BCGS maintains a collection of genealogy resource material at the Greenville Public Library. The room is open to the general public (ask for a key!) for research during library hours.
The Society’s book collection includes over 1,000 titles. Bond County resources (courthouse records, cemetery books, village histories, church histories, census books) form the largest single group, followed by family histories, and resources for Illinois counties surrounding Bond. Additionally in the collection are microfilm of County Census 1820 to 1930, county newspapers from 1858 to 2018 and Genealogical Quarterlies from the region and state societies. The resource focus is on Bond County with support materials for genealogical research. The growing collection is the result of gifts, contributions, purchases and the continuing research and documentation effort of a number of diligent member genealogists. We are proud and grateful for the work of the member genealogists.
The Bond County Genealogical Society Library collection is housed on the lower floor of the Greenville Public Library. Many of the volumes that can be viewed for research at the Library are listed on our Society Resources page. The room is kept locked, so the key must be requested at the Circulation Desk. The Library is handicapped accessible. The Public Library staff are helpful and accommodating, though they are not familiar with our collection itself. There is a booklet in the room which lists all the holdings and a microfilm reader/printer for doing research in the Greenville Advocate and other Bond County newspapers.
Patrons are able to print copies from the microfilm for $0.25 a sheet. The library also has a photocopier that patrons can use for a charge of $0.25 per side for black and white copies and $0.50 per side for color copies. Their photocopy machine also has scanning capability. The cost is $0.25 per side to scan. The building has wireless internet access so you can do supplementary research while you are there. The room is in memory of Barbara and Philip Morgan.
The Greenville Public Library’s hours are posted on their website:
414 West Main Street
Phone 618-664-3115 | Fax 618-664-9442
If you experience technical difficulties with our microfilm reader, please contact Jane Hopkins – jhopkins4616 @ sbcglobal.net 618-664-4616, or Kevin Kaegy – kevink @ markuscabinet.com 618-210-2256.
Many of the publications that can be viewed for research at the Library are listed on our Society Resources page. A more detailed list (including shelf reference numbers) is available in a booklet in the Genealogy Room.