Illinois Family History Societies(A-C)

This section lists the state-wide associations from Illinois State to Tri-State.  It then lists county associations from Chicago to DuPage giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional Societies

County Societies

Statewide Societies

Illinois State Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1968. 

Free databases which include Certified Prairie Pioneers, Family Bible Records Surname Index and Cemetery Locations are accessible on the site.

Members' Ancestor Charts and books relating to Prairie Pioneers are accessible.  They also have a list of links to resources that will be helpful to you when you are conducting research.  

Many publications are available for sale, including a 25 Year Index to ISGS Quarterly, their newsletter that is published quarterly, Family Bible Records Volumes 1 and 2, ISGS Surname Index and Montgomery County Cemeteries.

A  list of surnames currently being researched by members is also on the site.


North Central Illinois Genealogical Society

The association was chartered in 1979.  Some publications are available for sale, which include Abstracts from Rockford Newspapers and Early Days in Rockford by John M Thurston.

These also include Cemetery Compilations, which incorporate:

  • Burritt Township Cemeteries
  • Cherry Valley Township Cemeteries
  • Durand Township Cemeteries
  • Laona Township Cemeteries

Southern Illinois Genealogy Society

The organisation was founded in 1973.  It is possible to download back issues of GSSI newsletters covering Feb-March 2012 to January 2013 in PDF Format. 

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate: 

  • Alexander Co. Census Returns Volumes I and II
  • Ancestor Charts
  • Cairo Newspapers 1848-1905
  • Censuses for many counties
  • Marriages 1868-1896 in Perry County
  • Pulaski Co. Newspapers 1905-1918
  • Revolutionary War Pioneers
  • Transcriptions of Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette 1858-1939
  • Union Co. Marriages 1818-1900

Tri-State Genealogical Society

This association is listed under Indiana.

County and other Societies

Chicago Genealogical Society

The association was founded in 1967.  Their aims are to collect and preserve our ancestors records, and to promote and encourage interest in people who contributed to the establishment of Chicago.  

The society has created on-line indexes to Vital Records from Chicago Newspapers 1833-1871. 

Numerous publications are also available, including:

  • Back Issues of the Chicago Genealogist
  • Bohemian National Cemetery Burials 1877-1902
  • Chicago Cemetery Records 1847-1863 including sexton's reports and deeds
  • Tombstone Readings of Altenheim and Union Ridge Cemeteries

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