DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society

About DuPage County, Illinois


DuPage County, Illinois was formed from Cook County in 1839. With the completion of the Erie Canal, numerous families from Pomfret, CT and other New England towns settled the area in the 1830's and 1840's. The prairie offered rich farmland and the development of the rail system brought settlers from throughout the Eastern states. By 1855, the population stood at about 13,000 people. Agriculture remained the principle economic activity until recent decades during which DuPage County has become urbanized.

About the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society


Website: http://www.dcgs.org

History

Founded in 1974 as the Lombard Suburban Genealogical Society. In May 1981 the Society moved its reference collection to the Wheaton Public Library helping it to become one of the premiere genealogical research locations of the Chicago suburbs. DCGS has continued to contribute to the genealogical collection over the years. In 2003 DCGS obtained the 501(C)(3) registration to enable it to receive tax deductible and matching-gift donations.

Purpose

  • To encourage the study of family history and genealogy

    • Meetings

    • Classes & Lectures

    • Annual Conference

    • Maintains the DuPage County ILGenWeb

  • To encourage the identification and preservation of records having genealogical value, especially those of DuPage County, Illinois, and to make those records available to members and to the general publics

    • Courthouse Projects

    • Computerization of old DuPage County Marriage Licenses

    • Indexed and Published the DuPage County Naturalization records

    • Indexing DuPage County Probate records

    • Handling DuPage County inquires about Probate and NaturalizationsIndexing DuPage County cemeteries

    • Member surname project

    • Funeral home project

    • Make Research Data available On-Line

    • Performs basic research

    • Publishes The REVIEW quarterly, including genealogical queries

  • To cooperate with other societies and libraries to further the field of family history and genealogy

    • ISGS project to computerize old DuPage County marriage licenses

    • Volunteer staffing of Genealogy Department at the Wheaton Public Library every Thursday of the month

    • Classes and Lectures

    • Book Donations to the Wheaton Public Library