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Online Records

Yes! - the good stuff! Information online to help you in your research. Some of this data is on this web site, some on other sites, but this is all real data. Happy hunting!

Bible Records
Birth Records
Census Records
Histories & Biographies
Land Records
Letters & Diaries
Marriage Records
Military Records
Newspaper Articles & Abstracts
Obituaries, Cemeteries & Death Records
Personal Webpages about Henderson County families
Wills & Probate Records

Census Data (Note: all census records before 1850
were part of Warren County.)
Histories and Biographies                                                                      





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Marriage Records

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Obituaries and Death Records

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Military Records
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1st 1883 Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for which Pensioned, the Post-office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance, as Called for by Senate Resolution of December 8, 1882
    By United States. Pension Bureau
    Published by G.P.O., 1883
    This is for all pensioners, not just those in Illinois. Fully searchable.
  • The Illinois State Archives with searchable databases for:
    • War of 1812 Veterans
    • Winnebago War Veterans
    • Black Hawk War Veterans
    • Mexican War Veterans
    • Civil War Veterans - includes descriptive muster rolls.
    • Civil War Veterans Serving in the U.S. Navy
    • Spanish-American War Veterans
    • and more!

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Personal Webpages about Henderson County Families.
Please submit yours to be included here!

  • They Went Where? Links to other sites with online biographical information about Henderson County families.
  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson Counties, Illinois: Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894. Includes Index. Not a transcription, but is the entire book.
  • History of Mercer County : together with biographical matter, statistics, etc., gathered from mattter furnished by the Mercer County Historical Society, interviews with old settlers, county, township and other records, and extracts from files of papers, pamphlets, and such other sources as have been available : containing also a short history of Henderson County (1882). Not a transcription but is the entire book. Henderson County starts on page 863,
  • The history of Judge John Pence and descendants born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, January 15, 1775. Resided in Champaign County, Ohio, Bartholomew County, Indiana, and Henderson County, Illinois - Pence, Kingsley Adolphus, 1854-
  • Other Biographies submitted by researchers and/or from other sources.
  • Rural Readin', Writin', and 'Rithmetic One-room Schoolhouses in Henderson County, Illinois,1829-1940. A joint project of Southern High School, Stronghurst, Illinois and The Henderson County District Library, Biggsville, Illinois. It's Back! With a new link!
  • Moments in History - a regular feature of the Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc's on-line services. Just scroll down and click on 'Moments in History'. Don't miss these - they aren't on the web site long, but The Quill now has archives.

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Land Records
  • Range Maps for Dummies is a good site to provide a basic overview of the land survey system used in Illinois.

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Letters & Diaries
  • Letter from Shiloh written in 1862 from Patrick Cadle of Sagetown (Gladstone) to his father.
  • Reports of 111 Henderson County neighbors who went to California on two wagon trains from Oquawka, Illinois during the 1849 Gold Rush. Included are entries from a "journal" kept by a reporter for the Oquawka Spectator newspaper who traveled with one of the wagon trains, who apparently both departed from Oquawka on the 25th of March, 1850

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Newspaper Articles & Abstracts
  • Henderson County Quill Online is now available - and includes Virginia Ross' Moments in History column! Don't miss these abstracts from older issues of The Quill!
  • Reports of 111 Henderson County neighbors who went to California on two wagon trains from Oquawka, Illinois during the 1849 Gold Rush. Included are entries from a "journal" kept by a reporter for the Oquawka Spectator newspaper who traveled with one of the wagon trains, who apparently both departed from Oquawka on the 25th of March, 1850
  • Abstracts from the Oquawka Spectator
    Peggy Carey kindly sent a stack of clippings from some issues of the Oquawka Spectator, and they are being posted here as they are typed. Some of the copies are difficult to read, and if I'm not sure of a name, I am placing a question mark behind it. (Please let me know if you spot an error!) Enjoy these!
    • 1852
    • 1857
    • 1860
    • 1863
    • 1866
    • 1876
    • 1882
    • 1906
    • 1907

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