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.

2024 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.

February2/19/2024What do probate records tell you about your ancestor?
March3/18/2024What are Census Non-Population Schedules and how can you use them?
April 4/15/2024Greg Phelps presents “Dead Men’s Tales: Cemetery Symbols and their Meanings

If you’d like to purchase the product used in our Camp Creek cemetery headstone cleaning meeting in 2023, it is D/2 from Atlas Preservation. [Click on the name or type in this web page: ] The other soap mentioned was Orvus, and it is available at Farm King or any farm supply store where horse soap is available.

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.

Our new page has some unique features for you. Try it to see if you like it better!

Please use the button below to donate or pay for research.

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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