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Genealogy society will meet on Thursday

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:02 p.m. CDT

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

The meeting will feature Randi Couri, a genealogist and historian for the Peoria Itoo community and also for his ancestral village of Aytou, Lebanon. Couri will share his expertise on how to search for Castle Garden and Ellis Island manifests. He will discuss the difficulties involved in finding these manifests and how to interpret the information found on each page. These manifests were not filled out at Ellis Island, but at the immigrants’ ports of departure.

More than 12 million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954.

The public is invited to attend this free meeting.

The BCGS is seeking additional volunteers, especially to work with updating cemetery records. Anyone interested should contact the library at 815-879-3133 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday or the first Saturday of each month for details.

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