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Genealogical society meets on Thursday

Published: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 3:59 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Society library, 629 S. Main St. in Princeton.

The program will be the fourth installment of the series titled “A People Disappears” from the DVD series “Germans in America.” This program focuses on ethnic groups who tried to suppress their identities during the war years. One featured story is of a Jewish-German couple in exile and another is about an ordinary guy who fled the Nazis and ended up in an American POW camp. The meeting is free and open to the public.

BCGS records show that during 2012 there were 538 visits made to the genealogy society and represented visitors from 24 states. The membership for the year reached 505 from across the United States.

Currently the volunteer staff is excited about working with a Danish researcher who is creating a television show to be aired in Denmark, similar to the show seen recently in our country, “Who Do You Think You Are.” This research involves a family who settled in Sheffield in the 1800s. The script writer is expected to make a visit to Bureau County for filming purposes in late March.

The next First Saturday opening will be on March 2. Further information may be acquired by contacting BCGS during the regular hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, or by calling 815-879-3133.

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