Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois
Proudly serving the counties of Southern Illinois
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Welcome to our new website!
GSSI was organized in Carterville, Illinois in March 1973 for the purpose of encouraging the science of genealogy; helping others gather genealogical information; and preserving, protecting and publishing information of importance to Southern Illinois genealogy. Our geographic area includes the twenty-eight counties of Illinois south of Interstate 70 which are listed in our website header above.
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Events in the Virtual World


Upcoming Events

                           Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois
The Illinois State Archives
Dave Joens, Director
Saturday November 12, 2022
John A. Logan College
The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois invites the membership and general public to attend this presentation by David A. Joens, Director of the Illinois State Archives located in Springfield, Illinois.
The State Archives serves as the depository of public records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies which possess permanent administrative, legal, or historical research values. Its collections do not include manuscript, newspaper, or other nonofficial sources. These records are available to the public, officials, and scholars at the Norton Building and at seven regional depositories located on state university campuses throughout Illinois. This is your opportunity to learn first hand of all the holdings in the state archives.
Please Note: The college is undergoing renovation at the main entrance. Use Parking Lot D and enter through the Hancock Conference Center, Building F entrance, rooms F118 & F119. The presentation will begin at 10:00AM.