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The B.C.G.S. Newsletter is Back!
   The first issues of the 2014 reboot of the Bond County Genealogical Society Newsletter are now available online! Each future newsletter issue will be sent to society members via email and subsequently archived on this website. Volumes 1-28 are not yet digitized and are available to read in book form in the BCGS Holdings Room located on the lower level of the Greenville Public Library.

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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.

   You can relive those "good ol' golden rule days" at a pie and ice cream social Sunday, September 21 on the grounds of the One Room School Museum. The day begins with pie and ice cream at 2:00 p.m. followed by a program in the old school by Mary Young, a retired Unit 2 teacher who volunteers at the museum. The One Room School Museum, at the corner of Beaumont Avenue and Wyatt Street, was opened in 1982. The building was originally the Palmer School from Tamalco Township but the furnishings and artifacts came from one room schools across Bond County.
      Members of the Bond County Historical Society and Genealogical societies, retired teachers, and the public are welcome. You are encouraged to bring your old school photos and favorite stories to the program. The program and pie and ice cream are free but monetary donations to the One Room School Museum are welcome.
      The Historical Society will purchase ice cream for the event but we are asking our members to provide a pie (or two). If you can bake a pie for the One Room School Museum social, please contact Lester Harnetiaux at 664-4232.

   See photos in the BCGS Gallery from our July 22, 2014 visits to Burgess/Ethridge/Wilds Cemetery and Hug Cemetery in Burgess Township near Millersburg, Illinois.

   The annual rural church potluck and program, hosted by the Bond County Historical and Genealogical Societies, was Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at the Wisetown Baptist Church (Directions from Greenville: Take Dudleyville Rd or Hwy 127 south to Hwy 143; At intersection of Dudleyville Rd and 143, take Wisetown Rd southeast until you reach the church). Brother Tom Ranken of the church hosted and the potluck meal began at 6:00 p.m. A program began at 7:00 p.m.. Bud Wade gave a history of the community and Roberta Hoffmann gave the church history. See photos in the BCGS Gallery.

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*note*   We experienced a technical glitch with our new contact e-mail account. Before June 3, 2014, the e-mails were not coming through in real time. But, good news! All of your backlogged correspondence has now been retrieved and our volunteers have been working to answer your research questions each one in turn. Thank you for your patience.

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.