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  • Vermilion County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 27, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Clark and Edgar Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1826
    County Seat:  Danville, Illinois

    County history - Vermilion County is named for the Vermilion River, which is a tributary of the Wabash River, located in the state of Illinois. The river was named Vermilion  after the bluffs above it, which are a red color of earth.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Vermilion County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Vermilion County Vital Records - Vermilion County Clerk, 6 North Vermillion, Danville, IL 61832.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Catlin Historical Society / Catlin, IL)
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society / Danville, IL)
    11. Society/Museum/Assn - (Rossville Historical & Genealogical Society / Rossville, IL)
    12. Society/Museum/Assn - (Tilton Historical Society / Tilton, IL)


  • Wabash County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Edwards County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1824
    County Seat:  Mount Carmel, Illinois

    County history - Wabash County is named for the Wabash River is a 475-mile (764 km)-long river in the Midwestern United States that flows southwest from northwest Ohio near Fort Recovery, Ohio across northern Indiana to Illinois where it forms the southern Illinois-Indiana border before draining into the Ohio River, of which it is the largest northern tributary

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Wabash County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Wabash County Vital Records - Wabash County Clerk, Wabash County Courthouse, 401 Market Stree, P.O. Box 277, Mt. Carmel, IL 62863.


  • Washington County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Saint Clair County (before statehood).
    Established:  xx-xxx-1818
    County Seat:  Nashville, Illinois

    County history - Washington County is named in honor of George Washington (February 22, 1732 - December 14, 1799) served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and as the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. Because of his significant role in the revolution and in the formation of the United States, he is often revered by Americans as the "Father of Our Country".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Washington County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Washington County Vital Records - Washington County Clerk, Washington County Courthouse, 101 E. St. Louis Street, Nashville, IL 62263.


  • Wayne County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Edwards County.
    Established:  25-Mar-1819
    County Seat:  Fairfield, Illinois

    County history - Wayne County is named in honor of Anthony Wayne (January 1, 1745 - December 15, 1796) was a United States Army general and statesman. Wayne adopted a military career at the outset of the American Revolutionary War, where his military exploits and fiery personality quickly earned him a promotion to the rank of brigadier general and the nickname of Mad Anthony.

    Wayne Courthouse
    1. Wayne County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Wayne County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Wayne County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
         Wayne County Historical Society
         300 SE 2nd Street
         Fairfield, IL 62837

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Wayne County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Wayne County Vital Records - Wayne County Clerk, Wayne County Courthouse, P.O. Box 187, Fairfield, IL 62837.


  • White County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 27, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Gallatin County.
    Established:  09-Dec-1815
    County Seat:  Carmi, Illinois

    County history - White County is named in honor of Leonard White, pioneer of Gallatin County, Major of the Territorial militia, member of the Constitutional Convention of 1818, State Senator in the second and third General Assemblies.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. White County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. White County Vital Records - White County Clerk, P.O. Box 339, Carmi, IL 62821.

      Census Information:
    10. 1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census White County (Index: 12 pages / Text: 10 pages / Notes: 1 page).


  • Whiteside County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 27, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Jo Daviess and Henry Counties.
    Established:  16-Jan-1836
    County Seat:  Morrison, Illinois

    County history - Whiteside County is named in honor of Samuel Whiteside (1783-1868) was an Illinois pioneer, political figure and military leader. He is not the same person as the Major Samuel Whitside who participated in the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Whiteside County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Whiteside County Vital Records - Whiteside County Clerk, County Building, 200 East Knox Street, Morrison, IL 61270.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Tampico Area Historical Society and Museum / Tampico, IL)


  • Williamson County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 28, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Franklin County.
    Established:  28-Feb-1839
    County Seat:  Marion, Illinois

    County history - Williamson County after Williamson County, Tennessee through the influence of emigrants from that county. Williamson County is often referred to as "Bloody Williamson" due to several outbreaks of violence that have few parallels in American history. These include the following: the Bloody Vendetta, 1876; the Carterville Massacre, 1899; Coal Strike, 1906; The Herrin Massacre, 1922; the Klan War, 1924-1926; the Birger/Shelton Gang War, 1926.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Williamson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Williamson County Vital Records - Williamson County Clerk, 200 W. Jefferson, P.O. Box 1008, Marion, IL 62959.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois / Carterville, IL)


  • Winnebago County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 24, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Jo Daviess and LaSalle (unorganized) Counties in 1834.
    Established:  16-Jan-1836
    County Seat:  Rockford, Illinois

    County history - Winnebago County is named in honor of the Winnebago Native American tribe who once occupied that part of northern Illinois. The Native American word Winnebago translates to "fish eater".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Winnebago County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. County of Winnebago Vital Records - Winnebago County Clerk, 404 Elm Street, Suite 104, Rockford, IL 61101.

    9. Genealogy Trails - Areas covered are Boone and Winnebago Counties in Illinois.
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Kishwaukee Genealogists / Rockford, IL), Winnebago & Boone Counties


  • Woodford County, Illinois —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 16, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Tazewell and McLean Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1841
    County Seat:  Eureka, Illinois

    County history - Woodford County is named in honor of the birthplace of an early pioneer, Thomas Bullock, who was born in Woodford County, Kentucky.

    Woodford Courthouse
    GHLL Woodford 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 - Woodford County, IL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Woodford County Historical Society / Eureka, IL)
    6. US/ILGenWeb site - Woodford County Archives
    7. US/ILGenWeb - Woodford County Genealogy & History
    8. Woodford County Vital Records - Woodford County Clerk, Woodford County Courthouse, 115 N. Main, Suite 202, Eureka, IL 61530.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Marshall County (north), LaSalle County (northeast), Livingston County (east),
             McLean County (southeast), Tazewell County (southwest), Peoria County (west).

        Patron's Directory Atlas - 1873 (Note: Woodford county births are hightlighted.)

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