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Contact Information

Address:[1]

Illinois State Archives
Margaret Cross Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756

Telephone:[1]  (217) 782-4682
Fax:  (217) 524-3930

Hours and holidays:[1]  Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Central Time Zone); Holidays
        1st Saturday of month 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (except on holiday weekends)

Map, directions, and public transportation:

  • Directions:[2]
    • from the north on I-55 (Lincoln):  Merge onto I-55 S toward Springfield. Merge onto IL-97 W via EXIT 98B, 3.3 mi. Turn left onto N 2nd St, 0.5 mi. Turn right onto E Edwards St, 0.1 mi. The State Archives is on the right behind the State Museum.
    • from the east on I-72 (Decatur):  Merge onto I-72 W/US-36 W toward Springfield. Stay straight to go onto IL-97 W/E Clear Lake Ave W. Continue to follow IL-97 W, 3.1 mi. Turn left onto N 2nd St, 0.5 mi. Turn right onto E Edwards St, 0.1 mi. The State Archives is on the right behind the State Museum.
    • from the south on I-55 (Litchfield):  Merge onto I-55 N toward Springfield. Keep left to take I-55 Bus N via EXIT 92A-B toward 6th Street/I-72 W/Jacksonville, 3.7 mi. Turn left onto S Grand Ave E/I-55 Bus S. Continue to follow S Grand Ave E, 0.3 mi. Turn right onto S 2nd St, 0.6 mi. Turn right onto E Edwards St, 0.1 mi. The State Archives is on the right behind the State Museum.
    • from the west on I-72 (Jacksonville):  Merge onto I-72 E/US-36 E toward Springfield. Take the I-55 Bus Loop N exit, EXIT 97B, toward 6th Street/Springfield, 0.3 mi. Merge onto I-55 Bus N, 3.1 mi. Turn left onto S Grand Ave E/I-55 Bus S. Continue to follow S Grand Ave E, 0.3 mi. Turn right onto S 2nd St, 0.6 mi. Turn right onto E Edwards St, 0.1 mi. The State Archives is on the right behind the State Museum.
  • Public transportation:  All SMTD bus routes stop within 4 blocks of the capitol complex and Illinois State Archives.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The Illinois State Archives preserves county and state records, including pre-Chicago fire documents. They have indexed vital records, early land grants, military records such as muster rolls and Civil War registers. All federal and state censuses are available. Their surname card index covers much of the collection.[3]

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Illinois State Archives, 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.[4]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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.[7]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Illinois State Archives in http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com (accessed 1 April 2015).
  2. Based on MapQuest.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 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. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  5. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  6. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  7. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  9. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  10. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  12. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  13. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).
  14. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  15. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).


 

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