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of Illinois

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: November 27, 2023 Meeting

The final Marion County Genealogical & Historical Society (MCGHS) meeting for 2023 is scheduled for Monday, November 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bryan-Bennett Library, 315 S. Maple Street, Salem, IL. Dr. Mark Murfin will speak about actress Jean Seberg (1938-1979). Seberg, who appeared in more than 30 films, was targeted by the FBI and its COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program), due to her support of the Black Panther Party. Many believe the FBI’s attacks against Seberg resulted in her untimely death in Paris at the age of 40. Come and hear what is sure to be an interesting presentation by Dr. Murfin.

There will be no meeting in December.

​~ 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.