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ISGS Jan/Feb Newsletter Available Now!

The January/February 2023 ISGS Newsletter is now available for all on our website- CLICK HERE to visit our Newsletter page! Features in this issue include an upcoming events and conferences calendar, tips for protecting your digital research library, and much more- plus a teaser for the ISGS 2023 Fall Conference, which will be held IN-PERSON this year! Stay tuned for more info! © 2023, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society
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NEW ITEMS in the ISGS Online Store- Digital Publications!

ISGS now offers digitized versions of some of our most popular publications in our Online Store! When you visit the store, you will see 2 options for these publications: The printed books at their current pricing, and the digital publications, indicated with  DIGITAL PUB . These are high-quality PDFs that can be downloaded to your computer or device. The digital publications are offered at a discounted price from the print versions- and Members, remember to log in to receive your member discount for even bigger savings! The digital publication offerings include: Soldiers of the American Revolution in Illinois Children of the Orphan Trains Family Bible Records, Volumes 1 & 2 Remembering Illinois Veterans Ancestor Charts, Volumes 1-4 2018 Insider's Guide to Illinois Genealogy Quarterly 25-year index  To purchase a digital publication, simply follow the instructions in the Online Store to complete payment. Our Office Manager will then email you a link to download the publication

BIG NEWS from the Illinois State Archives- Death Certificates Database Updated to 1971!

ISGS has just heard fantastic news from the Illinois State Archives Director, Dr. David Joens- The Illinois Death Certificates searchable database at has been updated to include death certificate entries for the years 1951-1971! CLICK HERE to visit the NEW 1951- 1971 Death Index Database! This is a long-awaited update that is sure to help many Illinois family historians! The updated database is listed separately from the earlier death indexes, so now when you visit the State Archives Databases page at, you will see the marriage index plus three death index options: The information you will find in the new database is very similar to the 1916-1950 database-  Name  Sex/race Age at death  Certificate number  Date of death  City and county where the certificate was filed Date certificate was filed  This information can be used to contact the county clerk for a copy of the death certificate. Death certificates prior to 1916 or after 1947 can be obtained through the cou

2023 is the year for genealogy travels- check out these in-person events!

Check out these upcoming in-person events! RootsTech 2023 is offering in-person and virtual options this year! The expo runs from March 2nd-4th in Salt Lake City and online, CLICK HERE for more info. Registration is OPEN for the 2023 DuPage County Genealogical Society 45th Annual Conference! The conference will be held at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville on Saturday March 11th- get the best pricing before February 11th.  CLICK HERE for more info and registration. The Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri, is hosting their Spring Seminar on Saturday March 25th- featuring Gena Philibert-Ortega! CLICK HERE for more info and registration. The Polish Genealogical Society of America is excited to announce the return of their Genealogy Tours! This year will three tours to the west, east/south, and northeast/eastern regions of Poland. CLICK HERE for more info. © 2023, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

New Year, New Genealogy Events!

Happy New Year! Here are some upcoming genealogy events for January! The Chicago Genealogical Society is holding their next meeting TONIGHT, January 2nd at 7:00pm. Barbara Coakley will present, "Search vs. Research: John G. Clay Case Study." CLICK HERE for more info and to register! The St. Clair County Genealogical Society will hold their next meeting via Zoom on Thursday, January 5th at 6:45pm. Brad Winn, Site Superintendent of the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, will present "Lewis and Clark in the Illinois Country." CLICK HERE for more info and to register! The Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society will hold their next meeting on Saturday, January 7th at 10:00 am (with a pre-meeting "members helping members" starting at 9:00am) via Zoom. Paula Stuart-Warren will present "The U.S. National Archives: The Nation's Attic." CLICK HERE for more info and to register! The North Suburban Genealogical Society will hold their next meeting via

Happy Holidays from ISGS- and a New Contest!

Christmas Card from unidentified couple, Bloomington, IL, 1950s; Illinois Digital Archives ( ISGS would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a New Year filled with new family discoveries! The holidays are a great time to connect with relatives, and collect family stories. LegacyTree Genealogists has a great article with tips for interviewing loved ones- CLICK HERE to read! We would love to hear more about your Illinois family stories and traditions- and 2023 will provide an excellent opportunity for you to share your stories in the ISGS Quarterly- with our 2022-2023 Writing Contest! The winning writer will win a $500 prize, and have their story featured in the Quarterly! See below for details! © 2022, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

News to Use From Our Associate Members!

Did you know that the DuPage County Genealogical Society offers access to these valuable record sets as a member benefit? DuPage County Probate Index, 1839-1972 - DCGS members indexed the probate log generated by the WPA during the 1930s, and continued indexing records until 1972. This collection contains nearly 25,000 records! DuPage County Marriage Index, 1839-1932 - DCGS members began indexing these records in the 1990s, and in 2010, DCGS member Bill Hendron converted the data into a readable format and removed duplicate records. These records offer a wealth of information for the genealogical researcher, and the collection includes over 24,000 entries! Visit the DCGS website to learn more! Did you know that CAGGNI offers a variety of Special Interest Groups (SIG's) for their members? Some of the groups meet online, some in person, and others are a "hybrid" of both in-person and online. Colonial SIG Collaborative SIG DNA SIG Family Tree Maker SIG Internet SIG Reunion