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From: "... valentine53179" <>
Subject: Re: [IL-Cook-Sch] 6 FREE? Web Pages for Illinois Research
Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 09:24:31 -0500


I have not checked these links....
If anyone finds that they are NOT FREE, please write to me direct at
so that I can talk with Rootsweb.com....
because advertising IS NOT ALLOWED....


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Subject: [IL-Cook-Sch] 6 Free Web Pages for Illinois Research
Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 01:40:50 EST

hi,
At one time it was common practice to have several towns of the same
name
in the state, and many towns and cities had former names with a few having
had several, so if you have used a current map to find an old town name you
may have created your very own brick walls or even worse you have connected
with the wrong lines. "Bloomfield" is an excellent example of this common
practice, just look at any current map and find it now in Johnson County
close to Vienna, in 1958 it had a population of 80. Did you know there was
another Bloomfield in Adams County? Close to Quincy, in 1958 it had a
population of 25. There were others in Edgar, Fulton, Greene, Johnson and
Scott Counties and all were spelled "Bloomfield." Plus precincts in Johnson
and Scott Counties by the same name of "Bloomfield." Nine localities, all
named "Bloomfield." Do you need more examples, maybe hundreds of examples?

Sure hope you can easily see the point i am trying to make... many
genealogies are out there now with improper connections because an
inexperienced genealogist has picked the wrong county and matched up the
wrong "SMITH" or "JONES" or "WHOEVER" because they thought they had the
right
county to chose from. Wrong connections are now made as the names that were
available in that county were close so they figured a few misspellings or
similar names would suffice. Or the town was the correct town but the county
changed several times? Some still can't make the connection and are
experienced enough to know that close doesn't always count, so they know
they
have hit a brickwall.

My suggestion is that you jot down the towns your ancestors are known
to
have lived in and look them up on the statewide list of over 15,750 place
names using your Ctrl/f keys to do the search. Copy down each county that
each town appears in after the town name and you'll probably be amazed to
find that instead of them moving all around the state they lived in a few
neighboring counties. For details of when the town was active you could
consult the web pages listed below for the 25 Northeast Counties as those
are
now online, the 44 South Counties will have details online beginning later
this month, and the last 33 West Counties should have details online
beginning this summer. When those new pages are up and running i'll send out
an updated e-mail here and i'll post it on each Rootsweb county list as each
county becomes available for research.

The following web pages are enormous and each will take over four
minutes
to download if your connection is a dial up modem and AOL is NOT busy and
your computer is PROPERLY tuned. If you get a message that AOL is busy just
rapidly tap on your reload button a few times and AOL wakes up and lets you
in. It works for me as i use the IE browser instead of the AOL browser...
here are the url's:

<A
HREF="http://hometown.aol.com/illinoygenealogy/myhomepage/writing.html">;
Illinois Family History Research: Place Names of Each Illinois County</A>
is a statewide list of over 15,750 towns, cities and townships known to have
ever existed, grouped by county, covers all 102 counties. Each county now
has
"last updated date: brief description of the last update" at the beginning
of
each county listing. Each county has it's own listing of US Post Offices of
1859/60. For the 25 Northeast Counties, if a dash (-) after the name that
indicates it is either obsolete or you won't find it on most current maps,
but it may appear on an older more detailed map, and as other counties are
completed this will show on them as well. If i determined a listing was made
either in error or it conflicts with other more reliable sources i've listed
the source of information. This is the most complete list of its kind to be
found anywhere.

<A HREF="http://hometown.aol.com/illinoygenealogy/myhomepage/tv.html">;
Illinois Family History Research: Place Names of the Northeast 25
Counties</A>

is a detailed list of everything known about each town, city and township,
with over 5280 listings. Each county now has "last updated date: brief
description of the last update" at the beginning of each county listing.
Each
county has it's own listing of US Post Offices of 1859/60 as well as a
listing of the 1876 RR's and the towns the RR ran through. When the list is
complete, as the first 17 of the 25 counties are, the following will be
listed on each town or city, if known, in this order: how it got it's name;
former name; alias name; later name; present name; a dash (-) after the name
indicates it is either obsolete or you won't find it on most current maps;
the township the town or city is in; another county the town may overlap
into; date of incorporation; elevation; railroad name of old and new; (Post
Office history of: former name; when established and in which county; when
discontinued; new name if changed; if active and the current zip); RFD in
1960 or 1990 mail to town; and 1990 population. For each township, if known:
how it got its name; former name; later name; every town that has ever been
in that particular township; currently the town that accepts mail for this
township; and 1990 population. The following 17 counties are completely
done:
Boone, Champaign, De Kalb, De Witt, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee,
LaSalle, Livingston, Logan, Marshall, McLean, Putnam, Tazewell, Vermilion,
and Woodford. The following eight counties are not yet completely done, each
has all towns and townships known to be in existence from before 1818 up to
1960, but lacks the next 30 years, and in the next month will be brought up
to 1990: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will, and Winnebago.

<A HREF="http://hometown.aol.com/dennisvcarter1/myhomepage/heritage.html">;
Illinois Family History Research: Place Names of the Southeast 44
Counties</A>

is in development and will begin later this month, with over 5261 listings.
Will start off with all towns, cities and townships known to be in existence
from before 1818 up to 1960 and current information, up to 1990, will follow
in the summer or fall.

<A HREF="http://hometown.aol.com/dcarter956/myhomepage/heritage.html">;
Illinois Family History Research: Place Names of the 33 Western Counties</A>
is in development and will begin later this summer, with over 5209 listings.
Will start off with all towns, cities and townships known to be in existence
from before 1818 up to 1960 and current information, up to 1990, will follow
in the fall or winter.

<A HREF="http://hometown.aol.com/livingstoncounty/myhomepage/tv.html">;
Illinois Family History Research: Timeline for Genealogy</A>
is from the year 1400 to present, a chronological history of Illinois,
United
States, Germanic, British, France, and other European countries, each of
these events have a bearing on family history. This list has been designed
to help you also study your other lines that lived outside Illinois and each
of the several thousand entries has been cited with its own source, over two
dozen sources cited, and links to "the rest of the story" in many cases.
This is the most complete list of its kind to be found anywhere.

<A
HREF="http://hometown.aol.com/livingstoncounty/myhomepage/business.html">;
Livingston County, Illinois, Family History Research: Genealogy</A>
is a master index of every family known to have lived in this county from
1831-1985. Several thousand surnames are listed alphabetically and each
surname has each source cited, several hundred surnames have multiple
sources
cited, and 30 sources have so far been used. Many of these sources are
online
so you can easily confirm your suspicions of connections within a few
minutes. Sources include records from biographies, cemetery, census, church,
death, land and deed, marriages, military, etc., and a system is used so
that
by looking at the code following a surname you'll know the decade the record
came from as well as the type of record and actual source. Many researchers
from other states have found quickly found their missing connections from
this index and i challenge other researchers to do this with a county of
their choosing so others may quickly confirm their connections and be
encouraged to research their roots.

Hard to use the keyword and eat popcorn so i'll have to close for
now...
btw i buy my popcorn already popped and butter flavored in jumbo 36 ounce
bags so it saves time and isn't oily... do wish it wouldn't hide out in my
beard! 8>:{}##]
happy hunting
dennis


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