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ECGS Annual meeting June 1

Edgar County Genealogical Society will hold its annual meeting on Monday, June 1, at 7pm in the Historical Museum Annex.  The Edythe Stephens Family  History Award will be presented. A social time will follow.

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.

ECGS meeting rescheduled to March 30

Edgar County Genealogical Society will meet on Monday, March 30, at 7pm in the Museum Annex. Following the business meeting, Teresa Pennington will talk about new genealogy-related acquisitions at Paris Public Library.

This is the meeting that was postponed due to inclement weather earlier in the month. The original program presenter will not be available until a later date.

Saturday hours to be added in February

Edgar County Genealogy Library plans to expand its regular hours beginning in February. Weather permitting, ECGL will be open 9am-1pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. Extra hours begin February 7.

Winter weather may change ECGL schedule

Edgar County Genealogy Library may not open – or may close early – when snow, ice, or extreme cold make travel hazardous. Please call 217-463-4209 in inclement weather to see if we are open before traveling to the library.

And the award goes to . . .

2014EdytheStephensAwardThis year’s Edythe Stephens Award was presented to Phyllis Sutton at the June 2 ECGS annual meeting.

Sutton is a member of ECGS, volunteer librarian at Edgar County Genealogy Library, and genealogist who photographs tombstones and indexed hundreds of names in the 1940 U.S. census. The award was announced by last year’s winner Linda Cary.

ECGS began presenting the award in 1990 as a tribute to Edythe Stephens and to honor those who make outstanding contributions in the preservation of local genealogy and history.

ECGS approves new bylaws

Edgar County Genealogical Society met on April 7, at 7pm, in the Historical Museum Annex. The proposed bylaws were approved by unanimous vote. The bylaws are now located in the members section of the website.

A committee was appointed in October to review and revise the bylaws. Following advice in the FGS Bylaws Workbook, the committee decided to combine the ECGS constitution and bylaws into one document. Our thanks to the members of the committee for their work on this project.