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1818 Illinois map, Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

Illinois

Statehood: 3 Dec 1818
21st state of the United States

Bordering states:
North: Wisconsin
South: Kentucky
East: Indiana
West: Iowa, Missouri 

Capital: Springfield

Largest city: Chicago

Map: Illinois, 1818
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Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

Counties: Original counties as listed in the 1818 Illinois Constitution, Schedule, no. 8: Bond, Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Jackson, Johnson, Madison, Monroe, Pope, Randolph, St. Clair, Union, Washington, and White. Illinois County Creation Dates and Parent Counties. Counties in 2020: 102.

Resources

Record Sets-State Level

CyberDriveIllinois (Illinois State Archives)

Illinois Record Sets (Ancestry Collections)

Illinois Record Sets (Family Search)

Virtual Libraries

Newton Bateman, Paul Selby, Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, vol. 1 (Chicago : Munsell Publsihing Company, 1913)

Newton Bateman, Paul Selby, Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, vol. 2 (Chicago and Peoria : Munsell Publishing Company, 1902)

George Washington Smith, A History of Southern Illinois, vol. 2 (Chicago and New York : Lewis Publishing Co., 1912)

Brown County

Combined History of Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, W. R. Brink and Co., 1882.

Christian County

History of Christian County, Illinois, Calvin Goudy, 1880.

Past and present of Christian County, Illinois, Hon. J. C. McBride, 1904.

Schuyler County

Combined History of Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, W. R. Brink and Co., 1882.

Williamson County

History of Williamson County, Illinois, Milo Erwin, 1876.

Newspapers

Newspapers.com: Illinois

Newspapers Archive: Illinois

Genealogy Bank: Illinois

Chronicling America, digitized: Illinois

NewsLibrary: Illinois

Community History Archive Newspapers: Illinois

Small Town Newspapers
(Scroll to Illinois)

Digital Newspaper Collection, University of Illinois Library

Lake County

Lake County Newspapers, Cook Memorial Public Library District

Whiteside County

Newspaper Archives of Sterling

Maps

Illinois State Library Maps

University of Illinois Chicago Maps & Geographic Information Systems

Illinois Maps, Library of Congress

Illinois Landowner Maps, Library of Congress

Interactive Map of Illinois County Formation History, Maps of U.S.

Historical Maps Works: Illinois