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last updated April 2015

GENERAL ILLINOIS RESOURCES: All or multiple counties


Archives, Libraries, Online Book Collections
FamilySearch Book Collection

Family History Catalog  The catalog to the Family History Library at Salt Lake.  Find books that have been published or records that were filmed; also provides a link if it has been digitized at FamilySearch

Google Books Particularly strong for county histories but also has many New England vital records and other kinds of books.  

Internet Archive Digital archive to historical books that will include county histories, military records and much more. The best place to start is keyword search of place or subject

Illinois Digital Archives They have many photographys, newspapers, maps and much more from the Illinois State Library

Local Governmental Records in the IRAD System Database of the holdings of the Illinois Regional Archives Depositories. You can put in the county and see what they have

Switchboard Library Search - under Business type libraries - then put the place and it will give you a list of local libraries to that place.

Census may be searched at Ancestry if you have a subscription.  FamilySearch has all Federal Census indexed but they do not have all the images (direct links to each census at FamilySearch are on my census page).  Mocavo now allows you to search the census for free and does include all images 

1855: Illinois State Census, 1855 FamilySearch
1865: Illinois State Census  FamilySearch - images; only gives heads of HH
1890  Veteran's schedule of Union Veterans was taken but some states were lost.  The Veteran's schedules are at FamilySearch both the index and images.

Church Records
Catholic - List of counties & parishes for the Diocese of Belleville   Diocese of Belleville (Southern Illinois counties)
Methodist -History of Methodism in Illinois, from 1793 to 1832  by James Leaton, 1883 (Google Books)
Quaker - List of Illinois Quaker Monthly Meetings   Allen County Public Library

Geography / Maps

Atlas of the State of Illinois  1876  University of Illinois
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments 
Great index that tells you when Illinois towns were incorporated, and if they were called something else before being named what they are today.

Immigration & Naturalization

English Settlement in the Illinois  original recruiting tracts to bring British Isle settlers to Illinois, first written in the early 1800s, compiled and published in 1907 [Google Books]

Land Records

Land Patent Search - BLM GLO Records Bureau of Land Management original patents for Public Domain Lands including Homestead entries. Includes images of patent

Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database The BLM site has the images but sometimes things are slightly different in this database than there so check both.

Military Records

1929 Illinois Roll of Honor Illinois State Archives.  contains the locations of the burial places of soldiers, sailors, marines, and army nurses who served in any of the wars of the United States and are buried in Illinois"

Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home Residents  Illinois State Archives.  Primarily Civil War veterans it includes male residents of the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home admitted from its opening in 1887 through September 1916. Female residents are also included from their first admissions in 1908 through September 1916.

Illinois Veterans' History Project Illinois State Archives "The purpose of this database is to provide you with an index to the names of Illinois veterans whose stories have been preserved on Illinois Patriot Information Forms "

Illinois, Soldier burial places, 1774-1974

War of 1812:          Illinois War of 1812 Veterans  Illinois State Archives
War of 1812:         
War of 1812 Pension Files - free at Fold3
War of 1812:         
United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910 FamilySearch
War of 1812:         
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815 FamilySearch

Black Hawk War:     Illinois Black Hawk War Veterans  Illinois State Archives

Mexican War:          Illinois Mexican War Veterans  Illinois State Archives
Mexican War           
United States Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848  FamilySearch
Mexican War          
United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926

Civil War                History of the 77th Illinois Volunteer Infantry (University of Illinois)
Civil War:                Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls  Illinois State Archives
Civil War:               
Illinois Civil War Veterans Serving in the U.S. Navy  Illinois State Archives
Civil War                 
Illinois Civil War Veterans Serving in the U.S. Navy  Illinois State Archives
Civil War:                
U.S. Census of Union Vets and Widows of the Civil War, 1890 
Civil War:                U.S. Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1864-1866 
Civil War:               
U.S.Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865 FamilySearch
Civil War:                
U.S. Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files, 1861-1934
Civil War:                U.S. Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917  FamilySearch
Civil War:                U.S. Union Provost Marshal Files of Individual Civilians,1861-1866 
Spanish Amer. War  Illinois Spanish–American War Veterans  Illinois State Archives

U.S. Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918  FamilySearch
U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 FamilySearch

WWII                      U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946  FamilySearch
WWII                      U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942  FamilySearch
U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse) FamilySearch
United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941-1945

Newspapers             Check the State by State Newspaper Resources page

Vital Records

Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 FamilySearch

llinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916 An Ongoing Project of the Illinois State Archives 

Illinois Statewide Death Index (1916–1950)   index created by the Illinois Department of Public Health

Elmwood Cemetery Collection, Centralia, IL FamilySearch; part of the Illinois Cemetery Collection (Marion, Clinton, Jefferson & Washington Co. area)

County & Local Histories of Illinois: a collection of digitized books from the University of Illinois

Illinois GenWeb  Look carefully at the main page then go find your county or surrounding counties to see what has been done.

Adams County
Adams County Almshouse Register Index (1873–1898)  Western Illinois University

Brown County
Brown County Almshouse Registers Index (1882–1963) Western Illinois University

Bureau County
Atlas of Bureau County and the state of Illinois 1875

Carroll County
Carroll County Birth Certificates Index (1877–1913) Northern Illinois University

Clay County
Flora Digital Newspaper Project  (Illinois Digital Archives)

Coles County
Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records  From the Illinois State Archives
Mattoon Court of Common Pleas Case Files Index (1869–1873) Eastern Illinois University

Chicago: A collection of digitized books from the University of Illinois
Illinois,  Chicago map collection from the University of Chicago

DeKalb County

Dewitt County
Atlas of De Witt Co. and the state of Illinois 1875
DeWitt County Coroner's Inquest Files Index (1924–1977)  Illinois State University

Edgar County
Atlas of Edgar County and the State of Illinois 1870

Fulton County

Elgin Area History  (Illinois Digital Archives)
Historic Maps of Aurora, Illinois  (Illinois State Archives)
Knox County
Lawrence County
Atlas of Lawrence Co. IL 1875

Lee County
Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830-1954  from FamilySearch

Livingston County
Livingston County Probate Case Files Index (1837–1958)  Illinois State University

Logan County
Logan County Circuit Court Criminal Case Files Index (1857–1945)  Illinois State University

Macoupin County
Macoupin County Coroner's Inquest Files Index (1835–1928) University of Illinois at Springfield

Madison County
Madison County Probate Case Files Index (1813–1903) Southern Illinois University

Allen's new atlas of the city and vicinity of Peoria 1888

Randolph County
An Illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County,

Rock Island County
Rock Island Probate Case Files Index (1834–1899) Western Illinois University

Sangamon County
Sangamon County Probate Case Files Index (1821–1906)  University of Illinois at Springfield
Sangamon County Guardian's Case Files Index (1825–1901) University of Illinois at Springfield

Shelby County
Shelby County Circuit Court Case Files Index (1828–1871) 
Eastern Illinois University

St. Clair County
St. Clair County Circuit Court Chancery Case Files Index (1815–1870) Southern Illinois University
St. Clair County Farm Board Record Index (1874–1879) Southern Illinois University

St. Louis County
East St. Louis City Court Naturalization Papers Index (1874–1906) Southern Illinois University
East St. Louis City Directory Collection

Vermilion County

Winnebago County
Cherry Valley Local History Collection  Cherry Valley Public Library
Illinois Winnebago War Veterans  Illinois State Archives

Woodford County
Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957) Illinois State University