With the generous help of its volunteers, ISGS is poised for continued success.  The positions listed below present some interesting and exciting opportunities for you!
Please consider helping ISGS achieve its mission to preserve and disseminate Illinois historical and genealogical materials, and to educate and aid those researching their ancestry. 

ISGS 2015 Fall Conference:  Our conference team, with local host the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago, is creating another great fall event!  It will be held at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn,  23 and 24 October.  We always appreciate the help volunteers give us in monitoring sessions, working at the registration desk, and various other areas.  Please email Susie Pope, if you would like to be a part of our team.


FGS 2016 Conference Committee:  ISGS is serving as the Local Host society for next year's FGS national conference in Springfield, IL, 30 August - 3 September.  We have a special need for a local/regional marketing person to work with Thomas MacEntee, FGS's National Marketing Chair. Contact Laura Kovarik, Local Host Chair,  for more information.


Latest Project: In addition to the ISGS Board and committee opportunities listed below, we are hard at work on a project indexing ledgers from the Illinois Department of Registration and Education 1877-1952. Interested? This project requires the following: a computer with a CD drive, Microsoft Excel, and an Internet connection. If you are not already in our database of indexers, please contact Clyda Ogle, Indexing Coordinator,


For information on any of the positions listed below, contact Susie Pope,


  • Publicity Chair:  This committee disseminates information about ISGS and its activities to stimulate interest in the Society and genealogy; coordinates the preparation of press releases, flyers and other promotional materials, and implements the ISGS Social Media Plan.
  • Advertising Chair:  This committee develops advertisers for the ISGS Quarterly, Newsletter, and fall conference syllabus. 
  • Long Range Planning:  This committee considers plans for the improvement of the Society.  They solicit suggestions from the membership, make regular reports to the Board, and present projects for action.
  • Society Archivist:  The Society's Archivist properly preserves and maintains the private records of the Society at the Illinois State Archives in Springfield, IL.  These records do not involve the society's public genealogical holdings at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.