Illinois Ancestors: Newsletter features county records

Illinois Ancestors: Newsletter features county records

The Illinois State Archives have listed the county records acquired in 2012 in a newsletter, "For the Record" (winter 2013). They include the following:

— Montgomery County: Circuit Court: Naturalization Certificate Stubs, April 1907-November 1926; Naturalization Correspondence Files, 1878, 1909, 1912-1913, 1918-1921, 1926; Naturalization Declarations of Intent, 1871-1879, 1880, 1907-1954; Naturalization Depositions, 1911-1920; Naturalization Dockets, 1869-1875, 1886, 1909-1910; Naturalization Fee Books, 1920-1958; Naturalization Order Books, November 1929 to December 1957; Naturalization Petition Records, 1907-1953; Naturalization Records, 1869-1874; Naturalization Record Index, 1907-1954; Naturalization Records, 1921-1932. County Court: Naturalization Dockets, 1883-1906; Naturalization Papers, 1862-1906; Naturalization Records, 1862-1906; Naturalization Record of Minors, 1888-1902; Naturalization Record of Soldiers, 1865-1884.

— Perry County: County Superintendent of Schools: School Teachers' Daily Registers, 1941-1960.

— Piatt County: Goose Creek Township: Township Record, 1868-1896.

— Pulaski County: Village of Pulaski: Village Ordinance Record, 1904-1956.

— St. Clair County: County Superintendent of Schools: School District Record, 1946-1966.

— Union County: County Commissioners: Poor Relief Order Registers, 1937-1938, 1951.

— Whiteside County: County Clerk: Collector's Books, 1853.

Naturalization records

As noted, in Montgomery County (above) and McHenry County (in previous column), naturalization records have been kept in circuit court records as well as county clerk records and have been maintained in several categories. Thus, researchers need to check ALL such possible sources for naturalization records on any individual ancestor.

To contact the Illinois State Archives about these or any other records, write Illinois State Archives, Margaret Norton Building, Capitol Complex, Springfield, IL 62756. Or call 782-4682.

Illinois Archival Repositories Directory

The Illinois Archival Repositories Directory is an online source that enables researchers to locate appropriate research centers within the state. To search this lengthy list, visit and conduct a search by name of repository, region, or name of county or city.

For example, a search for Champaign County results in a list of 13 repositories in that county, including the Homer Community Library. A click on that location takes one to a page having contact information (e.g., address, phone) as well as a brief description of that library's holdings, which include microfilms of cemetery records, taped interviews of older residents and more.

A search for repositories in Vermilion County results in a list of seven, including the Vermilion County Museum Society, whose holdings include more than 4,000 photographs. Anyone with an interest in this county will find the links available on this society's website most interesting. You may even decide to become a member.

To add an organization to the directory or update an existing listing, use the online submission form ( or the printable submission form ( in Adobe PDF format.

Research trips to Salt Lake City

The National Genealogical Society is planning two weeklong guided research trips to the world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Researchers can choose to attend this fall, Sept. 15-22, or next year, Jan. 5-12, 2014. Each trip will be limited to 30 participants; early registration is suggested. There is special early bird pricing as well.

The trip will include seven nights at the adjacent Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, six full days of research (and guidance from NGS experts), Sunday evening orientation and social, Monday evening group lecture, Wednesday evening pizza party, and Saturday evening group meal.

A shuttle van will be provided between the airport and the hotel.

For complete details, visit the NGS homepage at and click on "NGS Research Trips to Salt Lake City."

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 or by sending a letter to Illinois Ancestors, c/o The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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