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Patrick Hodge to speak on Charles Dickens’ nephew at BCGS meeting

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 2:29 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 2:31 p.m. CDT

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

After a very brief business meeting, Patrick Hodge will present the program titled “Reverend Bertram A. Dickens: Bureau County Preacher and Nephew of Charles Dickens, the English Author.”

Hodge, a local member and treasurer of BCGS, has researched deeply into the history of this minister and his connections to Charles Dickens. The Rev. Dickens served in northern Illinois for more than 40 years as a Methodist Episcopal minister with 14 of those years served in Bureau County. The audience should be fascinated to learn what research revealed about this minister and his Charles Dickens connection which will be featured prominently at the beginning of the program. He will also explain how BCGS church records and other tools helped in his research.

The Rev. Dickens served at Walnut, North Prairie (Section 24 Ohio Township), LaMoille, Malden and Wyanet in the last decades of the 1800s and into the 1900s. Hodge will also give insight into what was happening at these churches in Bureau County during the years that Rev. Dickens spent in the county. BCGS volunteers will be available after the program to point out locations within the library where area church and minister records are shelved and help with questions about what value these resources can have for genealogical or historical research.

For more information, contact the BCGS at 815-875-1440 or stop by during the regular hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, or the first Saturday of each month.

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