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HISTORY AND GENEALOGY
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WHAT WERE THEY SAYING ABOUT...MADISON COUNTY, ILLINOIS?
 

An 1819 publication, called "Geographical Sketches on the Western Country," designed for emigrants and settlers includes a description of the towns of Milton, Alton and Edwardsville:

"About Twenty-five miles from the mouth of the Illinois on the east bank of the Mississippi and twenty-five miles above St. Louis is situated Alton.  The town lies west of Edwardsville ten miles, and was located in 1816.  Nearly one hundred decent houses are already erected.  The spirit of enterprise displayed by the settlers who are mostly from the Eastern States, and the natural advantages attached to the place point out this town as a stand where small capitals in trade may be properly invested."

"Two miles from Alton at a place called Wallace's Mill, on Wood Creek, which empties into the Mississippi, is the little town of Milton on the route by Edwardsville to Vincennes."

"The place contains about fifty houses and though it seems to flourish is considered an unhealthy situation.  The Creek here drives both a saw and a grist mill each of which do great business."

"Edwardsville is the seat of Justice for Madison County.  It lies eight miles east of Milton and twenty miles north-east from St. Louis.  It is a flourishing town, containing sixty to seventy houses-Court House, Jail, Public House, Bank, Printing Office, which issues a weekly newspaper and a United States Land Office, of which Col. Stevens is the Register.  As this County embraces all the lands above east of the Mississippi and all the bounty lands in Illinois, all soldiers patents and grants of Illinois Bounty land are recorded here.  In the vicinity of this town is a society of Methodists."

...Taken from "A Gazetteer of Madison County, Illinois", by James T. Hair, ©1866
 
 

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Early Pioneer Marriages
prior to 1820

Early Pioneers

Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Illinois

The War of 1812
Located on our main Illinois Trails page

Madison County, Illinois Grand Jury
June Term, 1814

Madison County, Illinois Persons Subject To Road Labor
March 1815

Early Madison County Land Claims

The Gershom Flagg Letters

Early Slaves and Register of Free People of Color in Madison County

Justices of the Peace, 1827-1849

 The 1833 Madison County Delinquent Tax List

 The 1845 Madison County Delinquent Tax List

The 1850 Madison County Mortality Index

The 1854 Madison County Delinquent Tax List

 The 1855 Madison County Delinquent Tax List

 An 1858 Parlor Book

The 1866 Madison County Directory 

Captain Newby's Regiment - List of Dead 

The 1870 Mortality Schedule

The Last Will and Testament of John E. (Johann Ernst) Kayser

Illinois State Pensioners, 1887-1888
Located on our main Illinois Trails Page

Illinois Trails Military page
RW, 1812, CW, etc. wars

1876 Township Plat Map of Madison County, Illinois

A 1920's Map of Madison County, Illinois

1926 Madison County Officials and Board Members

Madison County Town Descriptions

History Tidbits of Madison County, Illinois
Includes biographies

The Madison County, Illinois Newspaper Page

WW2 Missing and Dead from Madison County, Illinois

Family Letters - include the surname STAHL-1860s-early 1900s

The Grimm-Herbst Family of Madison County

Madison County Death Index
Donated by researchers
The Illinois Death Index is now available online through the Illinois State Archives website!  The years covered are 1916-1051

Madison County Death Certificates

Madison County Obituaries

INFORMATION BY TOWN

If you would like your records included here, please send them to Sue.

Alton / Collinsville / Edwardsville / Glen Carbon / Granite City and Mitchell / Hamel / Highland and surrounding area / Marine / Maryville / New Douglas / Troy / Venice / Wood River / Links
 
 

EDWARDSVILLE

William Hilgedick
Newspaper Excerpts and Trial for Murder - NEW!

Bartlett Cemetery

 The 13th Annual Meeting of The Edwardsville Baptist Association

Sunset Hills Cemetery Database - Now Online!
(1998-Present)

Omphghent Cemetery - Now Online!

Paddock Cemetery - Now Online


 
 

GLEN CARBON

The Nix/Judy Pioneer Cemetery
Many of the early settlers of the Goshen Settlement are buried here

The 1916 City Directory of Glen Carbon

Glen Carbon Village Cemetery
Offsite


 

COLLINSVILLE

Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville
Includes obits from 1996 to present

 Glenwood Cemetery
offsite link - excellent resource!

Collinsville Businesses from 1882

The Old German Holy Cross Cemetery

List of Patrons from the 1882 History
Collinsville Township

Harris Cemetery 

List of Patrons from the 1882 History
City of Collinsville

Stone Grave found at Cahokia Mounds from 1913

The 1916 Collinsville Street Directory

The 1926 Collinsville City Directory

March, 1911 Deaths from the Collinsville Advertiser Press newspaper

 April, 1911 Advertiser Press

May and June, 1911 Advertiser Press

Excerpts from the Collinsville Herald, 1915

Bohnenstiehl Cemetery 

SS Peter and Paul Cemetery

 

GRANITE CITY

Niedringhaus School
Established 1928

Employees of the 
Commonwealth Plant 
in the Army Forces as of 1942

Mitchell School 1920

Biography of C. W. Smith

Darla L Keener's Family Website

Emerson or McKinley School Students
Circa 1900

The Death Certificate Of
Jefferson C. Wakefield

St. John's Cemetery

TROY

Blackjack Cemetery 

1882 Patrons of Jarvis Township

 Cook Cemetery

1882 Patrons of Pin Oak Townships

Edwards Cemetery

A List of Early Settlers

St. John's Cemetery
aka Friedens 

60 Years Ago 
The story the Robert McMahan Family Indian Massacre in 1795, read in Troy, Illinois in 1855

Hall Cemetery

Riggin Cemetery

Hoenig Cemetery

 Augusta Cemetery

St. Jerome Catholic Cemetery

Langenwalter Cemetery
(Collinsville/Troy Area)

Schmitt Cemetery
(Collinsville/Troy Area)

 


 
 

MARYVILLE

Krome Family Cemetery

The 1916 Maryville General City Directory


 

MARINE

Mundis Cemetery 


 

ALTON

Persons who came to Alton prior to 1840

1882 Patrons of Fosterburg Township

The Powder Explosion!

1882 Patrons of Upper Alton

1866 Alton Businesses

The 1882 Patrons of Alton

80th Illinois, 10th Regiment, Co. K

Oakwood Cemetery
located at Crystal's website


 
 

HIGHLAND AND SURROUNDING AREA

 1882 Patrons of Saline Township

Sugar Creek Cemetery

Biography of  GEORGE F. J. BARNSBACK

Daniel Boone Savage Biography


 
 

VENICE, HAMEL AND NEW DOUGLAS

1882 Patrons of Hamel and Venice

1882 Patrons of New Douglas

West Cemetery
Located between Alhambra and Hamel


 
 
 

WOOD RIVER

1823 Murder in Wood River

The Wood River Massacre
Photos! 


 

MADISON COUNTY, IL LINKS ON THE WEB
 

The Southern Illinois Genealogical Society (GSSI)
October Conference and Book Fair every October
 

The IBEX Archives
The Illinois Bottomland Explorer
This new site covers the history of E. St. Louis and the surrounding area.  Excerpts from Bill Nunes' book, "E. St. Louis, Illinois, year by year" are also included.  Tons of historical information, records, people, photographs, etc.

FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO ORDER COURT HOUSE RECORDS, VISIT MADISON COUNTY ONLINE AND CLICK FAQ'S.

Illinois State Cemetery Care Page

See the Sec. of State site to search:

The Illinois State Marriage Index!
Military Databases
County Databases
(Madison County Probate Case Files 1813-1903)
And much, much more!

The History of Alton
This is an excellent site!  Topics covered are Steamboats, Hotels, Churches, Early Settlers and more! Other areas of Madison County are included.

The Lynching of ROBERT PAUL PRAGER 
On April 5, 1919 in Collinsville, Illinois.  Great site!  Newspaper articles, death certificate, etc.

City of Collinsville, includes a history

World's Largest Catsup Bottle

Collinsville library online

 Alton Museum of Art and History

 The Clark Bridge

Alton Web, The River Bend

 Haunted Alton, Illinois

Elijah Parrish Lovejoy

Robert Wadlow

Listed Obits - Alton

The History of Maryville

The History of the Wagner Brewing Company
Granite City, Illinois

History of the Rise and Progress of the Alton Riots

The Madison County Genealogy Society

Many Madison County residents moved back and forth between counties and across the Mississippi River into Missouri.  For those searching for Missouri records, the following is available online:

The Missouri State Archives has birth and death indexes and WWI Service Cards online, and are in the process of bringing more material to their website.

Jefferson Barracks Cemetery is now available online

St. Louis Catholic Cemeteries - New 15 Cemetery database with soundex and search capabilities.
 

Counties That Surround Madison:

[BOND] [ CLINTON] [JERSEY] [MACOUPIN] [MONTGOMERY] [ST.CLAIR]
 
 

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