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Explore the 1950 Census

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The 1950 U.S. Census images released on April 1, 2022 are digitized versions of the microfilm records that have been scanned with special optical character recognition software to locate and translate handwritten names and addresses into searchable text. Mistakes are inevitable, and the National Archives is asking those who view the forms to report errors. Leading genealogical groups, however, are not waiting for corrections to trickle in. The for-profit genealogical firm immediately downloaded and scanned the census forms using its own character-recognition software. Then FamilySearch, a nonprofit group sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, marshalled volunteers to inspect and correct the results.

All 1950 census images are live and FREE to explore now at Ancestry and at FamilySearch.

Posted: April 18, 2022

Family History Book Giveaway

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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.

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!

Posted: October 2021

Active Members Sought For Projects and Programs

Haven’t attended a meeting in a while? We’d love to see you again. BCGS meets jointly with the Historical Society, 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). Bring your ideas; bring your energy to the upcoming and continuing projects, both external and internal, we can 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?

Posted: June 2020

Follow Bond County Genealogical Society on Facebook!

We have begun sharing a Facebook page with Bond County Historical Society/Museum as we meet jointly and share a passion for local history and the local families that live it!

Posted: April 2016

Saying Goodbye to Popular Historian and Collector, Lester Harnetiaux

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.

Posted: February 2015

The B.C.G.S. News is Back!

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.

Genealogical Society members may subscribe to the “new” B.C.G.S. News by sending your name and email address with a note about wishing to receive the newsletter.

Posted: July 2014

Sorry About The E-Mail Glitch!

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.

Posted: June 2014

New Website, New URL, New E-Mail Address

Please take notice and Bookmark (Ctrl+D) our new URL:

We have a new email address and a new e-mail list for society news, invitations, and mailings.

If you would like to be notified of the activities and meetings of Bond County Genealogical Society, please send an email message with your intent to subscribe.

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Posted: March 2012

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