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Exciting News from the Illinois State Archives - the new Physician Database is now available online!

EXCITING NEWS for Illinois Researchers with doctors in the family!

The Illinois State Archives is happy to announce that the Physician Database is now available on CyberDriveIllinois!

The database consists of more than 62,700 physicians and surgeons who registered for licensure with the Illinois State Board of Health and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The records span August 1877 to February 17, 1937.

The new database is easy to search! Physician names can be searched by last name, and you can also search by first name, as long as the first two letters of the last name are also entered.

What information will you find on the database?

Physician's nameCertificate numberLine number on imageOriginal volume and page numbersYear of licenseResidence/location within the Illinois Counties listed. Even more exciting, scanned images of the registers are also available to view (see the example below) and are linked to the physicians in the database!
The new database is ac…
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The Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will be hosting their annual Family History Conference THIS SATURDAY, August 10th, at the Ray Hancock Conference Center of John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois.

GSSI preserves the family history of the 28 southernmost counties in Illinois, and ISGS is proud to count them as one of our Associate Members!

This year's conference will feature ISGS' own Caron Primas Brennan who will be teaching attendees about newspaper research, using DNA, online resources, and European roots. The Conference will also include door prizes and a Vendor Fair, sure to be educational and fun for everyone!

Visit GSSI's website to learn more about them, and this weekend's conference, at

And don't forget to register for the ISGS Fall Conference, October 25-26, in Naperville Illinois! Learn more and register at .

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We Need YOU to Share your Illinois Ancestor Stories!


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Have you considered sharing your ancestor's tale in the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly?

Our publication is dedicated to publishing a wide range of original articles with an Illinois connection and we'd love to hear yours. If you have a story you'd like to share, please contact our editor, Richard Anderson, at We'll let you know what you need to do to bring your family's story to life!

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Visit the ISGS website and click ISGS Newsletter to download the current issue (in PDF) and to view past issues going back to January/February 2008.

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