Genealogists celebrate 40th anniversary
The Jefferson County Genealogical Society celebrated its 40th anniversary with a noon luncheon Oct. 22 at the Pizza Ranch.
Fifteen past and present members of the genealogical society attended.
The organization was organized in October l972, with 60 charter members. Currently, 13 are still living and five were present: Rosalie Cochran-Thompson, Ramona Clark, Verda Baird and Charles and Karen Rubey.
A booklet with highlights of the 40 years was handed out, and two 1973 banners made by charter member Betty Meck-Hootman were on display. The banners are being donated to the Carnegie Historical Museum.
Considerable reminiscening followed with everyone telling about their participation in copying records at the courthouse, making of yearly scrapbooks, cemetery updating, typing of more than 25 hardbound books and indexing. There was a lot of “do you remember when” to stir up everyone’s recollections of 40 years of activities.
The program was given by Verda Baird. Photography and history tie in closely when researching ancestors. The first item she passed around was a 7- by 9-inch daguerreotype, often called a “tintype.” The inventor was a Frenchman, Mr. Daguerre, in l839. By l840, the first one was on display at a gallery in New York.
Next Baird passed around a Isochromatic glass 5- by 7-inch dry plate negative invented in 1871.
Eighty old post cards that had been photocopied and enlarged double in size of the Fairfield square brought considerable discussion.They dated back to l876 up through the early 1930s.
Charlotte Fleig and Janet Roberts surprised Baird by presenting her with a colorful fall wreath and an award, which stated “it is through your efforts, along with help from the rest of us, that Jefferson County has one of the largest and complete collections of genealogical information available to the public at the Fairfield Library and all State repositories, and that we have placed signage to all cemetery locations in the county.”
Baird said in 40 years of walking cemeteries she had never seen a snake.
The Jefferson County Genealogical Society members encourage everyone to visit the Fairfield Public Library genealogy section and to peeked into the separate historical filing cabinet.
On the Internet, the Jefferson County Genealogical Society can be found at www.iagenweb.org/jefferson.
The postcards and many more can be viewed on the history site www.fairfieldiowahistory.com.