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Illinois State Genealogical Society

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Illinois State Genealogical Society
Established 1968
Contact Info
Address P. O. Box 10195
Springfield, IL 62791-0195
Telephone (217) 789-1968
Society Officers
President Dawn Carey Henry
Members 1,100
Affiliations Federation of Genealogical Societies
Last updated: Mar 29, 2020

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:

  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.

Benefits[edit | edit source]

Membership in the Illinois State Genealogical Society is loaded with values! Your membership investment will give you many dividends:

Conferences[edit | edit source]

Fall 2015 Conference[edit | edit source]

Local Host Society for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference August 31 - Septmeber 3, 2015 in Springfield, IL. Registration at

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Projects[edit | edit source]

The Illinois State Genealogical Society has undertaken a number of projects and initiatives, which serve to: *make valuable contributions to Illinois genealogy research; *provide volunteer opportunities for ISGS-members and non-members alike; and *build a sense of community among those with Illinois ancestors as well as Illinois researchers.
Current and past ISGS projects include:

  • ALPL Book Project
  • Ancestor Charts
  • Angel Project
  • Cemetery Records
  • Church Records
  • Death Certificates
  • Family Bible Records
  • Military Certificates
  • Prairie Pioneers

Publications[edit | edit source]

A complete list of ISGS publications can be found on the Publications page.

Surname Research[edit | edit source]

The ISGS website now has a Surname Research database which allows any visitor to view surname information and contact researchers.  ISGS members you can submit surname information so other researchers can contact them.

Upcoming Events[edit | edit source]

ISGS Webinar - Cool Tools for Publishing

  • Presenter: Lisa Alzo
  • [1]Lisa A. Alzo. M.F.A. is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles, and writes the blog "The Accidental Genealogist." 
  • Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 8:00pm Central
  • Description: Now that you’ve written your family’s story, what do you do with it? Thanks to technology and the Internet, it’s easier than ever to document and share your genealogical discoveries. Those attending this FREE webinar will learn about some of the popular online tools and methods available for writing and publishing a cutting edge family history.
  • Register:

Webinars[edit | edit source]

The Illinois State Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a brand new service for its members as well as the genealogical community: WEBINARS! You can attend these webinars online over the Internet using your computer - that's right! Education delivered to you at your convenience.

On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, ISGS will offer an educational webinar with topics focusing on Illinois research, methodology, and beginning research. We'll not only be featuring topics relevant to Illinois and Midwest genealogy but also other related topics including vital records, research strategies and more. And the ISGS Webinar Series will also feature some of the best-known speakers in the field of genealogy today.

All ISGS webinars are FREE and open to the public when they are presented live. After the live broadcast, an archived on-demand copy of the webinar will be available to ISGS members via the Members Section.

Links[edit | edit source]

Frequently Asked Questions[edit | edit source]

Q. What are the directions to the society?

A.  The ISGS office is located at:

llinois State Archives
Margaret Cross Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756 

Q. What are the society's hours of operation?

A.  The ISGS office is open on:

Monday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 
Thursday, 10:00 am to 1:00pm