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  • Peoria County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 27, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Fulton County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1825
    County Seat:  Peoria, Illinois

    County history - Peoria County is named in honor of the Peoria Indian tribe [Algonquian people] who populated the area on the Illinois River.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Peoria County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. County of Peoria Vital Records - Peoria County Clerk, 324 Main Street, Rm 101, Peoria, IL 61602

      Census Information:
    9. 1860 Census - multiple townships (of the time).


  • Piatt County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 27, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of DeWitt and Macon Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1841
    County Seat:  Monticello, Illinois

    County history - Piatt County is named in honor of James A. Piatt, a local resident, instrumental in formation of the county.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Cemeteries - Listings (by county & cemetery). Includes photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. County of Piatt Vital Records - Piatt County Clerk, P.O. Box 558, Monticello, IL 61856.


  • Pike County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Madison County.
    Established:  31-Jan-1821
    County Seat:  Pittsfield, Illinois

    County history - Pike County is named in honor of Zebulon Pike, an early explorer of the Louisiana purchase (1806). Pike s Peak was named in his honor. He was a General of the War of 1812 and was killed at York, Canada.\.

    Pike Courthouse
    1. Pike County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Pike County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Pike County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Pike/Calhoun Genealogical Society
          PO Box 104
          Pleasant Hill, IL 62366

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pike County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pike County Vital Records - Pike County Clerk, Pike County Courthouse, 00 E Washington Street, Pittsfield, IL 62363


  • Pope County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 16, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Gallatin and Johnson Counties.
    Established:  10-Jan-1816
    County Seat:  Golconda, Illinois

    County history - Pope County is named in honor of Nathaniel Pope, a Secretary of the Illinois Territory.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pope County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pope County Vital Records - Pope County Clerk, 400 Main St., P.O. Box 216, Golconda, IL 62938.

    9. Pope County - part of the Genealogy Trails Group

      Census Information:
    10. 1820 Census (I) and (T) - also includes a page of notes.


  • Pulaski County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Alexander and Johnson Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1843
    County Seat:  Mound City, Illinois

    County history - Pulaski County is named in honor of Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish exile who espoused the cause of the Colonies during the Revolution and was killed at the attack on Savannah in 1779.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pulaski County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pulaski County Vital Records - Pulaski County Clerk, 500 Illinois Ave., P.O. Box 118, Mound City, IL 62963-0218.

    9. DEBDAVIS.ORG - Pulaski County Illinois Ancestry and History


  • Putnam County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Fulton County
    Established:  xx-xxx-1825
    County Seat:  Hennepin, Illinois

    County history - Putnam County is named in honor of Israel Putnam, who was a hero in the French and Indian War and a general in the American Revolutionary War.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Putnam County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Putnam County Vital Records - Putnam County Clerk, Courthouse, 120 N. Fourth St., Hennepin, IL 61327.

      Census Information:
    9. Putnam County - 1920 Census ED 187


  • Randolph County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Saint Clair County
    and The Northwest Territory.
    Established:  05-Oct-1795
    County Seat:  Chester, Illinois

    County history - Randolph County is named in honor of noted Revolutionary War soldier and statesman, U.S. Attorney General, General Edmund Randolph, Governor of Virginia.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Randolph County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Randolph County Vital Records - Randolph County Clerk, Courthouse, #1 Taylor St, Rm 202, Chester, IL 62233.

    9. Illinois Trails - County History and Genealogy
    10. Illinois.net - ...Where Illinois Began...


  • Rock Island County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 23, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Jo Daviess County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1831
    County Seat:  Rock Island, Illinois

    County history - Rock Island County is named in honor of The Rock Island Arsenal, which comprises 946 acres, located on Arsenal Island, originally known as Rock Island, on the Mississippi River between the cities of Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois. It lies within the state of Illinois. The island was originally established as a government site in 1816, with the building of Fort Armstrong. It is now the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. It has been an active manufacturer of military equipment and ordnance since the 1880s. In 1919-20 100 of the Anglo-American or Liberty Mark VIII tanks were manufactured, although too late for World War I. It is designated as a National Historic Landmark.



    Rock Island Courthouse
    GHLL Rock Island County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Rock Island 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 - Rock Island County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Rock Island County Genealogical Society / Moline, IL)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Rock Island County Historical Society / Moline, IL)
    7. US/ILGenWeb site - Rock Island County Archives
    8. US/ILGenWeb - Rock Island County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - or, Rock Island County Clerk Recorder, Rock Island County Courthouse, 210 15th Street, Rock Island,
               IL 61201.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Clinton County, Iowa (north) across the Mississippi River, Whiteside County (northeast),
                
    Henry County (southeast), Mercer County (south), Louisa County, Iowa (southwest)
                across the Mississippi River
    , Muscatine County, Iowa (west) across the Mississippi River,
             Scott County, Iowa (northwest) across the Mississippi River.
               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:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Saint Clair County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Northwest Territory,
    Established:  27-Apr-1790
    County Seat:  Belleville, Illinois

    County history - Saint Clair County is named in honor of Arthur Saint Clair, Governor of the Northwest Territory, who organized the county in 1790.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    6. Saint Clair County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    7. Saint Clair County Vital Records - Saint Clair County Clerk, 10 Public Square, Belleville, IL 62220-1623.

    8. Illinois Trails - History and Genealogy (Saint Clair)


  • Sangamon County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 16, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Madison and Bond Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1851
    County Seat:  Springfield, Illinois

    County history - Sangamon County is named in honor of the Sangamon River, which runs through it. The name of the river comes from a Pottawatomie word Sain-guee-mon (pronounced "sang g 0 mun") meaning "where there is plenty to eat."

    Sangamon Courthouse

    Capitol history - Illinois' Sixth Capitol Building:  Ground was broken for the present Capitol on March 11, 1868; the first stone was set in place a few months later. The formal laying of the cornerstone occurred on October 5th, 1868. Two years later the cornerstone developed large cracks and had to be replaced.
             Although still unfinished after eight years of work, the General Assembly moved into the building in 1876. The project was continually plagued with trouble. Corruption was suspected several times and at least one workman was killed on the job. Construction continued intermittently for twenty years. During this time there was a serious movement afoot calling for the abandonment of the unfinished structure and the Capital's removal to some other Illinois city.
             Civil War veteran Richard J. Oglesby was Governor when the building was started and was serving a third term when the Capitol was finally completed two decades later in 1888.

    Illinois State Capitol

    GHLL Sangamon County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Sangamon County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Sangamon County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sangamon County Historical Society / Springfield, IL)
    6. US/ILGenWeb site - Sangamon County Archives
    7. US/ILGenWeb - Sangamon County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Sangamon County Clerk, 200 S. 9th Street, Room 101 - County Bldg, Springfield, IL 62701
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Menard County (north), Logan County (north), Macon County (east), Christian County
             (southeast), Montgomery County (south), Macoupin County (south), Morgan County
             (west), Cass County (west).

        Genealogy Trails - Sangamon County History and Genealogy

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  • Scott County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Morgan County in 1800.
    Established:  16-Feb-1839
    County Seat:  Winchester, Illinois

    County history - Scott County is named in honor of a local pioneer family (Scott).

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Scott County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Scott County Vital Records - Scott County Clerk & Recorder, Courthouse, Winchester, IL 62694.


  • Stark County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Knox and Putnam Counties
    Established:  xx-xxx-1839
    County Seat:  Toulon, Illinois

    County history - Stark County is named in honor of Colonel John Stark, an officer in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Stark County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Stark County Vital Records - Stark County Clerk & Recorder, 130 W. Main St., Toulon, IL 61483-0097.

    9. Genealogy Trails - Stark County History and Genealogy


  • Stephenson County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Jo Daviess and Winnebago Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1837
    County Seat:  Freeport, Illinois

    County history - Stephenson County is named in honor of Colonel Benjamin Stephenson, an official of the Illinois Territory.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Stephenson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Stephenson County Vital Records - Stephenson County Clerk & Recorder, 15 North Galena Avenue, Freeport, IL 61032-4348.


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