Illinois Genealogy & Local History Resources

We have many free online books, articles and maps, as well as links to online collections; all of which can be useful to anyone studying family history or local history in Illinois. If you scroll down the History of the Great Lakes States Home page, you will find buttons leading to 15 subject pages with […]

The Black Hawk War of 1832

The Black Hawk War of 1832 in Illinois and Wisconsin was the last significant campaign by U.S. Government troops against Indians in the Old Northwest. Subsequent treaties opened large parts of Wisconsin for settlement. Click on the page name to open it in a new tab, and you’ll find the recommended works there, with descriptions […]

Pioneers in Illinois Tell Their Stories

We have a number of books authored by people who were settlers or visitors in Illinois in the early 1800s, and who wrote about their experiences there. The list below doesn’t include all such books on History of the Great Lakes States, but it’s a good start. Click on the page name to open it […]

Books on 19th Century Crime

The books below each deal with crime in one of the Great Lakes States. Complete info and links are at the bottom. Murder Will Out brings together brief accounts of dozens of murders occurring in the early 1800s in Cincinnati. Criminal Reminiscences and Detective Sketches is a collection of autobiographical stories of investigations by Allan […]

Painting of Tavern or Inn

Illinois Harvest Digital Collection

I’d like to highlight this impressive digital text and image collection at the site of the University Library at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. According to the Illinois Harvest page “About/Collection Policy“, it contains collections digitized in-house as well as a number of outsourced projects. The site also serves as a portal for numerous […]