Monday, August  20, 2018

The August General Meeting of the McDonough County Genealogical Society was brought to order at 7 pm at the Western Illinois Museum.

The speaker for the evening was Julie Terstriep, who spoke about “Transcribing History” and shared how she transcribes old documents for the National Archives, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, University of Minnesota and University of Iowa.  She shared some interesting stories she discovered while transcribing including finding her 7 times great uncle’s Revolutionary War Pension records.  She  shared how others can also transcribe these documents.

The general meeting was called to order.

There was no Secretary’s report from the previous general meeting as he held an ice cream social rather than a meeting.

Marla gave the financial report.   We have $6463.84 in our checking account; $69,914.02 in total assets. A lockable cabinet was purchased during the month.  It holds old reports, original documents and extra copies of valuable books. New windows, previously paid for from Pella, have been installed in the Library.  Patrons commented on how much more quiet the library was.

Roger Frowein, Vice President, said he is looking for more topics for upcoming meetings.

Lin Stults reported we have 224 members, 27 of whom have not renewed.  Last notice renewal emails went out within the past two weeks.

Sat, Sept. 8 was set as a volunteer training date for those who are willing to help hand out the History Books.  (Allen reports these will be delivered, Tuesday, Sept. 11 @ 4:00 p.m.)

Julie shared information regarding scanning and reprinting of the 1992 History Book and the Church book authored by the MCGS.

Meeting adjourned.