Illinois State Genealogical Society

ISGS Awards – Invitation to Nominate

The Illinois State Genealogical Society invites societies to submit nominations for ISGS' 2018 Honors & Awards. Nominees will receive their awards at the ISGS Fall Conference to be held in Springfield, IL on October 26 & 27, 2018.  Information on award categories and nomination forms can be found on our website by visiting our Honors and Awards page.

For questions or assistance, contact our Honors & Awards Chair, Susan Pope, via email at:

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:

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

ISGS News:  Upcoming Webinars
Join us on Tuesday, August 14, at 8:00 PM Central, for our webinar on National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branck. Our featured speaker for this program is Jane Haldeman.
To attend this webinar, register now at 
  • Registration Procedure: There are only 500 available "seats" for each webinar and we have limited the number of registrations for each webinar to 650. Past experience has shown that approximately 30% of those who register don't attend a webinar.
  • Recommendation: login to the webinar EARLY - access begins at 7:30 pm Central. Once the "room" fills up with 500 attendees, others attempting to join will receive a "room full" message.
  • Spread the Word: Forward our Webinar Flyer to your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies to hand out at your local society meetings. To download the Flyer, click here.
  • Make a Contribution: 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 our Webinar Fund Donation Page
Our recent July webinar, Museums Have Records Too! Locating Your Ancestors Behind Closed Doors, presented by Melissa Barker, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Only Section.
For the complete list of our remaining 2018 webinars, click here.
Please direct any questions to the ISGS Webinar Committee at
The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch.

July/August 2018 ISGS Newsletter Now Available!
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 2018 thru 2008, click HERE.