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Illinois Genealogy Resources


  • Alvord, Clarence Walworth (ed.). Centennial History of Illinois. v. 1, The Illinois Country, 1673-1818. Springfield, Illinois: Centennial Commission, 1920.
  • Andreas, Alfred Theodore. History of Cook County, Illinois. Chicago, A.T. Andreas, 1884.
  • Angle, Paul M. Prairie State: Impressions of Illinois, 1673-1967. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968.
  • Archival Developments in Illinois, 1981-1987. Illinois Libraries, Vol. 69, Number 8 (October 1987), Special Issue.
  • Bailey, Robert E. A Summary Guide to Local Governmental Records in the Illinois Regional Archives. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, 1992.
  • Biles, Roger. Illinois: A History of the Land and Its People. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005.
  • Blanchard, Rufus. History of Illinois, Chicago: National School Furnishing Company, 1883.
  • Blumenson, Martin. The Patton Papers, 1940-45, V. II. Boston: Houghton Miflin Company, 1974.
  • Buck, Solon Justice. Illinois in 1818. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press,1967.
  • Buisseret, David. Historic Illinois from the Air. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1990.
  • Clayton, John. The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968. Carbondale, IL: SIU Press, 1970.
  • Descriptive Inventory of the Archives of the State of Illinois. 2nd ed., Springfield, Illinois, 1991.
  • DuMelle, Grace. Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County. Chicago: Lake Claremont Press, 2005.
  • Elliott, Wendy L. (Wendy Lavelle), 1939- Illinois Research / Wendy L. Elliott. Bountiful, UT : American Genealogical Lending Library, c1987. 12 leaves : maps ; 28 cm.
  • Federal Writers' Project (Illinois). Illinois, A Descriptive and Historical Guide. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1947.
  • Genealogical Collections in Illinois. Illinois Libraries, Vol. 68, Number 4 (April 1986), Special Issue.
  • Genealogical Research Series Pamphlet 8: Illinois State Genealogical Society Microfilm Collection
  • Gooldy, Pat and Ray Gooldy. Manual for Illinois Genealogical Research. Indianapolis : P. Gooldy, 1994.
  • A Guide To The Cultural Resources In Illinois / edited By Tina M. Reithmaier ; Introduction By David Buisseret ; With Contributors Maynard Crossland [Springfield, Ill.] : Office of the Secretary of State, [1988] iv, 57 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
  • Hamilton, Patricia A. (Patricia Ann), 1936- Roots On The Prairie : Tracing Your Illinois Ancestors / Patricia A. Hamilton.  Bloomington, IL : McLean County Historical Society, c1996. 48 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.

  • Hargis, Gary K. A Guide to Illinois Area Genealogical Societies and Illinois Researchers. Springfield, Ill: Illinois State Genealogical Society, 2007.
  • Howard, Robert P. Illinois; A History of the Prairie State. Grand Rapids, MI., W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1972.
  • Illinois: A Descriptive and Historical Guide, Harry Hansen (ed.). New York: Hastings House. 1974.
  • Illinois: Guide and Gazetteer. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1969.
  • Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission, Illinois 68I: Marking 150 Years on the Nations Frontier. Chicago, IL.: Andrew C. Quale & Associates, 1968.
  • Illinois State Genealogical Society Surname Index, 1981 / compiled By Mrs. O. B. Lunde.  Lunde, O. B., Mrs. Decatur, Ill. : Illinois State Genealogical Society, 1981. 204 p. ; 28 cm.
  • Lewis, Cathereine M. The Changing Face of Public History: The Chicago Historical Society and the Transformation of an American Museum. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005.

  • Pearson, Thomas A. Illinois Central: A Guide to Genealogical Research in Springfield, Illinois. St. Louis, Mo: Infinite Mirror Press, 2009.
  • Perrin, J. Nick. Perrin's History of Illinois, Springfield, IL.: Illinois State Register, 1906.
  • Schweitzer, George K. Illinois Genealogical Research. Knoxville, Tenn. : the author, 1977.
  • Secretary of State (Illinois). Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties. Springfield, IL., 2003
  • Sinko, Peggy Tuck. Guide to Local and Family History at the Newberry Library. Salt Lake City : Ancestry, 1987.
  • A Summary Guide to Local Governmental Records in the Illinois Regional Archives, 2d ed., 1999.

  • Walsh, Diane Renner. Research in Illinois. Arlington, Va: National Genealogical Society, 2007.
  • Whitney, Ellen M. (compiler) A Chronology of Illinois History. Westport, CT.: Greenwood Publishing Group, reprint, 1999.