ECGL now owns microfilm of the weekly Kansas Journal from Jan. 5, 1893 through Dec. 22, 1977, thanks to recent memorial gifts.
Edgar County Genealogy Library will be close at 1pm on Saturday, December 19 and will remain closed until 9am on Wednesday, January 6, weather permitting. Our staff wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Edgar County Genealogical Society will meet Monday, December 7, at 7pm in the museum annex. The program is “Best Thing this Year” – we invite everyone to come and share the best genealogical thing that happened to them this year. Bring your favorite holiday treat to share following the meeting.
Longtime volunteer librarian Fred Delap passed away on August 11. Fred was our resident military records expert, compiling ten military databases for the Illinois State Archives. He was a member of the Edgar County Genealogical and Historical Societies and served as on the Edgar County Genealogy Library board. Our sympathies to his family. He will be missed.
His obituary is posted at Templeton Funeral Homes.
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 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.
Genealogists 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.