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A Message From Our President
   2012 brings many transitions for the Bond County Genealogical Society, as well as the continuation of many regular activities. We are continuing our monthly meetings at the Bond County Housing Authority Building at 6 pm on the second Monday of each month. We usually have a short program and a business meeting. Watch for announcements of special events in the Greenville Advocate and WGEL, or join our email list when you become a member.
   We are sorry to report that we have lost several key members in the last several months. Dean and Nelda Anthony, who did genealogical research and prepared publications for BCGS for over 20 years, died in July 2010 and December 2011, respectively. According to one of her obituaries, they researched over 100 cemeteries here in Bond County creating books and helping families for over 25 years. They published the "Bond County Genealogical Society News" Quarterly for over 20 years; Nelda wrote at least 28 books. Carlos Hawley, who prepared over 44 BCGS publications and served as the editor of the "B.C.G.S. News" Quarterly in recent years, died also, in July 2011.
  We are currently updating our systems of management and look forward to resuming publishing of the "B.C.G.S. News" Quarterly, hoping to begin issuing electronic versions at a future date. Also you have probably noticed some updates to our website to serve you better. In addition, the Greenville Public Library where our BCGS library is located is doing some remodeling and we will be moving our collection into a larger room soon, which will allow for more work space for researchers. At this time we have a very limited number of individuals who can assist with research, so please send any inquiries by email or to our Post Office Box, and we will point you in the right direction.

  Kevin Kaegy, BCGS President
  Posted March 2012

Society Announcements
   At the November 2012 Bond Co. Genealogical Society meeting it was decided to begin meeting jointly with the Bond Co. Historical Society for program meetings, so please try to come out for this special program mentioned below! Announcements will be made ahead of time whenever there is to be a BCGS business meeting. Also, there will be no December meeting.

     The Bond County Historical Society will meet Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bradford Community Building. A video compilation of the renovations to the Hoiles-Davis Museum in 1998 and 1999 including interviews will be shown. This forgotten video has not been seen since its original airing. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

   The Joint Annual Meeting of the Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society was held Saturday, November 2, 2013 @ 6:30pm in the Bradford Community Room in Greenville, Illinois. The program entitled "130th Illinois Infantry, Local Civil War Unit," was presented by Kevin Kaegy. Also, Bill Johnson shared his Sesquicentennial reminiscences. The pasta and salad dinner was deliciously catered by Joe's Pizza & Pasta of Greenville.

   The annual rural church potluck and program, hosted by the Bond County Historical and Genealogical Societies, was Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at the Pleasant Mound Methodist Church. The meal was at 6:00 p.m. with meat and drink furnished. A program on the history of the church and Pleasant Mound began at 7:00 p.m.
   See photos in the BCGS Gallery from our August 13, 2012 Church History Program at Donnellson Presbyterian Church.

   See photos in the BCGS Gallery from our July 16, 2012 Basic Genealogy Research Online 101 Workshop.

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The Bond County Genealogical Society was founded April 30, 1981. Our purpose is to honor the county's founding fathers by encouraging the preservation, research and dissemination of the rich genealogical heritage of Bond County.

The Society is located in Greenville, Illinois a small community of seven thousand people located forty-five miles east of St. Louis, MO. Nestled in the hills of southern Illinois at the intersection of Illinois Route 127 and Interstate 70, Greenville has long been a crossroad for people migrating across the plains.

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