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  • Many periodicals publish family data from Bible records. These are referenced in the "Families" section of the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), described in the "Periodicals" section.

Illinois Bible Records

A family Bible is a designation given to a Bible which has family information recorded on pages within the book. This has been a tradition among many families and is a good source of information about immediate family members and relatives, including names of parents, children, their spouses as well as their dates of birth, marriage and death. This is a valuable resource because, if the information is recorded as the event occurs, the information is regarded as being reliable. Also, for some families, Bible records may have the only recorded vital statistics information. Generally, family Bibles are passed down to succeeding generations, but those that are no longer in possession of the family may be at a historical or genealogical society.

Illinois State Genealogical Society Collections

  • The Family History Library (FHL) also has a transcription of many of these Bible records:
Illinois State Genealogical Society, Family Bible Records. Two Volumes. Springfield, Illinois: The Society, 1990–94.Other Libraries (WorldCat); Other Libraries (WorldCat) and FHL book 977.3 V2is.
Family Bible Record Copies Collected by the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s Family Bible Records Project, ca. 1724–1987. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah,1994. FHL film 1954965–1954966 item 1 Microfilm copy of the above FHL books.

Online Family Bible Resources

Start with the free Index to Early Bible Records (pre-1830; 17,000 entries).

  • Many periodicals publish family data from Bible records. These are referenced in the "Families" section of the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), described in the "Periodicals" section.

Family History Library Collections

  • The Family History Library (FHL) has several collections of family Bible records for Illinois including the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and county collections. These records can be found in the FamilySearch Catalog at using a Place Search under:
  • Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Bibles and Family Records of the United States: 45,500 References as Taken from the Microfilm at the Genealogical Society of Utah. Two Volumes. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1984. Other Libraries (WorldCat); FHL fiche 6089184 and FHL book 973 D22kk Volume 2 includes Illinois. Includes additional DAR Bible, cemetery and family record collections for Illinois, indexed by surname.

National Archives and Records Administration Collections

Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Fold3, and Heritage Quest Online.