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Join the Chicago Genealogical Society

Join CGS and pay online.

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:

Membership Dues

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

Our membership year begins July 1 and ends June 30. Renewal period is from May 1 through July 31.* First-time members will receive all four issues of the The Chicago Genealogist regardless of when you join.

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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!


*If you renew after August 1, (a) you may miss some newletter issues because you will only receive issues from the date your membership process is completed, and (b) we reserve the right to substitute photocopies of newsletters and quarterlies.