Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois
Proudly serving the counties of Southern Illinois
Map of Southern Illinois

About Us

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: 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, located 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 can be searched through the JALC Library website.
Meetings are held quarterly on the second Saturday of the month at libraries and other sites in the GSSI 28-county service area. Dates, times and places of these meetings will be announced on our Events page on this site and in local media. All general meetings of GSSI are open to the public. Members of GSSI are encouraged to bring guests to the meetings.

Operating Year: January - December 2022

Board Members
President: Jackie Lyell
1st Vice President: Phil Stucker
2nd Vice President: Michael Spinks
Recording Secretary: Julia Mowery
Corresponding Secretary:
Treasurer: Gloria Spinks
Member at Large: Melodie Penrod
Past President: Phil Stucker
Director 2020-2022: Joyce Siason
Director 2020-2022: Barbara Cairel
Director 2021-2023: Dorothy Rudoni
Director 2021-2023: Gale Mathis
Director 2022-2024: Marilyn Beltz
Director 2022-2024: Dusty Boner
Appointed Positions
Membership: Jackie Lyell
Editor of The Saga: Dusty Boner
Newsletter Editor: Dusty Boner
Librarian: Marilyn Beltz
Genealogist: Rick Allen
Archives: Jackie Lyell
Publications: Melodie Penrod