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   The first issues of the 2014 reboot of the Bond County Genealogical Society Newsletter are now available online! Each future newsletter issue will be sent to society members via email and subsequently archived on this website. Volumes 0-28 are still in the early digitization process and are currently available to read in book form in the BCGS Holdings Room located on the lower level of the Greenville Public Library.

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Society Announcements

2018 Annual Meeting Poster

   Oct 30, 2018 -- Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society invite you to attend the annual dinner program! Tuesday, October 30, 2018 6pm at the Bradford Community Room in Greenville, Illinois - We will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Hoiles-Davis Museum and some of the founders. We'll also elect society officers for the 2018-2019 term. RSVP to the event on Facebook.

   Members, history buffs, and hungry folk welcome! Meal catered by Joe's Pizza & Pasta, includes dessert. Tickets are $12 - available soon at Watson's Drug Store, TNT RV & Generator and WIll-o'-th'-Wind. You may also pay at the door. Proceeds benefit society collections of resources, speakers, and cover general society costs. The program will begin at 7pm. (Students attending for a class may arrive in time for the program only and there will be no entry charge.)

   In the fall of 1992 the Greenville Public Library board decided to expand their children's library into the space used for the Bond County Historical Society's museum. In January 1993 a public meeting was held to determine the fate of the society's collection. Charter members Douglas and Susan Hoiles, and Cornelia Davis pledged large donations to the society to purchase its own home.

   In the summer of 1998, a museum committee led by Judy Schneck began negotiating the purchase of a house at 318 West Winter St. in Greenville owned by the family of the late Byrl and Katherine Alexander. This historic home was originally built in the 1870s and owned by Isaac Norman, a Greenville merchant. The house is located at the intersection of West Winter and South Fourth and is across the street east of the U.S. DeMoulin House which the Historical Society had sought to purchase previously. The Kingsbury Park District provided a small tax levy to support the operation of the facility, and the house was bought in August 1998. In December 1999 the new home of the Bond County Historical Society formally opened and was named the Hoiles-Davis Museum in honor of these two families' generous contributions.

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   Join/Renew your BCGS and/or BCHS membership for 2018! We have a special offer that you can join both societies for one year for only $20 - a $5 savings! Print this special interactive PDF form today. Fill, Save, Email, Print!

   If you have an article, photo or research query for the next Genealogical Society Newsletter, please send them to or or bring them to a meeting. To be included in upcoming issues, we'll need your submissions by the end of (December for Winter / June for Summer), thanks!

   Haven't attended a meeting in a while? We'd love to see you again. We'd love your ideas and energies in our corner. We have plenty of upcoming and continuing projects, both external and internal, to work on, including the fast-approaching 2018 season at the Hoiles-Davis Museum. And please remember to send in your annual membership renewals if you haven't done that yet!!

   At the November 2012 Bond Co. Genealogical Society meeting it was decided to begin meeting jointly with the Bond Co. Historical Society for program and business meetings, generally the 4th Tuesday of each month. Announcements will be made ahead of time whenever there is to be a specifically BCGS business meeting. Also, there will be no December meeting.

   The Bond County Genealogical Society specializes in questions about family history, burial sites, census records, birth records, or death records from Bond County. If you have questions about the history of the county and its communities, please contact the the Bond County Historical Society instead.

   All genealogy requests submitted via email to will be researched and answered in order received as time permits. There is no flat fee for requests as we attempt to reply with electronic documents, but if your request requires printing, postage, or original document access and retrieval you may be responsible for those charges.

   If you have an article, photo or research query for the next Genealogical Society Newsletter, please send them to or or bring them to a meeting. To be included in upcoming issues, we'll need your submissions by the end of (December for Winter / June for Summer), thanks!

   [Past Event] Sept 4, 2018 -- The Annual Rural Church meeting of Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Genealogical Society will be Tuesday September 4th at 6:00 pm at the Reno Southern Baptist Church- Reno Illinois. It will be a potluck dinner and they will provide the meat and the drinks. The program will follow! The public is invited! Bring your memories of Reno!

   [Past Event] Robinson Cemetery History Walking Tour -- Bond County Historical Society and Bond County Historical Society Cemetery Walk, Tuesday, July 24, 2018! #historyalive
   You are invited to eat together at Funderburk's in Pocahontas, ordering off the menu at 6 pm.
   At 7 pm attendees will assemble at Robinson Cemetery north of Pocahontas for a cemetery walk. Cary Holman and Debbie Blankenship will be portraying some interesting people who are buried there telling about their lives, and members of the Cemetery Board will answer questions.
   Robinson Cemetery is located just off Interstate 70, at the Pocahontas exit (36). Exit north and then turn west for approximately 1 mile on Robinson Cemetery Avenue.
   ROBINSON CEMETERY WAS ESTABLISHED NOVEMBER 28, 1850. Robinson Cemetery near Pocahontas, Illinois has a rich history in the Bond County community. Not only have families selected the beautiful grounds as the final resting place for their loved ones, it is a peaceful sanctuary for remembrance as well as celebration. Visit their website for more info!

   Due to the unexpected passing of Historical Society President & Genealogical Society Vice President, Lester Harnetiaux, there was no February 2015 BCGS meeting but we invited members and friends of both Societies to attend his visitation from 3 until 8 p.m. Tuesday February 24, 2015 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Funeral services were 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Greenville First Christian Church. Interment followed in Campground Cemetery.

A Message From Our President
Dear Members and Friends,

    I and the officers of the Bond County Genealogical Society send our best wishes, hoping 2016 finds you happy and healthy. As always, we express our appreciation for your support. Without your membership fees and donations, our nonprofit organization would not be able to offer a selection of diverse library resources and family history research assistance. However, the time has come to ask for another type of support.† We need your advice in regards to the type of speaker programs, workshops, and events you would enjoy attending. We need your interest in developing plans for future endeavors such as publications, tasks, and preservation projects. Please join us at an upcoming meeting, contact me, or email with your ideas, advice, or suggestions.

    In case you do not yet know me, let me introduce myself! I am Cindy Tischhauser, a proud wife, mother, graduate of Greenville College, and co-owner/manager of a small business in Greenville, Illinois that customizes, repairs, and services RVs, campers, and trailers. I am a member and active participant in Benjamin Mills Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Iíve been researching genealogy for twenty years; documenting my own Woodward family of Marion County, and my husbandís Tischhauser family of Bond County. I am still in awe of many of our previous society leaders, editors, and research specialists; and unfortunately, as it always does with the passage of the years, most have passed on or reached their physical limit of volunteering ability. Our society has inherited several collections from these folks and we are gradually working to organize, inventory, and catalog the items. By doing so we expect to be even greater prepared to assist with incoming family research questions. If youíd like to help us inventory, be available to answer email queries, or assist visiting genealogists in our library, please let us know!

    As I end this letter, I wish to thank Kevin Kaegy, our immediate past President, for the countless hours he dedicated to the Society these past seven years, relieving Carlos Hawley in 2008 despite his reservations of not being an experienced genealogist himself. As I've taken over as President of Bond County Genealogical Society since this past October, Kevin moved into the Vice Presidentís slot, allowing him more energy to dedicate to his presidency of the Bond County Historical Society. Both societies continue to meet jointly for Program meetings, and it is my hope that each society may soon have its own separate Business meeting sessions. Please watch our e-mailing list for those meeting notifications.

  Cindy Tischhauser

  President, Bond County Genealogical Society
  Posted January 2016


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The Bond County Genealogical Society was founded April 30, 1981. Our purpose is to honor the county's founding fathers by encouraging the preservation, research and dissemination of the rich genealogical heritage of Bond County.

The Society is located in Greenville, Illinois a small community of seven thousand people located forty-five miles east of St. Louis, MO. Nestled in the hills of southern Illinois at the intersection of Illinois Route 127 and Interstate 70, Greenville has long been a crossroad for people migrating across the plains.

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