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ILLINOIS

 

United States

 

 

 

 

An Introduction

Gen-Tool Kit

Surnames

 

 

Our Ancestral Counties

Researching by Location

Internet Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Flag

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Introduction

 

State Seal

 

 

 

    

 

General Description

     Illinois, the 21st state admitted to the United States of America, is the most populous and demographically diverse Midwestern state and the fifth most populous state in the nation. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and western Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a broad economic base. Illinois is an important transportation hub; the Port of Chicago connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River via the Illinois River. Illinois is often viewed as a microcosm of the United States; an Associated Press analysis of 21 demographic factors found Illinois the "most average state", while Peoria has long been a proverbial social and cultural bellwether.

     With a population near 40,000 between 1300 and 1400 AD, the Mississippian city of Cahokia, in what is now southern Illinois, was the largest city within the future United States, until it was surpassed by New York City between 1790 and 1800. About 2,000 Native American hunters and a small number of French villagers inhabited the Illinois area at the time of the American Revolution.  American settlers began arriving from Kentucky in the 1810s; they achieved statehood in 1818. The future metropolis of Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan. Railroads and John Deere's invention of the self-scouring steel plow made central Illinois' rich prairie into some of the world's most productive and valuable farmlands, attracting immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. By 1900, the growth of industry in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe, and made the state a major arsenal in both World wars. African Americans migrating to Chicago from the rural South formed a large and important community, which created the city's famous jazz and blues cultures.

     Approximately 66% of the population of Illinois resides in the northeastern corner of the state, primarily within the city of Chicago and the surrounding area. Three U.S. Presidents have been elected while they were living in Illinois — Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama. Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico and grew up within Illinois. Lincoln is interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.

Historical Information

History of Illinois

Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

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GENEALOGICAL ARCHIVES & LIBRARIES

Illinois State Archives, Norton Building, Capitol Complex, Springfield, IL 62756; TELEPHONE: (217) 782-4682, Fax: (217) 524-3930; HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository [IRAD], IRAD Coordinator, Illinois State Archives, Archives Building, Spring and Edwards, Springfield, IL 62756; As part of the state archives system, seven regional depositories at state universities include archival material from 102 counties. Located on seven state university campuses, regional depositories house and service those records of local governments which have been appraised as having long-term values and have been transferred to the Archives' custody.

  • Eastern Illinois University, Booth Library, 600 Lincoln Ave, Charleston, IL 61920; (217) 581-6093, Counties served: Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Moultrie, Richland, Shelby, Wabash, Wayne
  • Illinois State University, Campus Box 5500, Normal, IL 61790-5500; (309) 452-6027
    Counties: Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston, Logan, Marshall, McLean, Piatt, Tazewell, Vermilion, Woodford
  • Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625-4699; (773) 442-4506, Counties served: Cook
  • Northern Illinois University, Founders Memorial Library, Rm 400, DeKalb, IL 60115; (815) 753-1807; Counties served: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, DuPage, JoDaviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago
  • Southern Illinois University, c/o Special Collections, Morris Library–6632, Carbondale, IL 62901; (309) 298-2716; Counties served: Alexander, Clinton, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Washington, White, Williamson
  • University of Illinois at Springfield, P. O. Box  19243, Springfield, IL 62794 ; (217) 786-6520; Counties served: Bond, Cass, Christian, Fayette, Greene, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Sangamon, Scott
  • Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390; (309) 298-2716; Counties served: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, Peoria, Pike, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Warren 

Illinois State Historical Library, Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL 62701

 

HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES 

·        The Illinois State Historical Society
210 1/2 S. Sixth, Springfield, IL 62701-1503; Phone: (217)525-2781, Fax: (217)525-2783, [
EMAIL]

·         Illinois State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10195, Springfield, IL 62791; Phone: (217) 789-1968, [
EMAIL]

 

STATE LIBRARY

·        Illinois State Library, 300 South 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701-1796; Phone: (217) 785-5600

Source: State Library Web Sites

 

HISTORICAL PLACES

 

Adams Alexander Bond Boone Brown Bureau Calhoun Carroll Cass Champaign Christian Clark Clay Clinton Coles Cook Crawford Cumberland De Kalb De Witt Douglas Du Page Edgar Effingham Fayette Ford Franklin Fulton Gallatin Greene Grundy Hamilton Hancock Hardin Henderson Henry Iroquois Jackson Jasper Jefferson Jersey Jo Daviess Johnson Kane Kankakee Kendall Knox La Salle Lake Lee Livingston Logan Macon Macoupin Madison Marion Marshall Mason Massac McDonough McHenry McLean Menard Mercer Monroe Montgomery Morgan Moultrie Ogle Peoria Perry Piatt Pike Pope Pulaski Putnam Randolph Richland Rock Island Saline Sangamon Schuyler Scott Shelby St. Clair Stark Stephenson Tazewell Union Vermilion Wabash Warren Washington Wayne White Whiteside Will Williamson Winnebago Woodford

Source: National Register of Historical Places

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surnames

 

 

The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

 

 

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

 

 

Alexander

 

Baker

 

 

Bennett

 

 

Bradshaw

 

Brown

 

 

 

Elder

 

Giddens

 

Halley

 

Hart

 

Jenkins

 

Johnson

 

 

 

Lineberry

 

Loyd

 

McCann

 

McVicker

 

 

Meade

 

Moreland

 

 

Peachee

 

Pinnell

Stratton

 

Tiffin

 

 

Tipton

 

Walker

 

 

Wolverton

 

 

Wright

 

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

 

 

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

Additional information regarding these surnames may also be found at:

  Surname Locator Resources

 

 

Free Genealogy Surname

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Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

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Click on this thumbnail map for a full-sized version.

 

Our Ancestral Counties

 

The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, click on the following link. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edgar;   Perry

 

 

Ancestral Locations

 

 

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?

 

Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names. The LINK

MAPS

GAZETTEERS

to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Researching 
by Location

 

Gazetteer of Places

County Research

(Genealogical)

County Research

(General Info.)

The links below may assist you with your research within the various places of this state.

Gazetteer

of Places

The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.S. State.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

 

List of Illinois county name etymologies

List of cities in Illinois

List of precincts in Illinois

List of towns and villages in Illinois

List of townships in Illinois

Source: List of cities, towns, and villages in the U.S.

Illinois Cities - profiles of 4,833 Illinois cities, towns & neighborhoods

Illinois Physical Features such as lakes, islands & steams

Illinois Cultural Features such as schools, parks, hospitals & airports

Illinois Civil Features such as Native Areas and Political Subdivisions

Search by Name, County, ZIP Code or Area Code

Source: US Cities & State Gazetteers

 

County Research

(Genealogical)

 

Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.

 

 

 

 

Unknown

Adams

Alexander

Bond

Boone

Brown

Bureau

Calhoun

Carroll

Cass

Champaign

Christian

Clark

Clay

Clinton

Coles

Cook

Crawford

Cumberland

DeKalb

DeWitt

Douglas

DuPage

Edgar

Edwards

Effingham

Fayette

Ford

Franklin

Fulton

Gallatin

Greene

Grundy

Hamilton

Hancock

Hardin

Henderson

Henry

Iroquois

Jackson

Jasper

Jefferson

Jersey

JoDaviess

Johnson

Kane

Kankakee

Kendall

Knox

Lake

LaSalle

Lawrence

Lee

Livingston

Logan

Macon

Macoupin

Madison

Marion

Marshall

Mason

Massac

McDonough

McHenry

McLean

Menard

Mercer

Monroe

Montgomery

Morgan

Moultrie

Ogle

Peoria

Perry

Piatt

Pike

Pope

Pulaski

Putnam

Randolph

Richland

Rock Island

Saline

Sangamon

Schuyler

Scott

Shelby

Stark

St. Clair

Stephenson

Tazewell

Union

Vermilion

Wabash

Warren

Washington

Wayne

White

Whiteside

Will

Williamson

Winnebago

Woodford

 

 

County Research

(General)

 

Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

 

 

 

 

Adams County

Alexander County

Bond County

Boone County

Brown County

Bureau County

Calhoun County

Carroll County

Cass County

Champaign County

Christian County

Clark County

Clay County

Clinton County

Coles County

Cook County

Crawford County

Cumberland County

De Witt County

DeKalb County

Douglas County

DuPage County

Edgar County

Edwards County

Effingham County

Fayette County

Ford County

Franklin County

Fulton County

Gallatin County

Greene County

Grundy County

Hamilton County

Hancock County

Hardin County

Henderson County

Henry County

Iroquois County

Jackson County

Jasper County

Jefferson County

Jersey County

Jo Daviess County

Johnson County

Kane County

Kankakee County

Kendall County

Knox County

Lake County

LaSalle County

Lawrence County

Lee County

Livingston County

Logan County

Macon County

Macoupin County

Madison County

Marion County

Marshall County

Mason County

Massac County

McDonough County

McHenry County

McLean County

Menard County

Mercer County

Monroe County

Montgomery County

Morgan County

Moultrie County

Ogle County

Peoria County

Perry County

Piatt County

Pike County

Pope County

Pulaski County

Putnam County

Randolph County

Richland County

Rock Island County

Saline County

Sangamon County

Schuyler County

Scott County

Shelby County

St. Clair County

Stark County

Stephenson County

Tazewell County

Union County

Vermilion County

Wabash County

Warren County

Washington County

Wayne County

White County

Whiteside County

Will County

Williamson County

Winnebago County

Woodford County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet
Resources

 

 

 

The Google search engine

 button  and following web

sites    may     provide    you

with additional information

to assist with your research

about   this   U. S.   State. 

 

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

 

 

·           Website & Webpages We Like

·           Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·           Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·           Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA

·           Genealogy Gateway

·           Ancestry.com (Reference Materials & Finding Aids)

·           Ancestry.com - Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

·           GenealogyLinks.net

·        Cyndi's List - United States Index

·        IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles & North America

·        Libweb - Libraries on the Web

·        50states.com - States and Capitals

·        RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·        USA Resources at RootsWeb

·        StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

·        The USGenWeb Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCATION SPECIFIC RESOURCES

·Illinois - Wikipedia

·Illinois State Facts and Information

·Illinois State Information (50 States.com)

·Cyndi’s List (Illinois)

·Illinois (historical societies)

·Illinois GenWeb Project

 

 

 

 

OUR GENEALOGY REFERENCE LIBRARY

 

 

The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.

 

U.S.A. Locations Library - States, Counties, & Localities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

 

 

 

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Snail Mail:

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USA

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Canada