Illinois State Library

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Illinois State Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] Ask the State Library.


Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 South 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1796

Telephone:[2]  217-785-5600, or 800-665-5576 (Illinois Residents)

Hours and holidays:[2]  Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.  Closed on official Illinois holidays.

Map, directions, parking, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Illinois State Library collects official publications of the state and federal governments. This includes territorial, state, and federal censuses 1810-1930, county plat books and atlases, Illinois county histories, Sanborn fire insurance maps, the Draper Manuscript Collection, Revolutionary War pensions and bounty land warrants, and other military records from the Black Hawk War, Mexican War, and American Civil War muster rolls, and veterans' burials in Illinois 1774-1898.[3] [4]

The State Library also has seven public Internet-connected computers for genealogists, as well as a Wi-Fi connection for wireless users.[4]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Illinois State Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[6]
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Illinois and Midwest U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations,, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[7]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[8]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Illinois State Library in (accessed 2 April 2015).
  3. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 41. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Resources in (accessed 2 April 2015).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  7. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  8. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 41. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  10. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  11. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  12. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  14. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  15. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  17. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).