Searching for my Chamblin/Chamberlain ancestors just got easier with the debut of the newly redesigned Illinois State Genealogical Society website. I've been exploring the site and am excited about new avenues for research.
I like the clean landing page and great snapshot header. It is easy to scan the menu offerings and choose what you need. The Facebook and Twitter links are at the top of the news, along with the easy to use search box. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the featured Special Participation Projects.
Since I am not a member of ISGS, I skipped down through the extensive Member links to see if I could access some of the other materials. I found Genealogy Forms, and a great Link list to ISGS, Genealogical Societies, and Research Tools.
Anyone researching Illinois will find the list of Illinois Resources especially helpful. From county boundaries to the statewide marriage index, this is a great link list.
The site also provides free access to Civil War Certificates, World War I Certificates, Certified Prairie Pioneers, and the Family Bible Records Surname Index.
Thomas MacEntee, host of GeneaBloggers, is the modest wizard behind the redesigned ISGS website, and serves as webmaster and Director, Publicity Chair and Death Records and Obits Chair for the Illinois State Genealogical Society.