Genealogy at the Jacksonville Public Library
The Jacksonville Public Library maintains a Special Collections Room which is made up of material pertaining to the history and people of Jacksonville and Morgan County. This material is often useful to genealogists Some historical and genealogical material related to the state of Illinois and other Illinois counties is also available.
Highlights of the Special Collections Room include:
Jacksonville City Directories
Morgan County Atlas and Plat Books
Morgan County Cemetery Indexes
Local History Vertical Files (containing photographs, newspaper clippings and other assorted materials)
The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library in regard to its Special Collections is twofold -- to provide public access to the materials in the collection while at the same time preserving for future generations the sometimes rare and fragile materials. Therefore, all Special Collection material is available for use in the library only. The Special Collections Room is not a browsing area. It is a closed stacks area. Any books located in the Special Collections Room can be found using the library's catalog. Local history vertical files can be located using a card index. Any hours the library is open, the library staff will pull requested items from the room for patron use. In some instances, the library staff may grant patron entrance to the Special Collections room when deemed necessary.
The Jacksonville Public Library also maintains copies of local Jacksonville newspapers dating back as late as the 1830's. These copies are available on microfilm and may be viewed on one of the library's three micorfilm readers. Patrons may ask at the main circulation desk for these microfilms. In addition to all of the above, the library subscribes to two pay databases (Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online) and makes other free genealogy sites available on its web site.
In addition to the Jacksonville Public Library, genealogical help may be found locally at the Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society Library (416 S. Main), at Illinois College, MacMurray College, or the Morgan County Clerk's office located inside the county courthouse building.
Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society
Morgan County Illinois GenWeb Page
Genealogy at the Illinois State Archives
Illinois Death Index Pre-1916
Illinois Death Index 1916-1950
Illinois Marriage Index
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales
Illinois State Genealogical Society