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  • Edgar County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 18, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Clark County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1823
    County Seat:  Paris, Illinois

    County history - Edgar County is named in honor of Irishman John Edgar who was an officer in the Royal Navy who switched sides during the Revolutionary War rather than fight the colonists.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Edgar County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Edgar County Vital Records - Edgar County Recorder, 115 W. Court Street, Room J, Paris, IL 61944

      Census Information:
    10. 1900 Census (T) - Federal Census, Edgar County, Illinois


  • Fayette County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 18, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Bond, Clark, Crawford and Jefferson Counties.
    Established:  14-Feb-1821
    County Seat:  Vandalia, Illinois

    County history - Fayette County is named in honor of Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de la Fayette (1757 1834), the famous French General who fought for the colonies in the Revolutionary War.

    Fayette Courthouse
    1. Fayette County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Fayette County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Fayette County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Fayette County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 177
          Vandalia, IL 62471

    4. Fayette County - US/ILGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Fayette County - US/ILGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Fayette County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Fayette County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Fayette County Vital Records - Fayette County Clerk, 221 South Seventh Street, P. O. Box 401, Vandalia, IL 62471.

    9. The Mahon School - School Class Rosters for varied years (Otsego Township)


  • Ford County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of (unorganized) Vermilion County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1859
    County Seat:  Paxton, Illinois

    County history - Ford County is named in honor of Thomas Ford (1800 1850), eighth Governor of Illinois; served during the Illinois Mormon War.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Ford County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Ford County Vital Records - Office of County Clerk and Recorder, IDPH Registrar of Vital Record, Room 101 Courthouse, 200 West State Street, Paxton, IL 60957.


  • Franklin County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 21, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Illinois territory lands which are now Gallatin and White Counties (before statehood).
    Established:  02-Jan-1818
    County Seat:  Benton, Illinois

    County history - Franklin County is named in honor of Benjamin Franklin (1706 1790), prolific writer, inventor, and politician; key factor in the American Revolution... often referred to as one of the "Founding Fathers".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Franklin County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Franklin County Vital Records - Franklin County Clerk, P.O. Box 607, Benton, IL 62812.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Frankfort Area Genealogy Society & Museum / West Frankfort, IL)
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (West Franklin Historical District & Silkwood Inn Museum / Mulkeytown, IL)

      Census Information:
    11. 1820 Census (T) - Federal Census, Franklin County (Text: 1 page).


  • Iroquois County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  May 9, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Vermilion County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1833
    County Seat:  Watseka, Illinois

    County history - Iroquois County is named in honor of The Iroquois, also known as the Haudenosaunee or the "People of the Longhouse", who are an indigenous people of North America.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Iroquois County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Iroquois County Vital Records - Iroquois County Clerk, 1001 E. Grant Street, Watseka, IL 60970.

    9. Iroquois County - Genealogy Society (original land purchases 1831-1882)


  • Jackson County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Illinois territory lands which are now Johnson and Randolph Counties (before statehood).
    Established:  10-Jan-1816
    County Seat:  Murphysboro, Illinois

    County history - Jackson County is named in honor of Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 - June 8, 1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829-1837). He was military governor of Florida (1821), commander of the American forces at the Battle of New Orleans (1815), and eponym of the era of Jacksonian democracy. A polarizing figure who dominated American politics in the 1820s and 1830s, his political ambition combined with widening political participation, shaping the modern Democratic Party.
             Renowned for his toughness, he was nicknamed "Old Hickory".


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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Jackson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Jackson County Vital Records - Jackson County Clerk, 1001 Walnut, Murphysboro, IL 62966-2194.

      Census Information:
    9. 1820 Census (T) - Federal Census, Jackson County (Text: 1 page).


  • Jo Daviess County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 25, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Henry, Mercer, and Putnam Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1827
    County Seat:  Galena, Illinois

    County history - Jo Daviess County is named in honor of Joseph Hamilton Daviess (1774-1811), commander of the Indiana Dragoons at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

    Jo Daviess Courthouse
    GHLL Jo Daviess County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Jo Daviess County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum / Galena, IL)
    6. US/ILGenWeb site - Jo Daviess County Archives
    7. US/ILGenWeb - Jo Daviess County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Jo Daviess County Clerk & Recorder, Courthouse, 330 North Bench Street, Galena, IL 61036.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Lafayette County, Wisconsin (north), Stephenson County (east), Carroll County
             (southeast), Jackson County, Iowa (southwest, across the Mississippi River), Dubuque
                County, Iowa
    (west, across the Mississippi River), Grant County, Wisconsin (northwest).

        Galena Township - U.S. Grant Historic Sites

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  • Johnson County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  May 21, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Illinois territory lands which are now Randolph County (before statehood).
    Established:  10-Jan-1812
    County Seat:  Vienna, Illinois

    County history - Johnson County is named in honor of Richard Mentor Johnson.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Johnson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Johnson County Vital Records - Johnson County Clerk, 400 Court Square, P.O. Box 96, Vienna, IL 62995.


  • Kane County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  May 9, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cook County.
    Established:  16-Jan-1836
    County Seat:  Geneva, Illinois

    County history - Kane County is named in honor of Elias Kent Kane (June 7, 1794 - December 12, 1835), Territorial Judge, Delegate to the Illinois State Constitutional Convention, 1818 (making him one of the State's "founding fathers"). He also served other political offices within the State and the Federal Governments.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Kane County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Kane County Vital Records - Kane County Clerk, Vital Records, P.O. Box 70, 719 S. Batavia Ave, Building B, Geneva, IL 60134.

    9. Kane County - 1918 Yearbook "Maroon" Elgin High School, Elgin, Illinois


  • Kankakee County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 30, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Iroquois and Will County.
    Established:  11-Feb-1853
    County Seat:  Kankakee, Illinois

    County history - Kankakee County is named for the Kankakee River, a tributary of the Illinois River, approximately 133 miles (214 km) long, in northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois. At one time the river drained one of the largest wetlands in North America and furnished a significant portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. Significantly altered from its original channel, it flows through a primarily rural farming region of reclaimed cropland south of Lake Michigan.


    Kankakee Courthouse
    GHLL Kankakee County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Kankakee County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society / Bourbonnais, IL)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Kankakee County Historical Society and Museum / Kankakee, IL)
    7. US/ILGenWeb site - Kankakee County Archives
    8. US/ILGenWeb - Kankakee County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Kankakee County Clerk, 189 East Court Street, Kankakee, IL 60901.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Will County (north), Lake County, Indiana (northeast), Newton County, Indiana (east),
             Iroquois County (south), Ford County (southwest), Livingston County (southwest),
             Grundy County (northwest).

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  • Knox County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 2, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized (Fulton), Fulton and Henry Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-xxxx
    County Seat:  Galesburg, Illinois

    County history - Knox County is named in honor of Henry Knox [1750-1806] was a soldier in the American Revolution. He later became a Major General. Knox was US President George Washington's Secretary of War from 1785-1795.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Knox County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Knox County Vital Records - Knox County Clerk, 200 South Cherry Street, Galesburg, IL 61401-4912.


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