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1. choose your state link where you will find state wide resources, news, projects
2. each county has a web of its own - choose the county link

also go to the GenWeb Archives and choose a county.  The archives are transcriptions of records that people have transcribed or abstracted and donated for others to use.  If the county you are working in is spare, check out all its neighboring county pages as many times a very active site will include records from surrounding areas. 


Archives, Libraries and Organizations

Illinois State Archives is very large and it is easy to miss important parts.  IRAD - the Illinois Regional Archives Depository componant breaks down to region and then county and includes very nice clear township maps.
LDS Family History Catalog Search  (do a place search by state or county or town etc. to see what has been filmed) 

1855 State Census of Illinois - index from Family Search
1865 State Census of Illinois - index from Family Search
Illinois State Census Transcription Project from New Horizons Genealogical Services
Catholic: Chicago IL, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925 images from Family Search
Catholic: Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, 1729-1956 images from Family Search
Methodist: History of Methodism in Illinois from 1793 to 1832 by James Leaton, 1883 [Google Books]
Quaker: Quakers in Illinois includes a monthly meeting list


Federal Township Plats of IllinoisHistorical Maps Online is done by the University of Illinois but they have much more than just Illinois maps
Illinois County Boundaries 1790-Present
Illinois County Land Ownership Maps and Atlases Inventory (IL State Library)
Illinois Harvest "a free public gateway created by Illiniois Scholars and from the digital collections of the University of Illinois Library"
Illinois Historical Maps (David Rumsey Collection)
Illinois Maps: Perry Castaneda Library
Rootsweb Town Search enter the town and it will tell you its present day county


FamilySearch Wiki Guide to the States - constantly growing wiki with research help, ideas, links, knowledge


Illinois & Michigan Canal Home Page
Illinois History Resource Page
Jon's Southern Illinois History Page
The Settlement of Illinois, v. 1: 1778-1830 by Arthur Clinton Boggess, 1908 [Google Books]
The Settlement of Illinois from 1830 to 1850 by the University of Wisconsin, 1908 [Google Books]

many of the Illinois county histories have been digitized and made available on Google Books. Go there and enter terms like  Cass County History and see if your county is there

Immigration & Migration

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]
Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 index from Family Search
Migration Routes to the South Eastern Gulf Plains - Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, E. Texas, Louisiana and Florida


Federal Township Plats of Illinois (1804-1891) (IL Secretary of State)
Land Patent Search - BLM GLO Records. -  Bureau of Land Management original patents for Public Domain Lands
Land Sales in Illinois
Military Tract of Illinois - War of 1812 Veterans


Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Illinois (Genealogy Trails)
1840 Census of Pensioners: Illinois
BlackHawk War (1832)
Illinois Civil War Project
Illinois in the Civil War


Illinois Newspaper Project Database Search Form (You may simply search by county to see what newspapers existed in that area - if you find holdings the rolls may be borrowed through inter-library loan)

Kidon Media-Link: Illinois

Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970 - images from many counties along with some court records from Family Search


Illinois Vital Records Information

Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates 1878-1922 - database & images from Family Search
Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers 1871-1915 dtabase & images from Family Search

Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934 database from Family Search (just beginning; only some counties so far)
Illinois State Wide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 - database  from the Illinois State Archives
County Records
Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920 database & images from Family Search

Illinois, Cook County Deaths 1878-1922 database & images from Family Search
Illinois Death Index 1916-1950
Illinois, Deaths & Stillbirths, 1916-1947 database from Family Search
Online Illinois Death Records & Indexes (a directory)

CemSearch Illinois
Cemeteries in the Midwest (Northern IL)
Cemetery Junction: Illinois
Find A Grave choose the link on the top right column to search entries

Illinois, Cook County, Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index 1885-2002 database & images from Family Search
Illinois Obit Finder from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Illinois Obituaries [Ancestor Hunt]
Illinois Obituaries  is a nice directory from GenDir
Illinois, Tazewell County Obituary Card INdex from the "Pekin Times" 1914-2007 images from Family Search