Illinois State Genealogical Society
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  • The Illinois State Archives Reference Room in the Margaret Cross Norton Building, is open by appointment only. Please call (217) 782-4866 to schedule your appointment.


Illinois State Archives
Welcome to the Illinois State Genealogical Society! As part of our mission, we aim to make archives, libraries, and other repositories easier to access and use throughout the state. Please enjoy the self-paced slide show on the Illinois State Archives to learn more about this facility and see a brief sample of what we do. Thank you for visiting the ISGS website.
Click HERE to view the slide show.


 Prairie Pioneer logo
ISGS Lineage Certificate Programs
ISGS is proud to announce Prairie Pioneer Certificates have been issued for:
Heidi Huenergardt is proud to have her ancestor certificated:
‚Äč  • FISH, Robert Stanton   –  Cert.#4028 – 1860 – DeKalb County
Lindsay Barron is proud to have his ancestor certificated:
  • HANSON, Knute – Cert.#4029 – 1846 – Boone County


Update to the ISGS Lineage Certificate Programs
Prairie Patriot logo ISGS is proud to announce Prairie Patriot Certificates have been issued for:
Heidi Huenergardt is proud to have her ancestor, Bloomer Garrett Arnold, certificated as a Prairie Patriot.
  • Certificate #416 – Civil War, 52nd IL Infantry Co. H – DeKalb County


Visiting the ALPLM
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library – research is by appointment only.
  • Operating days/hours:  Monday thru Friday, 9am - 4:30pm.
  • Appointments can be made by contacting the Reference Desk at: (217) 524-6358 or via email at
  • Additional information can be found on their website – click HERE


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