Showing posts with label Illinois. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Illinois. Show all posts

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Illinois State Genealogical Society Unveils New Website

Illinois State Genealogical Society Unveils New Website

New Design Features Illinois Resources for Genealogy Researchers

January 15, 2011 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces the debut of its newly redesigned website available to the public on Saturday, January 15, 2011.

Located at, the new ISGS website features links to ISGS projects as well as links to other records and resources throughout Illinois including those individual genealogical home pages with an Illinois connection!

Visitors are invited to explore the new ISGS website and enjoy these features:

·       The current issue of the ISGS Newsletter and archived copies back to 2008 
·       Listings of ISGS events and events for Illinois genealogical societies
·       Highlights of various ISGS projects and initiatives
·       Free databases filled with information on Illinois ancestors
·       A list of Illinois research resources

New Members Section
One of the new features of the ISGS website is a members-only section which will be populated with access to Illinois-related databases for those researchers with Prairie State ancestors. Over the course of the next few months, additional members-only databases will be added.

Stop By and Visit ISGS!
ISGS encourages everyone – ISGS members and the public – to stop by and explore. In addition, visitors are encouraged to leave their feedback with the ISGS webmaster at

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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Thursday, May 20, 2010

FamilySearch Collection Update: New Records Added Online for Czech Republic, Mexico, and U.S.

Received May 11 from

Eight new searchable collections were updated or added this week at—millions of new free images and records.

This week the complete name indexes for the states of Alabama, Colorado, and Illinois were published online at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) or

The Delaware state birth records, 1875 Minnesota State Census, and Illinois, Cook County birth records were also added.

Also released was a digital image collection of church records from Litomerice, Czech Republic—60,000 images! Consumers will see these types of collections more and more online as FamilySearch digitizes microfilms in its Granite Mountain Records Vault. Instead of a microfilm reader in a local family history center, patrons use FamilySearch’s image viewer online to search these high quality digital collections—and they are accessible 24/7.

See the chart below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections.

None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and effort needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. If you would like to help by donating a few minutes here and there online with projects of personal interest, become a FamilySearch community volunteer at Many hands produce great work. Thank you for your support!

Collection NameIndexed
Digital ImagesComments
Czech Republic, Litomerice State Regional Archive Church Records 1552-1905, pt. 03 - WP60573Browsable images only
Mexico Census 1930 Index, Yucatan3785501061300
U.S Delaware State Birth Records 1861-1922 - FSI12123493600
U.S Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers 1873-1908124000033245
U.S 1875 Minnesota State Census47500013600Must be registered to see images.
US Federal Census, 1910, Alabama187052046763
US Federal Census, 1910, Colorado76768019192
US Federal Census, 1910, Illinois5024520125613

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