The McDonough County Genealogical Society was formed in 1979 by a small group of folks dedicated to tracing ancestry of their families and preserving documents to help others.  We currently have over 200 members and a library with over 1000 volumes and other records of McDonough County and surrounding areas.

Our Mission:

The purpose of the society shall be to preserve, add, and perpetuate ancestral records of past or present residents of McDonough County, Illinois and Society members; to assist each other in genealogical research for educational and historical purposes; to collect and preserve any materials which may help to establish or illustrate the history of McDonough County and adjoining counties; to encourage the preservation and safeguarding the municipal, township, county, and state records of educational and historical significance; and to publish related materials for public use.

2018 Board Members:
President Jean Ray Vice President Roger Frowein
Secretary Julie Terstriep Treasurer Marla Vizdal
Past President Allen Nemec
Committee Chairs
Membership Lin Stultz Research Judy Ashton, Judy Brooks
Cemetery Debbie Nicholson Obituaries Sarah Gates
Technology Jean Ray Volunteers Lou Melvin
Publications Debbie Nicholson First Citizens Jean Ray
Newsletter Marla Vizdal