SCGS Announcements

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A true Hidden Gem from our files:

Lincoln-Douglas Debate photo!

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Members and non-members:

Please take our anonymous survey.

With five answers and less than two minutes, you can help us plan for future programs and help SCGS provide greater services for residents of Stephenson County and beyond.

Anonymous survey through Survey Monkey at

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Vital Records (Births, Deaths, Marriages) Currently Available through SCGS:

BIRTHS:  May 3, 1855 to March 13, 1916
DEATHS:  January 6, 1878 to December 23, 1966
MARRIAGES:  June 24, 1837 to December 29, 1940

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Stephenson County Genealogical Society conducts genealogical research for no charge!   Volunteers try to accomplish most research requests within one week.


Check it out!

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Genealogy Returns to HCC Lifelong Learning!

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Found in SCGS files: a self-guided tour of Freeport City Cemetery!  Includes history of the cemetery, some of those interred there and more!


The Stephenson County Genealogical Society, based in Freeport, Illinois, welcomes both Stephenson County residents and researchers from around the globe with ties to Stephenson County to access information, learn about Stephenson County genealogy and request assistance in your family history journey.

SCGS Volunteers in the
Frances Woodhouse Local History Room

Monday, 19 February Library Closed for Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, 20 February  1pm to 5pm — Terry
Wednesday, 21 February  9am to noon — Lois
Thursday, 22 February 9am to noon — Merry
2pm to 6pm  — Donna
Friday, 23 February  9am to noon — Nancy


Open Saturdays in February 2018
3rd 1pm to 4pm — Nancy
10th 1pm to 4pm — Nancy
17th 1pm to 4pm — Nancy

Banner photos from the Larson Collection, property of the Stephenson County Genealogical Society