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.
We hope you will spend some time perusing our new site – and if you are not yet a member but would like to be, then visit our Join / Renew page! 
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Events in the Virtual World
In today's world it can be a challenge just getting through the day let alone figuring out how to keep up with what's going on in the genealogy world when physical meetings are on hiatus. The good news is that many genealogy societies are switching to online meetings and programs and welcoming genealogists everywhere to attend. Listed here are some upcoming events that can keep you on the genealogy road --- all events listed are free!
Monday, Sept. 21st – 1:30pm (Mountain Time)
A free class from the Family History Library
TOPIC:  They're Better Than You Think:  U.S. Census Records, 1790-1840.  For more details, visit
Thursday, Sept. 24th – 7:00pm (Central Time)
Hosted by the Kane County Genealogical Society
"Looking for European Roots" – presented by Caron Brennan. This program will provide you with ideas of where to find records for European ancestors. It will include well-known sites like FamilySearch and FindMyPast, as well as lesser know site many of which offer free access. 
For complete details, and to register, click this link –
Thursday, Oct. 1st – 6:00pm (Central Time)
Presented by the Omaha Public Library
"Finding Treasure in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI)". Kick off Famiy History Month with this virtual presentation on the Periodical Source Index, a tool we should all be using in our research. For more information and to register visit