Local History and Genealogy Resources
Hammond Public Library Building 1898

All Genealogy material listed below is non-circulating
material and must be viewed in the library


Genealogy/Historical Consultant:


Heritage Quest
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Podcast for Genealogy
Genealogy Guys
Genealogy Tech

Digitized Photos from Geneseo Public Library

Illinois Digital Gallery

Henry County Cemeteries: ask for documents at circulation desk
City of Geneseo : Oakwood and North
Townships: Alba Twp.(Goble, Maple Grove, Sacred Heart), Andover Twp. (Rosedale)(Jenny Lind, Andover Twp., Old Methodist, Presbyterian, Cholera Stone), Annawan Twp.(Fairview), Atkinson Twp. (Spring Creek), Burns Twp. (Cosner, Mt. Zion, St. John's near Galva), Cambridge Twp. (Mascall, Mc Nay, Talbot, private burials) Clover Twp.(Woodhall, Clover Chapel, private burials), Colona Twp. (Colona, Dayton, Glennwood), Cornwall (Grandview, Liberty, St. Anthony's),  Edford Twp. (Edford, St. John's Lutheran Church), Galva Twp. (Galva) Geneseo Twp. (Mizpah Cemetery), Hanna Twp. (Hanna, Colbert), Kewanee Twp. (Kewanee Township Cemetery, Kewanee South Pleasant View, Kewanee Pleasant View Cemetery and Mausoleum, Old Kewanee, Russian Orthodox, Garden of Peace, St. Michaels/Lutheran Church of Redeemer,  St. Mary's, Mount Olivet, Msgr. Burke Addition to Mount Olivet), Loraine Twp. (Kemmis, Loraine), Lynn Twp. (Ophiem - Grace Lutheran), Munson Twp. (Greenlee, Hillcrest Home, Pleasant Hill), Osco Twp. (Grace Episcopal, Morristown),  Oxford Twp.(Oxford, Summit Level, Alpha, St. John's), Phenix,  (Pink Prairie, McHenry, Ebenezer), Weller (Red Oak, Bishop Hill, Piatt), Western Twp. (Western, Orion Lutheran, Cholera Stone), Wethersfield Twp. (Cavanagh, Evergreen Memory Garden, Saxon, Wethersfield), Yorktown Twp. (St. Mary's, Hoophole also known as Mt. Zion). Swedona Lutheran Cemetery
Alphabetical Listing of those buried at Henry County Infirmary.

Whiteside County Cemeteries
Fenton Cemetery, Fenton, Illinois

Rock Island County Cemeteries
Bowlesburg Cemetery, Tenth Street, Silvis, Illinois

  Atlases (land maps):
located in wooden Atlas File
 Whiteside County, Illinois 1872 Atlas & Index
1875 Atlas of Henry County;  Plat Book of Henry County 1893;
1910 Plat Book, City of Geneseso; 1911 Henry County Atlas

Funeral Home Records:

Kewanee, Illinois : Cavanaugh & Schuenneman ; Schueneman & Tumbleson  1917-February 2004

Obituaries :
Civil War Soldiers Obituaries Found in Kewanee, IL Newspapers

1850 and 1960 Federal Census of Henry County, Illinois (book at circ desk)  Rock Island County Illinois 1850 census (book at circ desk). Henry County Census on microfilm.1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930.  Federal Population Census 1900 .
Mercer County 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1930 Census on microfilm.

Geneseo Church Histories:

First Congregational Church ; 150 years of worship and services.
St. John's Lutheran Church 1869-1944, 1869-1969, 1869-1994
St. Peter's Evangelical Community Church, 1873-1998
Ties that Bind - Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1996
(located in vertical file)

Geneseo Church Directories:

First United Methodist Church 1977, 1983, 1989,
1995, 2000, 2004, 2006-2007
Grace United Methodist Church 1973, 1985
St. Malachy's Catholic Church 1978
St. Malachy's Parish, 1989 ; 1996 ; 2002
(located behind circ desk)

Family Histories/Genealogies:
Ainsworth Memories
Aiston-Chamberlain Family HistoryWilliam
Allerton Family
 Andrews Family in America
The Descendants of Baccus Atwood & Sarah Tulle (1st printing)
The Descendants of Baccus Atwood & Sarah Tuttle (revised)
Descendants of John Cox of Abington, Indiana and Joseph Cox of Hampton, Illinois
The Barker, Dederick, Ecklor, Olmstead, Salisbury,
and Taylor Grandchildren Inherit the Patroon's Estate
Bacon and Allied Families
The Barman Family
Wilson Thomas Clark
A Freehill Family History
Hector and Stephanie DeShepper's Legacy
Glidden Genealogy   volumes I & II
Gradert Family Tree
Guile-Gile-Guiles Genealogy 
Hammond Genealogies  volumes I & II
Hier Families
House at 113 South Ward Street
(Goss, Fehlman, Hahn)
Krause German History 1652-2006
An Ancestor to Remember : Johannes Laubach
John Lee of Farmington, Conn. and His Descendants
Myers Family Genealogy
Our Paddleford Descendants
Pratt Family
Rahn Family
Rink/Hughes Connection
Descendants of Michael Roesner
Rugroden Roots
Schumaker Families
The Slater Family
Stewarts, Dressers, Tafts & Cones
The Varnums of Dracutt
Descendants of Casper Weber
Descendants of Neely Withrow and Mary Polly Eveleth
Young Family Records

Henry County and other 
Genealogy Links

Illinois Ancestors
Illinois Public Records
Genealogy Social Network
Rock Island County Genealogical Society
Henry County
Henry County Facts
Henry County Genealogical Society  
GenWeb Archives
Illinois Civil War Veterans
Illinois Links
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900
Illinois Genealogy Trails
The Political Graveyard

Death Indexes & Records
Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive

Genealogy Society Newsletters

Henry County Genie
Blackhawk Genealogy Society
LaSalle County
St. Clair County Genealogical Society Quarterly
Peoria County Genealogical Society
St. Louis Genealogy Society Quarterly
Illinois State Genealogy Society Quarterly
National Genealogical Society Quarterly
New England Historical and Genealogical Register
Randolph County Genealogical Society
Shelby County Historical and Genealogical Society

These newsletters are donated items so they are not complete sets except for the Henry County Genie which we subscribed to beginning  June of 2006.

Do you have a Family History book you would like to share? We are taking donations of Family History books to put in our genealogy collection. We request donations of hard or soft bound covers only, not loose leaf pages. They can be in 3-ring binders, spiral bound or folders for display. These books would be non-circulating material that will always stay in the library for public viewing.
1942 City Directory (front case)
Prairie Farmer's Farm Directory (©1916 front desk)
Kelly's Geneseo City Directory, 1898 (front case)
The Mullin-Kille Geneseo, Illinois Con Survery city directory, 1965 (front case)
Local Histories:  
Bishop Hill, Autopia on the Prarie  I.R.H.C. 977.3 IS 
Bishop Hill: a Pictorial History and Guide (vertical file)
Bishop Hill Swedish American Showcase (vertical file)
Cordova Illinois, then and now, 1836-1976 (vertical file)
County Corn, Commerce and Country living  I.R.H.C. 977.338 CO
DAR Patriot Index, vol. 1, 2, and 3  I.R.H.C. 929.1 DAR
Diary of an Illinois Farmer 1947-1950  I.R.H.C. 630.627 HA
Geneseo Centennial History 1836-1936 (vertical file) & I.R.H.C. notebook
Geneseo - The First 150 Years 1836-1986  I.R.H.C. 977.3 GE 
Geneseo Home Coming, 1915  I.R.H.C. 977.338 GEN
Hennepin Canal State Trail (vertical file)
Historic Rock Island County I.H.R.C. 977.33 HI
Historical Buildings, Homes & Sites  I.R.H.C. notebook
Historical Directory of One-Room Rural Schools of Henry and Stark Counties, Illinois (circ. desk) 
History of Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley (verticle file)
History of Henry County, vol. 1 & 2  I.R.H.C. 977.338 KI
History of Henry County, it's taxpayers and voters  I.H.R.C. 977.338 HI
History of Hillcrest Home (circ. desk - listed under Residents of the Poor Farm)
History of Whiteside County, Illinois  I.H.R.C. 977.33 BA
Illinois Civil War Detail Report (notebook - local/Geneseo/Henry County History section)
Knoxville through Five Generations (verticle file)
The Land Was Ours, Geneseo's Prairie Heritage, 1961 (verticle file)
Macomb Heritage Days (verticle file)
Obituaries Found in Kewanee Illinois Newspapers to June 1955 and Served in the following wars: War of 1812, Mexican War, Spanish American, WWI 
One Room School at the Crossroads : recollections of Smith School, Dist. #152 Edford Township, HenryCounty, Illinois.    I.R.H.C. 977.3 HO  
Osco School Reunion, August 4, 2007 - MEMORY BOOK (circ. desk)   
Our future is our Heritage - Andover 1835-1985  (verticle file)
Past and Present of Rock Island County, Illinois 1877  I.R.H.C. 977.339 PA
Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry County   I.R.H.C. - Notebook
Quasquicentennial, 1982: Woodhull, IL (verticle file)
Residents of the Poor Farm at Henry County, Illinois 1862-1968 (circ. desk)
Rock Island Arsenal  (verticle file)
This Was Geneseo (verticle file)
Ties to our Past, Manlius, IL 1901-2001 (verticle file)
Travels in Time, Milan, Illinois (vertile file)
Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, IL (verticle file)
Birth Index prior to 1916, Henry County (4 volumes) (circ desk)
Death Index prior to 1916, Henry County (2 volumes) (circ. desk)
Henry County Illinois Probate Index (4 volumes) (circ. desk)
Henry County Court Naturalizations (1 volume) (circ. desk)
Marriage Records for Henry County 1821-1939  (9 volumes) (circ. desk)
Mortality Schedule 1860 - Vol. II - Counties: Fayette through Knox (circ. desk)
Land maps:  (vertical file)
1957 Official County Plat Book and Rural Directory of Henry County, Illinois
1961 Plat Book - Henry County Illinois
1965 Farm Directory, Henry County, IL
1966 Farm Directory, Henry County, IL
1968 Farm & Ranch Directory, Henry County, IL
1971 County Directory, Henry County, IL
1972 Illinois Farm Bureau Atlas & Plat Book for Henry County
1973 County Directory, Henry County, IL
1975 Rural Directory, Henry County, IL
1978 Farm & Ranch Directory, Henry County, IL
1980 Rural Resident Directory, Henry County, IL
1982 Rural Directory, Henry County, IL
1987 Land Atlas & Plat Book, Henry County, IL
1989 Farm & Home Directory & Plat for Henry County
1990 Farm & Home Directory & Plat for Henry County
1990-1991 Henry County, Illinois TAM Services
1995 Farm & Home Directory & Plat for Henry County
1996 Farm & Home Plat & Directory for Henry County
1997 Farm & Home Plat & Directory for Henry County
1998 Farm & Home Plat & Directory for Henry County
1999 Farm & Home Plat & Directory for Henry County
2001 Farm & Home Plat & Directory for Henry County
2002 Farm & Home Plat & Directory for Henry County
2003 Farm & Home Plat & Directory for Henry County
2004 Farm & Home Plat & Directory for Henry County
2005 Farm & Home Plat & Directory for Henry County
2006 Farm & Home Plat & Directory for Henry County
Henry County, Illinois Plat Book, 1975
Henry County, Illinois TAM Maps 1990-1991 ; 1992-1993 ; 1996-1997 ; 1998-1999 ; 2001-2002 ; 2005-2006 ; 2007-2008, 2009-2010
Henry County Answer Book - 1994
Rock Island County, Illinois TAM Maps 1990-91 ; 1998-99 ; 2005-2006
Whiteside County, Illinois TAM Maps 1986-87 ; 1994-95 ; 1996-97 ; 2005-2006
Civil War Soldiers (obituaries found in the Kewanee, IL newspapers) (circ desk) 
Service Record: World War I and II Geneseo and Community  (I.H.R.C. 940 SE)
Geneseo Republic 1856 - August 28, 2009 on microfilm
Henry County News October 14, 1886-June 13, 1890 on microfilm
Sun/Republic Geneseo, Illinois January 6, 1871-September 20, 1882 on microfilm
Geneseo Journal - 7 issues in 1860 on microfilm on reel M-15B and M-16A
Henry County Arena - 1 issue in 1899 on microfilm on reel M-15B
Union Advocate - October 11, 1861 - November 20, 1863 on reel M-36B
The Peoples Union Mission - 1 issue in 1895 on reel M-142
Milan Independent - Genealogical Abstracts May 1902 - Dec. 1906 (in Blackhawk Genealogical Society box)
Volumes in our front glass case:
(pictures, letters, misc.)
Shearer Brothers  vol. 1-5
Taylor momentous  vol. 1-3
Geneseo Churches 
Geneseo Schools  vol. 1-10
The Hammonds  vol. 1-5   Hofstetter, Hosford & Hanford pictures of family & friends 
The Johnson 1910 farm
Genealogy Material:
Directory of Family Associations
The Genealogist's Address Book
County Courthouse Book
Irish Records: Sources for family and local history
The handbook for Genealogists
Passenger & Immigration Lists
Geneseo High School Year Books: The Sphinx

1916, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956. 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008                              missing 1984, 1993, 1998
Geneseo Junior High/Middle School Year Books: The Oracle

1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005

St. Malachy's School year book

1999-2000 and 2000-2001

More Genealogy Links:

American Family Integration History Center - Ellis Island.
Christine's Genealogy Website
Afro-American genealogy.
Cyndi's List
Courtesy of genealogist Cyndi Howell.
DAR Library
The Daughters of the American Revolution.
FamilySearch Genealogy Service
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint.
Illinois State Archives
The Illinois State Archives.
National Archives and Records Administration
NARA is the official federal government archive in the US.
National Genealogical Society
Genealogy in the US.  
Freely accessible information.

USGenWeb Project
Researchers working on US families.
Vital Records Information 
What is it, what dates are covered, how to get it.  
World GenWeb Project  
International genealogical research.  
Canadian Genealogy
Canadian Archives
Gen Circles 90 million ancestors
One Library Resources for using the library and internet.

Linkpendium Directories to resources on the web.
Genealogy Spot

Cemetery and Gravestone websites
Find A Grave  The Largest compilation of burial information on the Internet
Internment   U.S. cemetery records and other materials relating to cemeteries
City of the Silent
  Claims to be the web's "Most extensive cemetery site"
US GenWeb Project  Tombstone Transcription Project
Ancestors at Rest   Free links to Coffin Plates, Funeral Cards, Cemetery Records, Cenotaph Records, German Death Cards, Wills, Church Records, Family Bibles, Vital Statistics
FuneralNet The complete Yellow Book directory, plus other services related to funerals, obituaries, and cemeteries
Access Genealogy  Cemetery Records
A Very Grave Matter  New England tombstone inscription & photographs
Veteran Burials  Nationwide gravesites locator (US cemeteries)
Veteran Burials  American Battle Monuments Commission (Outside the US)
t42 Cemeteries  Allen Wheatley's cemetery photographs
African American Cemeteries African American burials
Political Graveyard  A database of Historic Cemeteries
Tombstone & Monumental Inscriptions  Cemetery sites around the world
Optima philosophia et sapientia est meditatio mortis  A German-based portal to cemetery records worldwide
BCCFA  British Columbia Cemetery finding aid containing burials recorded in 264 cemeteries
OCFA  Ontario Cemetery finding aid containing burials from several thousand cemeteries
International War Graves Registry   A legacy project in remembrance of Canada's war dead
SOMIT  Sources of Monument Inscription Transcriptions places in England
Commonwealth War Graves Commission  Names of 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars
German War Graves Commission  All in German database containing the nams of more than two million war dead
JewishGen  Online Worldwide Burial Registry database of names
Australian Cemetery Records  An Australian gateway for tracing your family history
Australian Cemeteries Index  A searchable database for all cemetery inscriptions that have been recorded over the years
GNIS (Geographic Names Information System) An index to USGS Topographic Maps, best place to locate a named cemetery in the U.S.
Placenames A GNIS placename database
GeneaSearch More links to cemetery Web sites

Genealogy Sites for Kids
Genealogy Today
Genealogy Spot




   We could use some help...we are missing Geneseo High School yearbooks from 1984, 1993, and 1998!  If you have one of these to donate we would greatly appreciate it.  We have a collection of Geneseo yearbooks starting with the graduating class of 1916 through the present.  These are the only three years we are missing. Thank-you.



last updated  6-2-2010
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Geneseo Public Library District
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Geneseo, IL  61254
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