Edgar County Genealogy Library will be closed the Saturday (Sept. 5) of Labor Day Weekend.
ECGL will also close on Friday, September 25, because Edgar County Historical Society will host its annual Walk Through History for area schoolchildren on the museum grounds.
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 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.
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.