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Online State-related Data at Genealogy Trails


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Welcome To The Illinois Genealogy Trails State Data Page

Listed on this page, you'll find:

Our Databases
County Facts and Histories
State Historical information which is sorted by:

Maps
Forms
Research Help and Forms


OUR DATABASES

The Joliet Prison Convict Register

A compilation of all men in the Joliet prison from the early 1840s up to 1900. This is a work in progress and many names are now online
Sorted by alpha & by county....

List of Convicts in the Illinois State Prison in Alton, IL who were pardoned, died or escaped from 1 January 1855 to December 1856. Sorted by county.

List of Convicts in the Illinois State Penitentiary in Alton, IL as of 1 January 1857

Also make sure to view the list of Executions which have occurred in Illinois prior to Lethal Injection

The Illinois OddFellows Association

A work in progress, currently available:

Odd Fellows Orphan Home - Roster for the year ending August 31, 1928

and

Odd Fellows Mattoon "Old Folks Home" Residents October 16, 1928

1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic Database

Historical articles describing the flu epidemic, along with other outbreaks which a listing of deaths caused by La Grip in 1892, a listing of statewide epidemics by year

Signers of the 1818 Constitution of Illinois

The first constitution in the State of Illinois, a delegation of men from each county participated at Kaskaskia, Illinois. Included here are biographies, pensions and other items regarding these men. Let us know if you'd like to add your ancestor's information.

Biographies

Census Transcriptions

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FACTS AND COUNTY HISTORIES

Origins of Illinois County Names

Illinois County Histories

Date established, county seat and who each county is named after.

Illinois Rivers

Illinois County Trivia Questions

TIMELINES AND HISTORICAL EVENTS

Illinois Historical Items of Interest

Some famous [and some not-so-famous] events in Illinois' History

NEWDay by Day in Illinois History

Timeline of the History of Illinois 1690-1825

"Know Illinois" articles

"Historical Anecdotes"
A book published in 1940 devoted to reporting on the aspects of pioneer life, trivial and not-so-trivial, throughout the counties in Illinois

 

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STATE HISTORICAL INFO

PRE-STATEHOOD ILLINOIS

(including the time that Illinois was part of what was known as "THE NORTHWEST TERRITORY")
The Northwest Territory included all the land of the United States west of Pennsylvania and northwest of the Ohio River. It covered all of the modern states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, as well as the northeastern part of Minnesota, covering more than 260,000 square miles.

Illinois Forts

Read an article by Arthur Lagron which purports to prove the actual location of Fort Crevecoeur.

Fort Pictures

George Rogers Clark and the Rev. War "Long Knives Campaign" in the "Illinois Country" during June 1778

1732 French Census of Illinois
1787 Kaskaskia Census

List of Americans in Illinois from 1779-1786

1787 Census of (French) Prairie Du Rocher

1623 Map of Indian Tribe Locations

Native American Tribes in Illinois

Native American-related Newspaper Stories

Biography of Pontiac

"Historic Illinois" - Old Indian Villages and Battlefields

The American Fur Company and Chicago

Randolph County 1795 - proclamation for the creation of the county. Includes the map showing the division of counties in 1795.

The American Population Before The 1790 Census

Signers of the 1818 Constitution of Illinois - Was your ancestor at the Kaskaskia Delegation?

Commissions & Appointments Issued by the Illinois Territorial Governor - covering the period of 1809 to 1818

The Western Gazetteer or Emigrant's Directory of 1817 - Describing The Illinois Territory's villages, flora and fauna, bounty lands, manufactories, and future prospects for prospective emigrants.

VISIT OUR KASKASKIA WEBSITE for more early state data

PRAIRIES & PIONEERS

Prairies of Illinois

Prairie Trails and Their Travellers

A Map of the Early Trails

Early Illinois Settlers

Hunting in Pioneer Illinois

Early Education in Illinois

Early Crime and Punishment in Illinois

Emigrants to Illinois. Ship Passenger Lists for people who listed their final destination as "Illinois"

Irish Emigrants to Illinois. Ship Passenger Lists for Irish coming to America during the Famine who listed their final destination as "Illinois"

GOVERNMENT TOPICS

Governors of Illinois - Includes biographies and pictures!

Governors' Obituaries

Political News Stories

-- 1824 Re-election of Daniel Cook
-- Lincoln's Speech in Decatur, IL in 1830
-- 1895 "Flag Law"
-- Odd Laws of Illinois
-- Abraham Lincoln Speech of 1857
-- 1860 National Democratic Nominations


Miscellaneous State Newspaper Stories

State Institutions in 1900

State Mental Institutions and their available records
-- Jacksonville Deaf & Dumb Institution 1870 Census
-- Jacksonville Deaf & Dumb Institution 1880 Census

State Poor Farms and Alm Houses

Statistics from the 1850 Census - State-wide

Illinois Post Office Directory 1884

1893 - Post Office and Postmaster Changes
The History of Illinois' State Capitols

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Shawneetown Bank in Gallatin County - One of the first banks in Illinois. Newspaper article and pictures of the oldest structure in Illinois built specifically as a bank.

Matters and Things From The Early Days

Illinois Inventions

A Short History of the early Baptists

On the Occasion of Abraham Lincoln's First Political Speech in Decatur, IL in 1830

Excerpts from Abraham Lincoln's Autobiographies - covering his family's genealogy and his early days.

Winners from the first Cattle Show and Fair in Illinois in 1853

Premiums upon Stock Awarded at the State Fair at Jacksonville in 1860

1857 Travelogue of the northern part of Illinois written by school teacher P. Atkinson, who was traveling by train from Bloomington to LaSalle-Peru, Galesburg and other places, recording what he saw. His articles were printed in the Weekly Pantagraph Newspaper of Bloomington, Ill. starting August 5, 1857.  Topics discussed and links to those sections are:

THE CROPS: VISIT TO PERU COAL MINES
NOTES OF TRAVEL: RAILROAD & OTTAWA SCHOOLS
NOTES OF TRAVEL: JOLIET - LOCKPORT - CHICAGO
NOTES OF TRAVEL: BRIMFIELD PRAIRIE .... ITS PRESENT CONDITION AND EARLY SETTLEMENT
NOTES OF TRAVEL: ACCOMMODATIONS, TRAINS & GALESBURG
NOTES OF TRAVEL: BURLINGTON - NAUVOO - KEOKUK

Dead Towns of Illinois - The effect of Railroads on the River Valley towns of Illinois

Illinois Executions - prior to Lethal Injection

Indiana University Register of Graduates - Illinois Graduates from 1830-1910

Illinois Residents attending Chicago's Eastman Business College in 1865-66

Lincoln's Tomb

Custodians of Lincoln's Tomb

" The Great Boat Race" - July 1870

Membership Lists of the Native Daughters of Illinois:
new |1928/19291933/34 | 1934/35 |

State-related Obituaries

EPIDEMICS

Illinois Doctors listed in the Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929
A Surnames
B Surnames
E Surnames

Illinois Epidemics 1674-1890 -
THE RISE AND FALL OF DISEASE IN ILLINOIS.... A history of health care - includes definitions for various diseases

1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic Database

County-specific Epidemics:

Asiatic Cholera in Central Illinois: 1834-1873

1834 Schuyler County Cholera

1851 Coles County Cholera

1881 Marshall County Diphtheria. Read obits

Smallpox epidemic news

Typhoid at the Manteno State Hospital in 1939

SLAVERY & OTHER AFRICAN-AMERI CAN TOPICS OF INTEREST


1824 Map of Illinois - Slave Counties

The Underground Railroad in Illinois

Routes, Safe Houses, Memoirs, Narratives, and History on our Sangamon county website.

Hickory Hill, the old Slave House (aka Crenshaw Manor) in Gallatin County on our Gallatin County website

Illinois Colored Troops Civil War Military Service

Civilian Conservation Corps 620th Company F-2 of Alto Pass, Illinois

Black Newspapers in Illinois

Read about Nathan K. McGill - The first black Illinois Assistant District Attorney and Asst. Attorney General, as well as the first African-American appointed to the Chicago Library Board. (On our Cook County site)

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