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Pike County Genealogical holds Christmas meeting and party

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm

The Pike County Genealogical Society and Museum held its December meeting. The annual Christmas  party was a success. Thanks to all that brought treats and who became members and wanting to volunteer.

The society has been very busy these past fall months.

In October, a beginners class was held in the evening for those who could not come because of work. Fifteen people were in attendance. Audrey Jones spoke to them and went through the beginners book. Jones answered questions and gave tips and ideas of how to get more info when someone hits a brick wall with their search. The society plans on having another class in the spring for those who could not come to the first one. The society’s goal is to help those who have been doing it along time and to help those who are new to the whole genealogy thing bug.

The cemetery project has been practiced in full force. Over 20 cemeteries have been done with permission of the property owners.

Again, if anyone knows of a cemetery please contact the Genealogy Society. If anyone has pictures of families in Pike County Cemeteries, the group would also appreciate copies in order to add them to pages in their new books. Pike Count is the first county to do these types of books. Help is needed in locating cemeteries in the Salt River, Buffalo, Peno, and Hartford townships. People can call Nancie Stout at 573-754-4089 or Audrey Jones 573-324-5810.

Cemetery volunteers are: Nancie Stout, Susan Veaux, Audrey Jones, Sharon Coose, Linda Jo Harmon, Marie Haught, Pat Thomas, Alice Niles, Harriet Worrell, Virgil and Linda Beer, and Dick and Donna Price.

A trip to the Waddell Cemetery east of Frankford was one of many that makes doing this worth while. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Patterson served as tour guides and to see the restoration Mike is doing to that cemetery is awesome. Patterson is going to as much work as to collect family history for everyone who is buried there. The area was witched and found more graves that have no stones as of yet for Mike to work on. He’s dug up a lot of tombstones and repaired the ones that were broken. A true labor of love.

The obituary project is almost winding down. The group is working hard at collecting photos of obituaries. If anyone has some old ones please share them with the group.

MUSEUM IS IN NEED – Donations are needed to make it a great place for Pike County History. If you have anything that’s lying around and instead of throwing away a piece of history please think of the Genealogical Society first. There are a lot of opportunities with the historical building and can only be as good as our donations.

The society has received some great donations and would like the opportunity to continue to add to the museum.

As of Jan. 1, 2013, membership fees will be $12 a year. With this membership everyone will receive  the newsletter, the Echo, four times a year. Great news stories and bios and newspaper clippings are inside each month. They have also added queries in order for people helping people.

Christmas gifts –  Maybe there’s a book someone is in need of in their research. Come by on a Thursday and check out our line of books for sale. These books are a unique way of giving some Christmas joy that will last all year long.

Hours at the library are every Thursday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For an appointment call 573-324-5810.

Meetings are the first Tuesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. Website is