Illinois State Genealogical Society
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 about the value of, and the need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage and support local and regional genealogical societies.
Governing Board
The ISGS Governing Board consists of the Executive Committee (elected officers, directors, and the immediate past president) and the appointed chairs of the Standing Committees – all with voting rights.
Ex-officio non-voting members of the ISGS Governing Board are:  the ISGS Office Secretary, the Secretary of State or his representative, the Director of the Illinois State Archives or his representative, members of the Illinois State Archives Advisory Board, a representative of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and the representatives to/from other organizations.
The non-voting chairs of projects and other committees may be requested by the ISGS President to give committee reports at a quarterly meeting of the Governing Board.

President: Laura Kovarik
1st Vice President: Mr. Dawson Ballard, Jr.
2nd Vice President: Barbara McKean
Recording Secretary: Caron Primas Brennan
Treasurer: Jacqueline Lyell
2019 Director: David Kent Coy
2019 Director: Margaret Truax
2019 Director: David McDonald
2020 Director: Vacant
2020 Director: Jenny I. Warner
2020 Director: Tina Beaird
2021 Director: Candace Marx
2021 Director: Mrs. Vicki Mattson
2021 Director: Mary Westerhold
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President: Dawn Carey Henry
Standing Committees & Chairs
Advocacy: Allen Nemec
Conference: Dawn Carey Henry
Education: Laura Kovarik
Illinois Soc Liaison: Caron Primas Brennan
Marketing & Publicity: Candace Marx
Membership: Jennifer Fisher
Publications: Sharon Reif
Website: Vacant
Ex Officio Representatives
Abraham Lincoln Pres Library: Teri Barnett
Federation of Genealogical Soc: Dawn Carey Henry
Illinois State Archives: David Joens
IRAD: Rochelle Joseph
Illinois State Hist Society: William Furry
Illinois Secretary of State: David Joens
Special & Ad Hoc Committees
Advertising Chair: Vacant
Bylaws / Policy & Procedures: Mr. Dawson Ballard, Jr.
Cemetery Records: John Heider
Genealogy: Dawn Carey Henry
IL Bicentennial Family Cert: Susan Scoville Pope
Military Certificates: Charles Dobias
Newsletter: Vacant
Office Liaison: Barbara McKean
Prairie Pioneer Certificates: Mrs. Vicki Mattson
Projects: Catherine Faye
Quarterly Editor: Mr. Richard Anderson
Webinars: Anita Boyd
Website Manager: Karen Feeney
Ad Hoc Committees & Chairs
Audit: Vacant
Honors & Awards: Vacant
Long Rang Planning: Vacant