Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©2001 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Cindy Birk Conley and the ILGenWeb by Barry Cleveland, editor, "The Carmi Times."

Genealogy collection grows by 250 books

Last Saturday, Pat Davis and I went to the Tri-State Genealogy Society's
annual meeting in Evansville, Ind. The prior Saturday, Pat Davis and
Norma Brehm went to the Southern Illinois Genealogy Society's annual
meeting at Carterville. The purpose of both trips was to buy books.
Pat, turned loose among a group or vendors of genealogy publications,
resembles nothing so much as a child in a candy store.

As a result of these two forays, our library has about 250 new books on
the shelves. They're an interesting lot, and I wish I had time to delve
into them.

It is our aim to flesh out our holdings so people from different areas
will find something when they come to research. A dozen of the purchases
were books about Illinois history in general. About 55 of our new books
have to do with Franklin County, Ill. Seven have to do with Gallatin
County. Fifty of the books are on Clay County. Twenty-five are about
Randolph County. There are several on Williamson, Johnson, Massac,
Saline and St. Clair counties. (I'm amazed at how our ancestors moved
around in Southern Illinois.)

A number of books about Kentucky are from the counties of Simpson,
Muhlenberg, Todd, Ballard, Calloway, Caldwell, Graves, Hickman,
Livingston, Marshall, McCracken, Trigg, Logan and Todd. We found a few
books from Stewart County, Tenn.

These are mainly census books, marriage records, court records, etc. We
have about a dozen new family history books which have been donated. We
do not purchase family histories, as we feel we can't afford them, but
we're delighted to receive them as gifts from the authors.

Some counties in which we're interested haven't published anything.

Others have published so long ago the books are out of print, and
there's no way for us to obtain them. From now on, we hope to purchase
books as they become available.

Our staff is too busy to do much research for others, but we hope soon
to have a wide selection of books for people to come to the library to
do their own researching.

Come in and see how we are growing. Our library is open from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Address letters to Genealogy, White County Historical Society, PO Box
121, Carmi, IL 62821.

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