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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…

Interview with Chris Saats, ISGS Fall Conference Speaker

Chris Staats is a Cleveland, Ohio-based professional genealogical researcher, presenter, and writer. Chris has given presentations covering methodology, resources, technology, and other topics at genealogical societies and libraries across Ohio. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, chapter representative for the Great Lakes APG chapter, and Seminar Chairperson for the Western Reserve Historical Society's Genealogical Committee. He has also written articles for Family Tree Magazine, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and other publications.

ISGS is thrilled to have Chris Saats as one of our Fall Conference Speakers! Chris was kind enough to take the time to tell us more about his background and genealogical interests, plus give us a sneak peek of one of his exciting lectures for the Conference!

How did you become interested in genealogy?  How long have you beenresearching?
Although I was interested in genealogy at an early age, the seeds wer…

Join the Fun at the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois 2019 Family History Conference!

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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