This is a searchable index to biographical sketches that are included in nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Illinois county histories, biographical directories, and encyclopedias that are held in the Reference Collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
This webpage provides only the citation to the biographical sketch. However, the volumes in which they are located are in the Library’s Steve Neal Reading Room. Please note that some of the books cited also may be found in your local library or on the web, since many have been digitized. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library also holds many volumes of genealogical interest that are not included in this Index.
To use this index, enter as much of the name as you know in the boxes below, then left click once on the Submit button to retrieve the results. A list of results will appear, if found. If more than one page of results is found, the page numbers at the bottom of the result list can be selected in order to page through the records. Click on the button in the Select column and a separate line will appear under the Source banner to provide the bibliographic citation of the source where the biographical sketch is found. You can write the information down or click on the X in the Add to List column. This will add your record to a list that can be printed out with the Print Selections button. You can review your selected list with the Show Selections button.
Questions? Contact the Library’s Reference Desk (217) 524-6358.