As the State Archivist, the Illinois Secretary of State makes available online State Archives holdings, for free. To search for Illinois birth, marriage, death or military records, check out the Illinois State Archives.
The Coal City Public Library District and the Carbon Hill Historical Society created a database listing information about coal miners who were injured or killed in mining accidents within the First District of Illinois between 1882 and 1927. The database also lists the names of men certified as hoisting engineers, mine managers, and mine supervisors in the First District for the same time period. The information is significant because northern Illinois is where the first coal was discovered in North America by explorers Marquette and Joliet within the boundaries of what was to become the Illinois First Coal Mining District. The database is accessible from the Coal City Public Library District website, pressing the “Local History/Genealogy” button, and then choosing “Online Indexes”. The database is named “Coal Reports of Illinois First District Index”.
Links to Genealogy and History websites
- Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections – had digitized issues of historical newspapers from Illinois and the United States. Issues from the Bureau County Tribune, Ottawa Free Trader, De Pue Leader and the Toluca Star-Herald are included
- La Salle County Genealogy Guild
- La Salle County Historical Society
- Illinois & Michigan Canal – information and additional links
- I&M Canal History
- Illinois & Michigan Canal Annual Commissioner’s Report 1825-1916
- Illinois Veterans’ History Project – preserving the memories of Illinois Veterans
- Oral and video interviews from the Illinois Veterans’ History Project