The Lexington Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. (a.k.a. "The Fort") was founded in 1965 by Verda Gerwick, and is a non-profit organization.
Our geographic coverage includes McLean, Livingston, Ford and Woodford counties. We are operated solely by volunteer help, and supported by membership dues and research donations. Our library is open to the general public for research.
Our purpose is to encourage genealogy, promote local history, and assist others in gathering genealogical and historical information. The society is dedicated to the tasks of collecting, researching, and preserving local genealogical and historical information.
Benefits of becoming a member are: You will receive a newsletter twice a year in May and November. Any correspondence a member sends is given priority over a non-member. Copy charges are 15 cents for members and 20 cents for non-members.
Board of Directors
President ~ Diana Frerichs VP/Volunteer Advocate ~ Susan McGuire Treasurer ~ Patricia Pease Secretary ~ Jan Heuer
Building Chairperson ~ Rebecca Pentecost Properties Chairperson ~ Jackie Rever Obits Chairperson ~ Madeline Jones Membership/Audit Chairperson ~ Kathie Tallon
Outreach Chairperson ~ Debbie Barnard Volunteer Coordinator ~ Madeline Jones Member at large/Newsletter ~ Linda Heintzman Member at large ~ Barb Graves Member at large ~ Marilyn Donnell
Daily Volunteers Daily 9 -3 p.m. Volunteers Tuesday: Susan McGuire, Marilyn Donnell, Kathie Tallon, Pati Pease Wednesday: Madeline Jones and Kay Berry Thursday: Linda Lanzer, Jan Heuer, Debbie Barnard, Pati Pease Friday: Dorothy Myers and Jackie Rever Saturday: Jan Heuer and Delores Perry
Other Helpers: Rebecca Pentecost and Nancy Griffin
Business and Building Volunteers Kay Berry - Woodford County Obit & Cemetery Indexing
Sally Breese - Local History
Bill Clark - Misc. Assistant
John Colclasure - Special Projects/Articles
Marilyn Donnell - McLean County Obit and Cemetery Indexing
Diana Frerichs - Supplies/Acquisitions
Nancy Griffith - Organizing/Homes Project
Norm Hiser - Old House Society connection
Jan Heuer - PR/Newsletter/Indexing
Madeline Jones - Ford and Woodford Co. Obit & Cemetery Indexing
Linda Lanzer - Researcher
Jean Lague - Summer Researcher
Marie Leuchtenberg - Indexing
Lucy Loper - Homes Project/Misc Projects
Susan McGuire - Weekly Articles/Indexing/Researching
Nancy Miller - Bloomington researcher
Dorothy Myers - Livingston County Obit and Cemetery Indexing/Grounds
Rebecca Pentecost - Indexing/Organizing
Patricia Pease - Business Manager/Newsletter
Dee Perry - Organization/ Filing/ Indexing
Jackie Rever - Livingston County Obit and Cemetery/ Indexing/ Map Preservation
Steve Rourke - Lazer Tec Computer Hardware Advisor
Sue Seegmiller - Chenoa connection/Researcher
Amy Steidinger - Forrest connection/Researcher
Laura Walden - Old House Society connection
We would also like to recognize all of our members and patrons who generously donate stories, obituaries, information, and support to The Fort so that we may continue to help others in their genealogical searches.
Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am to 3pm Closed Sunday and Monday