ISGS 2011 Spring Tour Comes to Springffield, IL

For Immediate Release
February 24, 2011

“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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