Preserving the Past, Enriching the Future

Welcome to the Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society! The Society was established in 1972 to help preserve and perpetuate members’ ancestral records. Our goal is to help assist members in genealogical research and  educate the community on the importance of Rock Island County history.


February 2018 Meeting

Tuesday, February 27th, 6:30pm
“Share Your Genealogy Road Trip”
Members share trip memories!
Butterworth Education Center
701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL


Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference

44th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference
Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
****New Location****
Holiday Inn, 226 17th Street, Rock Island, Illinois

Registration Form and Brochure

Featured Speaker:
Thomas MacEntee


Lunch and Learn Program

RICIGS provides “Lunch and Learn” discussion sessions to RICIGS MEMBERS ONLY free of charge … a nice perk of membership in our Society! Bring your own sack lunch and questions on the scheduled topic. Emails are sent out to RICIGS members prior to each session for sign up to attend.

Lunch and Learn Schedule:

Friday, February 16, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Topic: Organizing Your Genealogy
Friday, April 6, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Topic: Researching Your Female Ancestors
Friday, June 15, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Topic: Brick Walls
Friday, August 17, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Topic: Military Records
Friday, October 19, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Topic: Researching British Isles


Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Legacy Family Tree offers free webinars throughout the year. The webinars are free during the live event and for 7 days afterwards. To view the webinar schedule, click Legacy Family Tree Webinars for 2018.


NEW – Rock Island County Indexes Available Online

In conjunction with Family History Month in October, the Rock Island County Clerk is making it easier for genealogists to access the vital records they hold. Indexes are now available on the County Clerk’s website listing records on births, marriages and deaths. With the information provided in the index, copies of the actual certificates for genealogical purposes can be ordered from the County for $5.00 each. The specific information contained on the certificates varies over time and is detailed on the website.
The index of Birth Records includes the name and date of birth of individuals born in Rock Island County from 1872 through 1941(at least 75 years old).
The index of Marriage Certificates includes the name of the couple, the date and license number from 1832 through 1966 (at least 50 years old).
The index of Death Certificates includes the name, gender, date of birth and date of death for individuals from1878 to 1996 (at least 20 years old). 


Grave Locator Web Map

NEW! There is an online “Grave Locator Web Map” for Riverside and Moline Memorial cemeteries: at the web site:


Good News for Iowa Records Research

Effective May 17, 2017, the Iowa Department of Public Health repealed its restrictions on access to vital records held in county courthouses. The open records law now governs local vital records, without improper restrictions. 
1. Searches for records need not be made in person. (Courthouse staff may impose search fees if they do the work, and they need not take on “fishing expedition” requests.)
2. Requests for uncertified copies of local vital records need not be made in person.
3. Requests for uncertified copies may be delivered by telephone, by mail, or by email. Copy charges may apply. Some counties — $1; the maximum allowed is $5.
4. People who search in person may use their own cameras to snap photos of local vital records, free of charge.
5. Publication of local vital records is no longer prohibited and punishable.
6. Indexing, web-posting, and distribution of information taken from local vital records is no longer prohibited and punishable.


Illinois State Genealogical Society 2018 Webinar Series

Free to the public, one online webinar per month
To see schedule, click here.


Board Meetings

2nd Thursday of each month
6:00 at Oak Room of Butterworth Center
1105 8th Street, Moline, IL
All members welcome!