Historical Society Newsletter

The McDonough County Historical Society produces a quarterly newsletter, a paper copy of the current issue is sent via postal mail to all society members.

Back issues of the newsletters of the McDonough County Historical Society have been digitized by Western Illinois University and are available at this link: (only 1982-1997 available online)




The newsletter welcomes suggestions on topics of interest

to be included in future issues


submission of items pertaining to

McDonough County history.


To submit items of interest to the newsletter, please use the Contact us! link.

Historical Society Brochure

McDonough County Historical Society Brochure
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McDonough County Historical Society                                                           The Cemetery Markers Project E-Book

"McDonough County Historical Society - The Cemetery Markers Project" e-book

A fun way to see all the beautiful photographs

of the 95 cemetery signs

installed by the McDonough County Historical Society

in the past 5 years. 

It is a "page-flipping" way to see the entire project and read all about all of the cemeteries with signs in McDonough County -along with seeing images of people who care about each of these unique historic resting places.  

The e-book contains a photograph of each cemetery sign as well as the story of the cemetery in a press release written when the sign was installed.

The Cemetery Markers Project is coordinated by Gil Belles.

All photographs and press releases by Gil Belles. 

For more information about the Cemetery Marking Project go to the

McDonough County Cemeteries page

Complete the Contact Us! form if you are interested in a copy of the ebook.


As an on-going project for the past five years, the McDonough County Historical Society locates cemeteries in the county and places a marker at each one, so the cemeteries will not be lost and so that those who came before us will not be forgotten.

A marker has been placed at 95 cemeteries in the county. 


The McDonough County Cemetery Marker Project is a project of

the McDonough County Historical Society, Macomb, Illinois.

The project has been coordinated by Gil Belles

of the McDonough County Historical Society. 

The cemetery markers project is supported by Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral

Home in Macomb and Blandinsville, the Community Quality of Life

Advisory Committee, Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb, Table Grove State Bank,MidAmerica National Bank, the McDonough County Highway Department, the McDonough County Genealogical Society and the McDonough County Historical Society.