Madison County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 631
Edwardsville, IL 62025-0631


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Robert Ridenour
Last Update:
23 Jun 2023

Dues Are Now Overdue

At the August 2016 MCGS Board meeting, it was noted that the current dues structure was failing to keep pace with the expenses. It was then decided to increase the annual dues.

Individual/Family/Institutional dues will henceforth be $25 per year,  and Patron dues will be $35 per year.

The last dues increase occurred in 2002.


The MCGS has a NEW Email Address: [email protected]


Unless Otherwise Stated, All Meetings are at 1:30 p.m. (note the new time), in the Presentation Room of the Edwardsville Public Library, 112 South Kansas, Edwardsville, IL.  Visitors Are Always Welcome.



There will be no meeting of the Madison County Genealogical Society in June 2023.


We are in the process of polling the membership about the day to hold meetings, the time to hold meetings, the number of meetings to hold, the desired subject matter of the meetings, and the format of the meetings.


For a report on previous meetings, CLICK here.


If you would like to make a presentation, please email Mary Westerhold  at: [email protected] and she will see that you are added to the schedule.

MCGS Facebook Page

The Madison County Genealogical Society has a Facebook page.

The address is: Madison County Genealogical Society of Illinois



Madison County Genealogical Society Newsletter Available Digitally !!!


The latest edition of the Madison County Genealogical Society Newsletter was recently emailed to all current members of the Society.  If you did not receive a copy, it is probably due to one (or more) of the following:


1. You have not paid your 2022 dues. In which case, you will also no longer receive copies of The Stalker in the mail. Bringing your membership up to date will solve this.


2. We do not have an email address for you, or the email address we have is incorrect.  Sending an email to [email protected] will fix this problem.


3. You do not have email. In that case, you can download the Newsletter as shown below.


The Madison County Genealogical Society Newsletter is no longer going to be a part of The Stalker.


The Newsletter can be accessed here to be read online or downloaded to your computer to be printed.


St. Clair County Genealogical Society Newsletter Available Digitally !!!

The St. Clair County Genealogical Society has changed their newsletter to a digital publication, available in print only for an additional charge.

We have access to their newsletters here.


We have a NEW Mystery Photo. Check it out.



Stalker Needs Articles

The Stalker is in dire need of articles. We need input from all members.

Send your contributions to Mary Westerhold at [email protected]


Madison County Pioneer Certificate.

If you are a direct descendant of an early (prior to 1880) resident of Madison County and can supply documented proof, you can obtain a certificate stating that fact. You would also be eligible if your ancestor was living before 1812 in the area that became Madison County. (When Madison County was originally formed, it reached to the Canadian border).

The fee for each certificate application is $20.00. One certificate is included in the fee and will be mailed after eligibility has been determined. Application fees are not refundable.

Brothers, sisters, children, or grandchildren of the applicant who wish to apply at the same time as the original applicant also need to fill out an application. Their documentation need only show direct relationship to the original applicant. These additional applications include one designated certificate each. The fee for additional certificates is $10.00 each.

If you are interested in applying for a Madison County Pioneer Certificate, click here. for an application and instructions.





Archaic Medical Terms

If you are having trouble determining what your relative died from, you might want to consult to see if a definition of the medical terminology is given.

[From the Texas Research Rambler Genealogical Group]

Mystery Photos

We have been asked about some place to post unknown photographs where they can be viewed by others and perhaps the subject(s) can be identified. We have added a "Mystery Photographs" link to the MCGS home page. If you can identify any subject in any photograph, please send an e-mail to the address given with that photograph.

If you have any photographs you would like to have added to the "Mystery Photographs" pages, please send them to me at [email protected].



Digital Scrapbooking

On October 11, 2012, Lola DeGroff presented a program on Creating a Digital Scrapbook.

Lola had a handout that leads you through the steps of creating a scrapbook page and exporting it as a JPEG. It then leads the user through the steps of uploading the pages and having the scrapbook printed. If you would like a copy of this handout, it can be downloaded or printed here.




Troy Times-Tribune Looking for Information

On Thursday, May 31, 2012, the Troy Times-Tribune ran an article under the title of Down Memory Lane. This article included a photograph of The Blackjack Band. Only four out nine members of the band were identified. If you know anyone who ever played in The Blackjack Band, perhaps you can help identify the "unknowns." Click here to see the article.





Do you have a family member that is interested in (or even obsessed with) genealogy? A membership in the Madison County Genealogical Society would be a very thoughtful gift. A gift card will be sent to the recipient of any gift membership.

The following memberships are available:
Individual/Family Annual Membership $25.00
Patron Annual Membership $35.00

Contact our Corresponding Secretary, Lynn Engelman, at [email protected], about a gift membership.



Now Available and Taking Orders

The Ten Year Stalker Index, 1991-2000, is complete; and we are taking orders for either a printed copy, 330 pages, for $45 or a copy on CD for $15. The CD copy is searchable using Adobe Reader.

A new Ten Year Stalker Index, 2001-2010, is complete; and we are taking orders for either a printed copy, 304 pages, for $35 or a copy on CD for $15. The CD copy is searchable using Adobe Reader.

To place an order, contact Mary Westerhold, at [email protected].



Visitors are always welcome. 



Goals of the Society

To encourage and educate persons in the study of family history and research methods.
To preserve genealogical and historical record.
To inform people of the importance of collecting, preserving, and circulating genealogical literature.
To promote research, publish, and circulate genealogical records and information

To further these goals, the Society maintains a genealogical library room in the Edwardsville Public Library, holds workshops, invites guest speakers on topics relevant to genealogical research, and publishes genealogical records.




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