Champaign County Genealogical Society

PURPOSE: Established in 1969, the purpose of the Champaign County Genealogical Society is:
  • to promote genealogical and historical research;
  • to aid in the publication and preservation of genealogical and historical records and manuscripts; and
  • to provide programs designed to assist both the beginning and the advanced genealogist.

MEETINGS: General membership meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the Archives on the second floor of the Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois. The meetings are free and open to the public.  Every Wednesday night the Archives is open for research.  On the second Wednesday of every month, CCGS members are available to assist the public researching their genealogy from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Board meetings are held in the Archives of the Urbana Free Library at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

PROGRAMS are oriented to genealogical research, family and local history, and may consist of a lecture, a workshop, tours, or discussion on research problems.


Operating Year: June 2019 - May 2020

President: Perry Morris
1st Vice President: Programs: Carolyn O'Rourke
2nd Vice President: Membership: Edie Erdman
Recording Secretary: Rita Miller
Corresponding Secretary: Candace Wilmot
Treasurer: Patricia Lacey
Historian (2017-2020): Carolyn Graham
Library Liaison (2019-2022): Karla Gerdes
Research (2018-2021): Carolyn O'Rourke
Standing Committees
Quarterly, Editor: Donica Martin
Quarterly, Assistant Editor: Shalini Smith
Pioneer Certificates: Candace Wilmot
Co-Webmaster: Gina Gericke
Co-Webmaster: Candace Wilmot
CCGS Quarterly
    The Quarterly of the Champaign County Genealogical Society is published electronically in March, June, September and December. The four electronic issues are included with your membership to CCGS.  You will receive an e-mail notification when the quarterly has been posted and is available for viewing.  Refer to the Quarterly Subject Index for a listing of topics covered in the CCGS Quarterly.
    Submissions to the quarterly are encouraged. These may include family genealogies, previously unpublished indexes, and genealogical and historical articles. If you wish to submit material for publication to the quarterly, please contact the editor at
The Roots of CCGS
    On Friday, April 25, 1969, a group of eleven genealogy researchers met to form an organization of local residents who wanted to be part of a group whose purpose was to encourage each other in their quest for discovering ancestors.  Some of these researchers were people who had ancestral roots deep in our Champaign County area; many of them had no Champaign County ancestors at all which is still true for our membership today.
     When this group of genealogists began doing research, there were few records available to them through printed or microfilm sources; most had to be purchased or ordered from facilities far away.  Many researchers in that group had to hand-copy documents they discovered, due to the shortage of decent machines to photocopy records.  Their family histories and other publications are now part of the collections in this county.
      Many members of the original CCGS group became active volunteers and employees in the development of the unique resources available locally. These include the Champaign County Historical Archives in The Urbana Free Library; the University of Illinois Library system and the Family History Center located in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was not enough for them to do only their own family research work. They wanted to contribute to the larger effort of making records easily available to all.
     Many of those original members remained active in CCGS for the rest of their lives, and despite all the changes in genealogical research techniques over the years since 1969, they were committed to doing whatever was required to stay current in the exciting hunt for family records.  CCGS owes a debt of thanks to:  Jean Evans, Marjorie Roberts, Helen Judy, Diane Carothers, Virginia Bills, Jean Gordon, Barbara Roberts, Florence Barnes, Mary Elizabeth Pierce, Wanda Anderson and Connie Knake.