Welcome to CCGS

The Champaign County Genealogical Society (CCGS) welcomes new members whether they are researching extensively in Champaign County, Illinois, or have no ancestors at all to research in our county.  The Society promotes genealogical and historical research and aids in the publication, dissemination, and preservation of genealogical and historical material.  We welcome you to join us.
 

Beginning Genealogy Workshops

Two beginning genealogy workshops will be held this spring in the Champaign County Historical Archives.  The workshops are FREE but space is limited.  Details on the two sessions are as follows:
 
Session 1: Beginning Genealogy: How To Get Started
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Urbana Free Library - Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)
 
The first beginning genealogy workshop will cover research basics, online databases, resources at the Archives including, plus a tour of the Archives.   Use of on-site computers, or your own laptops, during the class is welcome.  Come learn how to get started with your family research and how to start finding your story.
 
Free notebooks, courtesy of the Champaign County Genealogical Society, with forms for recording names, dates, and other vital information will be available to all registrants.  Registration is limited to 20 individuals.  Please call the Archives at 217-367-4025, or stop by to register.
 
Session 2: Beginning Genealogy:  Family History Based on Sources
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Urbana Free Library - Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)
 
The second beginning genealogy workshop will cover family sources and local (city or municipal), county, state, national, and international records.  While many of these records are online, and many are even indexed, it is still important to understand how to locate and request copies of the original, non-digital records. Use of on-site computers, or your own laptops, during the class is welcome.
 
Registration is limited to 20 individuals. Preference will be given to those registered for Session 1.  Please call the Archives at 217-367-4025, or stop by to register.