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.


Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 27: Thurs. 7:00 pm Cemetery Art Symbolism” Butterworth Education Center, Moline, IL
  • May 1-3: Fri.-Sun. The 2015 Lincoln Funeral 150th Anniversary Commemoration, Springfield, IL; Information
  • May 7: Tues. 6:30 pm Introduction to Ancestry, Moline Public Library; Info
  • May 17: Sun 3-8 pm Genealogy Night at Davenport Public Library. Registration Info
  • July 11: Saturday 8:30-3:30 McHenry County IL Genealogical Summer Conference; Registration Info
  • July 25: Sat. 1-4, First RICIGS Summer Class, Butterworth Education Center, Moline, IL; Registration Information
  • Aug. 8: Sat. 8-4, GSSI Family History Conference, Carterville, IL; Registration Information
  • Aug 29: Sat. 1-4, Second RICIGS Summer Class, Butterworth Education Center, Moline, IL; Registration Information
  • Sept. 26: Sat. 1-4, Third RICIGS Summer Class, Butterworth Education Center, Moline, IL; Registration Information
  • Sep. 26-27: Sat. & Sun. Swedish Genealogy Workshop, Lindsborg, KS Details at:

April Meeting

Tuesday, Apr. 27th 7:00 pm

“Cemetery Art Symbolism” Program

Presented by Laurel Mellien

Butterworth Education Center

701 12th Avenue, Moline, Illinois

The program focuses on the rich symbolism displayed in cemeteries of the Victorian Era. Headstone art during this time period was carefully chosen by family members to properly represent the deceased. Many clues about the lives of the dearly departed can be discovered by learning the language of cemetery art symbolism.   

Save Iowa History

Reorganization plans for the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) endanger the preservation of Iowa history contained in diaries, letters, photographs, maps, oral histories and other materials housed at the Society’s two libraries in Des Moines and Iowa City. 

There is an online petition that individuals can sign to request the restoration of funding for the State Historical Society of Iowa Libraries and Archives and to keep physical records of Iowa history accessible to all. Please take a moment to visit the website and sign the petition. Click here for petition.

Civil War Soldiers’ Monument Restoration Project

The Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the Rock Island County Historical Society and the Civil War Roundtable of the Quad Cities, are in the process of raising funds for a restoration project. The Civil War Soldiers’ Monument, which is situated on the northeast corner of the Rock Island County Courthouse lawn, is in dire need of repair. More Information

Illinois State Genealogical Society
2015 Webinar Series

Free to the public, one online webinar per month

To see schedule, click here.

RICIGS Summer Classes

Saturdays, July 25th, Aug. 29th, Sept. 26th 1 pm - 4 pm

Butterworth Education Center

701 12th Avenue, Moline, Illinois

Featured Topics:

Vital Records, Immigration, Naturalization, Federal Census.

Military Records, Online Genealogy, and

Writing/Publishing Your Family History

Click for Registration Form

Riverside Cemetery Records on CD

An extract of the Official Sexton Records of the Riverside Cemetery, Moline, Illinois, is now available on CD.  This CD contains information on over 27,000 burials published as two Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files.  Volume 1 includes surnames starting with A – J and covers the years 1873 – 2011. Volume 2 includes Surnames K – Z and covers the years 1873 – 2013. This work includes all burials including the 100’s of burials that never had a grave marker as well as burials where the grave marker is now missing or illegible. 

To order and to see information on additional Rock Island County Cemetery CD’s click here.

Genealogical Websites for Rock Island County

A new page has been added under our Online Resources area. This page lists websites that pertain to Rock Island County. Click here to see our new addition. 

Surnames Needed

RICIGS Members: We are in need of your family surnames that you are researching to add to our master list. This is a great way to help other genealogists on their research or connect with a possible family member. They will be added to our Surnames page: Surnames

Members may submit a list of Surnames they are researching by using the Member's Surname Submission form. Click here to get the form

Board Meetings

2nd Thursday of each month

6:30 at Oak Room of Butterworth Center

1105 8th Street, Moline, IL

All members welcome!

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