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Useful Links

ANCESTRY.COM
access available on
our library computer!

Index to MCGS's
Vertical Surname Files

Obituary Surname Index '86 - 99

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Thank You!
Thanks you to MCGS Board member
William P. LaBounty
for contributing his wonderful
photos to MCGS

News
    
UPCOMING MEETINGS and EVENTS:

 

FEBRUARY - NO GENERAL MEETING

 

MARCH GENERAL MEETING - TUESDAY MAR. 16 AT 7 P.M. on ZOOM

Topic: "Genealogical Giants"

Speaker:Sunny Morten

Zoom link for the Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84685039587?pwd=azVwVDFyc2cxc0p5cVIzbldoQVp6dz09

Join members of The McLean Genealogical Society as we watch and listen to Sunny Morten provide comparisons between the GENEALOGICAL GIANTS: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com.

These four websites all offer millions of historical records, ability to build your family tree on their website, "hint" guidelines, and help and tutorials for you.  

Learn about which website may be the best for you.  Knowing what each website offers will help you to determine which one to use to improve your family history research. 

Sunny Morton is a popular lecturer for the global genealogy community. She's a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine and the author of hundreds of articles and blog posts, as well as the brand new book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, co-authored with Harold Henderson; Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy, and the quick reference guide, "Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites," She is an official FamilySearch blogger and past Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Podcast.

Disclaimer:  Video was originally present in 2017 so numbers may be different when compared to 2021 figures.

 

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APRIL GENERAL MEETING - TUESDAY APR. 20 AT 7 P.M. on ZOOM

Topic: "What It Does Not Say."

Speaker: Michael John Neill

Zoom link for the Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82332810597?pwd=aHhxcm9Gb3lUQy9rVFRCeWZXeVU4QT09

Many times, a record only scratches the surface of what was going on when that record was created. This lecture looks at why a record was created and how state statute, common practice, economic situations, family issues, and other factors may be the “real story” behind any document. How to determine (when possible) what those “unwritten” issues were will be discussed.

Michael joins us through ZOOM for this evenings program. He is an author, writer, columnist, lecturer, and blogger. He is an experienced researcher and lecturer and has written how-to articles on genealogy since 1985 and has presented seminars and lectures since the mid 1990's. Michael has lectured at local, state and national conferences on a variety of genealogy and family history topics.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

The McLean County Museum of History is closed to the public.

 

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MCGS Publication!

East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery
of Bloomington, Illinois
Interment Records
McLean County Cemetery Records
Volume MC 22

 

300 Pages   Nearly 1,200 Burials!

DETAILS & ORDER FORM

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Don't miss these INDEXES:

Elmer E. Garst's Record Book
containing the names, births, and deaths
of residents of Stanford, IL

Former Names of Bloomington-Normal Streets
&
Sources of Bloomington-Normal Street Names

1,980+ NAMES with MORE updates to come!
Index to MCGS's Vertical Surname Files

Additional Resources

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