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Library planning events for Genealogy Day

 
Benton News
updated: 2/20/2019 11:49 AM

In celebration of National Genealogy Day, the Benton Public Library will play host to a genealogy event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Volunteers are coming from Benton and surrounding counties to talk about their genealogy information and to share pictures about the past. Guest speakers:

• Jack McReynolds will talk on the Orient No. 2 Coal Mine disaster in West Frankfort.

• Curtis Mandrell will talk about dowsing and Franklin County cemetery locations.

• Les and Vicki Whitefeather will share Native American eastern woodland teachings.

Vendors who will be present are:

• Kaye McClintock from the Frankfort Area Genealogy Society will have books to sell and pamphlets to handout.

• The Hamilton County Genealogy Society will have books to sell and pamphlets to hand out.

• The Franklin County Historic Preservation Society will have books to sell and talk about the Jail Museum.

• West Franklin Historical District and Silkwood Inn Museum

• Robert Rea, President Franklin County Historic Preservation Society

• St. Clair Genealogy Society

• Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois (GSSI)