Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Illinois Harvest -- more digitized local histories post 1

I swear, you can't turn your back on these people! I did, and when I turned around they had added 20 potential genealogy sources to their ever-growing pile of on-line book images. I'll split them into several posts, since Blogger only allows me a certain number of labels per post.

Annals of Knox County: Commemorating Centennial of Admission of Illinois as a State of the Union in 1818, by Knox County (Illinois) Centennial Historical Association (Galesburg: Republican Register Print, [1921]).

The Past and Present of Warren County (Chicago, H. F.Kett & Co., 1877). Most of these late-Victorian books, though useful, have an unpleasantly elitist flavor. This one has an honest-to-god census substitute in back: a complete list of "''voters and taxpayers" (i.e., heads of household, mostly guys) by township, giving for many their political party, profession, "where from," and religious affiliation. Elitism gets its due, as some people have their names in BOLD CAPS, but still -- dang, I wish I had a research target here.

A History of Round Prairie and Plymouth, 1831-1875, by E. H. Young (Chicago: G.J. Titus, 1876) -- hamlets in eastern Hancock and southwestern McDonough counties.

History of Macon County, Illinois, from Its Organization to 1876, by John W. Smith (Springfield: Rokker's Printing House, 1876) -- the county containing the city of Decatur.

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