SCAN0338The Meade County Genealogical Society
“Lone Tree Roots & Shoots”

Two local women, Irene Lemaster and Margaret Kropf, were interested in genealogy and decided to see if others were as interested as they were.  In 1991, a group of individuals began meeting informally.  During this time, Florence Herring of Liberal, Kansas, taught many lessons to get the group started.  

The Meade County Genealogical Society was officially formed in 1994 with nine active members. Five charter members remain a vital part of our society.

The Meade County Genealogical Society (MCGS) is organized to:

* learn about genealogy and related historical subjects.
* create and foster an interest in genealogy.
* preserve genealogical, biographical, historical, literary and educational data of our members, county and nation.
* encourage and require a standard of excellence in our research.

Some of  our activities include:

We consistently donate books and materials to the Meade Public Library and Meade Historical Society Museum.  MCGS has also donated funds to purchase microfilm of Meade County Newspapers to complete the Museum collection and a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner that library patrons can check out.

Field trips have included visits to the Stauth Museum in Montezuma, the Cimarron Chronicles Historical Tour, and trips to the genealogy libraries at Garden City and  Dodge City.

During the past few years, our Christmas celebration has had an international focus as we’ve celebrated the foods of Sweden, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Mexico and the United Kingdom. 

We frequently enter a booth in the Meade County Fair each summer and provide bookmarks and brochures that have been handed out to visitors at the Kansas Sampler Festival each May.

We put together a scrapbook each year with newsclippings and articles of Meade County residents.  These are stories of genealogical importance to current and future generations.  We work with the Meade County Historical Society on their ongoing obituary, cemetery and one-room school projects.

We are involved with the U.S. GenWeb project to provide free genealogical information to researchers across the United States and the world.  Several of our members remain active doing research for those who request information from Meade County.

Important Information about the Meade County Genealogical Society:

Dues are $10 per year.

Meetings are on the Third Saturday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Meade Public Library Community Room (104 E. West Plains, Meade).

Meade County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1053
Meade KS 67864
mcgsroots@yahoo.com

Most  of  the  programs  are  provided  by our members, although we have guest  speakers on  occasion.   Programs  planned  for  2018 are:

January:  Healing History – Forgotten Ellis Islande available.  We will also highlight some really great free sites for you to use.
February:  Work Day at the library.  The computers will be open for MCGS use exclusively  with free access to several subscription genealogy sites (such as Ancestry, Newspapers, and Fold3) will b
March:  Habits to Make – 17 Habits to Help You Be More Organized
April: Murder and the Family Story
May:  No Meeting
June:  Pushing Papers – Discover Family History in the Ephemera of the Past
July:  Web Search Strategies
August:  How to Approach Family History Like a Historian
September:  Civil War Quilts 
October:  Skeletons in the Closet
November:  Getting to Know You
December:  World Cuisine Christmas – Australia

 

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