After 40 years in existence, the Sangamon County Genealogical Society is shutting down next month. Declining membership and dues revenue, as well as the abundance of genealogical information available on the Internet, all contributed to the group’s demise, its leaders said this week.
Want a quick guide to marriages in Sangamon County from 1821 to 1840? No problem. How about an index of estate records in the county from 1821 to 1907? Easy. Who was buried in the Sangamon County Poor Farm Cemetery in Buffalo? Only the SCGS can tell you.
Over the years, the society has created about 70 such indexes, bringing to light long-forgotten residents whose identities might provide that vital clue to a family history — or history itself.
Sadly, the Sangamon County Genealogical Society will not publish any more such indexes.
Further information may be found in the State Journal-Register web site at http://www.sj-r.com/homepage/x776463003/Genealogical-society-to-shut-down-next-month.