Illinois Fast Facts and Key Resources

Illinois Fast Facts and Key Resources

Learn more about the Prairie State.

Statehood: 1818

US territory status: 1809

First available federal census: 1820

State censuses: 1820,1825, 1830, 1835, 1840, 1845, 1855, 1865

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1916

Statewide marriage records: none

Public-land state

Counties: 102

Contact for vital records: Illinois Department of Public Health Division of vital Records 605 W. Jefferson St. Springfield, IL 62702 (217) 782-6553 <>

Web Sites

Cemetery Location Project <>

Cyndi’s List: Illinois <>

Federal Township Land Plats of Illinois, 1804-1891 <>

Genealogy in the Illinois State Archives <>

Illinois Cemeteries <>

Illinois GenWeb Project <>

Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales <>

Illinois State Archives’ Online Databases <>

Illinois Trails <> <>


Chicago and Cook County: A Guide to Research by Loretto Dennis Szucs (Ancestry)

The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

Finding Your Chicago Ancestors by Grace DuMelle (Lake Claremont Press)

Illinois Genealogical Research by George K. Schweitzer (Genealogical Sources, Frontier Press Bookstore <>)

A Reference Guide for Genealogical and Historical Research in Illinois by Joseph C. Wolf (Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, out of print)

A Summary Guide to Local Governmental Records in the Illinois Regional Archives edited by Robert E. Bailey (Illinois State Archives, Frontier Press Bookstore<>)

Organizations and Archives

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

112 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701, (217) 558-8844, <>

Bureau of Land Management

Eastern States Office, 7450 Boston Blvd., Springfield, VA 22153, (703) 440-1600, <>

Illinois State Archives

Reference Unit, Norton Building, Capitol Complex, Springfield, IL 62756, (217) 782-3556, <>

Illinois State Genealogical Society Box 10195, Springfield, IL 62791, (217) 789-1968, <>

Illinois State Historical Society 2101/2 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701, (217) 525-2781, <>

Illinois State Library Gwendolyn Brooks Building, 300 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701, (217) 785-5600, <>

NARA Great Lakes Region 7358 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629, (773) 581-7816, <>

Newberry Library 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610, (312) 943-9090, <>

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, (217) 333-2290, <>
From the June 2006 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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