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Genealogy

Patrons are invited to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except State holidays. Because the Library is a research institution, material must be used in the Library. The staff will provide photocopies of specifically designated material (subject to the provisions of the U. S. copyright law) from the printed, manuscript, newspaper, and photograph collections. There is a charge for photocopies and a limit may be imposed. Newspapers and other material on microfilm and selected books may be borrowed on interlibrary loan through any local public, college, or university library.

Holdings of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library are included on the Illinois Newspaper Project database, Rolling Prairie Library System Online Catalog, OCLC, an online catalog of library holdings worldwide, and on Find It! Illinois.

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library holds printed and published resources that are useful to genealogical researchers. These resources include material on most Illinois counties, with the amount and depth of information varying from county to county. However, these resources are pre-twentieth century.

The printed and published materials which are useful for genealogical research include: family genealogies; county histories, atlases and plat books; census schedule indexes and/or particular county transcriptions of enumeration records; cemetery inscriptions; and birth, death, naturalization and marriage transcriptions and/or indexes.

The Library does not hold census schedules in any format. The Illinois State Archives, Norton Building, Springfield, IL 62756, has indexes for most of the nineteenth century censuses and the federal Soundexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920. The Archives also has the Illinois state and federal census records for the years 1810 1880, 1900 1920.  The 1865 and 1870 censuses have not been indexed.

Census microfilm is available for interlibrary loan from the Illinois State Library.

The library does not have manuscript legal records such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, naturalization, military, land, court, or other state, county, and local records. The majority of our published materials deal with the time period prior to 1900. Official state records are under the control of the Illinois State Archives. County and other local government records may be held in the appropriate local office, or may have been transferred to one of the Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (for more information contact the Illinois State Archives).
 

Location And Hours

The Library is located on the corner of 6th and Jefferson in downtown Springfield. Parking is available in the public garage beneath the Old State Capitol Plaza or in an above ground facility just past the Presidential Museum. The mailing address is:

112 N. 6th St
Springfield, IL 62701-1507
Telephone: (217) 524-6358
Fax: (217) 785-6250

http://www.alplm.org

Library Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

Except State holidays
 

Requests For Genealogical Research

Illinois Residents
Cost:  $.25 per copy
Limited to: One family, one county
Send: Self addressed, stamped envelope with research request 
(Please provide as much specific information as possible)


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Reference Department
112 N. 6th St
Springfield, IL 62701-1507

The Library staff will research one family (husband/wife/children) in one county.  Provide as much information as you can, including place of residence (county, city, township), time period in question, and full name (i.e., first, middle initial or name, and last name including maiden name, if appropriate and known).  Do not send family group sheets, charts, pedigrees, etc. when making your request.  The Library will honor only one family search per letter. Do not send additional queries until your initial query is answered.  Please be patient. The Library receives scores of requests and each request requires thorough research and the composition of a written reply.  E-mail requests are not accepted.

You will be sent a bill for any photocopying that the Library does at the rate of $0.25 per photocopy, plus postage.

The sources we use to conduct this search are the following published materials, if available:
 

Illinois county histories
indexes of marriage records
indexes of census records
cemetery inscriptions (if township provided)


We do not own indexes of marriage, census, or other records for every Illinois county.

This search does not include searches of Illinois newspapers, including obituary searches.  Newspaper searches are available for a separate fee from our Newspaper/Microfilm Department.

Due to limited geneological collections from Cook County and the twentieth century we do not provide searches (except newspaper searches) of these materials.
 

Non-Illinois Residents
Cost:  $10.00 (checks payable to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library)
Limited To:  One family, one county
Includes: Up to 10 photocopies
Send: Self addressed, stamped envelope with research request
(Please include as much specific information as possible)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Reference Department
112 N. 6th St
Springfield, IL 62701-1507

The $10 non refundable fee will be charged to research one family (husband/wife/children) in one county. Provide as much information as you can, including place of residence (county, city, township), time period in question, and full name (i.e., first, middle initial or name, and last name including maiden name, if appropriate and known).  Do not send family group sheets, charts, pedigrees, etc. when making your request. The Library will honor only one family search per letter. Do not send additional queries until your initial query is answered. Please be patient. The Library receives scores of requests and each request requires thorough research.  E-mail requests are not accepted.

We will provide up to 10 photocopied pages of information if appropriate and if available.

The sources we use to conduct this search are the following published materials, if available:

Illinois county histories
indexes of marriage records
indexes of census records
cemetery inscriptions (if township provided)


We DO NOT own indexes of marriage, census, or other records for every Illinois county.

This search does not include searches of Illinois newspapers, including obituary searches.  Newspaper searches are available for a separate fee from our Newspaper/Microfilm Department.

Due to limited geneological collections from Cook County and the twentieth century we do not provide searches (except newspaper searches) of these materials.

For information on the use or reproduction of images or text,  please see our policy.

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