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=== Immigration and Migration  ===
 
=== Immigration and Migration  ===
  
Pre-statehood settlers of English and Ulster Scots descent came from [[Virginia]], the Carolinas, [[Tennessee]], and [[Kentucky]] by way of the Ohio River, where they joined a few hundred Frenchmen already in the area. The first blacks came to Illinois in 1719 with the French, but their numbers remained few until after the [[Illinois_in_the_Civil_War|Civil War]]. Indian tribes relinquished their last remaining Illinois lands shortly after the Black Hawk War of 1832.  
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Pre-statehood settlers of English and Ulster Scots descent came from [[Virginia]], the Carolinas, [[Tennessee]], and [[Kentucky]] by way of the Ohio River, where they joined a few hundred Frenchmen already in the area. The first blacks came to Illinois in 1719 with the French, but their numbers remained few until after the [[Illinois in the Civil War|Civil War]]. Indian tribes relinquished their last remaining Illinois lands shortly after the Black Hawk War of 1832.  
  
When Illinois became a state in 1818, most of the population lived near the waterways of southern Illinois. During the 1830s and 1840s, most settlers came from [[New York]] and New England by way of the [[Erie Canal]] and the Great Lakes or on the [[National Road]]. They settled the central and northern counties. Overseas immigration of the 1840s and 1850s was composed mainly of Germans and Irish. After the Civil War they were joined by Austrians, Hungarians, Russians, Scandinavians, Italians, and Poles.  
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When Illinois became a state in 1818, most of the population lived near the waterways of southern Illinois. During the 1830s and 1840s, most settlers came from [[New York]] and New England by way of the [[Erie Canal]] and the Great Lakes or on the [[National Road]]. They settled the central and northern counties. Southerners from Kentucky and Tennessee settled the southern counties. Overseas immigration of the 1840s and 1850s was composed mainly of Germans and Irish. After the Civil War, immigrant groups included Austrians, Hungarians, Slovakians, Russians, Scandinavians, Italians, and Poles.  
  
 
[[Iowa]] was the destination of many who left Illinois in the 1850s. Illinois families also helped settle [[Kansas]] and [[Nebraska]]. Others joined the [[California]] gold rush or traveled the [[Oregon Trail]] to the Pacific Northwest.  
 
[[Iowa]] was the destination of many who left Illinois in the 1850s. Illinois families also helped settle [[Kansas]] and [[Nebraska]]. Others joined the [[California]] gold rush or traveled the [[Oregon Trail]] to the Pacific Northwest.  
  
The abundance and availability of land attracted the most Swedish immigrants, especially [[Illinois]] and [[Minnesota]]. For further reading, see: [[Swedish American: Illinois History|Swedish American: Illinois History]].
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The abundance and availability of land attracted the most Swedish immigrants, especially [[Illinois]] and [[Minnesota]]. For further reading, see: [[Swedish American: Illinois History|Swedish American: Illinois History]].  
  
 
=== Records  ===
 
=== Records  ===
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The article [[United States Emigration and Immigration]] lists several important sources for finding information about immigrants to this country. These sources include many references to people who settled in Illinois. [[Tracing Immigrant Origins|Tracing Immigrant Origins]] introduces the principles, research strategies, and additional record types you can use to identify an immigrant’s original hometown.  
 
The article [[United States Emigration and Immigration]] lists several important sources for finding information about immigrants to this country. These sources include many references to people who settled in Illinois. [[Tracing Immigrant Origins|Tracing Immigrant Origins]] introduces the principles, research strategies, and additional record types you can use to identify an immigrant’s original hometown.  
  
See [[Tracing LDS Ancestors|Tracing LDS Ancestors]] for records of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in Illinois.
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See the [[Illinois Ethnic Groups|Ethnic Groups]] and [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]] sections for further information.
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<br>See [[Tracing LDS Ancestors|Tracing LDS Ancestors]] for records of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in Illinois.  
  
 
=== Histories  ===
 
=== Histories  ===
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*Wyman, Mark.''Immigration History and Ethnicity in Illinois: A Guide''. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Historical Society, 19–?. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/21455403 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|607796|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 A1 no.293}}  
 
*Wyman, Mark.''Immigration History and Ethnicity in Illinois: A Guide''. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Historical Society, 19–?. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/21455403 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|607796|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 A1 no.293}}  
*White, Elizabeth Pearson. "''Illinois Settlers and Their Origins''." National Genealogical Society Quarterly (Washington, D.C.: The Society) vol.74, no.1 (Mar. 1986): 7–17.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1759226 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1183422|item|disp=FHL Book 973 B2ng v.74}}  
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*White, Elizabeth Pearson. "''Illinois Settlers and Their Origins''." National Genealogical Society Quarterly (Washington, D.C.: The Society) vol.74, no.1 (Mar. 1986): 7–17.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1759226 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1183422|item|disp=FHL Book 973 B2ng v.74}}
*Freund, Hanns Egon. ''Emigration Records From the German Eifel Region, 1834–1911: with Major Emphasis on Those Emigrants Whose Final Destinations Were Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.'' Crystal Lake, Illinois: McHenry County, Illinois Genealogical Society, 1991. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/24217066 Other libraries (WorldCat)]{{FHL|425944|item|disp=FHL book 977 W2f}}
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*Eckberg, Carl J. ''Colonial Ste. Genevieve: An adventure on the Mississippi Frontier.'' Gerald, Missouri: Patrice Press, 1985. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12978208 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1409783|item|disp=FHL Book 977.8692/S1 H2e}}
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*Buck, Solon J. ''Illinois in 1818.'' Springfield, Illinois&nbsp;: Illinois Centennial Commission, 1917. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/958266 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|290785|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 B4ic v. 0}}
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'''Germans'''
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*Freund, Hanns Egon. ''Emigration Records From the German Eifel Region, 1834–1911: with Major Emphasis on Those Emigrants Whose Final Destinations Were Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.'' Crystal Lake, Illinois: McHenry County, Illinois Genealogical Society, 1991. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/24217066 Other libraries (WorldCat)]{{FHL|425944|item|disp=FHL book 977 W2f}}  
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*Frizzell, Robert W. "Migration Chains to Illinois: The Evidence from German–American Church Records." ''Journal of American Ethnic History,''7 (Fall, 1987). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/49605417 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|145990|item|disp=FHL Book 970 F25j}}
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*Wyman, Mark. ''Immigrants in the Valley: Irish, Germans, and Americans in the Upper Mississippi Country, 1830-1860.'' Chicago, Illinois: Nelson-Hall, 1984.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9621007 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|37223|item|disp=FHL Book 977 H2wm}}
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'''Irish'''
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*McCaffrey, Lawrence J. ''The Irish in Chicago.'' Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1987. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/14379040 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|622310|item|disp=FHL Book 977.311 F2m}}
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*Wyman, Mark. ''Immigrants in the Valley: Irish, Germans, and Americans in the Upper Mississippi Country, 1830-1860.'' Chicago, Illinois: Nelson-Hall, 1984.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9621007 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|37223|item|disp=FHL Book 977 H2wm}}
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=== Learn More  ===
 
=== Learn More  ===
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*Everton, George B.''The Handy Book for Genealogists''. Logan, Utah: 1999.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/48077118 Other libraries (WorldCat)]{{FHL|611933|item|disp=FHL book 973 D27e}})''.'' This well-known reference is described in the [[United States]] article.Includes maps of several migration trails into Illinois and other states.
 
*Everton, George B.''The Handy Book for Genealogists''. Logan, Utah: 1999.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/48077118 Other libraries (WorldCat)]{{FHL|611933|item|disp=FHL book 973 D27e}})''.'' This well-known reference is described in the [[United States]] article.Includes maps of several migration trails into Illinois and other states.
  
See the [[Illinois Ethnic Groups|Ethnic Groups]] and [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]] sections for further information.
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<br>Immigration information can be found on state, county and local levels. Links to county pages appear below. Additional resources for Illinois immigration may be found in the [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=460747 Illinois-Emigration and Immigration] topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]. Also find Illinois&nbsp;immigration&nbsp;resources available at other libraries (WorldCat). Explore how to search [[Worldcat Online Catalog|WorldCat]] and the [[Family History Library Catalog|FHLC]].<br>
 
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Immigration information can be found on state, county and local levels. Links to county pages appear below. Additional resources for Illinois immigration may be found in the [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=460747 Illinois-Emigration and Immigration] topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]. Also find Illinois&nbsp;immigration&nbsp;resources available at other libraries (WorldCat). Explore how to search [[Worldcat Online Catalog|WorldCat]] and the [[Family History Library Catalog|FHLC]].<br>
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== References ==
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== References ==
  
 
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Dutch Windmill in Fulton, Illinois

Contents

Immigration and Migration

Pre-statehood settlers of English and Ulster Scots descent came from Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky by way of the Ohio River, where they joined a few hundred Frenchmen already in the area. The first blacks came to Illinois in 1719 with the French, but their numbers remained few until after the Civil War. Indian tribes relinquished their last remaining Illinois lands shortly after the Black Hawk War of 1832.

When Illinois became a state in 1818, most of the population lived near the waterways of southern Illinois. During the 1830s and 1840s, most settlers came from New York and New England by way of the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes or on the National Road. They settled the central and northern counties. Southerners from Kentucky and Tennessee settled the southern counties. Overseas immigration of the 1840s and 1850s was composed mainly of Germans and Irish. After the Civil War, immigrant groups included Austrians, Hungarians, Slovakians, Russians, Scandinavians, Italians, and Poles.

Iowa was the destination of many who left Illinois in the 1850s. Illinois families also helped settle Kansas and Nebraska. Others joined the California gold rush or traveled the Oregon Trail to the Pacific Northwest.

The abundance and availability of land attracted the most Swedish immigrants, especially Illinois and Minnesota. For further reading, see: Swedish American: Illinois History.

Records

Major ports of entry for immigrants who settled in Illinois include New Orleans, New York, and Canadian ports. Records of passengers have not been found for the ports and harbors in Illinois.

Emigration and Immigration

The article United States Emigration and Immigration lists several important sources for finding information about immigrants to this country. These sources include many references to people who settled in Illinois. Tracing Immigrant Origins introduces the principles, research strategies, and additional record types you can use to identify an immigrant’s original hometown.

See the Ethnic Groups and Naturalization and Citizenship sections for further information.


See Tracing LDS Ancestors for records of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in Illinois.

Histories

Some helpful published sources about Illinois immigrants include:

French

Germans

  • Freund, Hanns Egon. Emigration Records From the German Eifel Region, 1834–1911: with Major Emphasis on Those Emigrants Whose Final Destinations Were Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Crystal Lake, Illinois: McHenry County, Illinois Genealogical Society, 1991. Other libraries (WorldCat)FHL book 977 W2f
  • Frizzell, Robert W. "Migration Chains to Illinois: The Evidence from German–American Church Records." Journal of American Ethnic History,7 (Fall, 1987). Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL Book 970 F25j
  • Wyman, Mark. Immigrants in the Valley: Irish, Germans, and Americans in the Upper Mississippi Country, 1830-1860. Chicago, Illinois: Nelson-Hall, 1984.Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL Book 977 H2wm

Irish


Learn More

  • Rubincam, Milton. "Migrations to Illinois, 1673–1860." In Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly. (Springfield, Illinois: The Society) volume 4, number 3 (Oct. 1972):127–34. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL Film 1954961 FHL Book 977.3 B2is v.4
  • Dollarhide, William. Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735–1815. Bountiful, Utah: AGLL Genealogical Services, 1977. FHL book 973 E3d.) This includes a place-name index.
  • Everton, George B.The Handy Book for Genealogists. Logan, Utah: 1999.Other libraries (WorldCat)FHL book 973 D27e). This well-known reference is described in the United States article.Includes maps of several migration trails into Illinois and other states.


Immigration information can be found on state, county and local levels. Links to county pages appear below. Additional resources for Illinois immigration may be found in the Illinois-Emigration and Immigration topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Also find Illinois immigration resources available at other libraries (WorldCat). Explore how to search WorldCat and the FHLC.

References