Illinois State Genealogical Society
 
With the generous help of volunteers, ISGS has been a successful organization.
The ISGS Board wishes to thank each and every one of you
who have contributed your time and effort to our organization.
 

 
 
Volunteer Opportunities
The positions listed below present some interesting and exciting opportunities! Please consider helping ISGS achieve its mission to preserve and disseminate Illinois historical and genealogical materials and to educate and aid those researching their ancestry.
 
For further details on any of the positions below, contact: isgs2ndvp@ilgensoc.org
 
 
Publications Chair
This position is a voting member of the ISGS Governing Board. The Chair provides regular sales and inventory reports to the ISGS Governing Board, and makes recommendations for publications sales, printing orders, and marketing. The Publications Chair tracks the ISGS publications inventory and sales of all Society publications including books, Quarterlies and digital publications by reviewing invoices, orders, and donated items. This is done primarily through shared documents with the ISGS office, but travel to the ISGS office may be necessary. Additional interest in identifying new publications that would meet the Society's mission as well as revising existing material would also be beneficial in this position. As a voting member of the Governing Board, the Chair does attend four meetings a year. These have been virtual since 2020.
2023 Conference Committee Chair
Head the Conference Committee. Duties include securing a conference location, contracting speakers, creating publicity, designing conference materials and working within Conference budget. Conference Committee Chair handles necessary logistics for in person, virtual, or hybrid events.
Virtual Programming Support Chair
Provides technical support for ISGS' online meeting platform. Coordinates ISGS meetings, educational events, and conference events, providing technical assistance when needed. Must be knowledgeable with the Zoom meeting platform.
Digital Asset Manager
Assist ISGS with the inventory of digital records and monitoring the digital assets of the organization. Duties include heading projects to digitize the ISGS Quarterly archives, meeting minutes, and other ISGS archived items. Assisting other Committees with digitization projects as needed. Create a uniform file formatting and digitizing process.
ISGS Quarterly Contributors
Develop articles based on genealogical and historical material, with a focus on Illinois ancestors, as a research and educational service to the membership.
Marketing and Publicity Chair
Duties include promoting ISGS, its officers and members, Associate Members, and their activities. Promoting and increasing ISGS membership through social media, virtual and in-person events, by coordinating volunteers to run the ISGS booth. Works with Conference Chair to promote conference events and boost attendance. Creates publicity material such as brochures and flyers to promote ISGS projects and services.
Advocacy Chair
Inform ISGS and its membership of pending legislation in the State of Illinois, that may have an impact on those persons with genealogical and historical interests. Educates legislators on the impact that proposed legislation may have on the genealogical community. Inform General Assembly members of the importance of open access and preservation of records.
Advertising Chair
This committee promotes ISGS publications and solicits opportunities for advertisements in ISGS publications, such as the ISGS Quarterly, ISGS Newsletter, and Fall Conference syllabus.
Membership Chair
The Membership Chair is a voting member of the ISGS Governing Board. The main responsibilities of this position are to maintain the ISGS Membership Database, track new, renewed, and expiring memberships. The Chair assists new members as needed to welcome them to the Society. In addition, the Chair monitors expiring memberships, sends email reminders regarding the expiring memberships, and assists renewal and returning members as needed. The Chair tracks changes in Society membership on a quarterly basis and provides written reports to the ISGS Governing Board. Monitoring and adjusting member benefits to assist the Society with retaining and increasing membership is also part of the position's responsibilities. To fulfill these tasks, the Chair does need to learn how to use the Society's membership database and email modules. As a voting member of the Governing Board, the Chair does attend four meetings a year. These have been virtual since 2020.