Illinois Genealogy – Free Illinois Genealogy

Illinois Genealogy. This state page of our website provides direct links to free Illinois genealogy databases and historical titles and information found on Illinois Genealogy, whether they exist on our site, or across the web.

African American Specific Illinois Genealogy

Illinois Biographies

Illinois Cemetery Records

Illinois Census Records

Illinois Church Records

  • Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, 1695-1956
    A help guide for accessing the images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation (to 1907), marriage (to 1930) or death (to 1956) in the Diocese of Belleville (Illinois), Roman Catholic Church. The index to some volumes may reference pages within a given volume beyond current publication dates. As such, these images are not currently available. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes a small number of census, church history, family and financial records. To assist the researcher I have broken down the available registers by county and name of parish, including the years covered by those parish records.
  • Illinois Methodist Church Records
    The following collection of material reflects 250 churches of the Methodist faith which have closed their doors since 1824 in southern and central Illinois. This region makes up the Illinois Great Rivers United Methodist Conference. While the vast majority of the information relates to membership rolls and registers of officials, many of the churches also kept vital records of their members. Ancestry claims that "Baptism records are available until 1914, and Marriage records are available until 1970." In fact I found baptism records which occurred after 1914, however, they're not indexed. They appear in the records on the images only.

Illinois County Genealogy

Adams County Genealogy

Brown County Genealogy

Carroll County Genealogy

Cass County Genealogy

Champaign County Genealogy

Coles County Genealogy

Cook County Genealogy

DeWitt County Genealogy

Douglas County Genealogy

Du Page County Genealogy

Fulton County Genealogy

JoDaviess County Genealogy

Kane County Genealogy

Lake County Genealogy

Livingston County Genealogy

Logan County Genealogy

Macon County Genealogy

Macoupin County Genealogy

Madison County Genealogy

Mattoon County Genealogy

McHenry County Genealogy

  • Algonquin the Beautiful
    A History of Its Pioneers and Settlement In Commemoration of Its 100th Birthday, 1935
  • Time was…
    Algonquin Founder’s Days Collector’s Edition, August 9-13, 1972.
  • Those Were the Days! Algonquin Founders Days Booklet, 1973
    Program Guide to the Algonquin Founders Days Festival, August 8th – 12th, 1973. The booklet contains information about the festival events, as well as historical information about the Village of Algonquin and its people. Includes photographs, diary.
  • The Way We Were – Algonquin Founders Days, August 7-11, 1974
    Historical booklet featuring information about historical structures and people from Algonquin. Includes an excerpt from the diary of John Hamilton Cornish recounting his visit to the area in 1845 to see his brother, Dr. Andrew Cornish.

McLean County Genealogy

Mercer County Genealogy

Menard County Genealogy

Morgan County Genealogy

Moultrie County Genealogy

Ogle County Genealogy

Peoria County Genealogy

Piatt County Genealogy

Randolph County Genealogy

Rock Island County Genealogy

Sangamon County Genealogy

Shelby County Genealogy

St. Clair County Genealogy

Stark County Genealogy

Stephenson County Genealogy

Vermillion County Genealogy

Wayne County Genealogy

Will County Genealogy

Winnebago County Genealogy

Woodford County Genealogy

Illinois Directories

Cook County Directories

Randolph County Directories

Illinois Genealogy Websites

United States Genealogy

United States GenWeb Project

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

American History and Genealogy Project

Alexander, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Lee, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, White, Williamson.

Illinois History

  • Narrative of Richard Lee Mason in the Pioneer West, 1819
    In the late fall and early winter of the year 1819 Dr. Richard Lee Mason made a journey from Philadelphia to Illinois, through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Some of his adventures were remarkable, and these, together with his observations on the country, the towns and the people whom he encountered, were recorded in a diary kept by him, which is now in the possession of his only surviving child, a daughter, who resides in Jacksonville, Ill.

Illinois Land Records

  • U.S., Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1820-1908
    3,907 land management tract books containing official records of the land status and transactions involving surveyed public lands arranged by state and then by township and range. These books indicate who obtained the land, and include a physical description of the tract and where the land is located. The type of transaction is also recorded such as cash entry, credit entry, homesteads, patents (deeds) granted by the Federal Government, and other conveyances of title such as Indian allotments, internal improvement grants (to states), military bounty land warrants, private land claims, railroad grants, school grants, and swamp grants. Additional items of information included in the tract books are as follows: number of acres, date of sale, purchase price, land office, entry number, final Certificate of Purchase number, and notes on relinquishments and conversions.
  • Arizona Land Patents online. Index.
  • Database of Servitude and Emancipation Records (1722–1863)
  • Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database

Illinois Military Records

Illinois Native American Records

Illinois Newspapers

Lake County Newspapers

  • Post Tribune or Gary Post Tribune Obituary Index (1921-current)
    The Lake County Public Library has provided a searchable online database of obituaries in the Post Tribune/Gary Post Tribune (1921 to the present). Browse or search.
  • Lake County Register and Star from 1857-1938
    The Lake County Public Library has provided a searchable online database of marriages and deaths (1857 through 1938) and birth announcements (1931 through 1938) in the Lake County Register and Star. There are 14,864 names available to search, or browse.

Rock Island County Newspapers

Illinois Obituaries

Illinois Vital Records

 

United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955

3,907 land management tract books containing official records of the land status and transactions involving surveyed public lands arranged by state and then by township and range. These books indicate who obtained the land, and include a physical description of the tract and where the land is located. The type of transaction is also recorded such as cash entry, credit entry, homesteads, patents (deeds) granted by the Federal Government, and other conveyances of title such as Indian allotments, internal improvement grants (to states), military bounty land warrants, private land claims, railroad grants, school grants, and swamp grants. Additional items of information included in the tract books are as follows: number of acres, date of sale, purchase price, land office, entry number, final Certificate of Purchase number, and notes on relinquishments and conversions.

Illinois World War 2 Casualties – Army, Air Force

This database contains War Department casualties (Army and Army Air Force personnel) from World War II for Illinois. Information provided includes serial number, rank and type of casualty. The birthplace or residence of the deceased is not indicated. An introduction explaining how the list was compiled, a statistical tabulation, and the descriptions of the types of casualties incurred are also included.

Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898

These township plat maps began with the Public Lands Survey in the United States initiated by the Land Ordinance Act of 1785, and this collection includes maps for all or parts of Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. Maps were prepared from survey field notes taken by deputy surveyors and can include physical details and man-made improvements. They also indicate township and section lines, section numbers, acreage of holdings, and sometimes names of landholders.

Small Town Newspapers

Small Town Papers gives you free access to the people, places and events recorded in real time over the decades or even centuries! Browse and search the scanned newspaper archive from 1846 up to the current edition! Their archives contain millions of names of ancestors not found anywhere else. Enhance your Ancestry research with their high resolution scanned newspaper archive. Find distant relatives and discover your ethnic heritage by reading the articles about family and friends written back in the day.

Ancestors of Charles W. Milliken of Barnstable, MA

CHARLES WARREN MILLIKEN, M. D., of Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Mass., engaged as a general practitioner of medicine, has high professional and social connections which have brought him a wide acquaintance. The Millikens, though not one of the oldest Colonial families, have become allied with the posterity of the most distinguished early settlers, and the Doctor traces his line back to many whose names are suggestive of the interesting and important events of the ancient history of this region. There follows in chronological order from the first known American ancestor the genealogical and family history of his branch of the Milliken family.

Descendants of William Swift of Sandwich, MA

William Swift, the founder of the family on Cape Cod, was a native of Bocking, County of Essex, England, and came to New England in 1634, stopping first at Watertown, of which he was a proprietor in 1636. He sold his property there in 1637 and removed to Sandwich, where he spent the remainder of his life and where he died about 1641. His wife Joan bore him two children, William and Hannah, and after the death of her husband she married Daniel Wing, Nov. 5, 1642. She died Jan. 31, 1664.

William Swift (2), son of William, born in England, came to the New World with his parents and settled at Sandwich, Barnstable county. He represented his town in the General Court, 1673, 1674, 1677 and 1678. He died in the latter part of 1705.

Ancestors of Horace Alden Keith of Brockton, MA

Horace Alden Keith, founder of the Brockton Webbing Company, one of the successful and thriving industries of Brockton, and one of that city’s enterprising and progressive business men, is a descendant on both his paternal and maternal sides of historic old New England ancestry. Mr. Keith was born in West Bridgewater May 25, 1862, eldest son of the late Henry Snell and Thalia (Alden) Keith. The ancestral line of the branch of the Keith family in this country to which Horace Alden Keith belongs, and which follows, is given in chronological order from the first American ancestor. Rev. James Keith, born in 1644, was educated in Aberdeen, Scotland (as tradition says at the expense of a maiden aunt), where he was graduated likely from Marischal College, his name appearing on the roll of 1657, said college having been founded by George, the fifth Earl of Keith Marischal, in 1593. At the age of eighteen years he emigrated to this country, arriving at Boston in 1662. He was introduced to the church at Bridgewater by Dr. Increase Mather, and became settled as the minister of the Bridgewater Church Feb. 18, 1664. Rev. James Keith passed away in West Bridgewater July 23, 1719, aged seventy-six years, having labored in the ministry of the town for fifty-six years.

Keller, Anna Mueller – Obituary

Anna Keller (nee Mueller), beloved wife of the late George Keller, fond mother of Joseph, Anna, Edward, Richard, George, and Mrs. Kripner; sister of the late Jacob Mueller, sister-in-law of John Keller.  Funeral Tuesday, November 22, 1927 at 10 a.m. from her late...

Ellithorpe, Erie – Obituary

Erie E. Ellithorpe, at his residence, 6122 Prairie Ave.  Funeral Friday, March 12 [1915] at 2:30.  Interment at Mount Hope.  [Erie was survived by his wife Lillian Pegg] Contributed by:  Shelli Steedman

Coughlan, Lois M. Keller – Obituary

Lois M. Coughlan, 72, of Arlington Heights was a clinical nutritionist for the past 50 years, most recently working a as a renal dietitian at Total Renal Care Inc., Chicago, since 1995.  Mrs. Coughlan was previously a nutritionist at Lutheran General Hospital, Park...

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