GIFTING WITH STOCK: The McDonough County Genealogical Society has an account with Seth Minter, Edward Jones in Macomb, IL to accept the gifting of stock. Please keep us in mind in your planning. ANY contribution to the Society is considered tax-deductible. If you are interested in donating, please email us at for instructions or contact Seth Minter at 309/833-3664.

2023 Monthly Meeting Dates and Topics

We meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Western Illinois Museum, unless otherwise noted. ALL our welcome to come to hear our wonderful speakers. There is NO CHARGE to attend our events.

February2/20/2023Zac Sutton“Historic Downtown Macomb”
March3/20/2023Ian FischerMcDonough County Circuit Clerk: “What’s available at the Circuit Clerk’s office”
April4/17/2023Lori Boyer“Finding my Adopted Mother’s Family”
May5/15/2023William Cook“Illinois Regional Archives Depository at WIU Library” NOTE TIME: 1 PM
June6/19/2023Ice Cream Social – Come Join Us!
July7/17/2023Julie Terstriep“The Cleaning and Preservation of Tombstones”, location TBD
August 8/21/2023Allen Nemec“Who Lived in My House – Researching your home’s past & applying for a Macomb Home Historical Plaque”
September9/18/2023To Be Announced
October10/16/2023To Be Announced
November11/20/2023Induction of Officers

Historic Maps

Please note the addition of a new “Historic Maps” page on our upper bar. We direct you to Sanborn maps, as well as a Digital Reconstruction of Historic Downtown Macomb map!

Local Newspapers

We have recently added a new page with local newspaper sources. See the top banner of this page for the link.

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The McDonough County Genealogical Society is located at 201 South Lafayette,  Macomb, Illinois.  We meet the 3rd Monday of each month [February through November] at 6:00 pm at the Western Illinois Museum, 201 South Lafayette.  Each month a  program of genealogy interest precedes our business meeting.  The public is always welcome.  

 Our center is open 3 days a week — Tuesday afternoon, Friday all day, and Saturday morning.  Our center is staffed with volunteers who will gladly assist you in your research.

 Research Request Form

We are a Family Search Affiliate Library.

We are members of:

                                         National Genealogical Societt

Illinois State Genealogical Society                 National Genealogical Society


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