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Illinois Genealogy Resources

Business and Commerce

  • Coal Mining and Labor
  • Coal Mining in Illinois

  • Dahlstrom, Neil and Jeremy Dahlstrom. The John Deere Story: John and Charles Deere. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005.

  • The History of Barbed Wire and Illinois
  • The History of Illinois Centennial Farms / by the Illinois Centennial Farm Heritage Association. Dallas, Tex. : Curtis Media Corp., c1986- v. <1 > : ill. ; 32 cm.

  • Illinois Labor History Society - List of Available Labor History Articles

  • The Invention and Development of Barbed Wire
  • Joseph Glidden's Patent for Barbed Wire
  • Kwedar, Melinda F., James R. Allen, and John A. Patterson, "Illinois General Store Manuscripts, 1825-1845: A Bibliography," Illinois Libraries 62 (April 1980): 303-9.
  • Malak, Paula Gist. Extracts from Fourteenth Annual Report of the Railroad and Warehous Commission of Illinois. South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society Research Series, Vol. 7. South Holland, Illinois: South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, 1999.

  • McClure, Diane K. "Woodcarvers and Furniture Designers: The Anderson Family of Chicago, Illinois." Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly, 41, 3: 133-138.
  • Nordin, Dennis S. and Roy V. Scott. From Prairie Farmer to Entrepreneur: The Transformation of Midwestern Agriculture. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2005.

  • The Pullman Strike
  • Seineke, Kathrine Wagner, editor. Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Pierre Menard Collection in the Illinois State Historical Library. Springfield, Illinois: ISHS, 1972. The ledgers of fur trader and statesman Pierre Menard.
  • Tevebaugh, John Leslie. Merchant on the Western Frontier: William Morrison of Kaskaskia, 1790-1837. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms, 1971.
  • Weinberg, Carl R. Labor, Loyalty, and Rebellion: Southwestern Illinois Coal Miners and World War I. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005.
  • William Morrison Ledger. The William Morrison Ledger is a handwritten ledger listing the transactions conducted at his Kaskaskia Store.  The ledger includes the customer's name, items purchased, and amount owed.   The 655-page ledger covers the years 1805 to 1831, offering glimpses of early merchandising methods.  It lists over 1200 early settlers who pioneered or traveled through Kaskaskia (Randolph County, Illinois).  Chester Public Library, Chester, Illinois.
  • The World's Columbian Exposition - Chicago 1893
  • The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 Digitization Project at the Illinois Institute of Technology Text and photos from 1894 books
  • The World"s Columbian Exposition: Idea, Experience, Aftermath