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.
Federation of Genealogical Societies Member


President: Dawn Carey Henry
1st Vice President: Howard Manthei
2nd Vice President: Susan Scoville Pope
Recording Secretary: Laura Kovarik
Treasurer: Margaret Truax


2016 Director: Donna Hartwig
2016 Director: Darlene Hinkle
2016 Director: Jacqueline Lyell
2017 Director: Tony Burroughs
2017 Director: David Kent Coy
2017 Director: Karl Moore
2018 Director: Kristy Gravlin
2018 Director: Angela McGhee
2018 Director: Barbara McKean

Immediate Past President

Immediate Past President: Jayne Cates

Standing Committees

Conference - Chair: Joan Kitchen-Murray
Finance & Budget - Chair: Vacant
Honors & Awards - Chair: Linda Wallin
Illinois Soc Liaison - Chair: Sandra Barnett
Long Range Planning - Chair: Vacant
Membership Promotion - Chair: Anita Boyd
Newsletter - Editor: Kim Hanks
Publications - Chair: Vacant
Quarterly - Editor: Kathleen OMalley Strickland
Publicity - Chair: Thomas MacEntee
Society Archives - Chair: Vacant
Website - Chair: Vacant


Abraham Lincoln Pres Library: Gwen Podeschi
Federation of Genealogical Soc: Janice Fritsch, PLCGS
Illinois Secretary of State: David Joens
Illinois State Archives: David Joens
Illinois State Gen Foundation: Karl Moore
Illinois State Hist Society: William Furry

Non-Voting Committees

Advertising - Chair: Vacant
Bylaws & Proc Man - Chair: Howard Manthei
Cemeteries - Chair: John Heider
Church Records - Chair: Darlene Hinkle
Education - Chair: Thomas MacEntee
Family Bible Records - Chair: Kristy Gravlin
Genealogy Chair: Dawn Carey Henry
Illinois Legislative - Chair: Vacant
Indexing Coordinator: Clyda Ogle
ISGS 50th Anniv Co Chair: Vacant
ISGS 50th Anniv Co Chair: Vacant
Military Certificates - Chair: Charles Dobias
Office Liaison - Chair: Susan Scoville Pope
Parliamentarian: Janice Fritsch, PLCGS
Prairie Pioneer - Chair: Sandra Parker
Website Administrator (Acting): Thomas MacEntee

2018 Bicentennial Committee

Chairman: Vacant