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 1,000 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.

2023 Board Members:
President Judy Brooks Vice President Julie Terstriep
Secretary Sarah Gates Treasurer Marla Vizdal
Past President Julie Terstriep    
Committee Chairs John Carson    
Membership Lin Stults Research Judy Ashton, Judy Brooks
Cemetery OPEN Obituaries OPEN
Technology Allen Nemec/ Julie Terstriep Volunteers Barbara Houck
Publications OPEN First Citizens OPEN
Newsletter Marla Vizdal Librarian Allen Nemec