Announcing Family Search Affiliate Library Status

We would like to announce that we are now a Family Search Affiliate Library.  Recently the main Family Search library in Salt Lake City discontinued its practice of sending out microfilm to focus on digitizing their entire collection.  However, due to copyright constraints, they are not allowed to make every document available online.  As an Affiliate Library you may now access these restricted resources at our center through our computers.  You may also access them on your own device while using our wi-fi connection.

Pardon our Dust!

The Western Illinois Museum is undergoing remodeling which is including new, energy efficient windows.  We are trying to remain open during the construction but some hours may be limited due to work in the area.

We are excited to get the new Pella windows.  Those of you who have done winter research with us will certainly not miss the cold drafts when working at our computers.

Family Tree Maker Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of Family Tree Maker!

Family Tree Maker is one of the premier software packages for your genealogy research.  See more information at Family Tree Maker

Register to win by stopping by our center during regular hours and fill out an entry blank.  We will be drawing the winner at our Ice Cream Social on July 16.

Good Luck!

Upcoming Conferences / Seminars

GeneaQuest 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Northern Illinois University (NIU) Conference Center, Hoffman Estates, IL


Family History Fanatics Summer E-Conference

A Summer of DNA eConference

August 4, 2018


St Louis Genealogical Society

Summer 2018 Speaker Series

Making Sense of DNA

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Orlando Gardens, 2050 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker — Diahan Southard


Missouri State Genealogical Association

2018 Conference, Columbia Missouri

Aug 10 – 11 2018

Featured Speaker:

Amy Johnson Crow, CG


The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois and John A. Logan College

 Saturday, August 11, 2018
8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Ray Hancock Conference Center
John A. Logan College
Route 13 & Greenbriar Road, Carterville, IL

Feature Speaker:

The Legal Genealogist
Judy G. Russell


FGS 2018 National Conference

FGS returns to the Hoosier State in 2018 providing attendees convenient access to Allen County Public Library which houses one of the largest genealogical research collections available with records from around the world.

August 22-25, Fort Wayne IN


Illinois State Genealogical Society

Celebrating Our Ancestors

2018 Fall Conference | October 26 & 27, 2018

President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a Doubletree Hotel by Hilton

History of McDonough County and Families Books Release Update

Acclaim Press Publishing has just informed the Society that the History Book is now targeted for the end of August. Postcards will be mailed to everyone that purchased a book, giving everyone one last chance to order an additional copy at the pre-sale price of $59.95 and letting them know that early September  is the new target date.

The Family History section will be shipped to the Society this week for final proofing. With indexes, custom embossing of books and the history section is in layout now along with the Clubs, Organizations, Churches and Business section. It has been a long process but the proofs are looking fantastic! While we were hoping for a finished product at the end of this month, the reality is really the end of August, beginning of September.