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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
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- A gazetteer of the states of Illinois and Missouri Lewis Caleb Back. A Gazetteer of the States of Illinois and Missouri. Digital Publisher: FamilySearch International
- Illinois State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1864-1865 J. C. W. Bailey. Illinois State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1864-1865. Chicago, J.C.W. Bailey 1864
- Adam's directory of points and landings on rivers and bayous in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois... Louis A Adams. Adam's directory of points and landings on rivers and bayous in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois... New Orleans : W. L. Murray 1877
- [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/200313-redirection Indian Place Names in Illinois. Virgil J Vogel. Indian Place Names in Illinois. Digital Publisher: FamilySearch International
- Illinois townships, their counties & boundary coordinates, 1849-1910 Virgil J Vogel. Illinois townships, their counties & boundary coordinates, 1849-1910. [Springfield, Illinois] : Office of the Secretary of State, Micrographics Division, Source Documents Unit, 1982. Digital Format FamilySearch.org
- The western gazetteer; or, emigrant's directory, containing a geographical description of the western states and territories Samuel R Brown. The Western Gazetteer; or, Emigrant's Directory, containing a geographical description of the western states and territories, viz. the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi: and the territories of Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and North-Western. Auburn, N.Y., Printed by H.C. Southwick 1817
- A gazetteer of Illinois : in three parts John Mason Peck. A Gazetteer of Illinois : in three parts, containing a general view of the state, a general view of each county, and a particular description of each town, settlement, stream, prairie, bottom, bluff, etc., alphabetically arranged. Philadelphia : Grigg & Elliot 1837
Print Only Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
- Illinois place names James N. Adams. Illinois Place Names. Springfield, Illinois : Illinois State Historical Society, c1989.
- Indian Places Names in Illinois Virgil J. Vogel. Indian Place Names in Illinois. [Springfield, Illinois] : Ill. State Historical Library, 1963
- Illinois, atlas of historical county boundaries John H Long. Illinois, atlas of historical county boundaries : a project of the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for Family and Community History, the Newberry Library. New York, New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, c1997
- Illinois counties & incorporated municipalities, June 1, 1989 Jim Edgar. Illinois counties & incorporated municipalities, June 1, 1989. [Illinois] : State of Illinois, 1989
- Encyclopedia of Illinois : a volume of [the Encyclopedia of the United States] Beth Blenz. Encyclopedia of Illinois : a volume of [the] Encyclopedia of the United States. St. Clair Shores, Michigan : Somerset Publishers, c1980
Why Use Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.
There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.
Gazetteer Contents[edit | edit source]
Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:
- Different religious denominations
- Schools, colleges, and universities
- Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
- The population size.
- Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
- Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
- Longitude and latitude.
- Distances and direction from other from cities.
- Schools, colleges, and universities.
- Denominations and number of churches.
- Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)