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Thursday BCGS program will feature property history research

Published: Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 3:56 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Esther Tracy of Princeton, retired school teacher and past president of Bureau County Genealogical Society, will be the speaker at the Thursday meeting of the Bureau County Genealogical Society.

This program was postponed from August when the Society experienced air conditioning failure. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Society library, 629 S. Main St., Princeton. The public is invited to attend this free program.

Tracy’s PowerPoint program will be of interest to realtors, property owners and history lovers. Creating a positive property history can be valuable in increasing the marketability of one’s property. The search for that history can be quite fascinating and lead to exciting discoveries in many cases. A project created by the speaker called Genealogy of Property Project will be explained, and it is Tracy’s hope that many area citizens will contribute to Bureau County historical research by becoming involved in this project through researching their own property’s history. Whether a home is new or old it is still sitting on historic land.

To explain this research process, Tracy will highlight resources within the community, especially those found at the Bureau County Courthouse, Bureau County Genealogical Society, Bureau County Historical Society and Princeton Public Library. She will share historical results from each type of resource which will provide the audience with a great deal of “new” history about local homes, churches, long ago architects and contractors, and notable people and events from Bureau County’s past.

BCGS just recently completed an introductory genealogy class taught by Eva Blanco and other volunteers which had 14 participants. Other specialized classes could be offered in the future based on community interest and needs.

For more information, call 815-879-3133 or stop by during hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and the first Saturday of each month.

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