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The Marion County Genealogical & Historical Society meets at 6:00 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month (except May and December) at the Bryan-Bennett Library  in Salem, Illinois. The annual business meeting takes place in June.
Special events and presentations are announced and are open to the public.
Membership for a full year can be obtained for a cost of $25 for a single membership, $27 for a joint membership, and $35 for a sustaining membership. The membership year runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following calendar year.


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The Marion County Genealogical & Historical Society (MCGHS) will have a WALK-IN-EVENT at the Bryan-Bennett Library’s Reference Room on Saturday, May 20th, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The library is located at 315 S. Maple in Salem. ONLY pencils, paper, and cell phone (or camera) are allowed in the Reference Room; no coats, purses or pens allowed. This event is for both MCGHS members and non-members. You might find little bits of family information or you might plan on a short visit, then return another day for more in-depth research.
There will not be a regular MCGHS Monday evening meeting in May, but if anyone happens to find old phone books, city directories, or farm directories, please bring them to the genealogy room (open Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.) to donate them for genealogy research. 

​~ The Marion County Genealogical & Historical Society was founded in 1976 as a not-for-profit organization. The Society is located in the county seat of Salem, IL.

~ The purpose of the organization is "to bring together those people interested in the history or genealogy of our community" and to "discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the county."

~ Furthermore, the Society "will disseminate historical and genealogical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing such material."  As a means to that end, we publish a quarterly magazine called Footprints in Marion County  that members receive as a benefit of their membership in our group.