ECGL closed Thanksgiving week

Edgar County Genealogy Library and Edgar County Historical Museum are closed the week of Thanksgiving. We will return to regular hours on Wednesday, December 2. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you, Joyce

Edgar County Genealogy Library co-director Joyce Brown announced her retirement at the ECGL Board meeting on June 1. She served as co-director with Linda Cary for  fifteen years.

We thank Joyce for her dedication to the library and wish her a happy retirement. Linda Cary will continue as sole library director.

The winner is . . .

Edythe-Stephens-awardThe 2015 Edythe Stephens Family History Award was presented to the Paris Beacon News and Ned Jenison at our June 1 annual meeting. Publisher Beth Durreman accepted the award for the Beacon.

The award honors their contribution to Edgar County genealogy earlier this year when 132 reels of microfilm were given to Paris Public Library, allowing the entire run of the Beacon News to be available to genealogists.

Last year’s award winner Phyllis Sutton presented framed certificates to Jenison and Durreman.

Microfilm will aid genealogy research

microfilmGenealogists researching Edgar County were thrilled to learn of a recent gift to the public library. The Beacon News gave 132 reels of microfilm covering the years 1955-1987 to Paris Public Library on March 12, 2015.

With this generous gift, virtually the entire run of the Beacon and its predecessors is available for searching within the county. Edgar County Genealogy Library owns 1895 through 1954 and 1955 onward is now at the public library. This completes a long-standing project between both libraries to acquire all available issues of the newspaper.