Illinois Family History Societies (M-R)

This section lists county associations from McHenry to Rock Island providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

McHenry County Genealogical Society

The association has many volumes relating to genealogy on the shelves of Crystal Lake Public Library and the McHenry Public Library.  An Every Name Index to Ancestor Charts submitted to the group between 1981-1999 is available on the site. 

A transcription of early records of St John the Baptist Catholic Church covering the years 1852-1868 is also available. 

There are also indexes to:

  • Death Notices 1880-1979 and Marriages 1880-1979 from the Herald Newspaper
  • Death Notices appearing in the Woodstock Sentinel 1856-1894
  • Death Notices in Marengo Republican Newspaper 1872-1874, 1881-1954, 1955-1969 and 1970-1989
  • Death Notices in the McHenry Plaindealer 1875-1880
  • McHenry Co. 1880 and 1930 Federal Censuses

Numerous publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Books for the Northeast and Southeast Townships
  • Early Records of St John the Baptist Catholic Church 1883-1909
  • Marriage Books 1886-1899
  • McHenry Co. Surname Index
  • MCIGS Connection Quarterly
Website:
http://www.mcigs.org/index.html

Montgomery County Genealogical Society

The association has a Research Centre which is located at Litchfield Museum and an extensive number of books and resources are accessible. Indexes include:

  • 1861 Militia Men
  • Births 1862-1877
  • Deaths 1877-1950
  • List of Cemeteries
  • Marriages 1821-1915
  • Montgomery Co. 1825 and 1855 Illinois State Censuses
  • Naturalisations
  • Wills and Probate

A number of publications are also available, including Marriage Records 1821-1885, Census Transcriptions for the 1830-1910 Censuses and indexes to some Montgomery Co. Cemeteries.

Website:
http://mcgsil.com

Peoria County Genealogical Society

There is an index to the 1888 Census of Peoria Township  on the site and an index of Bible Records. 

A number of publications are available, which incorporate:

    All Surname Index to Prairie Roots Volumes 1-127
  • Back issues of Prairie Roots Magazine Vols. 1-36
  • Death Notices from Peoria Star 1950-1959
  • Obituaries from Peoria Newpapers covering 1903-1907
  • Peoria Co. Cemetery Books
  • Weddings
Website:
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/il/county/peoria1

Randolph County Genealogical Society

The association has a Library where an extensive number of resources are accessible, including:

  • 1920-1930 Census
  • Births
  • Cemetery Listings
  • Court Documents
  • Deaths
  • Marriages
  • Naturalisations
  • Tax Lists

There are also on-line indexes to some Library Resources, including Randolph Co. Death Records 1839-1955, St Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church Vols. I and II and Randolph Co. Early Settlers.

There is also a list of surnames currently being researched by members.

Website:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilrcgs/?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0001231185&o_lid=0001231185&o_sch=Affiliate+External

Rock Island Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1972.  They have indexed obituaries found in the Rock Island Argus and/or Quad City Times Newspapers from 2005-2011.  An index to Rock Island Co. Cemeteries is also on the site. 

A number of publications are available, including:

  • Maps showing the location of Cemeteries in the area
  • Marriages Parts 1-3 covering 1833-1899
  • Mercer Co. 1860, 1870 and 1900 Federal Census Returns
  • Rock Island Co. 1850 and 1860 Federal Census Returns
  • Will Abstracts Books A and B 1837-1887
  • Will Abstracts Book C 1867-1883
  • Will Abstracts Book D 1883-1891

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is also available.

Website:
https://ricigs.org/