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.

Upcoming Genealogy Workshops

Land Platting by Metes & Bounds
Thursday, May 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Jean Evans Archives Room, The Urbana Free Library
Get hands-on experience with presenter Candace Wilmot in platting land described by metes and bounds, the use of local landmarks to define the boundaries of property. This form of land description was used in the state-land states: the 13 original colonies, plus Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Hawaii and Texas are also state-land states, but they will not be covered in this class. There will be an introduction to the terminology, followed by several hands-on exercises to be done jointly, with slides to demonstrate the procedures. The workshop is limited to fifteen (15) participants.
This workshop is FREE, however, REGISTRATION is required, (217) 367-4025 or archives@urbanafree.org

Basic Cemetery Restoration
Saturday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
10:00 a.m. - Noon in the Lewis Auditorium of the Urbana Free Library
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery
John Heider, a professional gravestone conservator, will guide individuals on how to properly care for Illinois cemeteries and their historic grave markers. You will gain valuable knowledge on documenting a cemetery, safe cleaning practices, probing for unmarked graves, and repairing and resetting certain types of grave markers. The workshop is limited to twenty (20) participants.

This workshop is FREE, however, REGISTRATION is required, (217) 367-4025 or archives@urbanafree.org

Research Night at the Archives with CCGS

On the second Wednesday of each month, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., a member of the Champaign County Genealogical Society (CCGS) will be available to provide assistance to any researcher.   Please stop by the Archives in the Urbana Free Library on any of the following nights for genealogy assistance:
  • May 11, 2016
  • June 8, 2016
  • July 13, 2016
  • August 10, 2016
Every Wednesday the Archives is open from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., but CCGS is available on the second Wednesday.

Quarterly Every-Name Index Update

Currently, each CCGS quarterly has an index in the issue by last name.  A project is underway by CCGS members to create an every-name index for all CCGS quarterlies.  Already volumes 1 and 2 have been indexed and the index is available under the "Research" menu option.