Madison County Genealogical Society

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February Saturdays – Genealogy: Let’s Get Going! Classes

Whether your are new to genealogy or need to renew your interest, this informal set of classes will help get you back on track.  Each week we will cover a basic topic that will help strengthen your genealogy know-how.  The classes are free and there is no registration.

Topics are:

  • February 1. Gathering, Goals, and Group Sheets
  • February 8: Census Sense – Federal and State
  • February 15: Wading through the Web
  • February 22: Organizing and Other Despicable Tasks
  • February 29:  Whatever the previous students would like to discuss

January 7, 2020 Genealogy Meeting

The January, 2020 business meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society will take place Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 pm at the Winterset Public Library.  Besides approving the Secretary and Treasurer Reports, we’ll be discussing:

  1. Audit committee for 2019 financials
  2. County Fair rule submission and confirming judge
  3. Project updates:
    1. Winterset Library Cemetery notebook reorganization
    2. Digitization of 2004-2018 newspapers
    3. February Saturday “Genealogy: Let’s Get Going” classes

And we always have a round table discussion at the end so you can tell us your latest genealogical triumph or how you are handling your current “brick wall.”  Maybe we’ll have just the suggestion you need.

If you have questions, email us at


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 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.


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 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  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.

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