The Madison County Historical Society will host its inaugural First Saturday program Feb. 7, offering assistance to Madison County families interested in researching their family trees.
The Archival Library and Museum, 715 N. Main St. in Edwardsville, will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, February through June.
The staff at the Madison County Archival Library can help visitors begin their research or offer suggestions on getting past problems they haven’t been able to solve. The only cost is a nominal charge for copies.
Among the resources available are books, photos and photo albums, family histories, city directories, cemetery inventories, maps, newspaper clippings and more. While the MCHS collection focuses on Madison County, it also has information from many of the surrounding counties.
The staff at the archival library is well-qualified to assist researchers. Mary Westerhold is on the board of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and Mary and LaVerne Bloemker are past board members of the Madison County Genealogical Society. All three staff members at the library have researched their own family trees for several decades.
Whether just starting out, or in the process of expanding a family tree, residents are encouraged to stop by for free genealogical assistance or to explore resources at the MCHS Library or Museum. First Saturdays are scheduled in February through June. For information, call (618) 656-7569.