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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections of previous research and indexes of genealogical value. To begin a search of an ancestor in these collections, you may wish to begin with available published indexes, both on a national level as well as a local level. Many genealogy databases are on line through various websites.
- The Ancestral File contains lineages organized into family groups and pedigrees with an every-name index. See FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service - Trees.
- The Newberry Library of Chicago, Illinois has a collection of thousands of genealogies published before 1917 and includes an index available at the library. Coverage is best for New England with secondary coverage for Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic states. Index is also found at the Family History Library FHL film 928135–928137; book 973 D22n volumes 1-4
- The Family History Library has an extensive collection of almost 50,000 published U.S. family histories and newsletters. Copies at the library are listed in the Last names Search of the Family History Library Catalog. To see a list of the most prominent indexed he Library also has several indexed genealogies
- Major collections of printed family histories are also found at most of the archives and libraries listed in United States Archives and Libraries. Most large libraries have indexes and catalogs to published family histories. For a list of the indexes and catalogs available at the Family History Library see the Family History section of United States Genealogy in the Wiki.
- National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC). "The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, established in 1959, is a cooperative cataloging program in which repositories from all over the United States open to the public report their holdings of manuscript collections to the Library of Congress. Staff members of the Manuscripts Section of the Library's Special Materials Cataloging Division prepare catalog entries for these reports, which are published annually in book form by the Library of Congress"--Index to personal names in the National Union Catalog of manuscript collections, 1959-1984, p. vii. An index is available at the Family History Library FHL book 016.091 N21 1959 to 1984
- Ancestry.com ($) Public and Private member trees.
- World Connect includes hundreds of thousands of ancestors in pedigrees and family trees with an easy to use index.
- Periodical Source Index (PERSI). There are more than 126,000 surnames included in the PERSI database which is available on the Internet at HeritageQuestOnline.com as well as at Ancestry.com. Both are subscription websites, but often available at local libraries.
Family Group Collections
Some important collections of compiled genealogies and genealogical source material for Illinois in the Family History Library include:
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) (Illinois) Genealogical Collection. See the "Cemeteries" section for information about this collection.
Champaign County Historical Archives. Family Files. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. (Family History Library films 1026779–786 and 1027162–165.) This alphabetical collection of family group records, typescript genealogies, and newspaper clippings was microfilmed in 1978 at the Champaign County Courthouse.
Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois Ancestor Charts. Carterville, Illinois: The Society, 1994–95. (Family History Library book 977.3 C4g.) Pedigree charts of the ancestors of members of the society from 28 southern Illinois counties are included in this work.
Mathis, Linda Gale. Surname Index of the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois.Carterville, Illinois: The Society, 1986. (Family History Library book 977.3 A3s.) This index to the ancestors of members of the society includes the names of the submitters. It contains dates and places of birth, marriage, and death, and names of spouses.
Lunde, Mrs. O.B. Illinois State Genealogical Society Surname Index. Decatur, Illinois: Illinois State Genealogical Society, 1981. (Family History Library book 977.3 D2L; film 1421706, item 4.) This contains information about ancestors of ISGS members and gives birth and marriage dates and names of spouses.
Indexed five-generation pedigree charts of members of the same society are in:
Illinois State Genealogical Society Ancestor Charts of Members. Seven volumes. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Genealogical Society, 1988–1992. (Family History Library book 977.3 D2i).
Pioneers Certificate Applications
The Illinois State Genealogical Society also compiled the following:
Applications for Illinois Prairie Pioneer Certificates. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987–89. (On 27 Family History Library microfilms beginning with 1513611, item 2.) This collection contains two series of applications alphabetized by the surname of the pioneer ancestor. "Pioneers" are defined as those who arrived in Illinois before 1880. It includes lineage charts tracing the applicant’s pedigree to pioneer ancestors and shows supporting documents such as marriage and death certificates, obituaries, and census abstracts.
Applications for Illinois Prairie Pioneer Certificates: Certificates Issued on Previously Approved Pioneers. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987. (Family History Library films 1514164 and 1514155–161.)
Writing and Sharing Your Family History
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:
- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
- See also:
A "centennial farm" is one owned for 100 years or more by lineal descendants of the same family. Histories of families who owned centennial farms in Illinois can be found in:
Illinois Centennial Farm Heritage Association. The History of Illinois Centennial Farms. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media, 1986. (Family History Library book 977.3 D2h.) This book gives a short history of farming in Illinois and contains family histories and property descriptions of the centennial farms.
- Free Genealogy Databases - Illinois = www.freesurnamesearch.com/search/il.html
This Internet site links to many statewide databases with information about Illinois and its citizens. It includes military, vital and land records.
It also has county databases that may include records such as: military, tax, vital, census, court and naturalization.
- The site below has links to a variety of Chicago and Illinois record databases.
For genealogy sources for the United States, see United States Genealogies.
Other genealogical records of Illinois can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:
ILLINOIS- SOCIETIES- GENEALOGY
ILLINOIS, [COUNTY]- GENEALOGY
ILLINOIS, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- GENEALOGY