Illinois Compiled Genealogies

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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections of previous research and indexes of genealogical value. You must usually search these in person.

Nationwide Indexes

You can find information on the following nationwide genealogical indexes in the indicated sections of United States.

Statewide Indexes and 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.)

Printing Your Family History

Pulling together a family history is without question one of the most rewarding activities you can do. The end product will provide a wonderful depository for family stories, traditions, and other memories. The fruits of your labors will be appreciated for years to come.

Brigham Young University's Print and Mail Production Center has consultants that can answer questions regarding formatting, layout, scanning photos, and can assist in the printing process.

See also A Guide to Printing Your Family History

Centennial Farms

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.


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:





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