The ISGS Office will be closed:

  • Thursday, November 27 -- Thanksgiving
  • Thursday, December 25, -- Christmas
  • Thursday, January 1, -- New Year’s Day

Upcoming  ISGS Webinars

Join us on Tuesday, January 13, at 8:00 PM Central, when Lisa Louise Cooke will teach us how to unlock mysteries in our genealogy research Using Google Earth for Genealogy. To attend this webinar, register at
Last week's webinar, HeritageQuest Online - The Ins and Outs, presented by C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (
Upcoming Webinars
January 13 – Using Google Earth for Genealogy
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke

February 3 – Basic Scandinavian Research*
Presenter: Diana Smith
* This webinar is held one week earlier than our regular schedule to accommodate those attending the FGS 2015 and RootsTech conferences

March 10 – Finding Your Femme Fatales: Exploring the Dark Side of Female Ancestors
Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit
And don't forget to spread the word!  Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer can be accessed at .
Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner.  To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit
Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at
 The 2015 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (

Save the Date – 2015 Fall Conference!


Plans are underway for the ISGS 2015 Conference.

October 23rd & 24th 2015









Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn

  • 9333 S. Cicero Ave
  • Oak Lawn, IL 60453
  • (708) 425-7800

Reservation Room Block

(2015 ISGS Conferences) $119.00 per night


Welcome to the website for the Illinois State Genealogical Society! The ISGS website has been created to enhance your passion for genealogy. It not only features links to ISGS projects, but also links you to other records and resources throughout Illinois including those individual genealogical home pages that have an Illinois connection!

The public is invited to explore the ISGS website and enjoy these features:

  • The current issue of the ISGS Newsletter and archived copies back to 2008
  • Listings of ISGS events and events for Illinois genealogical societies
  • Free databases filled with information on Illinois ancestors
  • A list of Illinois research resources

New ISGS Members will be sent via email login and password instructions. Click on Member Section and enter your login and password to change your profile and to access special members-only databases and resources.

*** If you are having trouble logging in - please contact ***