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   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 0-28 are still in the early digitization process and are currently 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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Society Announcements
Your next baking opportunity comes in June, when we host the Municipal Band Concert on the Museum grounds on Thursday, June 22, and have our homemade ice cream and pie fundraiser. Cindy is also seeking volunteers to help this time! & 618-664-4868

Looking forward to seeing you!

   Join/Renew your BCGS and/or BCHS membership for 2017! We have a special offer that you can join both societies for one year for only $20 - a $5 savings! Print this special interactive PDF form today. Fill, Save, Email, Print!

   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!

   Haven't attended a meeting in a while? We'd love to see you again. We'd love your ideas and energies in our corner. We have plenty of upcoming and continuing projects, both external and internal, to work on, including the fast-approaching 2017 season at the Hoiles-Davis Museum. And please remember to send in your annual membership renewals if you haven't done that yet!!

   At the November 2012 Bond Co. Genealogical Society meeting it was decided to begin meeting jointly with the Bond Co. Historical Society for program and business meetings, generally the 4th Tuesday of each month. Announcements will be made ahead of time whenever there is to be a specifically BCGS business meeting. Also, there will be no December meeting.

   The Bond County Genealogical Society specializes in questions about family history, burial sites, census records, birth records, or death records from Bond County. If you have questions about the history of the county and its communities, please contact the the Bond County Historical Society instead.

   All genealogy requests submitted via email to will be researched and answered in order received as time permits. There is no flat fee for requests as we attempt to reply with electronic documents, but if your request requires printing, postage, or original document access and retrieval you may be responsible for those charges.

   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 May meeting was Tuesday, May 23, and featured Hallye Bone, a certified quilt appraiser, talking about quilt values and appraisals. She appraised individual vintage and contemporary quilts by appointment on that Tuesday and Wednesday, for $40 each - deposit of $20 required when you made your appointment with Jan Eyman (618) 326-7343.

   [Past Event] The Hoiles-Davis Museum Open House was on the fourth Tuesday, April 25, at 7 pm. We enjoyed cookies, tours and stories from the display commmittee. Thank you everyone who baked or purchased refreshements!

   [Past Event] The meeting of the Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society Tuesday, March 28, at 7 pm at the Bradford Community Room. Cindy Tischhauser and Shelli Cripe led another program and discussion about cemetery restoration. There was also be a short business meeting. - Do you have an idea for a Genealogy-themed program or workshop? Let us know!

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   [Past Event] Bond County Historical Society & Genealogical Society Annual Dinner Meeting, featured Program and Election of Officers - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6:00 pm at the Bradford Community Room in Greenville, Illinois. Italian Meal catered by Joe's Pizza & Pasta
  The program, entitled "The Underground Railroad in Bond County", was presented by local historian, Kevin Kaegy, discussing the myths and truth of this historic period in our history.

The Underground Railroad in Bond County

   [Past Event] The joint meeting of Bond County Genealogical Society and Bond County Historical Society met Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 pm at the Hoiles-Davis Museum.
  After a short business meeting, Cindy Tischhauser, President of BCGS, led a discussion of preservation of small country cemeteries. Special guests, the Cripes, spoke about their work cleaning up those cemeteries in their immediate neighborhood.
  Following the meeting, many toured the DeMoulin Museum downtown to view recent acquisitions.

   [Past Event] The annual Rural Church Potluck and Program of the Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society will be Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the Sorento Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Taylor St., Sorento, beginning with a carry-in dinner at 6 pm. Meat and beverages will be provided; please bring a covered dish to share.
   The program will include information about the history of the church and the town; the church actually predates the founding of Sorento. The church is a member of the Parish of the Open Door.
   The church building has an elevator; please park at the back of the building for easy access to the elevator.
   The public is invited.
Sorento Presbyterian

   [Past Event] Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society will meet at Funderburk's restaurant in Pocahontas Tuesday, July 26, at 6:00 and can order sandwiches on our own.
   About 6:30, we will have a brief meeting.
   At 7:00, we will go tour the historic Delaurenti buildings and the old Strand theater. A young couple in town has just purchased the buildings on the east side of the Pocahontas town square and are starting the restoration project to re-purpose them into a meeting facility, bakery, and antique mall. This is a rare opportunity for us to see a diamond- in- the-rough. It was quite a surprise to see just how much of old The Strand was still intact.
   The Strand restoration team recommends bringing a flashlight just in case the power isn't fixed yet. They are still waiting on the new electric meters. See you then!

   [Past Event] There will be a program meeting of the Bond County Historical Society and the Bond County Genealogical Society Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 7 pm at the Almira College House (Richard W. Bock Museum), 200 block E. College Ave in Greenville. Dr. Bill Ahern will be our speaker. He will appear as John Brown White, former President of Almira College, the role he portrayed last year for the Bicentennial's Montrose Cemetery tour.

   [Past Event] Come out to the Bicentennial Gala December 31, 2015, Armington Center on Greenville College's campus to say farewell to the 200th birthday of the city of Greenville! Tickets for the Bicentennial Gala are $20 per person or $35 per couple and may be purchased in advance at Sweetest Things, Bradford National Bank, Watson's Drug Store, or the Bicentennial Store at Third Street Market. Those wishing to only attend The Dueling Hobbits & Comedy Magician Steve Barcellona performances may purchase tickets for $15 after 8:30 p.m. at the door. The Bond County Historical Society is one of the official sponsors of the Greenville Bicentennial.

   Due to the unexpected passing of Historical Society President & Genealogical Society Vice President, Lester Harnetiaux, there was no February 2015 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.

A Message From Our President
Dear Members and Friends,

    I and the officers of the Bond County Genealogical Society send our best wishes, hoping 2016 finds you happy and healthy. As always, we express our appreciation for your support. Without your membership fees and donations, our nonprofit organization would not be able to offer a selection of diverse library resources and family history research assistance. However, the time has come to ask for another type of support.† We need your advice in regards to the type of speaker programs, workshops, and events you would enjoy attending. We need your interest in developing plans for future endeavors such as publications, tasks, and preservation projects. Please join us at an upcoming meeting, contact me, or email with your ideas, advice, or suggestions.

    In case you do not yet know me, let me introduce myself! I am Cindy Tischhauser, a proud wife, mother, graduate of Greenville College, and co-owner/manager of a small business in Greenville, Illinois that customizes, repairs, and services RVs, campers, and trailers. I am a member and active participant in Benjamin Mills Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Iíve been researching genealogy for twenty years; documenting my own Woodward family of Marion County, and my husbandís Tischhauser family of Bond County. I am still in awe of many of our previous society leaders, editors, and research specialists; and unfortunately, as it always does with the passage of the years, most have passed on or reached their physical limit of volunteering ability. Our society has inherited several collections from these folks and we are gradually working to organize, inventory, and catalog the items. By doing so we expect to be even greater prepared to assist with incoming family research questions. If youíd like to help us inventory, be available to answer email queries, or assist visiting genealogists in our library, please let us know!

    As I end this letter, I wish to thank Kevin Kaegy, our immediate past President, for the countless hours he dedicated to the Society these past seven years, relieving Carlos Hawley in 2008 despite his reservations of not being an experienced genealogist himself. As I've taken over as President of Bond County Genealogical Society since this past October, Kevin moved into the Vice Presidentís slot, allowing him more energy to dedicate to his presidency of the Bond County Historical Society. Both societies continue to meet jointly for Program meetings, and it is my hope that each society may soon have its own separate Business meeting sessions. Please watch our e-mailing list for those meeting notifications.

  Cindy Tischhauser

  President, Bond County Genealogical Society
  Posted January 2016


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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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