Chicago Genealogical Society


  • 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.

  • 28 Oct 2021 8:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A new research guide is out on Chicago City Governmental Records.  You can find the guide on the Northeastern Illinois University Libraries website Home - Chicago City Government Records - Research Guides at NEIU Libraries (

    The purposes of the guide: offer an overview of the structure of city government and identify its principle office-holders over time, help researchers understand what records exist for conducting research on Chicago city government & officials and point researchers to the various digital and brick-and-mortar archives that house City government records.

    Sections include:

    • Departments and Agencies
    • City Council
    • City Officials
    • City Courts
    • Archives

    Check out the videos on collection overviews and how to access records.  

    Thanks to a great CGS member for sharing this new guide with us!

  • 24 Oct 2021 8:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For a Limited Time!

    The Chicago Genealogical Society’s Quarterly Journal Special Edition 150th Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire 1871-2021 is available in hardcopy $10.00 and pdf $5.00 for a limited time. You can purchase a copy on the CGS website under donate. ;   

    Reminder – Members can find a copy of the issue as a .pdf in the members only section of the CGS website.

  • 7 Oct 2021 4:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Chicago Genealogical Society continues to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.

    We proudly present our CGS EXCLUSIVE video "150 Years Later: The Great Chicago Fire, Its Impact and our Ancestors' Firefighting History"

    You can also find the link on the CGS website main page. Enjoy!

  • 1 Oct 2021 4:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Chicago Genealogical Society publishes a Special Edition 150th Anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire 1871-2021 Quarterly Issue to commemorate this historic event that impacted so many Chicagoans.   

    The cover map shows how large the burnt district was. It was published for the benefit of the Relief Fund. The issue is full of articles and pictures covering during and after the fire.

    CGS Members - To access the electronic version, go to the Chicago Genealogical Society’s website at  Sign into the website and select Members Only Section button on the upper right side. Select The Chicago Genealogist tab. Look for the newest version “Vol 54, No 1 2021” on the top row. Click on it and then you can read & enjoy the newest issue.

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

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