Welcome to the new website!

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Added member access to Good Times in McLean County (1874) and The Illinois Conference of the Evangelical Church 1837-1937 on 1/7/22
Added member access to Susan Kaufman webinar on Unusual Sources on 1/19/22


New Gleanings in Members Section !

    Click image to left to open preview edition with Table of Contents & Surname Index.

    McLean County Poor Farm – new information with a spreadsheet available in the members area.

    An article by McLean County Museum of History librarian Bill Kemp on McLean County auctioneers.

    We remember Ruth Carpenter, a life member who contributed extensively to MCGS, by reprinting her nursing story.  This story highlights the excellent content in past issues of Gleanings.

    A look at research methods to add someone to Find a Grave.

    Researching a poem written for a local family.

    Special thanks to Susie Pope and other for their work on this issue.

    Please join and then access thru Members tab.


New Online Store – (for everyone) offering our publications for immediate download !

Members get 25% off (email us for a coupon code if you have not renewed yet) !

Members may now view Tina Beaird’s presentation on Illinois digital resources and Susan Kaufman’s presentation on Unusual Sources

Members have immediate access to all past Gleanings from 1967 – present

Members have access to The History of the Illinois Conference of the Evangelical Church 1837-1937. This searchable .pdf has information on hundreds of ministers !

Everyone has access our Gleanings indexes to research their relatives.

Everyone has access to lots of free information about McLean County, it’s history, and it’s cemeteries.


The MCGS general meetings are FREE to the public.  With COVID, our meetings have been taking place via ZOOM.  Recent topics have been:

Susan Kaufman – Unusual Sources – (This presentation is available in the Members area)

Tina Beaird – Illinois Digital Resources – (This presentation is available in the Members area)

Jane Haldeman – Final Resting Place – The Stones Tell the Story

Jane Haldeman – My Ancestor was a Farmer

Upcoming Events (Click for details and ZOOM link):

2022 – Happy New Year !

January 18 – Susan Kaufman – “Unusual Resources” is now in the Member’s section !

February 5 – Mimi Davis – “Resources at Bloomington Public Library”

March 3-5 – RootsTech – FREE multi-day event with over 1500 presentations to choose from.  This event is not sponsored by us, but everyone should take advantage of it.

April 19 – Kathy Michael – “Resources at McLean County Clerks Office”

May 17 – Tina Beaird – The 1950 Census !

July 19 – Cemetery Program

September 17 – TBD

November 15 – Annual meeting and election

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How to Use this Site

For research, we have made our Gleanings indexes availble to the general public.  Search them for surname and other information, noting the Gleanings Issue.  Then Join or Log in, as members are given access online to all Gleanings issues.

Check out the FREE resources available.  They include: Ancestral chart, family record, street name fun, links to McLean County History, and we are giving away our Cemetery guide publication with directions and descriptions of McLean County cemeteries !

The McLean County Museum of History offers many attractions and events – some via ZOOM.  Click here or on the photo   https://mchistory.org for more information.

The MCGS Genealogy Library is on the 2nd floor and offers books and journals from around the country, computers set up with Ancestry and Family Search, and often a volunteer to assist you.

Check out our latest Newsletter !

Check out our first Gleanings!