Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Christian Co., IL. Historical Society President Jodi Heberling answers questions about the 'NEW' CC History Book project

1-) What are you hoping people submit for the book?
     We want roots, history of who and why your family has resided in Christian County

2-) What do you have so far for the book?
     We have about 30 stories /family histories turned in and continue to have more arriving daily. We have had a couple of organizations inquire and are working getting their articles together. I am excited in anticipation of some of the stories that will arise from this publication.


3-) What have people turned in?
     At this point most have been Family trees. Lists of who came and why and then how the family's married and reproduced creating  the ancestors of Christian County. I find it interesting that people are concerned about in laws and outlaws from their roots. People should not worry about those negative things from their past kin, but instead be excited in how they turn out in spite of the cattle rustler or bank robber in their family tree. Times were different and survival was not always easy!


4-) Whats the most interesting/odd thing that someone has turned in?
     Honestly I have not had time to read any of the stories that have been submitted. But I am very confident that there will be many surprises revealed with the publication of the book.


5-) What type of family history do you want people to include?
     Discretion is necessary but facts are facts. This book is for the people of Christian County and will be made of the articles that are submitted by those people. Life is not always pretty,  it really does come with goods and beds!


6-) What kind of pictures are you looking for?
     Interesting!!!!


7-) Where can people find out more information about the book?
     We sent out a mailing to 16,000 households in Christian County. Our goal is to reach everyone who is residing in Christian County. We have fliers available at the Museum and Court house clerk's office. We welcome anyone to stop out at the museum on Thursday -Saturday 10 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Click Here for the Flyer


8-) Anything else you want people to know about the book?
     There is much talk about print books being a thing of the past, but I believe that there will be a place for this type of history books and print is the best medium to use.


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3 comments:

  1. Is this the same book that was originally scheduled for last year with an April, 2012 deadline for stories? I pre-ordered two books at that time and have heard nothing since. I called six months ago and was told the books would be published and sent out by June, 2013. Since I have never received the books, should i assume you are still collecting stories? Do you have a publish date as yet?

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    1. Recently (Nov., 2013) contacting the publisher of this project, I was told - "they have been waiting for the remainder of the material from the Historical Society to finalize the last portion of the book. Then it will be designed, proofed and printed. We are hopeful that it will be printed sometime this coming Winter".

      My guess is that it will be the spring of 2014 before we see it, if then.

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  2. I finally received my book after 2 1/2 years. I was wondering how you determined what was to be included in the book and what was to be excluded. I turned in three pages of family history with pictures and none of it was in the book. If I had known you wouldn't publish my information, I probably wouldn't have paid for a book.

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