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The Champaign County Genealogical Society (CCGS) welcomes new members whether they are researching extensively in Champaign County, Illinois, or have no ancestors at all to research in our county.  The Society promotes genealogical and historical research and aids in the publication, dissemination, and preservation of genealogical and historical material.  We welcome you to join us.

Christmas Around Sidney IL 130 Years Ago

The Sidney By-way newspaper from Saturday 28 December 1889 captured the following holiday activities:
The Christmas entertainment at the Presbyterian Chapel passed off very pleasantly. The Chimney was nicely arranged and Santa Claus played his part to perfection.
The entertainment at Oak Grove, Christmas eve, was a success. John Allen delivered the address of welcome. The pupils all did remarkably well. Ab. Davis and Smith Greger assisted with a comic dialogue. The tree was very nice and full of useful present.
Pleasant Hill never had a better time than at the Christmas tree. The songs by Misses Etta and Jessie Porterfield and Mrs. J. P. Mitchell, and the declamations by the little folks, were highly appreciated. The tree was loaded with presents and was tastily arranged.
The editor is under obligations to Prof. DuBois for a Christmas turkey.
Mrs. Betzer entertained her Sunday school class, Christmas day.
Miss Nettie Porterfield spent Christmas in Philo, with Miss Lizzie Davis.
Dr. Burres and wife and little daughter ate Christmas dinner with her parents in Fairmount.
W. A. Robinson and family took dinner, Christmas, in Homer, with Sanford France and family.
Mrs. Hess, of Fairmount, visited her sister Mrs. H. E. Wilson, Christmas day.
Roy Hardman and family, of Fairmount, were here over Christmas, the guest of her mother, Mrs. Greger.
Miss Sadie Swartz returned from Indianapolis, Tuesday, for an extended visit with her parents. Her friend, Miss Kate Perry, of Homer, spent Christmas with her.
The young folks are getting up a ball to be given in Cole’s hall, next Tuesday evening, Dec. 31.

Happy 50th Anniversary

24 April 1969 Courier NewspaperThe Champaign County Genealogical Society is 50 years old this year.  It all started with the initial genealogy meeting scheduled for Friday April 25, 1969.  The April 24, 1969 edition of the Champaign-Urbana Courier newspaper announces the meeting and program planned (image on the right).  The meeting was held at the church at Sixth and Daniel Streets.  Charles Claybaugh spoke about "What's of Interest to Genealogists in the State Capital".

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