The Illinois Genealogy Resource Page


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The Illinois State Archives

Genealogical Researchers at the Illinois State Archives will assist patrons with genealogical research free of charge, although there is a fee for photocopying. This archives contains mainly state records of permanent value, but also has some federal and local records. Archives staff dmorse@ilsos.net can assist with state and federal censuses, military service records, WW I draft registrations, veterans' homes, death records between 1915-1947, and early Illinois land sales. Please send only one e-mail question at a time. Search below before you request help.

The Illinois State Archives also maintains the following online databases:

Servitude and Emancipation Records (1722-1863)

Illinois Public Domain Land Sale Information at the State Archives

Database of Marriages in Illinois before 1900

Death Certificates for Illinois Deaths 1915-1950

Illinois' Civil War Soldiers - Database - List of Participants by Name

Spanish-American War (1898) Veterans from Illinois - Online database. Search for Participants by Name


Sources for Illinois Genealogy

Vital Records How to obtain Birth, Marriage and Death records in Illinois.

Illinois State Genealogical Society -- Membership, Publications, Resources

Illinois State Historical Library - Non-circulating collection of books and manuscripts. Major photo, historic newspaper, genealogy and Lincoln collections.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites for Illinois - The Ultimate Illinois Source of Sources. Includes a large map section.

For links to Birth, Death and Marriage Records see: Vital Check and Vital Records

The ILGenWeb Project - Links to Illinois Counties and Surname Connection

Genealogy Collections at the Newberry Library in Chicago

Graveyards in Chicago - Over 200 excellent photos and history of Chicago's most famous tombs and cemeteries.

County Histories and Genealogical Societies

Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois

State-level Casulty Lists from The Korean Conflict (1951-1957) located at the National Archives. Search by name or "home of record."

The Chicago Public Library's List of Illinois Colleges, Universities, and Libraries


Maps and Geographic Material

Homepage of Illinois Counties

A Color Map of the 102 Illinois Counties or Map History of Illinois County Boundaries: 1790 - Present

Early Land Sales, Maps, Analysis, and Records or the1895 Map of All Counties


This webpage is maintained by Mark Sorensen, Sorens1@comcast.net Adjunct Professor of History, Millikin University.

You can reach me in the Archives at (217) 782-1082.


Last updated February 23, 2004


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