Illinois Genealogical Society Announces New Members-Only Website Section

The following was received from my friend, Thomas MacEntee:

ISGS Announces New members-only website section – Includes Access to Illinois-related Genealogy Databases and Indices Illinois Genealogical Society

February 1, 2011 – Springfield, IL.: The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces the addition of a new Members Section to its recently revamped website at

Active members of ISGS can now access various databases and indices created by ISGS members and volunteers including:

  • Civic and Fraternal Organization Lists: Indexes extracted from various sources such as annual reports, conference programs and more. Organizations include the Masonic Veterans Association of Illinois. Data includes names, membership dates, death dates, locations, addresses and more!
  • Professional Membership Lists: indexes extracted from various sources such as annual reports, bulletins, conference programs and more. Organizations include Illinois State Dental Society, Illinois Bar Association and others. Data includes names, membership dates, death dates, marriage information, locations, addresses and more!
  • School Alumni and Employee Lists: indexes extracted from various sources including reports, graduation programs, yearbooks and more. Many indexes also include school employees such as teachers, professors, accounting staff, janitorial staff and more. Data includes names, attendance dates, employment dates, death dates, locations, addresses and more!

In addition to its members-only databases, the ISGS Website contains a number of free databases with data on Illinois ancestors who fought in the Civil War, as well as World Wars I and II. In addition, the Certified Prairie Pioneers database lists over 3,000 early Illinois ancestors who helped settle the Prairie State.

Each week, ISGS members and volunteers are busy indexing data to create new indices and databases to help the genealogical community learn more about their Illinois ancestors.

Visit the ISGS website at and become a member today! Not only will you have access to valuable Illinois research data, but you’ll be part of a growing and vibrant genealogy organization working to preserve Illinois family history.

About Illinois State Genealogical Society
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was organized in October of the Illinois Sesquicentennial Year, 1968, and is a non-profit, 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 of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.

The ISGS genealogical collection is located in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield and an administrative office is maintained in the Illinois State Archives. For more information visit

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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