Friday, May 30, 2014

Iroquois County Genealogy Society Archives - Getting Started

What can you expect if you visit The Iroquois County Genealogical Society Archives in the Iroquois County Museum, the old Iroquois County Courthouse in Watseka, Illinois? Here is a brief overview of our collections.

The Society’s collections include over 70,000 obituaries from area newspapers of the 1800’s to present day, inventories of every cemetery in Iroquois County and coroners' files and burial permits. 

Do you need a census replacement for the 1890 U.S. census? Don't we all? We have tax records from the 1860’s to the 1950’s and books of early land and property records. We have microfilm rolls of Probate and Estate records and court cases of Iroquois County, Illinois.

Marriage applications, family histories, maps, atlases, plat books, biographical indexes and newspaper clippings of business and social events can be found here. Baptism, marriage and death records from French and German churches in our collections have been translated.

We have a collection of German OSB books from towns of Ostfriesland, Germany, and Iroquois County area one-room school records and high school yearbooks.

You can find the 1880 Iroquois County History and the 1950 pictorial book of Iroquois County farms. We have information on neighboring counties as well. Our collection includes a library of genealogy books for beginners or experienced genealogists.

We have microfilmed copies of area newspapers and four microfilm readers with printers. As an affiliate library of Family Search, you can order films from the LDS Library in Salt Lake City and read them in our Archives library.

Come in early and stay late. Once you get started, you may wish we were here more than just Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


P.S. Many thanks to Mary for her help in summarizing our many holdings!