Programs and Activities

 
Greene County History Book

The Greene County Family History book was printed and delivered in September 2016.  Additional books are available at the Society office so contact the office if you would like to purchase a copy.  Price is $65 plus sales tax and shipping, if applicable.  It is an excellent and attractive history book with over 500 stories on families, businesses, and organizations in the county.  The book publisher, Acclaim Press, recently recognized the Greene County History being the best book developed by their company in 2016 based on its aesthetic appeal, literary content, and commercial success.  Get your copy before they are all soldClick here for more information.
 
Greene Country Pioneer Certificate

The Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society is offering a Greene County Pioneer Certificate to honor the memory of the earliest residents of the county.  Anyone may apply and applicants need not be residents of Greene County.  Applicants must provide proof of descent from a Greene County ancestor whose who was residing within the county by 1830.  A copy of the 1830 Federal Census of Greene County is available at the Society office to serve as a reference for early pioneers or other proof of residence by 1830 can be submitted.

Criteria for the certificate include:
(1)   Membership in the Greene County Historical Society or include membership dues with certificate application.
(2)   Completion of the Pioneer Certificate Program Application.
(3)   Copies of documented proof of direct descent for each generation to an 1830 resident.
            (See 1830 Greene County Census for a list of county residents as of that date.)
(4)   $20.00 certificate fee

For each qualifying ancestor, a beautifully designed 8 ½ by 11 inch certificate suitable for framing, numbered and signed will be issued.  We hope this certification will be a source of pride for your family.

A copy of the Pioneer Certificate Program Application and Instructions can be obtained by clicking on the following to download from this web site:  Pioneer Certificate Program Application and Instructions   Contact the office by regular mail or e-mail to obtain a copy of the application packet by either e-mail or regular mail.  All applications with proof of direct descent documentation will be filed in the archives of the Society to help preserve the history of your ancestor and will be make available for public research.

Ghost Hunts at the Lee-Baker-Hodges House

Ghost Hunts are conducted twice a year at the Lee-Baker-Hodges House under the direction of Loren Hamilton, representative for American Hauntings and American Ghost Society. This is the only organization that has access to the building for such events. For more information on these events and how to participate please contact Loren Hamilton at 217-408-8484 or e-mail at ghosts62650@yahoo.com

You can also view the American Ghost Society web site at: http://www.bumpinthenight.net/

Veteran’s Service Information

The Society is collecting veteran’s service information for use in genealogical research.  Click on the Collecting Veteran’s Service Information for more information on how to submit your service history to the Society.  Please help us to collect as many veteran’s records as possible in Greene County. Historical Society Collecting Veteran’s Information