Chicago Genealogical Society


  • 26 Oct 2022 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Chicago Genealogical Society was saddened to learn that Wayne Weber, current Treasurer, passed away on 19 October 2022. He was a life member of CGS, joining on 1 September 1969. Wayne served as Treasurer since 2008. Also, he held the positions Archives/Historian, Quarterly Proof Reader, By-laws Committee and filled in many times as Recording Secretary, 1st VP of Membership and Nominating Committee. He gave so much of his time to the Chicago Genealogical Society. Wayne will be truly missed.

    On behalf of the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Board wishes to convey to Wayne’s family how sorry we were to learn of his passing. We send our sincere condolences to the extended family for your loss.  CGS will be making a donation in Wayne’s name to a charity suggested by the family.

    Wayne Daniel Weber – Hallowell & James Obituaries (

  • 14 Sep 2022 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Exciting opportunities are happening at the Chicago Genealogical Society

    DNA Doubleheader! Two DNA Webinars in One Afternoon

    3 December @ 1:00pm & 2:30pm 

    Join us for this special afternoon to learn about DNA with Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG®, BCG Trustee.

    1:00pm – Why Test My DNA When I Already Know My Ancestors? Explore the many ways DNA test results confirm and advance documentary research.

    2:00pm – 30-minute break

    2:30pm – Case Study---Who are Katey's Biological Parents? Ancestry DNA Match Lists and A Deep Dive into Documentary Records Confirm a Biological Relationship and Extend the Proof Back Generations

    A case study demonstrates research strategies integrating evidence from documentary and genetic sources to prove genetic relationship conclusions. Common mistakes in atDNA analysis are explored.

    Karen Stanbary, CG®, holds the Certified Genealogist credential. She lectures nationally on the use of DNA test results in genealogical problem-solving, always within the framework of the Genealogical Proof Standard. She is a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and chairs that organization’s DNA Committee.


    $10 CGS members (that’s only $5/per webinar!)

    $20 non-members

    Registration is required via the Chicago Genealogical Society website under Events. Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event (3 December @ noon). The webinars will take place virtually via ZOOM. All people registered will receive an email the morning of the event with log-in instructions and a link. This information is not to be shared.

    No refund after November 26, 2022. The online payment service fee of $1.50 will be deducted from refunds. These presentations will not be recorded. Handouts will be provided to registrants only.

  • 29 Aug 2022 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We're excited to unveil our newly updated CGS Instagram account @ChicagoGenSoc that you can find by searching in your Instagram App or going online to  Visit and follow us today!

    And we'd love to give you some suggestions for using Instagram's basic features so you can be prepared for our upcoming October 11th CGS Special Tech Tuesday Webinar, "Get Grammin': How to Instagram Your Family History" with professional genealogist Elizabeth Swaynay O'Neil.

    1.     Free help from the Instagram Help Center:  Get your questions answered in the Instagram Help Center at or find answers by Google-ing for help from other sources.

    2.     How to register for an Instagram account:  Download the Instagram App or go online to  Click "Sign up," and either 1) Enter your email address, password and create a user name, or 2) Register with your Facebook account.  Details in the Help Center at

    3.     How to add a profile pic:  Go to your Profile by clicking the   profile icon.  Click "Edit Profile," then "Change Profile Photo," then select where you'd like to import your photo from, then "Submit."  Details in the Help Center at

    4.     How to manage settings:  *Via App* = Find your account settings by clicking your bottom   profile icon, then clicking the    3-bar collapsed menu icon (also called the Hamburger button), then clicking "Settings."  *Via Computer* = Find your account settings by clicking your top right menu profile pic to find the  "Settings" in the dropdown menu.  Details in the Help Center at

    5.     How to protect your privacy on Instagram:  Consult the "Staying Safe" section in the Help Center at 

    6.     How to post on Instagram:  Instagram is photo driven, so choose a photo, then start building your post by clicking the  add a post icon and follow each step, clicking "Next" until your post is ready, then click "Done."  Details in the Help Center at

    7.     How to search Instagram:  Search Instagram using keywords or hashtags (labels added to a post beginning with a # sign with words attached, like the hashtag for the Chicago Genealogical Society which is #ChicagoGenSoc).  Simply type your keywords or hashtag into the Search box (you may need to click the  search icon to reveal the Search box).  You can search for photos, videos, people's accounts, people's locations and so many other things.  Details in the Help Center at

    8.     How to follow others on Instagram:  When you find an account that you'd like to follow, simply click "Follow."  Details in the Help Center at

  • 8 Aug 2022 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CGS Members,

    The Summer 2022 edition (Volume 54 No. 4) of The Chicago Genealogist is now available. The electronic version can be accessed by signing into the website and selecting The Chicago Genealogist from the Members Only section. We hope you enjoy reading! Please note that requested paper copies will be mailed once the printing is finished.

  • 22 Jul 2022 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Chicago Genealogical Society announces a special Birth/Marriage/Death records project for members only. Let us help you obtain locked Cook County, Illinois, Birth/Marriage/Death record images from You will need to locate the record on and provide name, date, GS film Number, digital folder number, image number, reference id, record number and certificate number. Not all numbers are provided for each record. (Instructions on reverse side of project form). We are NOT doing research. We are retrieving record images only. This is a members only project. Members can request up to three records for $5.00 each. All efforts will be made to locate the record.  However, if a record is not found the fee is non-refundable.  Requests are due by August 31, 2022. Requests will be filled in the order they are received, and images will be emailed.   

    2022 CGS BMD Request Form.pdf

    Email the completed project form, type required information directly into an email or send screen shots to and pay at and select the Fund: Birth/Marriage/Death Records Project. Or you can mail the completed project form to CGS, P.O. Box 1160, Chicago, IL 60690-1160, Attn: Birth/Marriage/Death Records Project. Include check payable to CGS.

  • 16 May 2022 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    Dear CGS Members, 

    The latest issue of The Chicago Genealogist is here!  To access the electronic version of the 2022 Spring Edition, Volume 54 No. 3, sign into the website and select The Chicago Genealogist from the Members Only section. We hope you enjoy reading!

    Requested paper copies will be mailed once the printing is finished.  

  • 11 Mar 2022 10:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Chicago Genealogical Society recent webinar featured the Communities of Garfield Ridge and Clearing. Rob Bitunjac, president of the Clear-Ridge Historical Society and Branch Manager of the Clearing Library, discussed the history of the Chicago communities of Garfield Ridge and Clearing as well as some of the surrounding areas. Also, resources the Clear-Ridge Historical Society and the Chicago Public Library have to offer as far as genealogical research was shared. A recording of the webinar is available to CGS members in the members only section of the Chicago Genealogical Society website.

    The Clear-Ridge Historical Society maintain historical files about the neighborhoods of Clearing, Garfield Ridge and the surrounding areas of Summit, Stickney and Bedford Park. We recommend visiting the Historical Society’s website to learn more and check out their great photo collection. 

    If you are researching these communities, they have published 3 books that maybe of interest. More information available on their website.

    The History of Garfield Ridge

    A Little Known History of the Land Called Clearing

    Gleanings of Archer Road

    *The picture is of former Chicago Mayor "Long" John Wentworth's farmhouse that he built in 1868 on the corner of what is now Archer Avenue and Harlem Avenue, taken in 1936. Courtesy of the Clear-Ridge Historical Society.

  • 24 Feb 2022 11:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Great news! Chicago Building Permits for 1872-1954 have been digitized and available free online! No more going to the Chicago History Museum or the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library to sit at the microfilm reader to find this information.

    The collection includes:

    The Chicago Building Permit Street Index

    The Chicago Building Permit Ledgers

    City of Chicago Fire Reports

    Building Construction Data

    This collection is handwritten and not searchable. There is a “Browse Building Permits” button. We highly recommend reading all of the guide to get a clear understand of the collection to help you with a successful search.

    Included is an informative guide and how to:

    Find a permit

    • Using the digital reel
    • Using the street index – Note which direction you are looking for (North, South, East and West). Number addresses will be next to each other.  Some are really hard to read.
    • Using the ledger Books
    • Ledger detail for pre-1912
    • Ledger detail for post-1912

    Supplementary information – **important to read to understand the collection

    Fire reports for 1933-1968 – 12 ledgers, handwritten index in front of each ledger, helpful reel index that shows date ranges and index starting page.

    Building construction data from 1917-1925 – 4 ledger books

    So, locate those addresses and dig in to see what you can find.

    Introduction - Chicago Building Permits Digital Collection 1872-1954 - Subject and Course Guides at University of Illinois at Chicago (      

    Thank you UIC – University Library for digitalizing this collection and making it available free online.

  • 8 Feb 2022 10:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CGS Members,

    The Latest Chicago Genealogist is Here!

    See the online 2021 Winter Edition, Vol. 54, No. 2

    To access the electronic version - on this website sign into the Members Only Section (button on the upper right side). Select The Chicago Genealogist tab. Look for the newest version “Vol 54, No 2 2021” on the top row. Click on it and then you can read & enjoy the newest issue.

    Requested paper copies will be mailed once the printing is finished.

  • 30 Nov 2021 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Chicago Genealogical Society’s Special Military Afternoon

    this Saturday!

    Are you registered? Don’t miss out on this special event. 

    December 4th - 1:00pm & 2:30pm

    Military Doubleheader! Two military webinars in one afternoon!

    Roll Call of Resources: Researching Revolutionary War and U.S. Civil War Ancestors

    Join us for this special afternoon to learn about military resources with David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    1:00pm – Revolutionary War

    2:00pm – 30-minute break

    2:30pm – U.S. Civil War

    Learn the best primary resources available both online and in local and regional archives. Learn how to find from Muster Rolls to Pension files for your ancestors. Also learn how to "Adopt the Regiment" to better understand the story of your ancestors through the stories of his fellow veterans. These lectures will allow you to obtain the necessary military proof for joining an associated hereditary society.

    David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society since 1993. David is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the topics of genealogy and military history. David is co-host of Extreme Genes radio show and podcast since 2015. David's expertise is New England, Atlantic Canada, British Isles and military records.

    Cost: $10 members (that’s only $5/per webinar!) and $20 non-members. Register at CGS website under events. Space is limited to 100 spots. A waitlist option will be available. No refunds after November 27, 2021. The online payment service fee of $1.50 will be deducted from refunds. These presentations will not be recorded.

Chicago Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Address: PO Box 1160, Chicago, IL  60690-1160

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