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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 Familysearch.org 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 http://www.iowagravestones.org

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 www.iowagravestones.org 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Of course, with each new burial, the work become out of date.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 iowagravestone.org 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.

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 ancestry.com 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.

Past Newsletters Now Available Online

Three years of past MCGS quarterly newsletters are available here.  Begin by clicking the RESEACH tab at the top of the page.  On that page, you will see a link to take you to the newsletters.  Once there, you can view, download, or print the posted newsletters.

You will find the four 8-page newsletters written in 2015. 2016, and 2017.  As current newsletters are created, another two-year old newsletter will be posted.  More current newsletters for 2018 and 2019 are not posted yet since receiving the latest news is a perk for current members.

If you are a current member and are missing any 2018 or 2019 newsletters, just let us know, using the CONTACT US tab.

January 2020 – 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 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. Free inquiries that our local members will research. Otherwise, there is a charge for our time.
  3. The satisfaction of knowing you support the MCGS as it provides money to help digitize newspapers, have ancestry.com available in the Winterset Library, assist with gravestone restorations, etc.
Please consider joining by following these instructions.  If you have question please Contact us.

Hail, Hail to a Grand Year of Genealogy

On Tuesday, December 3, the MCGS held their annual Christmas Party.  We shared a treat or two, made plans for the coming year, and discussedour best genealogy story of the year.  A great time was had by all.

 

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