Genealogists, historians, attorneys and others are indebted to the Illinois State Archives for continuing to house and make accessible state and local government records that document various activities within the state.
The most recent issue of the Archives' newsletter, "For the RECORD," includes a listing of the Illinois State Archives' 2013 accessions. Local government records from the following counties could be helpful to researchers.
— Effingham County: Justice of the Peace Dockets, 1836-1851, 1858-1864. Douglas Township Justice of the Peace Dockets, 1875-1877, 1942-1945. Teutopolis Township Justice of the Peace Dockets 1880-1883. West Township Justice of the Peace Dockets 1880-1883.
— Marshall County, School Student Permanent Records 1896-1926; School Teachers' Daily Registers 1915-1946.
— Union County: Justice of the Peace Dockets July 1920-Mar 1923, Sept 1926-July 1943. July 1852-Dec 1963; Cobden Police Magistrate Dockets Sept 1962-Dec 1963. Jonesboro Police Magistrate Dockets Sept 1905-Sept 1921, Aug 1941-Dec 1963.
Archival Repositories Directory
Any researcher who has wished to locate all repositories within a county in order to determine the holdings of each, can be greatly helped by the Illinois Archival Repositories Directory, which is a free online resource at bit.ly/1mCYlOI. The directory is searchable by name of repository, region or name of county or city. For example, a search for repositories in Champaign County resulted in a list of 13 locations in five cities; Vermilion County has seven locations in three cities; McLean County has nine repositories in four cities.
Each repository provides a link to contact information as well as a summary of that repository's holdings. Information at the website is also available for any organization that wishes to add to this directory or update an existing listing.
The Illinois Regional Archives Depository system of the Illinois State Archives continues to provide valuable local government records to genealogists and other researchers at bit.ly/MUbvqo.
As described at this website, "Local governmental records include those from county, city, town, village, and township levels throughout Illinois. Numerous offices are represented from these levels. The record holdings of the IRAD system include over 5,400 different record series. For each record series the following information is included: depository, accession number, title, county, beginning date and ending date."
For example, a statewide search for Justice of the Peace Dockets results in many entries in 43 counties in addition to those mentioned above.
For more information or for a hard copy listing of county, township, and municipal records held at the regional depositories, please contact Illinois Regional Archives, Illinois State Archives, Margaret Cross Norton Bldg., 3E, Capitol Complex, Springfield, IL 62756; or phone 782-3645.
Illinois scholarships available
The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board offers scholarships to Illinois archivists and archival volunteers to attend a professional archival workshop/seminar of their choice in Illinois, or an online professional archival development course.
Awards are available up to $200 per applicant per year, and may be used toward the cost of registration, housing and/or travel to the event. It is a reimbursable award. The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the funding is exhausted. Compete information and an application form is available at cyberdriveillinois.com; click on departments, IL State Archives and IL Historical Records Advisory Board.
For additional information contact David Joens, director of the archives, (address above) or phone (217) 782-3492.
The website of the Jewish Holocaust victims, Yad va Shem, now includes some 4 million names and biographical details and can be searched free by name and place of residence at http://www.yadvashem.org/.
Social Security Death Index
In spite of legislation to the contrary, it is still possible to search the Social Security Death Index on the FamilySearch website at bit.ly/1hiheRp. It is current through Nov. 30, 2013.
Queries, genealogical questions from researchers and genealogical materials readers would like to share will be printed in this column free. Joan Griffis may be reached via email at email@example.com or by sending a letter to Illinois Ancestors, c/o The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.