Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) Offering Annual Tour of Springfield, IL Genealogical Resources on Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hi Everyone!

I received a notice from Thomas MacEntee the publicist for the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) about an annual tour put on by the Society in Springfield, IL on Saturday, April 2, 2011.

I have included in this post the verbiage of this annual tour that was provided by Thomas in an e-mail to me.

I am also posting the PDF file supplied by Thomas that is a one-page description of the program.  You can find this flyer at the following link:

April 2, 2011 Illinois State Genealogical Society Springfield, IL Genealogy Resource Tour

There is a small fee of $10 per session for members of the society and $12 per session  for non-members of the society mentioned in the material.  If you attend all three events multiply the above cost per session mentioned to come up with your total cost to attend all three sessions.

What follows in Italics is the program notice provided to me by Thomas MacEntee, publicist of the ISGS:

Dear friend of ISGS: Please help us get the word out on our 2011 Spring Tour – some neat “behind the scenes” stuff here! Attached is a PDF flyer you can print out and post at your library or genealogical/historical society.  Thanks! 

For Immediate Release
February 24, 2011

ISGS 2011 Spring tour comes to Springfield, Il

“Behind the scenes” Tours with Genealogical Research Assistance

February 24, 2011 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society announces its annual “behind the scenes” tour of various libraries and archives in Springfield, IL on Saturday, April 2, 2011.

The ISGS 2011 Spring Tour is an annual event held each April to assist genealogy researchers in learning more about various archives and libraries and the vast resources available for pursing the “ancestral hunt.” The Tour is open to the public and participants can visit any or all of the following locations:

  • Illinois State Archives: located in the Capitol Complex in Springfield, the Illinois State Archives is home to the ISGS office and provides access to censuses, military service records, vital records and land sale records.
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library: located at 112 N. Sixth Street in Springfield, the ALPL is home of the ISGS genealogical library collection and offers valuable resources including family genealogies; county histories, atlases and plat books; census schedule indexes and/or particular county transcriptions of enumeration records; cemetery inscriptions; and birth, death, naturalization and marriage transcriptions and/or indexes.
  • Lincoln Public Library: located at 326 South 7th Street in Springfield, the Lincoln Library is home to the Sangamon Valley Collection providing in-depth resources for the study of Springfield, Illinois, Sangamon County and the eleven adjacent counties.

In addition to touring these locations, attendees can sign up to learn how to locate Illinois death certificates from 1916-1947 using microfilm at the Illinois State Archives.

The cost for each “tour session” is $10 for ISGS members and $12 for non-members. Reservations are required as space is limited and this event sells out each year. For more information and to register online please visit the ISGS website 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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Check out all of the links that are included in this post for further information on the Illionois State Genealogical Society in general and on this particular program offered by them.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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