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  Illinois Genealogy CD's

Automated Archives U.S. Census Index-1860 Illinois & Indiana CD

Historic Illinois - A Collection of 41 Books Relating to 18th and 19th Century Illinois History, Genealogies and Its People CD

Illinois Vital Records: Marriages 1791-1900 CD

Genealogical Records: Midwest Pioneers 1600-1800s CD





Illinois Genealogy & History Books: General Interest:

Historic Illinois: An Illustrated History icon

Illiana Ancestors, 1981, 1982, 1983, From the Commercial News, Danville, Illinois

Vital Records from Chicago Newspapers

Ghost Towns of Southern Illinois icon

The Territorial Records of Illinois

Illinois Genealogical Research icon

Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Illinois

Central Illinois Death Notices: 1848-1870

War of 1812 Bounty Lands in Illinois

The Indians of Illinois: A History and Genealogy icon

Illinois Census Returns: 1810 and 1818

Illinois Census Returns, 1820 icon

Illinois State Genealogical Society Surname Index, 1981

Men of Illinois icon

French Roots in the Illinois Country: The Mississippi Frontier in Colonial Times

History of Putnam and Marshall Counties, with some accounts of Bureau & Stark Counties icon

Belleville, Ottawa, and Galesburg: Community and Democracy on the Illinois Frontier icon

Prairie Pioneers of Illinois icon

Kentuckians in Illinois

The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans [Six Volumes]


Illinois Folks & Families

Sold! Korzenie: History of the BUKOWSKI [sic], CZAJKOWSKI, CZARPATTA, DUSZYNSKI, KRENTZ, MARCHEL and POLUS Families in Green Lake and Marquette Counties, Wisconsin and Cook County, Illinois

Sold! Our CAHILL, CASSIDY, CONNOR Genealogy of LaSalle and Livingston County, Illinois

Genealogy of the FARMER, COX and HOPKINS Families of Fayette County, Illinois

The Outlaws of Cave-In-Rock: Historical Accounts of the Famous Highwaymen and River Pirates Who Operated in Pioneer Days upon the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers

Sold! The Samuel ADAMS Family of Lawrence County, Illinois Including the Emanuel REISINGER Family of York County, Nebraska icon

The ALLENs of Little Egypt: Egypt is that one-hundred mile tip of Southern Illinois, hemmed in on three sides by the Mississippi, Ohio and Wabash Rivers icon

The Story of the AYERS Family; Pioneers in the Middle West, Jacksonville, Illinois, 1830-1902

Sold! BELSLEY - SAUDER, Woodford County, Illinois: Ancestors and Descendants, 1750-1985, of Christian BELSLEY and Christian SAUDER icon

A Pioneer Family: The BIRKBECKs in Illinois, 1818-1827

Family History of John BISHOP of Whitburn, Scotland, Robert Hamilton BISHOP of Oxford, Ohio, Ebenezer BISHOP of McDonough County, Illinois; John SCOTT of Ireland. With Some Account of Related Families... icon

Gideon BLACKBURN: Founder of Blackburn University, Carlinville, Illinois icon

The BLACKWELDER and Allied Families of North Carolina and Illinois

The Goose Bone Papers: Writings of Charles W BLISS, Country Newspaper Editor, a Weaver of Words

The BUCHER - BOOKER Family, 1686-1990: From Klein Gartach, Wurttemberg, Germany to Frederick County, Virginia to Harrison & Jefferson Counties, Kentucky to Knox & Sullivan Counties, Indiana to the Illinois Counties of Jasper, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt... icon

The (BRAUN) BROWN Family icon

In Memoriam: William Apperson COCHRAN, 1831-1883 icon (1884)

A Soldier's Journal: Diary of a World War II Soldier

The COUNTRYMAN Family of Will County, Illinois

Descendants of John COX of Abington, Indiana, and Joseph COX of Hampton, Illinois

CROSBYs of Henry County, Illinois, 1851-1936 icon

A De LONG Family in Ohio and Illinois: Including Relationships to the HOBAKER and CRUMPLER Families

The Search for the Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Brasater DRAKE of Coles County, Illinois

DRONE Genealogy, 1620-2000: Ancestors and Descendants of Joseph F. and Margaret (Bartel) DRONE of Gallatin County, Illinois

A Journal of the EDWARDS Family of East Fork Township, Clinton County, Illinois

The ELDRED Family, Particularly the Descendants of William ELDRED of Yarmouth, and More Particularly the ELDREDs of Greene County, Illinois icon

The ENGLAND Family in Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois

A Genealogy of the Illinois Branch of the ENGLISH Family With Notes on Twenty Interrelated Families icon

Descendants of Thomas ESSEX and Elizabeth Bowen ESSEX of Maryland, Virginia and Illinois

Reminiscences of John V. FARWELL By His Elder Daughter

Cut from Whole Cloth: An Immigrant Experience (FRANKE) icon

The FULLERs of Fullersburg, 1834-1923 icon

Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 icon
by Sarah Margaret FULLER

A Tree Grows in Funks Grove: A History of the FUNK - STUBBLEFIELD Families of McLean County, Illinois

The Civil War Diary of Allen Morgan GEER, Twentieth Regiment, Illinois Volunteers

Grandfather was Always a Very Old Man: A History of the SITZLERs of East Tennessee, the SISTLERs and SITCHLERs, and the GIBSONs and REXERs of Pope County, Illinois

Jacob GLABE and Katherine STEIN of Tazewell County, Illinois and Their Descendants, 1816-1969 icon

A History of the GRAUE Family of the Kingdom of Hannover (West Germany) in Warren, Lincoln and Montgomery Counties, Missouri; in DuPage County, Illinois and in Ripley County, Indiana...

The GREENEs On The East Branch Of The DuPage: Their Forebears And Descendents

Descendants of Richard HENRY, 1797-1876 - Kentucky & Illinois

The KOENIG Album 1804-1950: Biographies, Photographs, Genealogy Charts & Impressions From Here and There; The History of the Robert F. KOENIG Family Through the Blood Line of the KOENIGs, METZs, RAWLEIGHs and TREVILLIANs

Family of Eliza R. McCANN who married Lytle GRIFFING, Bourbon County, Kentucky, Adams County, Illinois icon

The Autobiography of Gurdon Saltonstall HUBBARD

Personal Recollections of Early Decatur, Abraham Lincoln, Richard J. Oglesby, and the Civil War icon
(1912) By Jane Martin JOHNS; Macon County, Illinois

Original (White County, Illinois and Stillwater, Oklahoma) Collection of JOHNSON Family Photographs icon

Descendants of Joram KYN, founder of Upland - New Sweden (now Chester, Pennsylvania) and Whose Descendants Were Some of the Earliest Settlers of Wabash County, Illinois

Family Genealogy of Christian MARTY, Barbara RUEGSEGGER icon

Family of Wesley D. McCANN: Bourbon County, Kentucky, Adams County, Illinois

McCORNACK and Related Families

The McNAIRs of Elsah, Illinois: Uncommon Common Men icon

Autobiography of Abel MILLS icon

One MOORE Family Tree: Descendants of Abel MOORE, Born March, 1829, in Morgan County, Illinois, Died ca. 1876, in Mesquite, Dallas County, Texas

The NOBLEs and the RADERs: Being a Compilation of Members and Descendents of the NOBLE and RADER Families Who Were Among the Earliest Pioneer Settlers of Mercer County, Illinois icon

Through the Hourglass A History of the Families of Russell Turner ODELL and Florence (Turner) ODELL

The History of Judge John PENCE and Descendants born in Shenandoah County, Virginia , January 15, 1775, Resided in Champaign County, Ohio, Bartholomew County, Indiana, and Henderson County, Illinois icon

PENROD Family History: Consisting of Biographical Sketches of David PENROD, Born 9 Jan. 1815 at Jonesboro, Union Co., Illinois, His Children and Grandchildren icon

PUTNAMs of Wabash County, Illinois

QUICKs of East Fork: Early 20th-Century Farm Life

Wallace A. RAINEY & Jessie I. RINGER: Their Ancestors, Descendants & Allied Families

Quilter, Granger, Grandma, Matriarch: Life on the REISS Family Farm, 1949-1953; St. Clair County, Illinois icon

Ancestry and Descendants of Andreas and Maria Elisabeth (Waldschmidt) SAUER...

Grandfather was Always a Very Old Man: A History of the SITZLERs of East Tennessee, the SISTLERs and SITCHLERs, and the GIBSONs and REXERs of Pope County, Illinois

The SCHERER Family of Montgomery County, Illinois icon

Journal of Mary Hallock SHEARER

The Descendants of Johan Frederick SOLTER of Germany, Illinois and Kansas

The Saga of the SPINDLER Family, Highland, Illinois: 1831-1971

The TAFTs of Rochester, Illinois icon

A Woman's Story of Pioneer Illinois (1919)
by Christina Holmes TILLSON

Memoirs and History of the Peyton TUCKER Family: Ancestors and Descendants of England, Wales, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and... icon

German Pioneers on the American Frontier: The WAGNERs in Texas and Illinois

A Genealogy of the WALLER Family of Amots Bruk, Sweden and Kewanee, Illinois

The WATKINS Family - England to Illinois to Nebraska with Related Major Sidelines...

The Dutch WEBBERs of Indiana and Illinois: With Allied Families of BERRY, BESLEY, McCRACKEN, WHITAKER, WRIGHT icon

The Family of James A. WHITESIDE (ca 1760-1803) of Virginia, Arkansas and Illinois

Down Through the Years

WISE Family: A Record of the Ancestors and the Descendants of David and Elizabeth WISE, Who Came to Illinois from Hebron, New Hampshire, 1854

Samuel WOOD, His Seven Sons and Their Descendants: Virginia to North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Beyond, 1755-1988 icon


Illinois Patriots

The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry

Complete History of the 46th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Year Book of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Inc., Vol. 1896

Official Army List of The Volunteers of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado

Ninety-Second Illinois Volunteers icon

Honor Roll of Carroll County, Illinois: 1917-1918-1919

The Civil War Years in Will County, Illinois; Reprint of Fifteen Years Ago: of the Patriotism of Will County icon

Service Record Book of Men and Women of Byron, Illinois and Community (World War I and II)

A Soldier's Journal: Diary of a World War II Soldier

117th Illinois Infantry Volunteers: The McKendree Regiment, 1862-1865

History of the Second Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry From Organization to Muster-Out icon

History of the Fourth Illinois Volunteers: in Their Relation to the Spanish-American War for the Liberation of Cuba and Other Island Possessions of Spain

Williamson County, Illinois in the World War; 1917-1918

History of the 36th Regiment Illinois Volunteer During the War of the Rebellion

Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Illinois

War Record of Mount Morris icon

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois: Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947

It is Begun! The Pantagraph Reports: The Civil War icon

Illinois Freedom Fighters: A Civil War Saga of the 29th Infantry, United States Colored Troops icon

Condensed History of the Citizen Soldier of Wayne County

Year Book of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution icon 

Illinois Rebels: A Civil War Unit History of A G Company Fifteenth Tennessee Regiment Volunteer Infantry icon

We Enlisted as Patriots: The Civil War Records of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery

A History of the Ninth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with the Regimental Roster icon

On to Atlanta: The Civil War Diaries of John Hill FERGUSON, Illinois Tenth Regiment of Volunteers icon

The Memoirs of Allen Buckner: Colonel of the 79th Illinois Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War icon

The Black Civil War Soldiers of Illinois: The Story of the Twenty-Ninth U.S. Colored Infantry icon

History of the Thirty-Sixth Regiment Illinois Volunteers, During the War of the Rebellion icon

The Drums of the 47th icon

Quest for a Star: The Civil War Letters and Diaries of Colonel Francis T. SHERMAN of the 88th Illinois

The One Hundred Seventeenth (117th) Illinois Infantry Volunteers (The McKENDREE Regiment): 1862-1865 icon

Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846-8: Containing a Complete Roster of Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Men of Both Wars, Taken From the Official Rolls on File in the War Department

War of 1812 Bounty Lands in Illinois

Fayette County in the World War

Jersey County in the World War, 1917-1919 icon

War History of Lee County, Illinois, 1917-18-19 icon

Livingston County, Illinois in the World War

Shelby County in the World War [WWI]

The Cannoneers Have Hairy Ears: a Diary of the Front Lines icon  
WWI; 3rd IL

Original Report of Colonel J. D. WEBSTER to the Secretary of War, on the Subject of a Ship Canal From the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan icon (1862) From the seller: "37th Congress, 3d Session. N. p. , n. y. [1862]. 8vo. Self-cover. 7pp. Very good. A report similar to Isaac Arnold's, but more so from the military perspective. Webster served with the 1st Regiment of the Illinois Light Artillery."


Uniquely Illinois

Original (White County, Illinois and Stillwater, Oklahoma) Collection of JOHNSON Family Photographs icon

Original 1915 Broadsheet: Third Annual Program of the Stephenson County Chautauqua at Freeport
"Third Annual Program of the Stephenson County Chautauqua at Highland Park, Freeport, Illinois July 18- 25, 1915 under the Auspices of the Freeport Women's Club. Broadsheet. 41 x 29cm. Later folds. Small photo of Washington under title (in first of four columns on one side of broadsheet). Text on that side gives the program schedule and some details about many of the speakers and other performers. The other side is headed "Our Chautauqua" in large letters and features photos and details about some of the performers. Later folds. Very Good. Washington was to deliver an evening lecture on Tuesday the 20th. A program note states: "The experience of the superintendents has been that Dr. Washington draws the largest crowds and makes the best address of any speaker on the platform, except Hon. W. J. Bryan."

Original 1890 Political Broadside: "A Card: To The Voters of Massac County" from Candidate Benjamin O. JONES
From the Seller: "Metropolis, IL, 1890, broadside, 81/2 x 51/2". Candidate Jones reviles those who circulate rumors of his drinking. "I desire to say to my friends that I have not drank any for eight months."

Freeport Journal-Standard Heritage Cookbook

F. W. McNess Cookbook icon
(1935) From the seller: "The F. W. McNess name is still known for agribusiness serving the dairy, swine and beef industries. But there was a time when the company not only made livestock products, but also things for the home--and delivered them by horse and buggy! This catalog came along at least two decades after the quaint delivery system, but is nonetheless filled with vintage charm from its wonderful cover art of a mother and two children expressing great delight at the sight of a chocolate pie made using McNess vanilla extract and canned "chocolate dessert" to its great photos of the period and wonderful recipes from all over the world. On the left hand side of the page they appear in their language of origin and on the right in English. Scattered throughout the booklet are ads for other McNess products, including its farming line. What we especially love is that it's been stamped on the back with the words "Archie L. Parr, The McNess Man, Everett, Ohio. ...A charming edition to any collection."

Illinois Timeline: a Chronology of Illinois History, Mystery, Trivia, Legend, Lore & More icon

Unique, Original 1864 Marriage License: State of Illinois, County of Woodford. The Holy Bonds of Matrimony between Jacob RICH and Elizabeth SOMER

Unique, Original 1921 Handwritten Manuscript Diary of a Merchant Seaman [William GOODSMITH] Traversing the Globe icon
From the seller: "Very Good+ Manuscript. 48mo-over 3"-4" tall. An interesting peek into the daily doings of a sailor whether at sea on trips traversing the world or in the plodding down times during a strike or between ships. This is the 1921 handwritten diary of William D. GOODSMITH, a merchant sailor, home based in Chicago, Illinois. William is an Engineer and/or Fireman on the ships he has duty. On his first berth it appears the Doctor and he are closest amongst the crew. Much time spent partying in the rooms when the ocean was quiet. Commencing in Vigo Spain January 1st this is completely full for everyday and it appears almost daily a notation of weather, times of arrival and departure, sometimes longitude and latitude etc. There is time at sea for the most part but he does spend time in New York between ship assignments. William notes his daily doings, movies, and even seeing Babe Ruth at The Polo Grounds, some shows and other ball games are noted. The year starts in Spain, onto Cuba and ends in Japan. Hawaii and Panama were also visited. He was relieved of duty and there are notes about a strike, heading toward a cyclone, seeing Naval exercises, troop movements, whale sightings and much, much more. The print on this is very clear. Very legible. There are 6 Oriental stamps inside the fep."

Way Down in Egyptland: A Family Journey Into Southern Illinois

Original, Antique 1876 Map of Ogle County, Illinois

Original, Antique 1876 Map of Geneseo, Cambridge, Fulton, Kewanee, Joliet, Peru and Freeport, Illinois

Program and Souvenir of the Centennial Celebration of the Catholic Settlement of Clinton County, Illinois, Containing a Historical Record By Rev. B. Bartels and Other Records of Historical Interest. Held at Germantown, October 8, 1933 icon

A Southern Illinois Album: Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1936-1943

A Century in Pictures  
From time to time it's valuable to look back because it helps us appreciate where we are. As we approach a new century, and a new millennium, there's no better time to reflect on the images that shaped the road we've traveled. A Century in Pictures is a photo album of sorts - a collection of fond memories and important lessons learned in the life of a Midwestern community through pictures. It's a foundation for the next photo album of victories, defeats, hardships, and blessings.

A Century in Pictures reflects 100 years of life in East Central Illinois. It measures our progress and reminds us of the great potential that lies ahead. It's a recording of life in a community that survived the Great Depression and celebrated the evolution of its position as a technology mecca. It's how we traveled. It's how we communicated. It's how we lived.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book goes to support The News-Gazette in Education program, which provides newspapers and curriculum materials for classroom use to participating teachers throughout East Central Illinois."

Illinois Elections, 1818-1990: Candidates and County Returns for President, Governor, Senate, and House of Representatives

Illinois Kid's Cookbook Recipes, How-to, History, Lore and More! icon
"During school visits, Carole discovered that kids love to talk about food. So, she decided this was a great way to approach history, geography, multicultural studies, women, science & more - by teaching kids the culinary contributions of Illinois and the history and folklore behind them. Who created the first corn flake? What was the first pizza called? Who sold the first hot dog and how did it get that name? There are also fun recipes, food games, a table cloth project, a fortune cookie writing activity and recipe, plus lots more. A great way to introduce kids to the importance of following directions, weights and measurements, cooking and food safety, and encourage their creativeness. Free teacher's guide gives specific suggestions and instructions on how to get max educational value from this book."

Original, Antique 1876 Map of Geneseo, Cambridge, Fulton, Morrison and Kewanee, Illinois

Original, Antique 1869 Map of Saline, Gallatin, Pope and Hardin Counties, Illinoisicon

Original, Antique 1874 Map of Saline, Gallatin, Hardin, Pope and Massac Counties, Illinoisicon


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