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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Rock Island County'''
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Guide to '''Rock Island County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Illinois-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Rock Island County''
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== Rock Island County Organization  ==
 
== Rock Island County Organization  ==
  
Rock Island County's civil records start the following years:
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Rock Island County's civil records start the following years:  
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=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
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*The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Rock Island County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Rock Island County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
 
Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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'''Published Records'''
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=770 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Rock Island&nbsp;County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|401268|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Rock Island&nbsp;County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/rockisland.htm Rock Island&nbsp;Co.&nbsp;IL&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;
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<br>'''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*[http://rockisland.genwebsite.org/ Rock Island County ILGenWeb]. See the "Cemetery Data" folder for more information about Rock Island County cemeteries and tombstone transcriptions.
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|401268|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Rock Island&nbsp;County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave.com] has burial information for nearly 100 Rock Island County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=755 Here].
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6621&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Rock&nbsp;Island&nbsp;County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ GenealogyTrails.com]. Has a list of [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/rockisland/cemeteries.html Rock Island County Cemeteries] and links to cemetery transcriptions.
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*[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/main.php Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project]. Find or submit [http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/rockisland/ Rock Island County] tombstone photos.
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/illinois.html Illinois Tombstone Transcription Project].&nbsp;Get accesss to&nbsp;online cemetery transcriptions&nbsp;for [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/rockisland.htm Rock Island County Cemeteries].
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*[http://www.interment.net Interment.net]. Contains links to [http://www.interment.net/us/il/rock_island.htm Rock Island County Cemetery Records] online.
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com Linkpendium]. Has links to several [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Rock_Island/cem/ Rock Island County Cemetery] related websites.
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<br>'''Cemetery Gazetters'''
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/ Epodunk] has a list of [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6621&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= Rock Island County Cemeteries]. The website provides&nbsp;name of&nbsp;cemetery,&nbsp;address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.
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*The [http://www.ilgensoc.org/ Illinois State Genealogical Society's] "Cemetery Location Project" has identified many [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-mz/rockisland.html Rock Island County Cemeteries].
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
  
 
=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indictate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]] for more ideas about how to use church records in your research. [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=rockisland+county+Illinois+church+ Many libraries( WorldCat)] and the {{FHL|401571|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} hold abstracts of church records for Rock Island County. Learn more about how to search [[Worldcat Online Catalog|WorldCat]].
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*The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Rock Island County edition. Church information can be found in the township histories beginning on page 939. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
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:*'''1936–1942''' Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints membership {{FHL|348418|item|disp=FHL film 215443 Item 1}}
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.
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The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1833–1887''' Circuit Court Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1834–1902''' Circuit Court Case Files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1842–1890''' Circuit Court Record, Chancery [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|558478|item|disp=FHL film 1688958–62, item 1}}
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:*'''1853–1947''' Insanity proceedings case file [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1858–1869''' Justice of the Peace Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1858–1870''' Justice of the peace court record {{FHL|557930|item|disp=FHL film 1688942}}
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:*'''1916–1951''' Feeble-Minded Case files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/rockisland/rockcourt.html Rock Island county Court Records] courtesy USGenWeb Archives Illinois.
  
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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*''The Past and Present of Rock Island County, Ill.&nbsp;: containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &amp;c., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, general and local statistics, map of Rock Island County, history of Illinois, Constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters, etc., etc''.. Chicago: H.F. Kett &amp; Co., 1877. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25242 Ancestry] ($).  
 
*''The Past and Present of Rock Island County, Ill.&nbsp;: containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &amp;c., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, general and local statistics, map of Rock Island County, history of Illinois, Constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters, etc., etc''.. Chicago: H.F. Kett &amp; Co., 1877. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25242 Ancestry] ($).  
*''Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock Island County, Illinois: containing full-page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county&nbsp;: together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States&nbsp;: also containing a history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time''. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1885. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25933 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*''Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock Island County, Illinois: containing full-page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county&nbsp;: together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States&nbsp;: also containing a history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time''. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1885. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25933 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
*''The Biographical record of Rock Island County, Illinois''. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1897. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25050 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*''The Biographical record of Rock Island County, Illinois''. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1897. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25050 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
*Meese, William A. ''Early Rock Island''. Moline, Ill.: Press of Desaulniers &amp; Co., 1905. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=17667 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*Meese, William A. ''Early Rock Island''. Moline, Ill.: Press of Desaulniers &amp; Co., 1905. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=17667 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
*''Historic Rock Island County&nbsp;: history of the settlement of Rock Island County from the earliest known period to the present time&nbsp;: embracing references of importance, and including a biography of Rock Island County's well-known citizens''. Rock Island, Ill.: Kramer &amp; Co., 1908. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22392 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*''Historic Rock Island County&nbsp;: history of the settlement of Rock Island County from the earliest known period to the present time&nbsp;: embracing references of importance, and including a biography of Rock Island County's well-known citizens''. Rock Island, Ill.: Kramer &amp; Co., 1908. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22392 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
*''Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Rock Island County''. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1914. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16149 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*''Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Rock Island County''. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1914. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16149 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
 
*''The Early Day of Rock Island and Davenport: The Narratives of J.W. Spencer and J.M.D. Burrows''. Chicago: Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley &amp; Sons Co., 1942. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29238 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 
*''The Early Day of Rock Island and Davenport: The Narratives of J.W. Spencer and J.M.D. Burrows''. Chicago: Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley &amp; Sons Co., 1942. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29238 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1835–1912''' Grantor and Grantee index {{FHL|305175|item|disp=FHL first film 1392726 (first of 17 films)}}
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:*'''1835–1927''' Deed records {{FHL|305175|item|disp=FHL first film 1415934(first of 52 films)}}
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:*'''1835–1895''' Deed and Mortgage index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1837–1841''' Entry books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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'''Additional Resources'''
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Additional resources for Rock Island County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|504998|subject_id|disp=FHLC}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/rockisland_map.html Rock Island County Federal Township Plats]
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Ilrockisland.jpg|400px|right]]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from&nbsp;Rock Island&nbsp;County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments&nbsp;that were formed from men of&nbsp;Rock Island&nbsp;County.
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==== Civil War ====
  
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Civil War service men from&nbsp;Rock Island County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Rock Island County.
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:- [[4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company M.
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:- [[9th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|9th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company A.
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:- [[12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.
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:- [[12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861)|12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861)]], Company D.
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:- [[13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.
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:- [[14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company L.
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:- [[17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company L.
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:- [[19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.
 
:- [[37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and H.  
 
:- [[37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and H.  
 
:- [[43rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|43rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.  
 
:- [[43rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|43rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.  
:- [[45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.<br>
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:- [[45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.<br>  
:- [[51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.<br>
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:- [[51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.<br>  
:- [[58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.<br>
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:- [[58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.<br>  
:- [[65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)|65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)]], Company B.<br>
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:- [[65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)|65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)]], Company B.<br>  
:- [[66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C. <br>
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:- [[66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C. <br>  
:- [[71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.<br>
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:- [[71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.<br>  
:- [[89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.<br>
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:- [[89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.<br>  
:- [[93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A.<br>
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:- [[93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A.<br>  
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:- [[126th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|126th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B, E, G, H and I.
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:- [[129th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|129th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.
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:- [[132nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|132nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company H.
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:- [[140th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|140th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company G.
  
 
=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
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Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.
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The following copies of original records may be accessed online, through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''1872–1962'''A naturalization index for Rock Island County is available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Rock Island County, and select the record type you are interested in.
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:*'''1872–1878''' Some declarations of intentions for Rock Island County&nbsp;are available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Rock Island County, and select the record type you are interested in.
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:*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~treasures/il/rockislandcoil.htm PA to Rock Island County, Illinois] courtesy [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~treasures/index.htmTreasures of the Past] at www.roostweb.com;
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'''Original records'''
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:*'''1937–1959''' Repatriation Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1842–1962''' Naturalization Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1854–1864''' Naturalization Record of Minors [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1854–1898''' Naturalization Record, Final [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1854–1962''' Naturalization Declarations of Intent [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1860–1883''' Naturalization Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1865–1899''' Naturalization Record of Soldiers and Minors [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1872–1906''' Naturalization Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1872–1883''' Naturalization Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1872–1906''' Naturalization Record, Final [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1872–1906''' Naturalization Declarations of Intent [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1896–1906''' Naturalization Record of Minors [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1906–1962''' Naturalization Petition Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1910–1962''' Naturalization Card File Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1918''' Naturalization Petition Record of Soldiers [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1930–1962''' Naturalization Order Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
An unspecified number of Rock Island County probate records are available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}.  
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Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
  
[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/riprob.html Rock Island County Probate Case Files Index, 1834-1899], courtesy: Illinois State Archives.  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page]].
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/riprob.html Rock Island County Probate Case Files Index, 1834-1899], courtesy: Illinois State Archives.
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:*'''1837–1923''' The guardianship records, probate index, and wills for Rock Island County probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Rock Island County, and select the record type you are interested in.
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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1834–1900''' Probate Case Files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1834–1959''' Estate case files {{FHL|529099|item|disp=FHL first film 1822930 Item 2 (first of 161 films}}
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:*'''1835–1876''' Probate records and related materials {{FHL|558486|item|disp=FHL first film 1688964 (first of 5 films)}}
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:*'''1835–1900''' Probate Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1837–1934''' Will records {{FHL|99610|item|disp=FHL first film 1392618 Item 2(first of 11 films)}}
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:*'''1837–1922''' Probate Will Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1839–1859''' Probate Administrator's and Executor's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1839–1841''' Probate Administrator's and Guardian's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1849–1865''' Probate Inventory, Appraisement and Sale Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1850–1888''' Probate Sale Record, Real Estate [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1850–1880''' Probate Accounts Current Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1859–1902''' Probate Administrator's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1859–1876''' Probate Claim Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1859–1925''' Guardian's record {{FHL|99610|item|disp=FHL first film 1392615(first of 4 films)}}
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:*'''1859–1894''' Probate Executor's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1859–1894''' Probate Guardian's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1859–1906''' Probate Inventory Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1859–1902''' Probate Sale Record, Personal Property [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1872–1914''' Probate Inventory Record, Guardians [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1872–1930''' Probate Inventory Record, Copartnership [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1880–1903''' Probate Appraisement Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1882–1913''' Probate Widow's Relinquishment and Selection Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1885–1901''' Probate Guardian's Report Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1893–1920''' Probate Conservator's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1908–1983''' Probate index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|10148|item|disp=FHL first film 1379251(first of 8 films)}}
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:*'''1910–1934''' Probate Administrator's Record with Will Annexed [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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'''Additional Resources'''
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Additional resources for Rock Island County probates may be found in the {{FHL|399031|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Rock Island – Probate}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Rock Island County are kept, see the [[Rock Island County, Illinois Courthouse|Rock Island County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Rock Island County are kept, see the [[Rock Island County, Illinois Courthouse|Rock Island County Courthouse]] page.  
  
==== Family History Center ====
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==== Family History Center ====
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There are over 4500 [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Rock Island County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations Family Search Centers] page on the [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] website.
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]] is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|Western Illinois University]] houses the records for Rock Island County.
  
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
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[http://andalusialibrary.org/ '''Andalusia Township Library''']<br>503 2nd Ave. W.<br>Andalusia, IL 61232<br>Tel: 309-798-2542<br>
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[http://www.cordova.lib.il.us/ '''Cordova District Library''']'''<br>'''402 Main Ave P.O. Box 247<br>Cordova, IL 61242<br>Tel: 309-654-2330<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cordova-District-Library/139515082743020?ref=sgm Facebook]
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[http://empl.lib.il.us/ '''East Moline Public Library''']<br>740 16th Ave.<br>East Moline, IL 61244<br>Tel: 309-755-9614<br>Fax: 309-755-3901<br>Email: [mailto:emp@empl.lib.il.us emp@empl.lib.il.us] &nbsp;
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[http://molinelibrary.com/ '''Moline Public Library''']<br>3210 41st Street<br>Moline, IL 61265<br>Tel: 309-524-2440<br>Fax: 309-524-2453<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Moline-Public-Library-Moline-IL/364675970561 Facebook]
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'''Moore Memorial Library District'''<br>509 Main Street<br>Hillsdale, IL 61257<br>Tel: 309-658-2666<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Moore-Memorial-Library/101707216534967 Facebook]
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[http://rivervalleylibrary.org/ '''River Valley District Library''']<br>214 S. Main St.<br>Port Byron, IL 61275 <br>Tel: 309-523-3440<br>Fax: 309-523-3516<br>Email: [mailto:rivervalley5@mchsi.com rivervalley5@mchsi.com]<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/River-Valley-District-Library/272692029050 Facebook]
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[http://www.robertrjoneslibrary.org/jones/ '''Robert R. Jones Public Library District''']<br>2210 First Street<br>Coal Valley, IL 61240<br>Tel: 309-799-3047<br>Email: [mailto:library@robertrjoneslibrary.org library@robertrjoneslibrary.org]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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[http://rockislandlibrary.org/ '''Rock Island Public Library''']'''<br>'''401 19th Street<br>Rock Island, IL 61201 <br>Tel: 309-732-7323<br>[http://www.facebook.com/RockIslandLibrary Facebook]
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[http://silvislibrary.org/ '''Silvis Public Library''']<br>105 8th Street<br>Silvis, IL 61282 <br>Tel: 309-755-3393<br>Fax: 309-755-1816<br>Email: [mailto:information@silvisil.org information@silvisil.org] &nbsp;
  
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
Rock Island County Historical Society – Research Library and Museum is located at 822 11th Ave. Moline, IL 61265-1221. Phone: 309-764-8590 for hours of operation as they are open (in 2010) 9 -4 on Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat.<br>They have a very good research library containing almost all the local newspapers both in bound volumes and some on microfilm. They also have a large selection of books and surname index cards cross referenced to newspaper articles. Many filing cabinets contain local genealogies, histories, government records, military records, historical documents, church records, etc.  
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'''Hampton Historical Society<br>'''601 1st Avenue<br>Hampton, IL 61256<br>Tel: 309-755-0362<br>Email: [mailto:hamptonwells@mchsi.com hamptonwells@mchsi.com] &nbsp;
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilbgsrim/main.html '''Rock Island Genealogical Society''']<br>P.O. Box 3912<br>Rock Island, IL 61204-3912<br>Email: [mailto:ricigs@speedconnect.com ricigs@speedconnect.com] &nbsp;
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The collection of the Rock Island Genealogical Society is housed at the [http://www.rich.cc/ Rock Island County Historical Society Library].
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[http://www.rich.cc/ '''Rock Island County Historical Society''']<br>822 11th Avenue<br>Moline, IL 61265-1221<br>Tel: 309-764-8590<br>Hours: 9AM-4PM Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat  
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They have a very good research library containing almost all the local newspapers both in bound volumes and some on microfilm. They also have a large selection of books and surname index cards cross referenced to newspaper articles. Many filing cabinets contain local genealogies, histories, government records, military records, historical documents, church records, etc.  
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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:*'''1845''' Tax sale record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
The website of the [http://www.co.rock-island.il.us/CivilUnions.aspx?id=33000&ekfxmen_noscript=1&ekfxmensel=e0fa05764_54_120 Rock Island County Clerk's Office] explains how to order birth, marriage, civil union, and death records.  
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://www.co.rock-island.il.us/CivilUnions.aspx?id=33000&ekfxmen_noscript=1&ekfxmensel=e0fa05764_54_120 Rock Island County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health]. with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].
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'''Copies of Original Birth Records'''
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:*'''1860–1978''' Birth Record Index, delayed [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1860–1900''' Birth Certificates, delayed [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1875–1978''' Births, stillbirths, and established or delayed births {{FHL|511748|item|disp=FHL first film 1428684 Item 2 (first of 6 films)}}
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:*'''1877–1907''' Birth Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1877–1901''' Birth Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/rockisland/vitals/birth/rockbir.htm Rock Island County Birth Records] Courtesy [http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/ilfiles.htm USGenWebArchives Illinois]
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'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''
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:*'''1833–1900''' Marriage index {{FHL|3638|item|disp=FHL film 1425060 Items 1 - 3, fiche 6206761, book 977.3393 V22r pt. 1–3}}
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:*'''1833–1924''' Marriage license record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]{{FHL|349105|item|disp=FHL first film 1428580 Item 4 (first of 5 films)}}
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:*'''1834–1925''' Marriage register index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|349105|item|disp=FHL film 1428578 Item 3}}
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/rockisland/vitals/marriages/rockmarr.htm Rock Island County Marriage Records] courtesy [http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/ilfiles.htm USGenWeb Archives Illinois.]
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'''Copies of original Death Records'''
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:*'''1878–1921''' Index to certificates of Death [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|507663|item|disp=FHL film 1428583 Item 2}}
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:*'''1877–1901''' Deaths records [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|507663|item|disp=FHL film 1428583 Item 3 and 1428684 Item 1}}
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
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:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/rockisland/vitals/death/rockdea.htm Rock Island County Death Records] courtesy [http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/ilfiles.htm USGenWeb Archives Illinois.]
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Additional resources for&nbsp;Rock Island births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|401716|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Rock Island – Vital Records}} topic page and the {{FHL|370642|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Rock Island – Vital Records - Newspapers}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Rock Island County

Guide to Rock Island County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records


Rock Island County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Rock Island County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 9, 1831
County Seat Rock Island
Courthouse
Rockisland County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Rock Island County Courthouse
1504 Third Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
(309) 558-3570
Rock Island Website

Contents

Rock Island County Organization

Rock Island County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Rock Island County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1861
1833
1877
1840
1835
1835

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Rock Island County are kept, see the Rock Island County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

Rock Island is named for the largest island in the Mississippi River formerly known as Rock Island, but now is called Arsenal Island. [1]

Parent County

  • 1831--Rock Island County was created 9 February 1831 from Jo Daviess County.  County seat: Rock Island [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Rock Island County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Rock Island County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Rock Island County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Cemeteries

Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Published Records


Online Gravestone Transcriptions

  • Rock Island County ILGenWeb. See the "Cemetery Data" folder for more information about Rock Island County cemeteries and tombstone transcriptions.
  • Find A Grave.com has burial information for nearly 100 Rock Island County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click Here.


Cemetery Gazetters

  • Epodunk has a list of Rock Island County Cemeteries. The website provides name of cemetery, address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.

Census

Church Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indictate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article Church Records for more ideas about how to use church records in your research. Many libraries( WorldCat) and the Family History Library hold abstracts of church records for Rock Island County. Learn more about how to search WorldCat.

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Rock Island County edition. Church information can be found in the township histories beginning on page 939. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

Online Resources

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

  • The Past and Present of Rock Island County, Ill. : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, general and local statistics, map of Rock Island County, history of Illinois, Constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters, etc., etc.. Chicago: H.F. Kett & Co., 1877. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock Island County, Illinois: containing full-page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county : together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States : also containing a history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1885. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • The Biographical record of Rock Island County, Illinois. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1897. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Meese, William A. Early Rock Island. Moline, Ill.: Press of Desaulniers & Co., 1905. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Historic Rock Island County : history of the settlement of Rock Island County from the earliest known period to the present time : embracing references of importance, and including a biography of Rock Island County's well-known citizens. Rock Island, Ill.: Kramer & Co., 1908. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Rock Island County. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1914. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • The Early Day of Rock Island and Davenport: The Narratives of J.W. Spencer and J.M.D. Burrows. Chicago: Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 1942. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Rock Island County land and property may be found in the FHLC. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Online Resources

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Rock Island County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Rock Island County.

- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company M.
- 9th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company D.
- 13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and H.
- 43rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Company B.
- 66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 126th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, E, G, H and I.
- 129th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 132nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H.
- 140th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company G.

Naturalization

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1872–1962A naturalization index for Rock Island County is available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Rock Island County, and select the record type you are interested in.
  • 1872–1878 Some declarations of intentions for Rock Island County are available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Rock Island County, and select the record type you are interested in.

Original records

  • 1937–1959 Repatriation Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1842–1962 Naturalization Record Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1854–1864 Naturalization Record of Minors IRAD–WIU
  • 1854–1898 Naturalization Record, Final IRAD–WIU
  • 1854–1962 Naturalization Declarations of Intent IRAD–WIU
  • 1860–1883 Naturalization Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1865–1899 Naturalization Record of Soldiers and Minors IRAD–WIU
  • 1872–1906 Naturalization Record Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1872–1883 Naturalization Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1872–1906 Naturalization Record, Final IRAD–WIU
  • 1872–1906 Naturalization Declarations of Intent IRAD–WIU
  • 1896–1906 Naturalization Record of Minors IRAD–WIU
  • 1906–1962 Naturalization Petition Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1910–1962 Naturalization Card File Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1918 Naturalization Petition Record of Soldiers IRAD–WIU
  • 1930–1962 Naturalization Order Books IRAD–WIU

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see theWIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1837–1923 The guardianship records, probate index, and wills for Rock Island County probate records are also available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Rock Island County, and select the record type you are interested in.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Rock Island County probates may be found in the Illinois, Rock Island – Probate 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. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Repositories

County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Rock Island County are kept, see the Rock Island County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

There are over 4500 Family History Centers in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Rock Island County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the Family Search Centers page on the FamilySearch.org website.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Western Illinois University houses the records for Rock Island County.

Public Libraries

Andalusia Township Library
503 2nd Ave. W.
Andalusia, IL 61232
Tel: 309-798-2542

Cordova District Library
402 Main Ave P.O. Box 247
Cordova, IL 61242
Tel: 309-654-2330
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East Moline Public Library
740 16th Ave.
East Moline, IL 61244
Tel: 309-755-9614
Fax: 309-755-3901
Email: emp@empl.lib.il.us  

Moline Public Library
3210 41st Street
Moline, IL 61265
Tel: 309-524-2440
Fax: 309-524-2453
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Moore Memorial Library District
509 Main Street
Hillsdale, IL 61257
Tel: 309-658-2666
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River Valley District Library
214 S. Main St.
Port Byron, IL 61275
Tel: 309-523-3440
Fax: 309-523-3516
Email: rivervalley5@mchsi.com
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Robert R. Jones Public Library District
2210 First Street
Coal Valley, IL 61240
Tel: 309-799-3047
Email: library@robertrjoneslibrary.org  

Rock Island Public Library
401 19th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Tel: 309-732-7323
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Silvis Public Library
105 8th Street
Silvis, IL 61282
Tel: 309-755-3393
Fax: 309-755-1816
Email: information@silvisil.org  

Social Groups Online

Societies

Hampton Historical Society
601 1st Avenue
Hampton, IL 61256
Tel: 309-755-0362
Email: hamptonwells@mchsi.com  

Rock Island Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 3912
Rock Island, IL 61204-3912
Email: ricigs@speedconnect.com  

The collection of the Rock Island Genealogical Society is housed at the Rock Island County Historical Society Library.

Rock Island County Historical Society
822 11th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265-1221
Tel: 309-764-8590
Hours: 9AM-4PM Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat

They have a very good research library containing almost all the local newspapers both in bound volumes and some on microfilm. They also have a large selection of books and surname index cards cross referenced to newspaper articles. Many filing cabinets contain local genealogies, histories, government records, military records, historical documents, church records, etc.

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Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Rock Island County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health. with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births:

Copies of Original Birth Records

Online Resources

Marriages:

Copies of original Marriage Records

Online Resources

Deaths:

Copies of original Death Records

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Rock Island births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Rock Island – Vital Records topic page and the Illinois, Rock Island – Vital Records - Newspapers 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. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Web Sites

References

  1. Rock Island Arsenal, www.wikipedia.org
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).