|John A. Logan College Library
E-mail: Ask a Librarian form.
- Room C123
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918 USA
Telephone: 618-985-3741 ext. 8338.
Hours and holidays: Mon-Thu 7:30am-6:30pm; Fri 7:30am-4:30pm Sat-Sun Closed. For holidays see the Instructional Calendar.
Map, directions, and public transportation
- from the north on I-57 (Mt. Vernon, IL) Merge onto I-57 S toward Cairo/Evansville. Take EXIT 54 toward IL-13/Carbondale/Harrisburg/Morgan Ave, 0.4 mi. Merge onto IL-13 W via the ramp on the left toward Carbondale, 8.0 mi. Turn right onto N Greenbriar Rd, 0.2 mi. Turn slight right onto Logan College Dr, 0.07 mi. Logan College Library is ahead on the right.
- from the east on IL-13 (Marion, IL) Turn westbound onto W DeYoung St/IL-13 toward Carterville. Past Crainville turn right onto N Greenbriar Rd, 0.2 mi. Turn slight right onto Logan College Dr, 0.07 mi. Logan College Library is ahead on the right.
- from the south on I-57 (Cairo, IL) Merge onto I-57 N toward Mt Vernon. Take the IL-13 W exit, EXIT 54, toward Carbondale, 0.3 mi. Turn slight left onto IL-13/W DeYoung St. Continue to follow IL-13, 7.6 mi. Turn right onto N Greenbriar Rd, 0.2 mi. Turn slight right onto Logan College Dr, 0.07 mi. Logan College Library is ahead on the right.
- from the west on IL-13 (Carbondale, IL) Turn eastbound onto W Walnut St/IL-13. Past the bridges over Crab Orchard Lake turn left onto N Greenbriar Rd, 0.2 mi. Turn slight right onto Logan College Dr, 0.07 mi. Logan College Library is ahead on the right.
- Public transportation: Williamson County is served by the Rides Mass Transit District RMTD. Rides are available from anywhere in 18 counties, but a 24-hour advance reservation is required.
Internet sites and databases:
This library is a focal point of southern Illinois genealogy. Their collection is huge.
The Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois collection at the John A. Logan College Library consists of more than 1000 books and several hundred reels of microfilm. The Society covers 28 Illinois counties south of Interstate-70: Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the John A. Logan College Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- 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.
- Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.
- National Archives Great Lakes Region (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, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.
- 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.
- Williamson County Clerk births, marriages, and deaths online
- Williamson County Clerk of the Circuit Court recent probates, civil, criminal records.
- Williamson County Clerk and Recorder land records, military discharge DD-214s.
- Williamson County Coroner suspicious or unusual deaths.
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois recent civil and criminal court records.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Pope, Saline, and Union.
- Illinois Dept. of Health Vital Records, Springfield, birth, marriage, death, adoption, and divorces.
- Illinois State Archives, Springfield, county/state records, pre-Chicago fire sources, indexed vital records, early land grants, military records, all fed/state censuses, surname card index.
- Illinois State Library, Springfield, state/federal records, federal censuses to 1920, plat books, IL county histories, Sanborn fire insurance maps, Rev. War pensions and bounty land warrants.</ref>
- Illinois State Genealogical Society, Springfield, research guidance, teaching via webinars and the ISGS blog for free, death certificates 1916-1947 for a fee. No research requests.
- Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD), Springfield, HQ of 7 regional archives of local Illinois county/town records: birth, marriage, death, land, tax, voting reg., probate, naturalization, civil & criminal court, coroner, poorhouse. For Williamson County see IRAD-Southern Illinois University.
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, genealogy, plat maps, atlases, oral and county history, cemeteries, census, vital records, naturalizations in many counties.
- Arlington Heights Memorial Library a huge collection, with printed genealogies, manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, special aids, surname folders—a great overall genealogy collection.
- Chicago History Museum 20 million manuscripts, letters, certificates, diaries, genealogy charts, log books, journals, memoirs, minutes, muster rolls, scrapbooks, sermons, speeches, and telegrams.
- Chicago Public Library reference books, how-to-guides, histories, biographies.
- Chicago Title and Trust for a fee they will search property records prior to the Chicago fire.
- Lincoln Library, Springfield, indexed obituaries, city directories, the Sangamon Valley Collection has photos, yearbooks, histories, and maps for studying Sangamon and surrounding counties.</ref>
- Peoria Public Library enjoys a large genealogy and local history department, including many indexes, DAR files, and basic genealogy resources for the plains states.</ref>
- Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, 45,000 military history books, unit histories, photos, uniforms, equipment, insignia, and ships of many world militaries. They help genealogists.
- Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Lovejoy Library best library in southern IL with a large genealogical collection of newspapers, biographies, county histories, family folders, and maps.</ref>
- Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Rock Island, IL, Swedish church records, census, passenger lists, lodges, newspapers, directories.
- University of Chicago Library plentiful historical records, including Durrett Collection of historical Kentucky and Ohio River Valley manuscripts of early people in the Ohio Valley.
- University of Illinois at Chicago, biography, periodicals, newspapers, oral history, ethnic studies.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Main Library one of the best book collections in America, including county histories, and farmers registers. Think of it as another archives for Illinois.</ref>
- Urbana Free Library their strength is Champaign County history, but they have good basic genealogy for the entire United States including printed genealogies, manuscripts, family folders.</ref>
- Asher Library, Chicago, Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies 500,000 books, and films.
- Brethren Historical Library and Archives, Elgin, IL, cultural, socio-economic, theological, genealogical, and institutional history of the Brethren.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives, Elk Grove Village, IL, serves historians, congregations, synods, genealogists and others interested in Lutheran history.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago Archives parish records, priest biographies, sacramental, school, or orphanage records.
- Repositories in surrounding states: Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin
- National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), St. Louis, MO, military and civil services personnel records. For servicemen and servicewomen discharged from 1912 to 1953. 
- Polish Genealogical Society of America, Milwaukee, WI, 60,000 books on Polish history, art, culture, reference.