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
Last updated: May 17, 2021

The Illinois State Genealogical Society was organized in October of the state's Sesquicentennial Year, 1968, and is a non-profit, 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.

The ISGS genealogical collection is located in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield and an administrative office is maintained in the Illinois State Archives.

Benefits[edit | edit source]

  • What are the benefits for becoming a member of the society?

Membership in the Illinois State Genealogical Society is loaded with values! Your membership investment will give you many dividends: 4 issues of the 64-page Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly which is mailed in March, June, September and December; 6 issues of the Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletter; access to vital records and indexes; 20% discount on publications; free queries in the Quarterly, reduced death certificate lookup and conference fees; and a genealogist to help with problems.

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Publications[edit | edit source]

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

Events[edit | edit source]

  • ISGS Spring 2011 Tour

Springfield, IL - Saturday, April 2, 2011

The annual ISGS Spring Tour takes place on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in downtown Springfield, IL. This year besides the tour of the Illinois State Archives and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, we've added a tour of the Lincoln Public Library of Springfield!

The tours take place at various designated times starting at 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. In addition, you can sign up to get assistance with locating Illinois death certificates while at the Illinois State Archives.

Register now since space is very limited! The deadline is March 26, 2011 and you'll want to ensure that you reserve your preferred time slot for each tour.
ISGS 2011 Spring Tour Brochure and Registration Form (downloads in PDF)

Online ISGS 2011 Spring Tour Registration Form

  • ISGS Fall 2010 Conference

Peoria, IL - Saturday, October 23, 2010

Genealogy - will it play in Peoria? You bet it will! Especially at this year's ISGS annual conference on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the Pere Marquette Hotel.

This year's events include a Youth Workshop as well as sessions by noted genealogy speakers.
2010 Fall Conference Registration Form (downloads in PDF)
2010 Fall Conference Online Registration Form

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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 
Wednesday, 10:00 am to 1:00pm