greenwood, Madison County Genealogical Society Member

Skip will walk us back through his maternal Kellogg Family History in Madison County, to the east coast, and beyond.  Miles Kellogg, Skip’s g-g-grandfather was an early Madison County pioneer, arriving here in 1855.  Hearing how he put his family history together may inspire you to do the same.

Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 pm, Winterset Public Library meeting room. Business meeting for those who care to stay after the program.





January 8, 2019 – Farris Cemetery Update

Program by Molly Clause, Madison County Historic Preservation Commissioner

Molly, and a group known as the Farris Cemetery Advocacy Group, are giving this cemetery some much needed love and respect.  Stones plowed to one side 50 years ago are finding their way back to the graves they belong to.  The Office of the State Archeologist  used Ground Penetrating Radar to discover many more graves than are documented.  They group has engaged several community groups and used various fund-raising techniques.  Come hear how far they have come and what is still planned.

Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 pm, Winterset Public Library meeting room. Business meeting for those who care to stay after the program.



December 4 – Annual Christmas Party

We invite you to attend the December meeting where we share treats, swap stories, and have a very short meeting to elect our 2019 officers.  Hot cider will be provided.  Bring a snack to share, if you like, and your best family history story from 2018.
    Tuesday, December 4
     7:00 pm
     Winterset Public Library Meeting Room




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