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Source Information

Ancestry.com. Illinois, State Census Collection, 1825-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data:
  • Illinois State Census, 1825. Microfilm. Record Series 103.003, 1 roll. Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.

  • Illinois State Census, 1830. Microfilm. Record Series 103.004, 1 roll. Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.

  • Illinois State Census, 1835. Microfilm. Record Series 103.005, 1 roll. Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.

  • Illinois State Census, 1845. Microfilm. Record Series 103.007, 1 roll. Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.

  • Illinois State Census, 1855 Microfilm. Record Series 103.008, 13 rolls. Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.

  • Illinois State Census, 1865. Microfilm. Record Series 103.010, 18 rolls. Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.

  • Nonpopulation Census Schedules for Illinois, 1850–1880. NARA microfilm publication T1133, rolls 12 and 13 (partial). ARC ID: 2791274. National Archives in Washington, D.C.

About Illinois, State Census Collection, 1825-1865

This database contains state censuses for the following years:

  • 1825

  • 1830

  • 1835

  • 1845

  • 1855

  • 1865

Information available for an individual will vary according to the census year and the information requested on the census form. Some of the information contained in this database though includes:

  • Name

  • Date of enumeration

  • Place of enumeration

These censuses generally only recorded the names of the heads of household. Other individuals in the household were numbered in age and race categories.This database also includes 1865 agricultural schedules for several counties (McHenry–Ogle).

Areas Included:

The following is a list of counties for each census year in which records exist.

1825:

Edwards
Fulton
Randolph

1830:

Morgan

1835:

Fayette
Fulton
Jasper
Morgan

1845:

Cass
Putnam
Tazewell

1855:

AdamsFayetteMaconPutnam
AlexanderFultonMacoupinRichland
BondGreenMadisonRandolph
BooneGrundyMarionRock Island
BrownHamiltonMarshallSaline
BureauHancockMasonSangamon
CalhounHardinMassacSchuyler
CassHendersonMcDonoughScott
ChampaignIroquoisMcHenryShelby
ChristianJacksonMcLeanSt Clair
ClarkJasperMenardStephenson
ClayJerseyMercerTazewell
ClintonJo DaviessMonroeUnion
ColesJohnsonMontgomeryVermilion
CookKaneMorganWabash
CrawfordKankakeeMoultrieWarren
CumberlandKendallOgleWashington
De KalbKnoxPeoriaWayne
De WittLa SallePerryWhite
Du PageLawrencePiattWhiteside
EdgarLeePikeWilliamson
EdwardsLivingstonPopeWinnebago
EffinghamLoganPulaski 

1865:

AdamsFayetteLeeRandolph
AlexanderFordLivingstonRichland
BondFranklinLoganRock Island
BooneFultonMcDonoughSt Clair
BrownGreeneMcHenrySaline
BureauGrundyMcLeanSangamon
CalhounHamiltonMaconSchuyler
CarrollHancockMacoupinScott
CassHardinMadisonShelby
ChampaignHendersonMarionStark
ChristianHenryMarshallStephenson
ClarkIroquoisMassacTazewell
ClayJacksonMenardUnion
ClintonJasperMercerVermilion
ColesJeffersonMontgomeryWabash
CookJerseyMorganWarren
CrawfordJo DaviessMoultrieWashington
CumberlandJohnsonOgleWayne
De KalbKanePeoriaWhite
De WittKankakeePerryWhiteside
DouglasKendallPiattWill
Du PageKnoxPikeWilliamson
EdgarLakePopeWinnebago
EdwardsLa SallePulaskiWoodford
EffinghamLawrencePutnam 

About State Censuses:

State censuses were often taken in years between the federal censuses. In some places, local censuses were designed to collect specific data, such as the financial strengths and needs of communities; tallies of school-age children and potential school populations to predict needs for teachers and facilities; censuses of military strength, cavalry horse resources, and grain storage; enumeration for revenue assessment and urban planning; and lists to monitor African Americans moving into the northern cities.

Taken from Szucs, Loretto Dennis, "Research in Census Records." In The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).

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