Madison County Genealogical Society

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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.

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 Tim will have copies of his books for sale and autographing following this presentation.


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