Our Computers

We have 3 computers available for patron use. We have subscriptions to Ancestry (World Version) and Family Search. We are a Family Search Affiliate Library which allows access to restricted Family Search Library documents.  We also have WiFi available in the center if you bring your own computer. We have a copier/printer/scanner in our center. We charge $0.25 for each copy, $0.15 for each scanned image.

Obituary Card File, Surname File, and Local History Vertical File

The black filing cabinets contain a vertical file organized by surname and another by local history topic. The contents have been collected since the Society was formed in 1979 and range from short notes, to family group sheets, to short family histories. The obituary card file (colored boxes on the west wall) is arranged alphabetically.

Book Collection

The book collection includes over 1,000 titles. McDonough County resources form the largest single group, followed by family histories, and resources for Illinois counties surrounding McDonough. The collection also contains how-to books, European and immigration information, and resources for other states, particularly those east of Illinois.  We have many books that are out of print and are not available online.

Card Catalog


The microfilm cabinets contain Federal census, county land records, area church records, and local newspapers. Please take one reel at a time. If others are waiting, the readers have a 30-minute limit. A microfilm reader/printer is available and its coin box takes quarters only.