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Welcome to BCGS

The Bond County Genealogical Society is a non-profit, tax exempt organization of family history researchers 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 based 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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Family History Book Giveaway

The House of David: Bentleys in Southern Illinois by David Murl Wall. This blue softcover 379 page tome published in 1989 is “dedicated to the memory of Nancy Luke (Bentley) Wall. [It was] researched and prepared by David M. Wall & Norma Jeanne (Metzler) Wall expressly for their children Joe, Steve, Dan, Mike, Pat, and Debbie.” The line of David Bentley (1790-1853) contributed largely to the population of Madison, Macoupin, Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois.

The Book of Warren – and related lines by David Murl Wall. This gray softcover 197 page tome contains the families: Warren, Cobble, Metzler, and Wall.

BCGS has been donated multiple copies of these family histories and we don’t need all of them! We are giving our extras away free! Pick one up at Bond County Museum in Greenville (Saturdays 10a-noon) or send us an email and we’ll work out media mail shipping! We actually have a few early editions of the Bentleys book, too (spiral bound, yellow cover, with handwritten corrections).

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Latest News

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. And please remember to send in your annual membership renewals if you haven’t done that yet!! Plus, do we have your current email address? Are you receiving the twice-yearly Newsletter and invitations to society meetings and events?

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Meetings

BCGS meets jointly with the Bond County Historical Society for program and business meetings, generally at 7 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Bond County Museum (U.S. DeMoulin Mansion, 409 South Fourth Street, Greenville). Announcements will be made ahead of time whenever there is to be a specifically BCGS business meeting. Also, there will be no December meeting. Visitors are always welcome.

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Share Your Story: Southern Illinois in the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are living through an important moment in history, and we want to hear how it is affecting the people of Bond County, Illinois and immediate surrounding areas. As COVID-19 changes life to a “new normal,” BCGS is asking you to share, in your own words, reflections of your experience during the pandemic, for the benefit of future generations. Whether you are in quarantine, sheltering at home, working in the medical field, homeschooling your kids, or adjusting your business model for uncertain times, your story is unique and valuable.

These submissions will be collected into a digital archive. In the short-term, we will share some of these submissions on social media, our newsletter, and in online exhibitions. In the long term, these submissions will be used to inform future generations about life in Illinois during the COVID pandemic.

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A Genealogy Beginner’s First Steps

New to family history and ancestry research? If you are a beginner or a seasoned genealogist, take care of the time sensitive critical steps immediately and then you can take your time to learn how to set attainable goals as your genealogy experience grows.

Get started at any age, see if this is something your children would be interested in, do some storytelling about your ancestors or yourself, start a project to share your family history with others.

Features of Interest

Highlighting new, revised, & significant topics.

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Research Library

The BCGS Library collection is housed on the lower floor of the Greenville Public Library. There is a booklet in the room which lists all the holdings, Guest WiFi, and a microfilm reader/printer for doing research in the Greenville Advocate and other Bond County newspapers.

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Historical Political Timeline of Bond County

The first lots of the city of Greenville were laid out in 1815. Less than two years later, Bond County was formed out of Madison County to its west; and, on the 3rd of December, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state of the Union. Greenville was established as the county seat of Bond County in 1821.

Queries

Got a tough family research problem? Looking for more individuals researching your ancestor? BCGS publishes queries that have a Bond County, Illinois connection. Please include as much information as possible to assist us with you research query.

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Book Shop List Updated

We’ve revised our list of available volumes for sale and our shipping costs! These publications provide cemetery readings, marriage records, obituary transcriptions, member ancestor charts, church histories, naturalization, and a 1900 Census family quick-reference.

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Message from Our President

Dear Members and Friends,
I and the officers of the Bond County Genealogical Society send our best wishes, hoping this New Year 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...

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Back Issues of Newsletter

Volumes 0-28 of the B.C.G.S. News have been digitized! Digital back issues are PDFs with searchable OCR. Download these back issues for free for personal use and research purposes only. Do not re-distribute!

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Renew Your Membership

You don’t need Bond County roots to join us for an exhilarating and rewarding experience exploring your family history. Join or Renew your BCGS membership for only $15 per year! We have a special offer that you can join both societies (Genealogical and Historical) for one year for only $20 – a $5 savings!

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Countdown to the 1950 Census

The next census release will be of interest to seasoned family history researchers, to the genealogist who wants to see the census form for their family, and to people simply curious as to who lived in their house. The 1950 census is scheduled to become public on April 1, 2022. But name indexes won’t become available until several months later. The early way to find people in the census will be by address (location), including their Enumeration District (ED number).

Get in Touch

Email your message, question, or comment to the volunteer researchers and corresponders at Bond County Genealogical Society.

Need to send an attachment? Use info @ bondcogen.org

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Society Resources

About Society

Mailing Address

For Book Orders, Membership Applications, Donations, Donated Materials, and General Queries/Questions:

Bond County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 172
Greenville, Illinois 62246