Illinois Genealogy

Illinois Genealogy is being developed as a genealogical and historical resource for your personal use. It contains information and records for Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Specifically, it provides sources for birth records, death records, marriage records, census records, tax records, court records, and military records. It also provides some historical details about different times and people in Illinois history.


  • Illinois Obituaries
    Obituaries provided from our readers
  • Biographies of Champaign County, Illinois
    The 475 biographies from this section were extracted from the Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois written by J. R. Stewart. They are a cross reference of the residents of Champaign County, and most were alive during 1918.
  • Histories of Illinois Civil War Regiments and Units
    The following histories of Illinois Civil War regiments and units originate from the first eight volumes of the nine volume publication, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1900-1902). The histories, some written shortly after the war’s end, are the work of numerous authors throughout the intervening years. The 1886 version of the Adjutant General’s Report included regimental histories compiled by that office which had not previously been published. The final 1900-1902 republication of the report incorporated revisions and corrections to the histories.

Neighboring States

The following states neighbor Illinois and are not listed in the Great Lakes Genealogy list below.

Great Lakes Genealogy

Biography of Joseph Bird

Joseph Bird. The annals of American biography are filled with records of heroic endeavors on the part of brave boys who at the same time that they were burdened by poverty, cherished a burning ambition to excel in some branch of human knowledge or skill. Many a noble boy has…
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Biography of Dr. John P. Binney

Dr. John P. Binney, who is now living a retired life, resides on a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 36, Staunton Township. He is of English birth and a native of Sheffield, Yorkshire, where he was born on the 3d of July, 1819. His parents…
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Biography of Thomas Bielby

Thomas Bielby. Although not brought up as a farmer, having been a manufacturer and tradesman in his early life, Thomas Bielby carries on successfully the large farm of four hundred acres which he owns on section 32, Western Mound Township. He is of English birth and parentage, having been born…
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Biography of William T. Beeby

William T. Beeby. It is pleasing to see a man who, having attained years that entitle him to the rest and enjoyment of a retrospective view of life, can retire from the active pursuits and enjoy the afternoon of his existence in the peace and serenity consequent upon a knowledge…
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Biography of Ferdinand Bernard

Ferdinand Bernard, dealer in lumber and farming implements, of Brighton, established business in that place in May, 1884, as the successor of G. H. Aylworth. He carries all kinds of plain and dressed lumber and other building materials and also has a complete line of agricultural implements. He was born…
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Biography of John Bennett

John Bennett, who is engaged in general farming and stock-raising on section 17, Brighton Township, where he owns one hundred and seventy-seven acres of highly improved land, has made his home upon that farm since 1853. He is therefore entitled to be classed among the honored early settlers of the…
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Biography of Alexander H. Bell

Alexander H. Bell, of Carlinville, is known and honored as a lawyer who has risen to eminence among the members of the bar of this county through personal merit and devotion to his profession. He is a native born citizen of this State; Troy, Madison County, his birthplace, and October…
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Biography of Ephraim Beldam

Ephraim Beldam is living on a good farm on section 15, Bunker Hill Township, about one mile north of the city of Bunker Hill, at which place he recently settled and where he owns seventy acres of good land well improved. Dr. Beldam formerly lived in the city of Bunker…
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Biography of Julius Behme, Jr

Julius Behme, Jr. This gentleman who is the original of this sketch owns a good farm located on section 21, Nilwood Township. He is of German parentage and birth and now is in the meridian of life, having been born April 2, 1840, in Brunswick, Germany. The early years of…
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Biography of Benjamin A. Beckner

Benjamin A. Beckner. Virginia has for years boasted of being the birthplace of some of our most prominent men and indeed it is no small honor to have given to the world such men as Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Clay and Lee. There is always a satisfaction in associating one’s self,…
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