Illinois State Genealogical Society
  Death Certificates  
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Death Certificates may take longer than usual to process. Please be patient as we work through the requests in the order they are received.
  Annual Conference  
Details about our upcoming 2021 Conference are on the website (click on the 2021Conference link in the left hand menu), and Registration is now open (click HERE). If you have any questions about the upcoming Conference, please contact us at Please do not call the office.


Dr. David Joens
"Finding Ancestors in the Land of Lincoln"
  Free Webinar - highly rated
Dr. David Joens, Director of the Illinois State Archives, demonstrates what records are available that may assist genealogists. Originally presented at the Illinois State Genealogical Society 2020 Conference, Dr. Joens' presentation was very highly rated. Viewing is  permitted for members and non-members alike –

ISGS Update:  Upcoming "Live" Webinars
Webinar icon graphicJoin us on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 at 7:00 PM Central for Sara Cochran's program – Missing: Reward! Locating Widows, Spinsters and Bachelors. Have some of the folks on your family tree disappeared? Pick up some new ideas on how to find widows and unmarried children and then watch these techniques in action in three short case studies. This webinar will be hosted by the Kane County Genealogical Society
Webinar Registration Link: you register, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Handout Link:  Missing-Reward!
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Join us on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM Central for Laura Street Chaplin's program on What Do I Do with It Now That I Have It? Working with DNA Test Results. Once you get your DNA test results back, how can you best understand and utilize them? Laura Street Chaplin's presentation will cover lots of tips on transferring raw DNA results to other companies, creating a skeleton digital family tree to link to your test results, working with family members' tests, and more. This webinar will be hosted by the Fox Valley Genealogical Society
Webinar Registration Link:  ‚Äč you register, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

ISGS Quarterly –– Fall Edition
Click HERE to download the Author Guidelines for the Quarterly (pdf).