Illinois State Genealogical Society
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, 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 about the value of, and the need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage and support local and regional genealogical societies.
Governing Board
The ISGS Governing Board consists of the Executive Committee (elected officers, directors, and the immediate past president) and the appointed chairs of the Standing Committees – all with voting rights.
Ex-officio non-voting members of the ISGS Governing Board are:  the ISGS Office Secretary, the Secretary of State or his representative, the Director of the Illinois State Archives or his representative, members of the Illinois State Archives Advisory Board, a representative of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and the representatives to/from other organizations.
The non-voting chairs of projects and other committees may be requested by the ISGS President to give committee reports at a quarterly meeting of the Governing Board.

President: Vicki L Mattson
1st Vice President: Tina Beaird
2nd Vice President: Daniel Dixon
Recording Secretary: Suzanne Hoffman
Treasurer: Candace Marx
2024 Director: Laura Street Chaplin
2024 Director: Byron Holdiman
2024 Director: Dr. Thomas Veeser
2025 Director: Rick Allen
2025 Director: Steven J. Wright
2025 Director: Francis Lansdale Herbert, Jr.
2026 Director: Geoff Ronald Cooker
2026 Director: Anneta Drilling
2026 Director: Dr. Wayne Duerkes
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President: Candace Marx
Standing Committees & Chairs
Advocacy: Suzanne Hoffman
Conference: Vacant
Education: Ms. Claire Gene Esker
Illinois Soc Liaison: Byron Holdiman
Marketing & Publicity: Joy Lynne Lang
Membership: Steven J. Wright
Publications: Sally Cray
Ex Officio Representatives
Abraham Lincoln Pres Library: Teri D. Barnett
Illinois State Archives: David A. Joens
IRAD: Rochelle Joseph
Illinois State Hist Society: William Furry
Illinois Secretary of State: David A. Joens
Special & Ad Hoc Committees
Advertising Chair: Vacant
Bylaws / Policy & Procedures: Tina Beaird
Genealogy: Ms. Linda Rose Green
Newsletter Co-Editor: Vacant
Newsletter Co-Editor: Laura Street Chaplin
Office Liaison: Daniel Dixon
Prairie Patriot Certificates: Kimberly Nagy
Prairie Pioneer Certificates: Kimberly Nagy
Projects: Catherine L Faye
Quarterly Editor: Sandra Roberts
Website Manager: Karen Feeney
Virtual Meeting Support: Suzanne Hoffman
Ad Hoc Committees & Chairs
Audit: Vacant
Honors & Awards: Vacant
Long Range Planning: Rick Allen