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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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​​​NEW: September 25, 2023 Meeting

The Marion County Genealogical & Historical Society (MCGHS) will have its September meeting on Monday evening, September 25, at 6:00 p.m., in the Society’s room at the Bryan-Bennett Library. The library is located at 315 S. Maple Street in Salem. Diana Brimberry and Carolyn Green, President of the Madison Street Historical Preservation Project, will present information on the history of Kinmundy, including the historical preservation work. The public is invited.

Looking ahead, on October 23, Myron Lloyd (retired Funeral Director at Sutherland–Rankin Funeral Home in Salem) will explain funeral practices, past and present.

​~ 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.

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