Illinois, United States Genealogy

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This article is about the mid-western state of the United States. For other uses, see Illinois (disambiguation).

Illinois Wiki Topics
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Illinois Background
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Illinois Counties

Extinct or Renamed Counties:  Dane

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.

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Jo Daviess CountyStephenson CountyWinnebago CountyBoone CountyMcHenry CountyLake CountyCarroll CountyOgle CountyDeKalb CountyKane CountyCook CountyDuPage CountyWhiteside CountyLee CountyRock Island CountyMercer CountyHenry CountyBureau CountyLaSalle CountyKendall CountyGrundy CountyWill CountyKankakee CountyPutnam CountyLivingston CountyFord CountyIroquois CountyHenderson CountyWarren CountyKnox CountyStark CountyMarshall CountyPeoria CountyWoodford CountyHancock CountyMcDonough CountyFulton CountyTazewell CountyMcLean CountyAdams CountySchuyler CountyBrown CountyCass CountyMenard CountyLogan CountyDeWitt CountyPiatt CountyChampaign CountyPike CountyMorgan CountyScott CountySangamon CountyMacon CountyVermilion CountyDouglas CountyMoultrie CountyCalhoun CountyGreene CountyMacoupin CountyMontgomery CountyChristian CountyShelby CountyColes County, IllinoisEdgar CountyJersey CountyMadison CountyBond CountyFayette CountyCumberland CountyClark CountyEffingham CountyJasper CountyCrawford CountySt. Clair CountyClinton CountyMarion CountyClay CountyRichland CountyLawrence CountyMonroe CountyWashington CountyJefferson CountyWayne CountyEdwards CountyWabash CountyRandolph CountyPerry CountyFranklin CountyHamilton CountyWhite CountyJackson CountyWilliamson CountySaline CountyGallatin CountyUnion CountyJohnson CountyPope CountyHardin CountyAlexander CountyPulaski CountyMassac CountyMason CountyIllinois-county-map.gif

Major Repositories

Newberry Library · Illinois State Archives · Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) · Illinois State Library · Illinois State Historical Library (ISHL) · National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago) · Allen County Public Library

Migration Routes

Illinois River · Mississippi River · Ohio River · Wabash River · Lake Michigan · Buffalo Trace · Chicago-Dubuque Highway · Chicago-Kaskaskia Road · Detroit-Chicago Road · Kellog Trail · Mihoaukee Trail · Nashville-Saline River Trail · National Road · Old Chicago Road · Pecatonica Trail · Illinois and Michigan Canal · Santa Fe Railway · Great Northern Railway (U.S.)

Featured Content

The Illinois State Genealogical Society Internet page gives contact information, newsletter archives, collection and project descriptions, events calendar, speakers, and key databases.

Research Tools

  • 8+ million births, marriages, and deaths of Cook County are online at Cook County Genealogy Online.
  • The Chicago, Illinois Wiki page describes big city research including history, neighborhoods, available record types, societies, and ethnic groups.
  • Illinois Statewide Death Index before 1916 gives name, death date, county, locale, age, sex, and citation. This is an on-going project.
  • The Illinois GenWeb Project has links to county formation information, birth, marriages, death, and cemeteries for each county.

Did you know?

  • Pre-statehood settlers of English and Ulster Scots descent came from Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky by way of the Ohio River, where they joined a few hundred Frenchmen already in the area. The first blacks came to Illinois in 1719 with the French, but their numbers remained few until after the Civil War. Indian tribes relinquished their last remaining Illinois lands shortly after the Black Hawk War of 1832.
  • Many archives and libraries in the state have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Illinois. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.

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