Welcome to Henry County! I'm your host Wini Caudell. Henry County is a county rich in history with many emigrants settling here in hopes of a better life for them and their children. I hope to put a lot of information on this site for everyone to find. It's very important to find your roots, without knowing your past and where you came from there will always that question in your life.
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Bishop Hill Steeple Building
Etching by Jordan Murray
Henry County is located in west-central Illinois south of Interstate 80 and I-74 It was formed in 1825 out of Fulton County and named for Patrick Henry, statesman.
It's known for its rich farm land and is dotted with many small towns. The first town was Andover founded in 1835 by Rev. Ithamar Pillsbury, a Presbyterian minister who would later become a minister in Milan, Illinois.
County Seat: Cambridge
Photo courtsey of Bonnie Wiley
We are needing obits for the Morristown and St. Johns Lutheran Cemeteries database that we are working on. If you can share obits with us we would sure appreciate it!!! Please type your name at the bottom of the typed obit and your email if you would like to be contacted by others. We will be putting the databases on the Illinois Ancestors website along with the Geneseo Library website. Thanks so much for helping us in this project. Robin Pardus & Fama Prokup Contact Robin at: Robin59@aeroinc.net or firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Fama at: email@example.com
Genealogy meetings are usually held on the second Friday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Hammond Room
MARCH 23 - Randy Anderson, Last Bishop Hill Postmaster The History of the Bishop Hill Post Office from the start and now to the ending of the Postmaster position.
APRIL 27 - Angie Snook from the Geneseo Historical Society Museum, will speak on the Orphan Train that came to Henry County.
MAY 18 - Bishop Hill Dairymaids. This will be in the form of a skit using the facts and portraying the history about Bishop Hill. (time change due to holiday)
JUNE 22 - Todd Dedecker, Administrator of Bishop Hill Heritage Association to talk on Civil War - 57th Illinois Infantry D Company which was composed of Swedes from Henry and Rock Island Counties.
JULY 27 - Adam Jaquet Songs of the Civil War era.
In this book, Lilly Setterdahl describes how the Swedish settlement began in the late 19th century and continued well into the late 20th century. Skilled ironworkers formed the nucleus of the enclave and encouraged friends and relatives to join them. They came directly from Sweden—from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, or Canada. They founded hurches, organizations, and businesses. Some educated themselves to become doctors, dentists, engineers, and professor. The oral histories in this book highlight the immigrants’ background in Sweden, voyage to America, first jobs, struggles, and achievements.
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Updated Mar. 13, 2015
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I am looking for volunteers who live in Henry Co. or the surrounding area who might be willing to do some transcriptions from old newspapers, obits or anything that may be available to transcribe for this web site.
Also, looking for volunteer's with a digital camera to photograph the cemetery gravestones in Henry County.
I'd sure appreciate the help!
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