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Learning about the past

SPRING VALLEY — Do you have Bureau County ancestors? Then you’ll want to attend the presentation at the Spring Valley Historic Association Museum, 201 W. St. Paul Street, Spring Valley.  

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Esther Tracy of the Bureau County Genealogical Society (BCGS) will help attendees learn about the major resources available through the BCGS for research. Maps, death information, cemeteries, newspapers and numerous other record sources will be described. Tracy will also guide participants on how to begin research and what type of family information to collect. The program is free and open to all interested parties.

In April, Rachel Schwarzendruber, family life coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension will present Part II of “Stories From the Past: A Legacy For the Future.”

The museum, featuring the history of coal mining, businesses, sports, schools and music is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. Memberships for 2013 are being accepted at a cost of $15 per individual or $20 per family. Forms are available at the museum or online at For more information call 815-830-4303.


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