The Illinois State Archives maintains a variety of records and resources to help the genealogy researcher with roots in the Prairie State. Managed as part of the Secretary of State's office, the Archives has a strong web-presence with not only online databases but links to helpful information for family history researchers.
While it isn't possible to list each and every database available online, here are some highlights:
- Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900
- Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916
- Illinois Statewide Death Index (1916–1950)
- Database of Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records
In addition to those records held by the Archives, several regional universities across the state act as depositories for specific collections. With over 40 such databases covering wills, probate cases, coroners' inquests and more, a researcher could spend hours finding crucial information on their Illinois ancestors.
Take a moment to visit the Illinois State Archives holdings online and consult their helpful Genealogy in the Illinois State Archives page for how-to pamphlets for each type of record.
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