Becoming a member of CGS allows you to network with other Chicago-area genealogists. You don't have to have ancestors in Chicago to join!

Join the Chicago Genealogical Society

Becoming a member of CGS allows you to network with other Chicago-area genealogists. You don’t have to have ancestors in Chicago to join! Many of our members have no ancestral ties to the city, but join because they are in the area and want to learn more about genealogy research and methods.

As a member, you enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Four issues of the CGS Quarterly, The Chicago Genealogist, containing historical articles on the Chicago area, record abstracts, queries, book reviews, and more
  • Eleven monthly newsletters containing upcoming programs, new publications, publications on sale, research hints, and helpful websites
  • 10% discount on CGS publications
  • Free queries in the CGS Quarterly
  • Free lookups in our publications

Membership Dues

All membership categories and fees are also listed on the application.

  • $25: One-year membership for individuals within the U.S.
  • $30: One-year membership for families (all members must reside at the same address) within the U.S.
  • $30: One-year contributing membership for libraries and societies within the U.S.
  • $250: Life membership

If you reside outside the United States, please add $10.00 to your membership dues.

Join online

Click here to complete the membership application and pay online.

Join by mail

Fill out the application by hand and mail it in: APPLICATION and RENEWAL form. If you would like a membership card, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to us!

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