Illinois State Genealogical Society
ISGS 2019 Fall Conference Registration is now OPEN! 
With 20+ sessions presented by nine expert and well-known genealogists, we are confident there is something for everyone at this year's conference.
Visit our "2019 Fall Conference" pages (see the menu links on the left) to:  download/view a conference brochure, get information on the conference speakers and education sessions, find out details about the hands-on workshops, register online, and make hotel reservations. 

Welcome to the Illinois State Genealogical Society Website!

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. If you are not an ISGS member but would like to receive the ISGS Newsletter in your email inbox, click this link to sign-up on our email list.
  • Listings of ISGS events and events for Illinois genealogical societies
  • Free databases filled with information on Illinois ancestors
  • A list of Illinois research resources

ISGS Members are encouraged to sign-in at the Members Only Section to access special members-only databases and resources.

ISGS News:  Upcoming Webinars

Join us on Tuesday, August 13, at 8:00 PM Central as our presenter, Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, shares her knowledge of the Prohibition era in the U.S. during the 1920s. Ms. Hibben has been involved in family research for 40+ years. A native of the Chicago suburbs and retired college speech professor, Jean is a national speaker known for her entertaining, as well as informative, presentations.


The Great Lakes and the Role They Played in the Years of Prohibition

During Prohibition in the U.S., a great many people obtained alcohol from Canada, then moved it to big cities (e.g., Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, etc.). This program will focus on Chicago's illegal importation of booze. If your ancestor lived in or near the Windy City (or other large cities around the lakes) during the 1920s, there's a possibility he/she was involved in bootlegging on some level.

Webinar Registration Link:

Our 2019 Webinar Schedule is now available!
Click HERE for details and Registration Links!
Please direct any questions to the ISGS Webinar Committee at
The 2019 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch.

July/August 2019 ISGS Newsletter Now Available!
ISGS July-August 2019 Newsletter
Our July-August newsletter is now available! Click on the newsletter above to view or download. To view and download issues of the ISGS Newsletter from 2019 thru 2008, click HEREIf you are not an ISGS member but would like to receive the ISGS Newsletter in your email inbox, click this link – to sign-up on our email list.