ILGenWeb isn’t an ordinary genealogy website. Ordinary websites are those where text and sometimes pretty pictures are present, but trying to get in touch with a real person to help you with your research… impossible. The strength of ILGenWeb is its many volunteers, some of whom have spent over a decade assisting others with their Illinois research.
Using our county page visit the Illinois county your ancestors lived in and first try and find any information the county may freely provide on their pages (most have some sort of search built in). If the particular fact isn’t available online, then reach out to the county coordinator (cc) and they will try and assist you as best they can. Most county coordinators have their email address available on their website, though some will use contact forms.
- Illinois in the Mexican War
A database of almost 5,600 Illinois men who enlisted as volunteers for the Mexican War (1846-1848). The place of enlistment is listed by city, not county. The troops would organize and then travel to a designated city to be enlisted.
- ILGenWeb References Project
The ILGenWeb References project has been ported over to the state website. The ILGW References Project serves as a searchable repository for statewide material appropriately classified by subject matter.
- State Bank of Illinois at Shawneetown
Part of the ILGenWeb History Project: Provides an overview of the history of the State Bank in Shawneetown from it’s origin as a log cabin bank to the buildings’ inclusion on the Landmark Illinois, 10 Most Endangered Sites in 2009.
- 1823 Illinois Gazetteer – Counties
Part of the ILGenWeb References Project: A Gazetteer of the States of Illinois and Missouri, 1823. General View of the Counties in the State of Illinois in 1823.
- 1849 Cholera Epidemic in Illinois
Part of the ILGenWeb History Project: A look at the Cholera Epidemic of 1849 as seen in the 1850 Mortality records of Illinois.
We Need YOU!
While the county coordinators and other volunteers have amassed an incredible volume of genealogical facts, a lot of the material they’ve placed online has been provided by researchers just like you. It could be as simple as a photo of great aunt Jan, or as complex as a database of all the cemetery transcriptions in a county… whether large or small, we take it, and turn around and provide it freely online for the next researcher to find. Please find a place to contribute!
The following counties are presently adoptable: Hancock, Livingston, Mason, Menard*, Pike, Sangamon, Scott* and Warren*.
* Indicates that the website has already been converted to a WordPress format. No HTML experience is needed to operate these counties.
If you would like to be a County Coordinator for ILGenWeb or help out with this great project in any way, please visit our Adoptions page for more information.
Illinois USGenWeb was originally started in June 1996 by Melissa Calhoun. On December 18, 1996, Susan Reed-Tortorelli took over the reigns as the State Coordinator and by the time she retired on April 17, 2000, ILGenWeb had 953,025 visitors to the state pages along with thousands more who go directly to the county pages from bookmarks. At that time, Richard Howland, an ILGenWeb County Coordinator since October 1997 and Susan’s right hand, became the new State Coordinator. Richard retired from his State Coordinator position on July 31, 2004, and Scott Burow, also a long time county coordinator for ILGenWeb, took over as the State Coordinator on August 1, 2004. Scott retired as SC on October 31, 2007. Deb Haines was elected State Coordinator on November 1, 2007 and held onto the reigns until Cheryl Rothwell took over in August of 2012 until July 2016 when she retired. The new State Coordinator is Dennis Partridge. The ILGenWeb Project is very proud of our current and former State Coordinators for their dedication to our project. We are hopeful you will enjoy your visit to the ILGenWeb Project and that you will find the information you are seeking!!
The Illinois GenWeb Project
Dennis Partridge, State Coordinator
Morgan Johnson, Asst. State Coordinator
Cheryl Rothwell, Asst. State Coordinator