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Welcome to the Illinois WikiProject! We welcome contributors here. We are focusing on the county pages for the 102 current counties of Illinois and the 1 county (Dane) that was active for a short time and which no longer exist. We have built a foundation for a county page, with record type headings.

We invite you to add whatever you know about the records of the county or counties and/or the towns or cities in which you are interested. Working together, we can all benefit from the knowledge of community members on the Wiki.

If you have questions, or need some guidance on what to add or how to do so, feel free to contact the project leader or other team members.

Lise Embley, Project Leader
Thomas MacEntee, Project Manager
Lise Embley, Illinois Moderator


Current Tasks needing volunteers:

  • County boxes 
    • Courthouse images. I'll do this one. Murphynw 23:50, 1 March 2011 (UTC)
    • Origin of county name, info, pictures (this information is often identified at Wikipedia)
  • Historic Population Charts
  • Quick Date boxes
  • Public Library addresses and website links
  • Family History Center addresses


*Other tasks will be added later

Completed Tasks:


Contents

Project Scope

Illlinois has 102 existing counties, two counties that existed for a time and have gone out of existence, and other counties that were anticipated, named, but never were organized.

Items of Information

  • Photographs of the county courthouse in each county are needed to be added to the county page, similar to what has been done for Adams County.
  • Names of populated places and communities within each county need to be identified and added, similar to what has been done for [blank] or [blank] County

Record Types

  • For each of 15 record types, general and specific statements about existing collections, their use, and their accessibility need to be compiled. A general statement regarding records, similar to the one for Ada or Bannock Counties, should be in place for each of the 44 counties. Many have already been added.
Cemetery Records

For cemetery records, a table showing all known cemeteries and any transcriptions or online photos of tombstones needs to be compiled. -- First cut at lists of cemeteries in all 44 counties has been completed. If additional cemeteries are identified or if additional links are found, they need to be added.

Census

A brief statement referring the user to the state census page has already been included. If there are peculiarities for each county, they should be added under this heading (see Oneida County for an example of a specific note).

Church

A partial list of wards and other church units of The Church if Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) has been added. Details of church records of other denominations is sorely lacking and should be added.

County Commissioners' Minutes

A statement similar to the one for Ada County needs to be compiled and added for each county.

Court

A summary of microfilmed court records available at the Idaho State Library and Archives (PARL) and at the Family History Library needs to be added (see Ada County for an example). A sub-heading regarding Judgment Books will be added under this heading.

Histories

Any published county histories or histories of the county available online should be listed and linked.

Land and Property, including Mining Claims and Water Rights

A summary of microfilmed land and property records available at the Illinois State Library and Archives (PARL) and at the Family History Library needs to be added (see Ada County for an example).

Maps

If possible, at least one fairly modern map and one historical map for each county, available online, should be identified, with a link provided.

Military

World War I Draft Registration statements have been added to all counties. Some discharge records, etc. from the counties have been added. Others should be added as they are located.

Miscellaneous Series

This set of records exists in most counties and includes a variety of subjects of interest to genealogists and family historians. A descriptive statement regarding them will be added.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Statements regarding naturalization and citizenship have been added for some counties. These records for other counties should be researched and added.

Newspapers

Current and historical newspapers should be identified and listed, at least to the level of detail as for those for Ada County. PARL has an inventory of historical newspapers in their collection, arranged by town. They can be summarized at the county level, and details of titles and years covered could be added to a town or city page, if one has been created.

Pension

Statements regarding Mothers' Pensions and Old Age Pensions, where they apply, have already been added to each county.

Probate

A summary of microfilmed probate records available at the Idaho State Library and Archives (PARL) and at the Family History Library needs to be added (see Ada County for an example). These records should also be listed under the court records heading.

Taxation Records

Statement such as that for Bannock County Taxation needs to be added under that subject for all counties with no statement about Taxation. Any tax records transferred to the Idaho State Historical Society's Public Archives and Research Library should be identified and listed.

Vital Records

A statement similar to the one for Ada County needs to be compiled and added for each county.

Libraries and Historical Societies

Information about local libraries and/or historical societies with manuscript collections regarding the history of the locality and genealogy of its residents should be indentified and added, with links as appropriate.

Important Websites

Websites of importance to those doing research in each county need to be compiled, including links to USGenWeb and other websites, and added.

Bibliography

A bibliography of important references for IIllinois research needs to be compiled and added to each county page.

Contributors

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Project Leader -- Lise Embley

Team members --

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Current Sprint: 3 May 2010 to 1 June 2010

Focus for this sprint will be on continuing to add content to the County pages. We will also continue to add internal links between counties, state, city, and topics pages.

County Cemeteries Census Church County Comm. Court History Land & Prop. Maps

Military

Misc. Series

Natur. & Cit. Newspapers Pension


Probate

Soc. & Libr.

Taxation Vital
Ada Yes Yes partial LDS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Hist.

Curr.

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adams Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes Yes Yes WWI Yes N/A Current Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alturas N/A Yes
Bannock Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes part Yes Yes WWI + partial Yes Yes historical - partial Yes partial Yes Yes Yes
Bear Lake Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes Yes Yes Yes
Benewah Yes Yes Yes Yes WWI current Yes Yes
Bingham Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes partial Yes Yes Yes
Blaine Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes Yes Yes Yes
Boise Yes Yes Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes Yes BM
Bonner Yes Yes LDS partial Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes Yes BM
Bonneville Sep. page Yes LDS Yes partial Yes WWI Yes current partial Yes Yes MD
Boundary Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes Yes Yes M
Butte Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes MD
Camas Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes
Canyon Table Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes Yes
Caribou Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes no WWI Yes current Yes Yes BD
Cassia Yes Yes LDS Yes partial WWI Yes current Yes Yes Yes
Clark Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes no WWI Yes Yes BD
Clearwater Yes Yes Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes current

historical

Yes Yes
Custer Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes BD
Elmore Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes B
Franklin Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes Yes
Fremont Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes Yes
Gem Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes BM
Gooding Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI current Yes Yes
Idaho Yes Yes Yes partial partial Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes Yes
Jefferson Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes Yes
Jerome Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes no WWI Yes Yes Yes
Kootenai Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes Yes Yes Yes BM
Latah Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes BM
Lemhi Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes Yes
Lewis Yes Yes Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes MD
Lincoln Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes Yes Yes
Logan N/A Yes N/A M
Madison Yes Yes LDS Yes partial partial Yes WWI Yes current Yes Yes
Minidoka Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes Yes BD
Nez Perce Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes Yes MD
Oneida Yes Yes LDS Yes partial Yes WWI Yes Yes current

historical

Yes Yes Yes
Owyhee Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes WWI + partial Yes current

historical - partial

Yes Yes partial Yes
Payette Yes Yes Yes partial Yes WWI current Yes Yes
Power Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes current Yes Yes Yes
Shoshone Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI current Yes Yes
Teton Yes Yes LDS Yes partial Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes Yes Yes
Twin Falls Yes Yes LDS Yes Yes WWI Yes Yes current Yes Yes BM
Valley Yes Yes Yes Yes WWI current Yes M
Washington Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes WWI current Yes Yes


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