Meetings & Events

Join the Bond County Genealogical Society for meetings, presentations, tours, dinners, workshops, and classes.

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Meetings

Bond County Genealogical Society 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). All members and visitors are welcome to attend the monthly meeting and look forward to hearing or proposing a program of some sort. Members will often speak of their respective projects. Special program meetings and tours may take place at other locations and times, so follow our Facebook Page, listen to WGEL 101.7 FM, or subscribe to our Announcements Mailing List by sending us an email with that as your message.


Presentations, Tours, Dinners, Classes

None Scheduled


Past Events

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Feb 27, 2020 • Never Ending – The 1904 World’s Fair

Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society invite you to attend the annual Soup and Chili Supper program! Thursday, February 27, 2020 6pm at the Bradford Community Room in Greenville, Illinois (across First Street from the main Bradford National Bank)

We will be hearing from noted St. Louis World’s Fair historian Professor Karl Kindt. Prof. Kindt’s program titled “Never Ending – The 1904 World’s Fair,” will focus not only on the fair held in St. Louis’ Forest Park to commemorate the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase; but also on the technological and photographic legacy the fair left behind. As part of his program, Prof. Kindt will show dozens of photographs from the Missouri Historical Society’s collection. As a special bonus, he will also search for families from Bond County that signed the fair’s visitor books. RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Members, history buffs, and hungry folk welcome! Tickets to eat are $7. Available at Watson’s Drug Store, TNT RV & Generator and WIll-o’-th’-Wind. You may also pay at the door. Benefiting Bond County Historical Society’s relocating in the U.S. DeMoulin House and meeting ADA requirements. The program will begin at 7pm. (Students attending for a class may arrive in time for the program only and there will be no entry charge.)


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Oct 22, 2019 • Annual Dinner Program

Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society invite you to attend the annual dinner program! Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6pm at the Bradford Community Room in Greenville, Illinois.

We will be hearing from speaker John Goldsmith, curator of the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, on the topic of U.S. DeMoulin, past president of DeMoulin Bros. Uniform and Regalia Manufacturing Co and builder of the house at 409 S 4th Street, designated the future home of the Bond County Museum.

We’ll also install society officers for the 2019-2020 term.

Members, history buffs, and hungry folk welcome! Meal catered by Joe’s Pizza & Pasta, includes dessert. Tickets are $12. Available at Watson’s Drug Store, TNT RV & Generator and Will-o’-th’-Wind. You may also pay at the door. Benefiting Bond County Historical Society’s relocating in the U.S. DeMoulin House and meeting ADA requirements. The program will begin at 7pm. (Students attending for a class may arrive in time for the program only and there will be no entry charge.)


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Pleasant Mound Baptist Church, southeast of Smithboro, Illinois

Sept 12, 2019 • Annual Rural Church Potluck Dinner Program

The Annual Rural Church meeting of Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society will be Thursday September 12th at 6:00 pm at the Pleasant Mound Baptist Church - southeast of Smithboro, Illinois. (1832 Pleasant Mound Ave)

It will be a potluck dinner (6 pm) and they will provide the meat and the drinks. The program will follow at 7pm highlighting the history of the church and community! The public is invited! Bring your memories of Pleasant Mound / Fairview!

This will be the August/September meeting of Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society.


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Feb 11, 2019 • It was a Crime to be German

Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society invite you to attend the annual Soup and Chili Supper program! Thursday, February 11, 2019 6pm at the Bradford Community Room in Greenville, Illinois (across First Street from the main Bradford National Bank)

We will be hearing from Barbara Kay, historical actor, as she portrays her great-grandmother, Margaret Kay, a resident of southern Illinois who saw and felt anti-German hysteria a century ago. Kay’s program is titled: “It was a Crime to be German”. Through her first-person, costumed portrayal, she will bring the struggles of World War I-era German Illinoisans to life and will engage audiences with questions and discussion.

Members, history buffs, and hungry folk welcome! Tickets to eat are $7. Available at Watson’s Drug Store, TNT RV & Generator and Will-o’-th’-Wind. You may also pay at the door. Benefiting Bond County Historical Society’s relocating in the U.S. DeMoulin House and meeting ADA requirements. The program will begin at 7pm. (Students attending for a class may arrive in time for the program only and there will be no entry charge.)

The event is being produced in part by Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities.


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Reno Southern Baptist Church, Reno, Illinois

Sept 4, 2018 • Annual Rural Church Potluck Dinner Program

The Annual Rural Church meeting of Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society will be Thursday September 4th at 6:00 pm at the Reno Southern Baptist Church - Reno, Illinois. (661 16th Ave, Reno)

It will be a potluck dinner (6 pm) and they will provide the meat and the drinks. The program will follow at 7pm highlighting the history of the church and community! The public is invited! Bring your memories of Reno!

This will be the August/September meeting of Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society.


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ROBINSON CEMETERY WAS ESTABLISHED NOVEMBER 28, 1850. Robinson Cemetery near Pocahontas, Illinois has a rich history in the Bond County community. Not only have families selected the beautiful grounds as the final resting place for their loved ones, it is a peaceful sanctuary for remembrance as well as celebration. Visit their website for more info! www.RobinsonCemetery.com

July 24, 2108 • Robinson Cemetery History Walking Tour

Join Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Historical Society for a Cemetery Walk, Tuesday, July 24, 2018! #historyalive

You are invited to eat together at Funderburk’s in Pocahontas, ordering off the menu at 6 pm.

At 7 pm attendees will assemble at Robinson Cemetery north of Pocahontas for a cemetery walk. Cary Holman and Debbie Blankenship will be portraying some interesting people who are buried there telling about their lives, and members of the Cemetery Board will answer questions.

Robinson Cemetery is located just off Interstate 70, at the Pocahontas exit (36). Exit north and then turn west for approximately 1 mile on Robinson Cemetery Avenue.


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Sept 26, 2017 • DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

Bond County Genealogical Society invites you to attend the presentation by guest Joy Upton, DAR speaker, librarian, professor, and genealogist. Ms Upton will speak on the topic of “DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy” 7pm at St Lawrence Catholic Church Posch Center (420 S Prairie St, Greenville, Illinois).

Discover the various DNA research services available, what kinds of results can be expected, and how these can be applied to finding your relatives. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


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Oct 27, 2015 • Annual Dinner Program

Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society invite you to attend the annual dinner program celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Historical Society! Tuesday, October 27, 2015 6pm at the Bradford Community Room in Greenville, Illinois.

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
  • Anthony Macon as Pvt. Edward Merrifield

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


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Sept 5, 2015 • Montrose Cemetery Living History Walk

Bond County Genealogical Society invites you to the Montrose Cemetery Living History Walk, 2-3pm, Saturday, September 5, 2015. 427 N 4th St, Greenville, Illinois.

Greenville’s Bicentennial Labor Day Weekend 200th Birthday Bash on September 5 and 6 will feature not only free concerts by the Bellamy Brothers and the Little River Band but also a variety of activities and performances for historians of all ages.

A tour of thirteen-acre Montrose Cemetery will be offered Saturday from 2-3 p.m. Local residents in period costumes will be stationed at various spots around the cemetery and portray early Greenville residents like Will Carson, U.S. DeMoulin, and Dr. Luzader. Tour organizer Nancy Gillard said, “You’ll learn about some fascinating Greenville residents including someone who played an important role in the development of our public library, a Bond County Civil War hero and a preacher who is buried facing the opposite direction as everyone else.” Montrose Mausoleum will also be open during that time.

A trolley will shuttle passengers for free to the museums and Montrose Cemetery on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsored and chaired by the Greenville Bicentennial.


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July 16, 2012 • Basic Genealogy Research: Online 101 Workshop

Monday, July 16, 6-9 pm Greenville College Library Computer Lab (301 N. Elm, Greenville).

Lola DeGroff, presenter, is a member of the Silver Creek DAR chapter, the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the United States Daughters of 1812, and is very experienced in genealogical research.

Please register to attend.

Limited to 30 registrants.


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June 11, 2011 • Bus Tour of Hill’s Fort Replica, Cox Massacre Site, & Smith Grove Cemetery

Join Bond County Genealogical Society and Bond County Historical Society on a Bond County Transit historical sites bus tour around the county!

Park at the American Farm Heritage Museum for an introductory talk about Hill’s Fort and the early settlements of Bond County prior to the War of 1812. Next, we’ll board the bus and continue to hear tales by tour guide and local historian, Kevin Kaegy, of adventure and tragedy on the way to the Cox Massacre Monument outside Pocahontas. Finally, at Smith Grove Cemetery southwest of Greenville, we’ll observe as Illinois Society War of 1812 conduct a Gravemarking Ceremony for Revolutionary War Patriot, Hezekiah Row.


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