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Intro The Library has a vast amount of information pertaining to Illinois history. In particular, you can find other county-specific information by looking for: Illinois County Bibliography, which is shelved with Three online resources that will be especially useful are:. Heritage Quest Online This link opens in a new window. A subset of the record collections in Ancestry. Includes: U. Ask Us Hours Give Now. Microform holdings consist Kentucky county court and related records of historical and genealogical value in microfilm or microfiche format.
The collection includes such records as a complete set of the Draper Manuscripts Collection of early Ohio Valley pioneer history; complete collection of Madison County court records including circuit court cases from to the mid s; selected governmental records of the 18th and 19th century from counties that surround Madison County [Indexes are found at the beginning of record series boxes and are marked with a red dot on box top]; complete collection of Kentucky birth, marriage, and death records ; official Kentucky death certificates from to ; index on microfiche of Kentucky birth and death records ; federal census records of selected Kentucky counties from to ; the Eastern Kentucky University student newspapers, Eastern Progress to date ; maps of Richmond and Richmond city records; and papers of Henry Clay and Cassius M.
Eastern Progress Feb. The Charles Edwin Shelby Genealogical Collection consists of the files compiled by him during the course of his intensive genealogical research. Shelby was born in Salem, KY in He was employed by the U. Department of Agriculture, but genealogy occupied much of Dr. Shelby's time. While living in Frankfort, Dr. Shelby taught a course in genealogy and founded the Central Kentucky Genealogical Society which later changed its name to the Kentucky Genealogical Society. This collection contains notes and abstracts from various sources consulted in the course of Dr.
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There are photocopies of sections from many books and articles relating to the Shelbys and other lines. It is my dream to have picture if possible with obituary beside picture and picture of Tombstone. Can anyone help? I am trying to find my lost ancestors by the surname of Dukewicz on my mothers side of the family. They originated from Lithuania in the mid to late s. Don't know whether this person is a relative. The most recent trace was of a Julie Dukewicz introduced to ex president Bush when he visited Chicago and made a speech. Julie Dukewicz was selected from the audience to meet him.
Any suggestions to help me with my quest would be absolutely brilliant.
Geoffrey Peirce. Geoffreyi's E-mail. He was listed as Christopher in the obituary, Christian on his marriage license. I am enclosing George's obituary. This is all I have to go on at the present. George's mother was Mary Ann Stump.
Would like info on her also. Hope someone knows something before my relatives pass away. Would like to complete family lines as quickly as possible. Been at it for 35 years. Together they had 14 or 15 children. He died on July 29, in Roanoke. I am trying to find out who his parents were so I can trace the family farther back. I have been able to trace the Niergarth's back to the 's in Germany but don't know many details about them in the and 's in Woodford County.
Walter or Walters in He died on November 22, at only years-old. Does anyone know if there is a source for an obituary that early in the county? Newspaper, etc.? It is driving me crazy not knowing why or how he died! Any information about either of these families would greatly be appreciated. George W. I'm trying to find his parents name s and anything about him or his ancestors. Ray's E-Mail. We assume he is a relative of Mamie. So far, we have been unable to find Paul's father's name or which Fishburn family Mamie might have belonged to. We do have Mamie's death certificate, but it has no other family information.
If anyone has any stories, ideas or clues about who Paul's family might be, we would appreciate it very much. Sam and Jill's E-mail. She was born in Tazewell co. On the census she appears to be a orphan living with the Boucher family.
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Marie's E-Mail. My Grandmother was Roberta Harseim. Her father was Robert G. Both families lived in and around El Paso, Illinois in the early 's. I have found a picture and write up of Christian Shafer in the El Paso history. However, I cannot find anything in the census concerning him. I believe his wife was Phoebe Bouchard. I do not know if they had other children, etc. I am also looking for anything concerning Robert Harseim. I believe his father was Adolph but I have also seen Godfried. I would like to know the siblings of Robert Harseim and any descendants.
I need to find out the maiden names of my great-great grandmothers for both my great grandmother and great grandfather. My great grandmother was Mary Aden Neaves. I know her father was born in Kentucky and I have no other information about her father and nothing about her mother. I was told her mother was full-blooded Indian.
My great grandfather was James Wesley Liming. Connie S. Puente Houston, Texas. Connie's E-Mail. I am attaching a page from the bureau of mines reporting fatal accidents, where his name is phonetically spelled as Ketchmark. He and his family were from Bay City, Michigan where the Census lists his widow as having the last two children born in Illinois, which led me to Minonk. It looks like he and the family moved to Illinois around and his widow returned to Michigan soon after her husband's death.
I'm assuming they were Catholics and he may have been buried in the Catholic cemetery. I doubt seriously that his widow had the means to ship his remains back to Bay City. I have previously checked with the Woodford county clerk regarding death certificates. Unfortunately they were not mandatory until I am looking for any burial records for my great grandfather. And does anyone know if the employment records for the Mining Co are archived somewhere? I have been researching my mother's family and found that her great grandparents were Bushrod and Lucinda Palmer Huff. Their youngest daughter Ellen Huff was born in Illinois in Bushrod is listed with his family in that census, but never appears again.
Bushrod's wife, Lucinda, was listed as living in Woodford County in at 90 years of age. I can not find any obituary or burial record for her which I would assume would be sometime between and If you can give me any advice or clues, I would certainly appreciate it.
Kathy Haut. Kathy's E-Mail. My great-grandfather, William S. He married Juliet Milligan. They were married in El Paso on Oct. I cannot find any references to births, deaths or marriages, especially to William's parents. I believe that William owned land in Panola Township, Sec. Any help tracing these relatives would be appreciated. Roswell Goings, born , was struck in the head with a stick of firewood by his wife, the infamous Melissa Lett Goings, on April 14, He died April 18, This is such a big deal in the Metamora Courthouse.
I just can't find any record that he died, or has an obituary. The Goings came to the Metamora area from Maryland, they brought all their children with them, they were well to do farmers. Roswell was a hard worker and an abusive husband. Melissa never came back for her trial, she died many years later in California. God Bless her. But where is Roswell????
Jerrie Wright Jerrie's E-Mail. The trial was to have been held in the Metamora Courthouse, but Melissa escaped before it could take place. The charges were later dropped. Click here for an overview of this famous Woodford County event.
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Hopefully someone out there can help me out with date of death and cemetery location for the following people in Woodford County. Emily Stacy Robinson b. She married William L. Robinson in VanWert Ohio in William died in Van Wert 9 Sep They might be buried in the Olio Township Cemetery, but I am not sure of that. Any information would be appreciated. Emily Robinson would have been my great great grandmother. I am tracing a PALM family. The earliest I know is Charles Palm born Jan. Their children were supposedly William b.
Not much more is known. The family were at times in Clinton Co. Eugenia Vogel Eugenia's E-Mail. He was very successful in this business, retiring a few years before his death, leaving his business to his sons whom he had reared in it. Harber were charter members of the Mount Zion Christian church, organized in They were ever after , earnest, active Christians. He was deacon or elder for many years.
He died in Eureka, January 29, , honored and esteemed by all who knew him. He married Martha Nance in Bloomington August 31, I am looking for a grave site and any information on his parents. Brad Albee Orient, Iowa. Brad's E-Mail. I am looking for information on the date of death and burial location for David G Moore.
David was born in in Todd County Kentucky and came to Woodford around He is listed in census records from - in Olio Township. He was a farmer and his property shows up in Section 16 in a map, but not the map. I assume that he died in the - timeframe. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He was married to Mary Ann Ellison and had 15 children.
Also, where would you go to get copies of Wills from that timeframe? Thank you very much. His wife's name was Elizabeth Kisella born in Ireland. Glenn's E-Mail. Leon, his wife Victorine, sons Leon, and Edouard born in France, another son Verna born in Illinois. Leon came to work in the coal mine, apparently a brother was already here working. Brandi's E-Mail. Eugenia's E-Mail. Michael's E-Mail.
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The and census shows them living in Cazenovia Twp. Vernon Cemetery in Washburn, Illinois. Does anyone know where they are buried? Ken Drennen Ken's E-Mail. October 14, in Plum Twp. August 08, and Margaret Speer Drennen b. April 24, in Allegheny Co. Drennen and granddaughter Burdella White. William Drennen's birthdate is listed as 23 Nov, on the tombstone. My father now deceased suggested the Kiesewetter family. There are seven boys in the photo. And the Peter Kiesewetter Jrs. Could you put this on the Woodford county site to see if anyone knows? Many thanks,. Larry's E-Mail. Frank had 10 children , census but they all seemed to disappear.
Several died young but don't have a clue where they are buried - just somewhere in Woodford County. I would appreciate any help. Karen Pfeiffer Karen's E-Mail. I have a photo of her gravestone, but it is not clear. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Barbara P. Barbara's E-Mail. Dena's E-Mail. Pat's E-Mail. Emily's E-Mail. Can you locate which cemetery he was buried in and are there any historical notes on what city or town he came from in Germany? It is my understanding that Friederick Bittner and his first wife, Dorthea Poppe who was also born in Germany arrived in the U.
She passed away shortly after their arrival in the U. There may be an opportunity for me to travel to Germany in the first week of June, , and I am hoping to find further information on the Biittner family name in Germany. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your help and cooperation! Sincerely, Gary W. However I have been unable to find out anything about Mary Elizabeth Perry's parents. Any information you could furnish would be greatly appreciated. Susan's E-Mail. I can't identify the people in the photograph.
I would appreciate knowing if either a von Nordheim or a Barth family lived in that house. Her maiden name would be of great interest, also. Her mother's maiden name is said to be Marie Anderson. As we find these men, we also try to learn all we can about each man, try to make contact with possible living descendants, and insure their graves are marked. These men are truly our "lost" veterans. Below I am pasting the names of those we have already identified in Woodford County.
As you can see, we are missing the cemetery locations for two of the men. If you can help find the cemetery they are buried in, that will truly be a great help. And If anyone can add other possible names, please have them contact me at the below E-Mail address. Thanks so much. My gg great grand parent, Charles A.
Blackmon, b. Burial Mount Vernon. He was a wounded civil war vet. Amanda C. Blackmon " nee Davis " b. They had 2 children that know of, Dora b. Peoria, IL. Peoria county. I am looking for any information about them or their family, obituaries, or if they live in town or on farm.
Also I'm told he changed his name from Blackman to Blackmon? Thank you,. Thomas H. We are pretty sure he was born in La Salle County, though My husband's great grandfather, named Henry Sheely married Dewitt's daughter Mable, which is his great grandmother. If you could please help us, we would greatly appreciate it. Any information you could provide for the family would be more than welcome!
I look forward to hearing from you. They were parents of M. The family story is that the older couple died and were buried in Mossville Cemetery - Peoria County Illinois, where they lived in the 's. As you know that Cemetery is abandoned and lost without any records to go on. I have a photo of Joseph and his mother taken in Wyanet Illinois September, , so we presume Ann was still living at that time. So my Brick Wall is finding out where Thomas and Anne died and were buried.
I've been to Illinois searching for the past few years and find nothing. Janis' E-Mail. Dorothy's E-Mail. According to the census they were in Cazenovia, Woodford, Illinois. It has been said that the family owned a jewelry store in town somewhere, but I don't know when or where.
They did not arrive in the US until Jan of so it had to be after that point. Any info you have on the family at all would be appreciated. John and Lucia would be my great, great, great, great grandparents. Could anyone do a "look-up" on that cemetery? Thanks, Bill]. I know they moved from Perry Co. Ohio to Woodford Co. I have found them on the census in Perry Co. I have not been able to find any other information on John or Jane other than the census.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would like to get a copy of this as well if possible. Though there are several Sowards' in the area at the time, I have never found proof of his parents. One story says he was orphaned at an early age. I know that Matthias and Mary were married Feb 3, and Carrie was born Carrie married William unk date and she is buried in Washburn. Her second husband was John Heitz. Any help you might be able to give would be appreciated.
Sincerely, Gailen E. Gailen's E-Mail. I always hit a dead end when I try to find out more about my grandmother and her family.