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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.

   Genealogical Society members may subscribe to the B.C.G.S. News by sending your name and email address to .

Download .pdf B.C.G.S. News Volume 30 Issue 2 Summer July 2015 (Compressed .zip 2.71MB)
Download .pdf B.C.G.S. News Volume 30 Issue 1 Winter January 2015 (Compressed .zip 2.63MB)
Download .pdf B.C.G.S. News Volume 29 Issue 2 Summer July 2014 (Compressed .zip 2.32MB)
Download .pdf B.C.G.S. News Volume 29 Issue 1 Winter January 2014 (Compressed .zip 1.45MB)

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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 special programs 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.

   Due to the unexpected passing of Historical Society President & Genealogical Society Vice President, Lester Harnetiaux, there was no February BCGS meeting but we invited members and friends of both Societies to attend his visitation from 3 until 8 p.m. Tuesday February 24, 2015 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Funeral services were 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Greenville First Christian Church. Interment followed in Campground Cemetery.

   The Annual Meeting of the Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 at the Bradford Room in Greenville, Illinois, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Historical Society!

Dinner at 6 pm will be catered by Joe's Pizza and Pasta, and the program and business meeting will begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $12.00 and are available at Watson's Drugs, TNT RV and Generator Services and Bond County Realtors.

The program will share several "Montrose Cemetery and Mausoleum Voices" as originally produced by the Greenville Bicentennial Committee. We will hear from Cary Holman as Will Carson, Cindy Catron as Dr. Katherine Luzader, and Anthony Macon as Pvt. Edward Merrifield.

The Business meeting will include the election of officers and various reports.

Haven't joined either society yet this year? We have a special offer that you can join both societies for only $20 for the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016! Print this special form today or find it at the Annual Dinner Meeting.

      If you have an article, photo or research query for the next Genealogical Society Newsletter, please send them to or or bring them to a meeting. To be included in upcoming issues, we'll need your submissions by the end of (December for Winter / June for Summer), thanks!

   [PAST EVENT] The Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society Annual Church History program will be Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at the United Methodist Church of Mulberry Grove. It will begin at 6:00 pm with a potluck (meat furnished), with the program at 7 pm about the history of the church and Mulberry Grove.
   The church's address is 116 North Church Street. From the four-way stop in the center of Mulberry Grove, go one block north to School Street. Turn right and go two blocks east to the church. It is across the street from the old grade school. Built about 1856, this is one of the oldest church buildings still in use in our area. It has a newer dining area on the east side and is all on one level. Rev. Bob Chase will be our host for this special evening. The public is invited to attend.
      If you are interested in filling a voting directors seat in either society for the 2016 term, please come to an upcoming meeting or contact Kevin Kaegy.

   2015 events for Bond County Historical & Genealogical Societies:

      - May 7: 5-7pm - Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Hoiles-Davis Museum.
      - June 25: 5:30-8pm - Ice cream social and Municipal Band Concert, Hoiles-Davis Museum.
      - July 28: 7pm - Historical/Genealogical Societies Meeting ft. the opening of a time capsule from Greenville 175th anniversary, Bradford Community Building. The public is welcome to view this unique celebration. Refreshments will be served. Following the ceremony, a portion of the contents of the 1990 time capsule will be on display at the Greenville Public Library. Items will also be displayed at the Bond County Fair (July 30-Aug 4) and the Greenville Bicentennial Celebration Sep 5-6..
      - August 18: 6pm - Church history program at Mulberry Grove Methodist Church. 6pm Potluck meal, 7pm History program. (originally scheduled for Aug 25, but church had to revise plans, thanks for understanding and pardon the confusion)
      - September 5: 2-3pm - Montrose Cemetery Living History Walk, sponsored and chaired by the Greenville Bicentennial.
      - October 27: 6pm - Annual Meeting of the Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society featuring the program: "Montrose Cemetery and Mausoleum Voices".

      The Bond County Historical Society is one of the official sponsors of the Greenville Bicentennial and urges you to participate in all the upcoming events! Watch the local media for more information or check the Bicentennial webpage!

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


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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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