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The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois (GSSI) was organized in Carterville, Illinois in March 1973, for the purpose of encouraging the study of family history and genealogy; helping others gather genealogical information; and preserving, protecting, and publishing information of importance to Southern Illinois genealogy. Our Constitution and a list of current Officers are posted on this website.IL28blue_medium

GSSI includes in its geographic area the twenty-eight counties of Illinois south of Interstate 70: Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson.

The GSSI Genealogy Collection at the John A. Logan College Library consists of more than 1000 books and several hundred reels of microfilm. The collection does not circulate, but it is catalogued and may be searched through the JALC Library website. First enter a title or keyword in the box marked "Search catalog for:". then scroll down the left hand column of the page to "Assigned Branch" and check on John A. Logan College Library to narrow the returns to books in the GSSI Collection.

The Society issues a Newsletter which is published on the Newsletter page of this website, and a quarterly journal, The Saga of Southern Illinois, which is distributed to all members of the society.  GSSI also has an extensive list of both book and on-line publications.


 The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois is open to everyone interested in genealogy, regardless of race, creed or religion. All memberships are for the calendar year. Join GSSI or renew your membership now.