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  • Adams County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  May 20, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Pike County.
    Established:  13-Jan-1825
    County Seat:  Quincy, Illinois

    County history - Adams County is named in honor of John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth President of the United States.

    Adams Courthouse
    GHLL Adams County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Adams County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Adams County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Golden Historical Society / Golden, IL)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Great River Genealogical Society / Quincy, IL)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Society of Quincy & Adams County / Quincy, IL)
    8. US/ILGenWeb site - Adams County Archives
    9. US/ILGenWeb - Adams County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Adams County Clerk, 507 Vermont Street, P.O. Box 1169, Quincy, IL 62301.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Hancock County (north), Brown County (east), Schuyler County (east), Pike County
             (south), Marion County, Missouri (west), Lewis County, Missouri (west).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

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    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census Adams County, listed townships (Index: 6 pages / Text: 5 pages).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Alexander County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 10, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Union County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1819
    County Seat:  Cairo, Illinois

    County history - Alexander County is named in honor of William M. Alexander, an early settler of the county bearing his name and Senator in the second and third General Assemblies of the State.

    Alexander Courthouse
    1. Alexander County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Alexander County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Alexander County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Alexander County - US/ILGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Alexander County - US/ILGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Alexander County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Alexander County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Alexander County Vital Records - Alexander County Clerk, 2000 Washington Avenue, Cairo, IL 62914.

    9. Alexander County Illinois Trails - History and Genealogy

      Census Information:
    10. 1820 Census (I) and (T) - Alexander County


  • Bond County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 4, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Madison County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1818
    County Seat:  Greenville, Illinois

    County history - Bond County is named in honor of Shadrach Bond (November 24, 1773 - April 12, 1832) was a representative from Illinois Territory to the United States Congress. In 1818, he was elected the first Governor of Illinois, becoming the new state's first chief executive. In an example of American politics during the Era of Good Feelings (1817 25), which describes a period in United States political history in which partisan bitterness abated. Bond was elected to both positions without opposition.

    Bond Courthouse
    1. Bond County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Bond County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Bond County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Bond County Genealogical Society / Greenville, IL)
    4. Bond County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Bond County Historical Society / Greenville, IL)
    5. Bond County - US/ILGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Bond County - US/ILGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Bond County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Bond County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Bond County Vital Records - Bond County Clerk, 203 W. College, Greenville, IL 62246.

      Census Information:
    10. 1820 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census Bond County (Index: 1 page / Text: 1 page / Notes: 1 page).
    11. 1830 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census Bond County (Index: 1 page / Text: 2 page / Notes: 1 page).
    12. 1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census Bond County & (Mortality Schedule) (Index: 16 pages / Text: 8 pages /
               Mortality: 1 page / Notes: 1 page).
    13. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census Bond County (Text: 5 pages).

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  • Boone County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 26, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Winnebago County on 03-Mar-1836.
    Established:  04-May-1843
    County Seat:  Belvidere, Illinois

    County history - Boone County is named in honor of Daniel Boone (November 2, 1734  September 26, 1820) who was an American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, which was then part of Virginia but on the other side of the mountains from the settled areas. Despite some resistance from American Indian tribes such as the Shawnee, in 1775 Boone blazed his Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina and Tennessee into Kentucky. There he founded the village of Boonesborough, Kentucky, one of the first American settlements west of the Appalachians. Before the end of the 18th century, more than 200,000 European people migrated to Kentucky/Virginia by following the route marked by Boone.

    Boone was a militia officer during the Revolutionary War (1775 83), which in Kentucky was fought primarily between the American settlers and the British-aided Native Americans. Boone was captured by Shawnee warriors in 1778, who after a while adopted him into their tribe. Later, he left the Indians and returned to Boonesborough to help defend the European settlements in Kentucky/Virginia.

    Boone was elected to the first of his three terms in the Virginia General Assembly during the Revolutionary War, and fought in the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782. Blue Lick was one of the last battles of the Revolutionary War, coming after the main fighting ended in October 1781.

    Following the war, Boone worked as a surveyor and merchant, but fell deeply into debt through failed Kentucky land speculation. Frustrated with the legal problems resulting from his land claims, in 1799 Boone emigrated to eastern Missouri, where he spent most of the last two decades of his life (1800 20). Boone remains an iconic figure in American history. He was a legend in his own lifetime, especially after an account of his adventures was published in 1784, making him famous in America and Europe. After his death, he was frequently the subject of heroic tall tales and works of fiction. His adventures real and legendary were influential in creating the archetypal Western hero of American folklore. In American popular culture, he is remembered as one of the foremost early frontiersmen. The epic Daniel Boone mythology often overshadows the historical details of his life.




    Boone Courthouse
    GHLL Boone County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Boone County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Boone County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Winnebago & Boone Counties Kishwaukee Genealogists / Rockford, IL)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society / Loves Park, IL)
    7. US/ILGenWeb site - Boone County Archives
    8. US/ILGenWeb - Boone County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - and Boone County Clerk and Recorder, 1212 Logan Avenue, Suite 103, Belvidere, IL 61008.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Rock County, Wisconsin (north), Walworth County, Wisconsin (northeast), McHenry
                County
    (east), DeKalb County (south), Ogle County (southwest), Winnebago County
             (west).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

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    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Boone county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Brown County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  May 20, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Schuyler County on xx-Feb-1839.
    Established:  xx-May-1839
    County Seat:  Mt. Sterling, Illinois

    County history - Brown County is named in honor of Major General Jacob J. Brown, Commanding General of the United States Army (War of 1812, June 1821-24 February 1828), who won distinction at Sackett's Harbor, Chippewa and Niagara.

    Brown Courthouse
    GHLL Brown County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Brown County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Brown County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Versailles Area Genealogical & Historical Society / Versailles, IL)
    6. US/ILGenWeb site - Brown County Archives
    7. US/ILGenWeb - Brown County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Brown County Clerk, Courthouse Bldg, 200 West Court, Rm 4, Mount Sterling, IL 62353.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Schuyler County (north), Cass County (east), Morgan County (southeast), Pike County
             (south), Adams County (west).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

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    Census Information:
        1830 Census - 1830 Census ((N) (T), (all townships - notes included on each page)
        1850 Census (N) - 1850 Census (6 pages (I), (all townships)
        1880 Census (I) - Access by Surname and Township

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Brown county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Bureau County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 31, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Putnam County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1873
    County Seat:  Princeston, Illinois

    County history - Bureau County is named in honor of Michel or Pierre Bureau. Their original surname was probably Belleau, but local aboriginals may have had difficulty pronouncing the "l" sound. One or both of the brothers ran a trading post near where Big Bureau Creek empties into the Illinois River from 1776 until 1780 or 1790.

    Bureau Courthouse
    GHLL Bureau County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Bureau County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Bureau County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bureau County Genealogical Society / Princeton, IL)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bureau County Historical Society, Museum and Library / Princeton, IL)
    7. US/ILGenWeb site - Bureau County Archives
    8. US/ILGenWeb - Bureau County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Bureau County (Local Records)  |  Princeston, IL (County Seat Records).
               Note:  Added comments here.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Lee County (north), Putnam County (southeast), LaSalle County (east), Marshall County
             (south), Stark County (southwest), Henry County (west), Whiteside County (northwest).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.


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  • Carroll County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 16, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Jo Daviess County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1839
    County Seat:  Mount Carroll, Illinois

    County history - Carroll County is named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Illinois, a statesman of the Revolutionary period, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and United States Senator from Maryland.

    Carroll Courthouse
    1. Carroll County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Carroll County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Carroll County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. US/ILGenWeb site - Carroll County Archives
    5. Carroll County - US/ILGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Carroll County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Carroll County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Carroll County Vital Records - Carroll County Courthouse, 301 N. Main, Mt. Carroll, IL 61053.

    9. Genealogy Trails - History & Genealogy
    10. Illinois Trails - History & Genealogy

      Census Information:
    11. 1900 Census (T) - ED 12


  • Cass County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 26, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Morgan County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1837
    County Seat:  Virginia, Illinois

    County history - Cass County is named in honor of Lewis Cass (1782 1866), who was a soldier as well as a statesman, Territorial Governor of Michigan, Minister to France, United States Senator from Michigan, Secretary of War under Jackson, Secretary of State under Buchanan, and at one time a prominent candidate for the Presidency.

    Cass Courthouse
    GHLL Cass County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Cass County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Cass County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society / Virginia, IL)
    6. US/ILGenWeb site - Cass County Archives
    7. US/ILGenWeb - Cass County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - or, Cass County Clerk/Recorder, Cass County Courthouse, 100 East Springfield Street/PO Box 167,
               Virginia, IL 62691 .
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Mason County (northeast), Menard County (east), Sangamon County (southeast),
             Morgan County (south), Brown County (west), Schuyler County (northwest).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

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    Census Information:
        1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Cass County, Mortality Schedule (Text: number).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Champaign County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 16, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Vermilion County in 1833.
    Established:  20-Feb-1883
    County Seat:  Urbana, Illinois

    County history - Champaign County is named in honor of Champaign County in Ohio through the influence of emigrants from that county.

    Champaign Courthouse
    1. Champaign County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Champaign County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Champaign County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Champaign County Genealogical Society / Urbana, IL)
    4. Champaign County - US/ILGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Champaign County - US/ILGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Champaign County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Champaign County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Champaign County Vital Records - County Clerk or Recorder, Champaign County Courthouse, 1776 E. Washington Street, Urbana, IL 61802.

    9. Champaign County - 1918 Yearbook 'ILLO' University of Illinois, at Champaign


  • Clinton County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 16, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington, Bond and Fayette Counties.
    Established:  28-Dec-1824
    County Seat:  Carlyle, Illinois

    County history - Clinton County is named in honor of DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828), a distinguished lawyer, financier and statesman, Mayor of the city and Governor of the State of New York, United States Senator and chief promoter of the Erie Canal, often referred to as the "Father of the Erie Canal."

    Clinton Courthouse
    1. Clinton County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Clinton County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Clinton County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Clinton County Historical Society & Museum / Carlyle, IL)
    4. Clinton County - US/ILGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    5. Clinton County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    6. Clinton County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    7. Clinton County Vital Records - Clinton County Courthouse, 850 Fairfax Street, Carlyle, IL 62231.

    8. Illinois Trails - History & Genealogy (Clinton County)

      Census Information:
    9. 1870 Census (T) - Township 1N R1W (three files)
    10. 1880 Census (T) - Three folders, containing 14 files - ED 077, ED 078, ED 082)
    11. 1900 Census (T) - ED 015 (three files)
    12. 1910 Census (T) - ED 08 (three files)
    13. 1920 Census (T) - ED 09 (three files)


  • Cook County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 28, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Putnam County.
    Established:  15-Jan-1831
    County Seat:  Chicago, Illinois

    County history - Cook County is named in honor of Daniel Pope Cook, a pioneer lawyer; in 1816 he was the territorial Auditor of Public Accounts and also served as judge of the western circuit. Cook was also the first Attorney General of the State of Illinois and Representative in Congress from 1819 to 1827.

    Cook Courthouse
    GHLL Cook County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Cook County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Cook County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Chicago Genealogical Society / Chicago, IL)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society / Hazel Crest, IL)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Swedish-American Historical Society / Chicago, IL)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Winnetka Historical Society / Winnetka, IL)
    9. US/ILGenWeb site - Cook County Archives
    10. US/ILGenWeb - Cook County Genealogy & History
    11. Vital Records - Bureau of Vital Statistics, Cook County Building, 118 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60662.
               Note:  The Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed the Cook County Court House and the official documents which were recorded and filed prior to that date. Compulsory recording of vital statistics did not begin until January 1, 1916 in Illinois. Cook County, however, has a large percentage of registered. births, deaths, and marriages.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Lake County (north), Lake County, Indiana (southeast), Will County (south), DuPage
                County
    (west), Kane County (west), McHenry County (northwest), Berrien County,
                Michigan
    (east, across Lake Michigan).

        Chicago - Destination for the Great Migration (African/American Mosaic)
        Chicago Police Department Homicide Index - 1870-1930
        Cook County - 1844 Chicago City Directory

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    Census Information:
        1860 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Cook County (Text: 4 pages).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Crawford County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 27, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Edwards County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1816
    County Seat:  Robinson, Illinois

    County history - Crawford County is named in honor of William H. Crawford (1772-1834), from Georgia, ninth United States Secretary of War and seventh Secretary of the Treasury.

    Crawford Courthouse
    1. Crawford County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Crawford County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Crawford County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Crawford County Historical Society / Robinson, IL)
    4. Crawford County - US/ILGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Crawford County - US/ILGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Crawford County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Crawford County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Crawford County Vital Records - Crawford County Clerk/Recorder, P.O. Box 602, Robinson, IL 62454-0602.

      Census Information:
    9. 1820 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Crawford County (Index: 1 page / Text: 1 page / Notes: 1 page).


  • DeWitt County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 27, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Macon and McLean Counties.
    Established:  01-Mar-1839
    County Seat:  Clinton, Illinois

    County history - DeWitt County is named in honor of DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828), Governor of New York, responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal. Note:  The U.S. Census Bureau and the USGS list the county's name as De Witt, although the county uses the name DeWitt (no space).

    DeWitt Courthouse
    1. DeWitt County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. DeWitt County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. DeWitt County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (DeWitt County Genealogical Society / Clinton, IL)
    4. DeWitt County - US/ILGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. DeWitt County - US/ILGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. DeWitt County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. DeWitt County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. DeWitt County Vital Records - DeWitt County Clerk, P.O. Box 439, Clinton, IL 61727-0439.

      Census Information:
    9. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, DeWitt County (Text: 23 pages).


  • DuPage County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 2, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Cook County.
    Established:  09-Feb-1839
    County Seat:  Wheaton, Illinois

    County history - DuPage County is named for the DuPage River, a tributary of the Des Plaines River. (See the history of the River's name using the web link provided for the River.)

    DuPage Courthouse
    1. DuPage County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. DuPage County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. DuPage County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (DuPage County Genealogical Society / Wheaton, IL)
    4. DuPage County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (DuPage County Historical Society / Wheaton, IL)
    5. DuPage County - US/ILGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. DuPage County - US/ILGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. DuPage County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. DuPage County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. DuPage County Vital Records - DuPage County Clerk, P.O. Box 1028, Wheaton, IL 60189.

    10. Fox Valley Genealogical Society - covering portions of DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will Counties.


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