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ECGL is 30 years old!

In conjunction with the grand opening of the Historical Museum Annex, Edgar County Genealogy Library held its opening ceremony on Sunday, November 20, 1988. For months prior to the opening, a founding committee worked to establish the library as a resource for researchers. ECGS members serving on the committee were Virginia Zimmerly, John Gibson, and A. Joyce Brown.

The new genealogy library was open 15 hours per week. Barbara Hammond was its executive director and the first library board was made up of four members from each society. ECGS members of the new board were Edythe Stephens, John Gibson, Phyllis Sutton, and Lloyd Lindsey.

Today, Edgar County Genealogy Library continues to be a valuable resource to genealogy and local history researchers. Thanks to executive director Linda Cary and the staff of volunteer librarians, the library is open 21 hours per week.

ECGS to meet December 3

Edgar County Genealogical Society will meet on December 3, at 7pm, in the Historical Museum Annex. Meetings are open to everyone interested in family history.

Have you organized your photos, conquered a brick wall, or located that elusive piece of information this year? Our program is to share an organizational tip and/or an update on your genealogy research.

Members are asked to bring some Christmas goodies to share as refreshments after the program.

ECGL announces holiday closings

Edgar County Genealogy Library has set its closing dates for the upcoming holidays.

The library will be closed November 21-23 during the week of Thanksgiving. It will close at 4pm on Friday, December 21 and remain closed until 9am on Wednesday, January 9.

2018 Edythe Stephens Award presented

On June 4, ECGS president Judy Cash presented the 2018 Edythe Stephens Family History Award to Linda Barrett. Linda is a longtime volunteer librarian at Edgar County Genealogy Library who has shared her knowledge and experience based on her extensive family research.

In Memory of Barbara Hammond

Edgar County Genealogy Library staff and Society members wish to express their sympathies to the family of Barbara Hammond. Barbara was the founding director of ECGL (1988-2000) and 1995 winner of the Edythe Stephens Family History Award. Her obituary is posted at Templeton Funeral Home.