Madison County Genealogical Society

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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.

 

 

“Genealogy? HELP!” Thursdays 3-5 pm, January through March

Interested in starting your family tree, but not sure where to begin?  Stuck trying to fill in some lineage and not sure how?

Bring your questions and challenges for free, one-on-one family history research and genealogy assistance, provided by a Madison County Genealogical Society volunteer.  No registration required – just stop by the library’s Genealogy section to take advantage of this new drop-in service beginning Thursday, January 10, 2018 and will continue 12 consecutive Thursdays.

 

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

 

 

 

November 6 – Finding Farmland History

The family farm represents the traditions and heritage upon which our families and the state were built. Jared McDonald will present resources to gather farmland history, using online sources to view historic maps and photos.

October 2 – Heritage and Century Farms

The Heritage and Century Farm Programs, administered by the State Secretary of Agriculture and the Iowa Farm Bureau Foundation, honor those families that have owned farmland for 150 and 100 years, respectively. Members will explain the significance of the programs and the simple steps to honor your farming legacy.

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