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 Events & Workshops

Stories of Connection: Using DNA to Reunite African Families
Thursday, October 13, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library 
The African Kinship Reunion (TAKiR) is a local project headed by LaKisha David, University of Illinois Ph.D. student, which seeks to reunite African and African-American families who were separated by the Transatlantic Slave Trade using DNA testing. Through popular services such as AncestryDNA and 23andMe, it is now possible for families to reconnect at the 4th- 8th cousin level, offering Africans and African-Americans a path through the genealogical brick walls created by slavery. Hear about the TAKiR project, see presentations from TAKiR participants Gana Ndiaye (Senegal) and Rhoda Quaigrain (Ghana), and receive genealogy research tips from staff of the Champaign County Historical Archives. Discussion and Q&A will be facilitated by Susan Ogwal, UIUC PhD student in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership.

Beginning Genealogy Workshop: Working with Sources
Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Champaign County Historical Archives, Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)
Our skill at locating the records to prove our genealogy facts can become the most exciting part of compiling family history! In this introductory workshop, led by Donica Miller, Archives Librarian, you will learn how to begin exploring your family history and how to use sources as evidence to support genealogical research. You will also learn about the local, state, and national resources available to family historians.
This workshop is FREE and notebooks for recording your research will be available to all registrants. Registration is limited to 24 participants.
To register you may call the Champaign County Historical Archives at 217-367-4025, stop by, or register online

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:
  • October 12, 2016
  • November 9, 2016
  • December 14, 2016
Every Wednesday the Archives is open from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., but a CCGS member 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.