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Sangamon County was formed in 1821 from Madison and Bond Counties. The county took its name from the Sangamon River which runs through it. Sangamon comes from the Pottawatomie word Sain-guee-mon allegedly meaning "where there is plenty to eat." Calhoun, named after Senator John Calhoun, became the county seat in 1821. By 1832 Calhoun was so unpopular the town was renamed Springfield. It became the third Illinois State capitol in 1837, thanks in no small part to a legislator who is better known as President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Springfield is the location of two state capitol buildings ["old" and "new"], the legislature, the state archives, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Abraham Lincoln's home and his tomb.

Abraham Lincoln Related
Abraham Lincoln - 16th US President - Springfield Resident
New Salem [Menard County]
The Lincoln Legal Papers
The Lincoln Log    Lincoln's Life Day by Day

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Delayed Birth Records, Misc. Years

Scanned images of 90 page book published by Eileen Gochanour in 1986 and posted with her permission.

Naturalization Records 1862-1864
These records were copied from the IRAD (Illinois Regional Archives Depository) in 1982, published by Eileen Gochanour in 1986 and posted with her permission. The information was transcribed by Gayle Swoik.

Marriage Information
Applications for Marriages 1879 - 1881
BRIDE Index to Marriage Applications 1879 - 1881
GROOM Index to Marriage Applications 1879 - 1881
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index to 1900

Soldiers from Sangamon County
Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Research Page

Lists of Veterans by War
War of 1812
Black Hawk War
Mexican War
Civil War
Civil War - Navy
Spanish American War

Place Name Locator

History of the Disciples of Christ
The donation of the Sangamon County, Illinois, 1830 Census images for permanent, free display in the Sangamon County ILGenWeb Archives was made possible through donations by local researchers. This includes images for all of what was then Sangamon County, a larger area than the Sangamon County of today.
Index to the 1830 Census
1856 Unpaid Tax Lists
1870 Mortality Schedule

Illinois County Boundaries Maps
1837 Towns, Places, Creeks
The City of Springfield
The Village of Dawson
The Village of Mechanicsburg
"The Deep Snow" in 1830-1831
Nov 19 & 26, 1847 James Reed Diary [Donner Party]
1871 Springfield History from Google Books, no longer available there
Townships Histories with 1875 Plats
1876 Sangamon County History
Index and Biographies from 1876 History
Early Arrivals - 1876 Early Settlers
Where They Settled - 1876 Early Settlers
Connected by Marriage - 1876 Early Settlers
Index and Biographies in History of Sangamon County, Illinois
1889 Sangamon County Directory
Index and Biographies in Portrait & Biographical Album of Sangamon County, Illinois [1891]
Index and Biographies in History of the City of Springfield and Sangamon County, Illinois - 1901 Old Settlers' Society

Index and Biographies in Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Sangamon County Volume II - Biographical [1912]
Credits: Shirley Aleguas for transcribing biographies from the 1881, 1891, 1904 and 1912 publications
Mary Ann Kaylor for transcribing biographies from the 1904 and 1912 publications
Patty Gaddis for transcribing biographies from the 1912 publication.

Cemetery Information

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Wimmer Cemetery - Auburn
Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery - New Berlin
The Political Graveyard - Sangamon County
Sangamon County at MAGA
Burial records for the Camp Butler National Cemetery - through May 15, 2000
Pritchett Funeral Home Records
          19 Feb 1921 -- 15 Oct 1939
          15 Oct 1939 -- 29 Mar 1962
Crowder Family Cemetery photos
Oak Ridge Cemetery Block 14 photos
Cumberland Sugar Creek Cemetery
Calvary Cemetery, Illiopolis
Riverside Cemetery, Illiopolis
Taylor Cemetery, Clear Lake Twp
Wilcox Cemetery (aka Garvey and Baker), Illiopolis
Calvary Cemetery Inscriptions, Springfield.

Useful Information

Photo Album Page
Research Aids & Addresses
Online Illinois Death Records
Illinois State Maps
1940 Sangamon County Map (large)

Elijah Iles, Founder
1876 Biography of Elijah Iles
1881 Biography of Elijah Iles
1904 Biography of Elijah Iles
1881 Reminiscence of Elijah Iles
The Elijah Iles House Blog
Letter from Elijah Iles to Daniel P. Cook

Other founders of Springfield
John Kelly
Pascal P. Enos
John Taylor

Family Histories
CAMERON (part 1), John Miller
CAMERON (part 2), John Miller
CAMERON (part 3), John Miller
CARTER, John and Elizabeth
MARX, Jacob

Sangamon County Research Aids
The Madeira Island Exiles
Sangamon County Government
Springfield Chosen as State Capitol


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