Since that time EGS has sought to uphold its purpose as stated in our constitution:
- to bring together persons who are researching in family history and to promote co-operations among them
- to foster, stimulate and share ideas, information, methods, and practices in family research
- to seek, preserve and make available material on family history and research materials concerning past and present families
- to inform people of the value of and need for preserving family and local history for posterity
- to encourage those officials in charge of public records and genealogical collections to preserve them and make them readily accessible to the interested persons.
- 50/50 program in which EGS provides 50% of the price - through donations - towards the purchase of specific materials for the Gail Borden Public Library (GBPL) genealogical collection
- and the indexing of old Elgin newspapers from micro-film at GBPL. Volunteers from GBPL place vital records information gleaned by EGS volunteers onto the online index at http://innovative.gailborden.info:82/