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ECGL holiday hours

Edgar County Genealogy Library will close at 4pm on Friday, December 22 and reopen on Wednesday, January 3, weather permitting.

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

ECGS meeting Dec. 4

Edgar County Genealogical Society will meet in the Historical Museum Annex on Monday, December 4, at 7:00pm.

The program will be “Special Finds of the Year” in which we will share the best thing you learned in your family research this year.

Members are asked to bring a Christmas treat to share during refreshments following the meeting.

Thanksgiving holiday

Edgar County Genealogy Library will be closed the week of Thanksgiving. It will reopen at 9am on November 29. Happy Thanksgiving!

Where do I start? – a free genealogy class

Are you new to genealogy and need help getting started? Do you know someone who would like some direction with their research? Have you hit a brick wall and don’t know what to now?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, Edgar County Genealogical Society may have the answer!

Join us in the historical museum annex on Saturday, October 21, 9:30-11:30am, for Genealogy 101: Where Do I Start? The librarians and members of the Society will share ways to begin your ancestral search. Topics will include popular websites, recommended search styles, software, record-keeping techniques, social media, library resources, helpful charts, and other related topics.

Please register in advance by calling Edgar County Genealogy Library at 217-463-4209 or emailing Include your name, phone number, and email in your voicemail or email to register.

Which DNA Test is Right for You?

Are you thinking of doing a DNA test, but find the choices confusing? Have you done a test and need some help making sense of the results? Join us for an introductory program on DNA testing and genetic genealogy.

Tim Phipps, an acknowledged expert in DNA testing, will present “Which DNA Test is Right for You? A Layman’s Guide to Genealogical DNA Testing” at 7pm on September 18, 2017 at the Edgar County Historical Museum Annex, 408 N. Main St.

The presentation will be an overview of DNA testing in genealogy, explaining what each test can reveal and outlining the offerings of major DNA testing companies.

Tim Phipps is a native of Terre Haute who has researched his family’s history for nearly twenty years and has also researched Civil War history in Parke County, where his family settled in the 1830’s. For the past seven years, he has studied the role of DNA testing in traditional genealogical research.

This program is hosted by Edgar County Genealogical Society. Everyone interested in family history is welcome.

Edythe Stephens Award presented

Edythe Stephens Award
On June 5, ECGS presented the Edythe Stephens Family History Award to Judy Cash. Judy is the president of ECGS, a volunteer ECGL librarian, and one of our resident Legacy software experts. She compiled the “Peeps into the Past” column in the Prairie Press from 2014 to 2016. Pictured from left, Debbie Wilson and Judy Cash.  Congratulations, Judy!