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Large companies sometimes preserved records about their employees. These records usually contain hiring and termination details and may include biographical data about the employees and possibly their families. If a company where your ancestor worked is still in business, it may allow limited access to its historical employee records.  
 
Large companies sometimes preserved records about their employees. These records usually contain hiring and termination details and may include biographical data about the employees and possibly their families. If a company where your ancestor worked is still in business, it may allow limited access to its historical employee records.  
  
Few employee records have been made public. Examples that are available for Illinois include:  
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Few employee records have been made public. Below are some that are available for Illinois.
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==== Farmers  ====
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Farming is one of the major occupations in Illinois. Farmers' [[Illinois Directories|directories]] were published occasionally. Local farmers' associations may have kept membership records with biographical information. Farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or longer are called "Centennial Farms." See:  
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*Illinois Centennial Farm Heritage Association. ''The History of Illinois Centennial Farms''. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media, 1986. This book gives a short history of farming in Illinois and contains family histories and property descriptions of the centennial farms. [http://WorldCat/oclc/14911554 Many libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|538510|item|disp=FHL book 977.3 D2h}}
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==== Lawyers  ====
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*Crossley, Frederic Bears. ''Courts and Lawyers''. Three Volumes. Chicago, Illinois: American Historical Society, 1916. This work gives a brief history of the court system in Illinois and biographical sketches of those who affected the history of the courts and those who were part of the bar about 1916.[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ti%3ACourts+and+Lawyers.+au%3ACrossley&fq=x0%3Abook&qt=advanced&dblist=638 Many libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|291807|item|disp=FHL film 934965; book 977.3 D3c}}
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*Livingston,John, et al. "List of Lawyers in Illinois," in ''Law Register.....'' New York: Monthly Law Magazine, 1851. Viewable online at [http://books.google.com/books?id=0Hs8AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA45#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books].
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==== Medical Workers  ====
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The [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] and [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD depositories]] have registers of those serving in medical professions, including physicians, midwives, veterinarians, dentists, optometrists, nurses, and surgeons. Search their holdings by county.
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==== State Employees  ====
  
Pullman Car Works (Pullman, Illinois). ''Employee Records, ca. 1900–1949''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993–94. (On 68 Family History Library films beginning with 1908114.) (Not available at Family History Centers.) These records include employment index cards, which contain hiring and termination dates, and service forms, which contain dates and places of birth as well as information on previous employment, for about 200,000 employees who worked in the Pullman car plant.
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For state employees from 1921 and later, see:  
  
Biographical sketches of lawyers in Illinois about 1916 can be found in Crossley’s Courts and Lawyers, cited in the "[[Illinois Court Records|Court Records]]" section.  
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*Illinois Secretary of State. ''Blue Book of the State of Illinois''. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Secretary of State, 1903–. {{FHL|264072|item|disp=FHL book 977.3 N2ib}} Additional years available at [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ti%3ABlue+Book+of+the+State+of+Illinois&fq=x0%3Abook&qt=advanced&dblist=638 many libraries (WorldCat)].
  
The Illinois State Archives and IRAD depositories have registers of physicians, accoucheurs, midwives, veterinarians, dentists, optometrists, nurses, surgeons, and other professions. They also have the Chicago Civil Service Commission records of policemen, firemen, and tradesmen.
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==== Pullman Car Workers  ====
  
Farming is one of the major occupations in Illinois. Farmers directories were published occasionally. Local farmers associations may have kept membership records with biographical information. Many farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or longer are mentioned in The History of Centennial Farms, cited in the "[[Illinois Genealogy|Genealogy]]" section.  
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Pullman Car Works (Pullman, Illinois). ''Employee Records, ca. 1900–1949''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993–94. These records include employment index cards (which contain hiring and termination dates) and service forms (which contain dates and places of birth as well as information on previous employment) for about 200,000 employees who worked in the Pullman car plant. {{FHL|1908114|film|disp=FHL film 1908114 (first of 68 films)}} (Not available at Family History Centers.)
  
For state employees from 1921 to 1924 and later, see the Blue Book of the State of Illinois cited in the "[[Illinois History|History]]" section.
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==== Other Occupations  ====
  
Occupation records can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:
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The [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] and [https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/irad.pdf IRAD depositories] have the Chicago Civil Service Commission records of policemen, firemen, and tradesmen. Search under Cook County.
  
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Occupations are often listed in city [[Illinois Directories|directories]], which also provide information about particular businesses. Separate business [[Illinois Directories|directories]] are also available.
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ILLINOIS, [COUNTY]- OCCUPATIONS
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It is usually best to start searches for occupations at the city or county level. Links to county pages appear below. Additional resources for Illinois occupations may be found in the [http://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=757150 Illinois-Occupations] or [http://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=382195 Illinois-Officials and employees] topic pages of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Centers]. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]].
  
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Large companies sometimes preserved records about their employees. These records usually contain hiring and termination details and may include biographical data about the employees and possibly their families. If a company where your ancestor worked is still in business, it may allow limited access to its historical employee records.

Few employee records have been made public. Below are some that are available for Illinois.

Farmers[edit | edit source]

Farming is one of the major occupations in Illinois. Farmers' directories were published occasionally. Local farmers' associations may have kept membership records with biographical information. Farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or longer are called "Centennial Farms." See:

  • Illinois Centennial Farm Heritage Association. The History of Illinois Centennial Farms. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media, 1986. This book gives a short history of farming in Illinois and contains family histories and property descriptions of the centennial farms. Many libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 977.3 D2h

Lawyers[edit | edit source]

  • Crossley, Frederic Bears. Courts and Lawyers. Three Volumes. Chicago, Illinois: American Historical Society, 1916. This work gives a brief history of the court system in Illinois and biographical sketches of those who affected the history of the courts and those who were part of the bar about 1916.Many libraries (WorldCat); FHL film 934965; book 977.3 D3c
  • Livingston,John, et al. "List of Lawyers in Illinois," in Law Register..... New York: Monthly Law Magazine, 1851. Viewable online at Google Books.

Medical Workers[edit | edit source]

The Illinois State Archives and IRAD depositories have registers of those serving in medical professions, including physicians, midwives, veterinarians, dentists, optometrists, nurses, and surgeons. Search their holdings by county.

State Employees[edit | edit source]

For state employees from 1921 and later, see:

Pullman Car Workers[edit | edit source]

Pullman Car Works (Pullman, Illinois). Employee Records, ca. 1900–1949. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993–94. These records include employment index cards (which contain hiring and termination dates) and service forms (which contain dates and places of birth as well as information on previous employment) for about 200,000 employees who worked in the Pullman car plant. FHL film 1908114 (first of 68 films) (Not available at Family History Centers.)

Other Occupations[edit | edit source]

The Illinois State Archives and IRAD depositories have the Chicago Civil Service Commission records of policemen, firemen, and tradesmen. Search under Cook County.

Occupations are often listed in city directories, which also provide information about particular businesses. Separate business directories are also available.

It is usually best to start searches for occupations at the city or county level. Links to county pages appear below. Additional resources for Illinois occupations may be found in the Illinois-Occupations or Illinois-Officials and employees topic pages of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at FamilySearch Centers. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog.