Bass, Cindy J., ed.. Stephenson County, Illinois Farmer Directory, 1917 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data: Prairie Farmers Reliable Directory. Chicago, IL, USA: Prairie Farmers Publishing Company, 1917.
Boasting a population of nearly 37,000 in 1917, Stephenson County, is located in northern Illinois. In that same year there were nearly 3,000 farms in the county. This database is a list of farmers in the county who cooperated with the Prairie Farmer Directory staff. It lists the farmer's name, spouse (including maiden name), children, acreage, and year the farmer became a resident of the county. It also indicates whether the farmer was a tenant, owner or farm hand. Additionally, it reveals the post office and rural route of the farm, which may aid the researcher in obtaining land records. It lists over 2,600 families and about 13,200 names.