Illinois Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help       





U.S.—Illinois

Explore research in Illinois.


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Goal 1: Learn about research in Illinois.



A. Get started with research for your Illinois ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Illinois research strategies.
    FS—Basic Illinois Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Illinois research on Ancestry.
    AC—Illinois Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Illinois research.
    AC—Illinois State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Illinois Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—Illinois Record Selection Table
  5. For African American research, study the Illinois state page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for Illinois




Goal 2: Learn about Illinois archives and libraries.


Choices

A. Learn about Illinois archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Illinois archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Illinois Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Illinois state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Illinois.
  4. Explore the Illinois State Archives collection.
  5. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Illinois.
  6. Explore the State Illinois Digital Archives site.
  7. Explore the Books We Own site for Illinois genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  8. Search for free online books on Illinois research on the FamilySearch site.
  9. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Illinois city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Illinois city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Directories
  2. Explore Illinois city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Illinois city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Illinois historical directories by county.
  6. Explore additional links for Illinois city directories on the LDSGenealogy site.



Goal 3: Learn about Illinois vital records.


Choices

A. Learn about Illinois vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Illinois vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Illinois Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Illinois Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Illinois vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Illinois birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Illinois birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Explore additional links for Illinois vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Illinois birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Illinois marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Learn how to find Illinois marriage records with FamilySearch.
  2. Explore links for Illinois marriage records.
  3. Explore additional links for Illinois marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  4. Learn about Illinois divorce records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Divorce Records
  5. Learn about Illinois obituaries in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Obituaries
  6. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Illinois death records.
  7. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Illinois obituaries.
  8. Find additional resources for Illinois obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  9. Explore Illinois death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  10. Explore additional links for Illinois death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Illinois census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Illinois censuses in this article.
    FS—Illinois Census
  2. Learn about Illinois census records.
    Census Records for Illinois
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Illinois state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for Illinois census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Illinois census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about Illinois voting registers in this article.
    FS—Illinois Voting Registers



Goal 4: Learn about Illinois church and cemetery records.


Choices

A. Learn about Illinois church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Illinois church records in this article.
    FS—Illinois Church Records
  2. Learn about Illinois church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Illinois Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for Illinois church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Illinois cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Illinois cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Illinois Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Illinois cemetery records.
  3. Search for Illinois cemetery records online.
  4. Explore additional links for Illinois cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  6. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  7. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  8. See additional cemetery resources on the Illinois Linkpendium site.



Goal 5: Learn about Illinois emigration and immigration.


Choices

A. Learn about Illinois emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Illinois emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Illinois migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Illinois immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.



Goal 6: Learn about Illinois military records.


Choices

A. Learn about Illinois military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Illinois military records.
    Illinois Military Records
  2. Learn about Illinois military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Military Records
  3. Explore Illinois military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Illinois military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore Illinois military resources on Cyndi's List.
  6. Explore additional links for Illinois military records on the LDSGenealogy site.



Goal 7: Learn about Illinois probate, land, and court records.


Choices

A. Learn about Illinois probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Illinois probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Illinois Probate Records
  2. Learn about Illinois land and property records.
    FS—Illinois Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Illinois land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Illinois Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Illinois probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Illinois land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about Illinois court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Illinois court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Court Records
  2. Learn about Illinois court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Illinois Court Records



Goal 8: Learn about Illinois maps and gazetteers.


Choices

A. Learn about Illinois maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Illinois maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Maps
  2. Learn about Illinois maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Illinois Maps
  3. Learn about Illinois gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Gazetteers

B. Explore Illinois maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Illinois maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Illinois.
  3. Explore historical Illinois maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Illinois maps.




Goal 9: Learn about Illinois newspapers.


Choices

A. Learn about Illinois newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Illinois newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Newspapers
  2. Learn about Illinois newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Illinois Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Illinois newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Illinois historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Illinois newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Illinois newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Illinois newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Illinois newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Illinois newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Illinois newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.



Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Illinois research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.



Goal 11: Search records from Illinois.


Choices

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Illinois County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Illinois.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Illinois Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.



Goal 12: Get help with your Illinois research.


Choices

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Illinois Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Illinois Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Illinois Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. Midwest Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Illinois.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Illinois research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Illinois research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Illinois research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Illinois research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Illinois research.

C. Learn about Illinois genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Illinois in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Illinois Societies
  2. Explore the Illinois State Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore Illinois genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Illinois Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Adams    A    L Alexander    A    L Bond    A    L Boone    A    L Brown    A    L Bureau    A    L
Calhoun    A    L Carroll    A    L Cass    A    L Champaign    A    L Christian    A    L Clark    A    L
Clay    A    L Clinton    A    L Coles    A    L Cook    A    L Crawford    A    L Cumberland    A    L
DeKalb    A    L DeWitt    A    L Douglas    A    L DuPage    A    L Edgar    A    L Edwards    A    L
Effingham    A    L Fayette    L Ford    A    L Franklin    A    L Fulton    A    L Gallatin    L
Greene    A    L Grundy    A    L Hamilton    L Hancock    A    L Hardin    A    L Henderson    A    L
Henry    A    L Iroquois    A    L Jackson    A    L Jasper    A    L Jefferson    A    L Jersey    A    L
Jo Daviess    A    L Johnson    L Kane    A    L Kankakee    A    L Kendall    A    L Knox    A    L
Lake    A    L LaSalle    A    L Lawrence    A    L Lee    A    L Livingston    A    L Logan    A    L
Macon    A    L Macoupin    A    L Madison    A    L Marion    A    L Marshall    A    L Mason    A    L
Massac    A    L McDonough    A    L McHenry    A    L McLean    A    L Menard    A    L Mercer    A    L
Monroe    A    L Montgomery    A    L Morgan    A    L Moultrie    A    L Ogle    A    L Peoria    A    L
Perry    A    L Piatt    A    L Pike    A    L Pope    A    L Pulaski    A    L Putnam    A    L
Randolph    A    L Richland    A    L Rock Island    A    L Saline    A    L Sangamon    A    L Schuyler    A    L
Scott    L Shelby    A    L St. Clair    A    L Stark    A    L Stevenson    A    L Tazewell    A    L
Union    L Vermilion    A    L Wabash    A    L Warren    A    L Washington    A    L Wayne    L
White    A    L Whiteside    A    L Will    A    L Williamson    A    L Winnebago    A    L Woodford    A    L


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