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 may often need to search these in person.

Nationwide Indexes

  • The Ancestral File contains lineages organized into family groups and pedigrees with an every-name index. See FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service - Trees.
  • ($) Public and Private member trees.
  • World Connect includes hundreds of thousands of ancestors in pedigrees and family trees with an easy to use index.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Index to National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) ("Genealogy" section. Also available on the Internet at .)
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI) ("Periodicals" section. Also available on the Internet at  for a subscription fee.)

Statewide Indexes

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.
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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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