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=== Illinois Regional Archives Depository System  ===
 
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Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD)<br>Archives Building<br>Springfield, IL 62756<br>Telephone: 217-785-1266<br>Internet: [https://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html https://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html]  
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Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD)<br>Archives Building<br>Springfield, IL 62756<br>Telephone: 217-785-1266<br>Internet:&nbsp;[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradhome.html http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradhome.html]
  
 
From&nbsp;the above site you can link to any county for information on that county and the government databases available, including the&nbsp;county courthouse address and phone numbers and other counties which&nbsp;each county used to be part of.  
 
From&nbsp;the above site you can link to any county for information on that county and the government databases available, including the&nbsp;county courthouse address and phone numbers and other counties which&nbsp;each county used to be part of.  
  
<br>'''IRAD—Booth Library'''<br>Illinois State University<br>600 Lincoln Avenue<br>Charleston, IL 61920<br>Telephone: 217-581-6093  
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<br>'''IRAD—Eastern Illinois University (EIU)'''<br>Illinois Regional Archives Depository -&nbsp;Booth Library<br>Eastern Illinois University<br>600 Lincoln Avenue<br>Charleston, IL 61920<br>Telephone: (217) 581-6093<br>Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays<br>9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.<br>EIU Region:&nbsp;Clark,&nbsp;Clay,&nbsp;Coles,&nbsp;Crawford,&nbsp;Cumberland,&nbsp;Douglas,&nbsp;Edgar,&nbsp;Edwards,&nbsp;Effingham,<br>Jasper,&nbsp;Lawrence,&nbsp;Moultrie,&nbsp;Richland,&nbsp;Shelby,&nbsp;Wabash,&nbsp;Wayne<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#EIU http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#EIU]
  
'''IRAD—Williams Hall'''<br>Illinois State University<br>Campus Box 5500<br>Normal, IL 61790-5500<br>Telephone: 309-452-6027
 
  
'''IRAD—Regional History Center'''<br>Swen Parson Hall<br>Northern Illinois University<br>DeKalb, IL 60115<br>Telephone: 815-753-1779
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'''IRAD—Illinois State University (ISU)'''<br>Illinois Regional Archives Depository<br>Illinois State University<br>2016 Warehouse Road<br>Campus Box 1520<br>Normal, IL 61790-1520<br>Telephone: (309) 452-6027<br> Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays<br>9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.<br>ISU Region:&nbsp;Champaign,&nbsp;DeWitt,&nbsp;Ford,&nbsp;Grundy,&nbsp;Iroquois,&nbsp;Kankakee,&nbsp;Livingston<br>Logan,&nbsp;Marshall,&nbsp;McLean,&nbsp;Piatt,&nbsp;Tazewell<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#ISU http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#ISU]
  
'''IRAD—LIB-144'''<br>University of Illinois at Springfield<br>Post Office Box 19243<br>Springfield, IL 62794-9243<br>Telephone: 217-206-6520
 
  
'''IRAD c/o Special Collections'''<br>Morris Library—6632<br>Southern Illinois University<br>Carbondale, IL 62901-6632<br>Telephone: 618-453-3040
 
  
'''IRAD—Ronald Williams Library'''<br>Northeastern Illinois University <br>5500 N. St. Louis Avenue<br>Chicago, IL 60625-4699<br>Telephone: 773-794-6279
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'''IRAD—Northern Illinois University (NIU)'''<br>Illinois Regional Archives Depository<br>c/o Regional History Center<br>Founders Memorial Library<br>Room 400<br>Northern Illinois University<br>DeKalb, IL 60115<br>Telephone: (815) 753-1807<br> Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays<br>8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.<br>NIU Region:&nbsp;Boone,&nbsp;Bureau,&nbsp;Carroll,&nbsp;DeKalb,&nbsp;DuPage,&nbsp;JoDaviess,&nbsp;Kane,&nbsp;Kendall,&nbsp;Lake<br>LaSalle,&nbsp;Lee,&nbsp;McHenry,&nbsp;Ogle,&nbsp;Putnam,&nbsp;Stephenson,&nbsp;Whiteside,&nbsp;Will,&nbsp;Winnebago<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#NIU http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#NIU]
  
'''IRAD—University Library'''<br>Western Illinois University <br>1 University Circle<br>Macomb, IL 61455-1390<br>Telephone: 309-298-2716  
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'''IRAD—University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS)<br>'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository<br>LIB 144<br>University of Illinois at Springfield<br>One University Plaza, MS BRK 140<br>Springfield IL 62703-5407<br>Telephone: (217) 206-6520<br> Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays<br>9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.<br>UIS Region:&nbsp;Bond,&nbsp;Cass,&nbsp;Christian,&nbsp;Fayette,&nbsp;Greene,&nbsp;Jersey,&nbsp;Macon,&nbsp;Macoupin<br>Mason,&nbsp;Menard,&nbsp;Montgomery,&nbsp;Morgan<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#UIS http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#UIS]
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'''IRAD—Southern Illinois University (SIU)'''<br>Illinois Regional Archives Depository<br>c/o Special Collections<br>Morris Library – 6632<br>Southern Illinois University<br>Carbondale, IL 62901-6632<br>Telephone: (618) 453-3040<br> Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays<br>9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.<br>SIU Region:&nbsp;Alexander,&nbsp;Clinton,&nbsp;Franklin,&nbsp;Gallatin,&nbsp;Hamilton,&nbsp;Hardin,&nbsp;Jackson,&nbsp;Jefferson<br>Johnson,&nbsp;Madison,&nbsp;Marion,&nbsp;Massac,&nbsp;Monroe,&nbsp;Perry,&nbsp;Pope,&nbsp;Pulaski,&nbsp;Randolph,&nbsp;St. Clair<br>Saline,&nbsp;Union,&nbsp;Washington,&nbsp;White,&nbsp;Williamson<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#SIU http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#SIU]
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'''IRAD—Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)'''<br>Illinois Regional Archives Depository<br>Ronald Williams Library<br>Northeastern Illinois University<br>5500 N. St. Louis Avenue<br>Chicago, IL 60625-4699<br>Telephone: (773) 442-4506<br> Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays<br>9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.<br>NEIU Region:&nbsp;Cook and City of Chicago<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#NEIU http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#NEIU]
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'''IRAD—Western Illinois University (WIU)'''<br>Illinois Regional Archives Depository<br>University Library<br>Western Illinois University<br>1 University Circle<br>Macomb, IL 61455<br>Telephone: (309) 298-2716<br> Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays<br>8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.<br>WIU Region:&nbsp;Adams,&nbsp;Brown,&nbsp;Calhoun,&nbsp;Fulton, Hancock,&nbsp;Henderson,&nbsp;Henry,&nbsp;Knox<br>McDonough,&nbsp;Mercer,&nbsp;Peoria,&nbsp;Pike, Rock Island,&nbsp;Schuyler,&nbsp;Stark,&nbsp;Warren<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#WIU http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#WIU]
  
 
A useful guide to records in IRAD depositories is:  
 
A useful guide to records in IRAD depositories is:  

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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Illinois. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.

Contents

Directories

Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of many archives, libraries, and genealogical and historical societies are given in:

Directory of Illinois Museums Including Historical, Cultural, and Scientific Agencies. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Association of Museums and Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 1996. This source is not available at the Family History Library, but most libraries in Illinois have a copy. An earlier source is:

  • A Guide to the Cultural Resources in Illinois [1]

The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research:

National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)

7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
Telephone: 773-581-7816
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/

State Archives, Libraries, and Societies

Illinois State Archives
Margret Cross Norton Building
Springfield, IL 62756
Telephone: 217-782-4682
Fax: 217-524-3930
Internet:  Archives

Since the Illinois State Archives responds only by mail to inquiries, all fax, telephone, and e-mail inquiries must also contain a mailing address.

A helpful guide to the holdings of the Illinois State Archives is:

  • Descriptive Inventory of the Archives of the State of Illinois [2] This source is also available on compact disc from the state archives.

Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Telephone: 217-785-5600
Internet: Illinois State Library

Illinois State Historical Library
Old State Capitol
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1507
Telephone: 217-558-8844
Fax: 217-785-6250
Internet: www.state.il.us/hpa/lib

Illinois State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10195
Springfield, IL 62791
Telephone: 217-789-1968
Internet: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilsgs/

Other genealogical societies are listed in the Directory of Illinois Museums and the Reithmaier book, both cited at the beginning of this section.

Illinois State Historical Society
Old State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62701
Telephone: 217-524-6258
Internet: www.prairienet.org/ishs

Illinois

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System (IRAD)
Archives Building
Springfield, IL 62756
Telephone: 217-785-1266
Internet: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradhome.html

From the above site you can link to any county for information on that county and the government databases available, including the county courthouse address and phone numbers and other counties which each county used to be part of.


IRAD—Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
Illinois Regional Archives Depository - Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093
Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
EIU Region: Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham,
Jasper, Lawrence, Moultrie, Richland, Shelby, Wabash, Wayne
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#EIU


IRAD—Illinois State University (ISU)
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Illinois State University
2016 Warehouse Road
Campus Box 1520
Normal, IL 61790-1520
Telephone: (309) 452-6027
Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ISU Region: Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston
Logan, Marshall, McLean, Piatt, Tazewell
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#ISU


IRAD—Northern Illinois University (NIU)
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
c/o Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library
Room 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: (815) 753-1807
Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NIU Region: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, DuPage, JoDaviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake
LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#NIU


IRAD—University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS)
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
LIB 144
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS BRK 140
Springfield IL 62703-5407
Telephone: (217) 206-6520
Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
UIS Region: Bond, Cass, Christian, Fayette, Greene, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin
Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#UIS


IRAD—Southern Illinois University (SIU)
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
c/o Special Collections
Morris Library – 6632
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-6632
Telephone: (618) 453-3040
Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
SIU Region: Alexander, Clinton, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson
Johnson, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Clair
Saline, Union, Washington, White, Williamson
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#SIU


IRAD—Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Ronald Williams Library
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
Telephone: (773) 442-4506
Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
NEIU Region: Cook and City of Chicago
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#NEIU


IRAD—Western Illinois University (WIU)
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
University Library
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Telephone: (309) 298-2716
Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WIU Region: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Knox
McDonough, Mercer, Peoria, Pike, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Warren
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradaddr.html#WIU

A useful guide to records in IRAD depositories is:

  • A Summary Guide to Local Governmental Records in the Illinois Regional Archives [3]

Newberry Library

For further details see the Newberry Library Wiki page.

Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone: 312-943-9090
Telephone to reference desk: 312-255-3512
Internet: Newberry Library

This library has research guides on various subjects related to genealogy and library holdings cataloged from 1978.

Major collections at the Newberry Library are described in:

  • Guide to Local and Family History at the Newberry Library [4]

A surname index to genealogical periodicals and local history books in the Newberry Library was completed in 1915 and published as:

The Genealogical Index of the Newberry Library[5]

Family History Library

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Illinois counties, use the 33 inventories of the county archives published around 1940 by the Historical Records Survey. The Family History Library has copies of most of these. These inventories can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:

ILLINOIS, [COUNTY]- ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES-
ILLINOIS, INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS

Web Sites

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Illinois in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. Much of the information is available at little or no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways to additional sites:

FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 22 March 1999 [cited 7 October 1999]. Available at FamilySearch.org. At this site you can access the Family History Library Catalog, Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, Source Guide, lists of Family History Centers, web sites related to family history, and lists of researchers interested in similar genealogical topics. You can also learn about and order Family History Library publications.

Howells, Cyndi. "U.S.- Illinois- IL." In Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. Puyallup, Washington: Cyndi Howells, 6 October 1999 [cited 7 October 1999]. Available at Cyndislist.com. This list has more links to other Illinois genealogical sites and describes more resources than any other site on the Internet.

"Illinois USGenWeb." In The USGenWeb Project [Internet site]. N.p., 1999 [cited 7 October 1999]. Available at rootsweb.com. This is a cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet, for each county, state, and country.

"United States Resources: Illinois." In RootsWeb. N.p., 28 August 1999 [cited 7 October 1999]. Available at rootsweb.com. This list of sites and resources includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.

"IL GenExchange." In Genealogical Exchange & Surname Registry. [6]This site brings searchable data to genealogists including databases (church, cemetery, census, land, immigration, naturalization, and vital records), directories, historical accounts, mailing lists, queries, local surname researchers, and look-up volunteers.

Some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. These computers do not have access to online services, networks, or bulletin boards. You can use these services at many public libraries, college libraries, and private locations.

References

  1. Reithmaier, Tina M., ed. A Guide to the Cultural Resources in Illinois. Springfield, Illinois: The Office of the Secretary of State, 1988. (Family History Library book 977.3 C44g).
  2. Bailey, Robert E., and Elaine Shemoney Evans, eds. Descriptive Inventory of the Archives of the State of Illinois. 2nd ed. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Archives, 1997. (Family History Library book 977.3 J53ir 1997.)
  3. Bailey, Robert E., et al., eds. A Summary Guide to Local Governmental Records in the Illinois Regional Archives. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Archives, 1992. (Family History Library book 977.356/S1 J53s).
  4. Sinko, Peggy Tuck. Guide to Local and Family History at the Newberry Library. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1987. Ancestry is a trademark of Ancestry, Inc. (Family History Library book 977.311 A3s.)
  5. The Genealogical Index of the Newberry Library, Chicago.&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp; Four Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1960. (Family History Library book Q 973.D22n films;928135–37 films).
  6. "IL GenExchange." In Genealogical Exchange &amp;amp;amp;amp; Surname Registry. N.p., 1996-1999 [cited 7 October 1999].