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.

Anyone contributing any information can be sure it will always be free and nobody will make any profit from it. This site belongs to everyone!

If you have anything to contribute please contact me at winicaudell@yahoo.com

All contributions are sincerely welcomed!!

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.

Population: 50,552

County Seat: Cambridge

Cambridge Courthouse

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 nobhillfarms@hotmail.com Contact Fama at: fdp@mediacombb.net

The Weber Family Reunion The Descendants of Jacob & Elizabeth (Sand) Weber
The Weber Reunion will hold the 87th Weber family reunion  on Sunday, August 17th, 2014 at the Lorraine United Methodist Church located at 28782 E. 2000 St. rural Geneseo, Illinois in Henry County. A potluck lunch will be held at noon. Coffee & ice cream will be furnished. Please bring dish (dishes) to pass. We welcome all descendants of the family to come join us in a day of gathering. Bingo will also be played and time for all to chat.  Feel free to bring old family photos to share with us. If unable to attend you may email your old photos to Robin or Peggy. If you have obits you can copy to share or old photos to display feel free to bring them. We are looking for a photo of Caroline Papenthien Weber and other older generation photos. For more info feel free to call one of the officers below.
Officers from 2013 Reunion are:
President: Charlene Hanson 503 ADAMS ST PROPHETSTOWN, IL 61277 (815) 537-5354 grandorg06@frontiernet.
Vice President: Robin Pardus 11010 N Old Mill, McConnell, IL. 61050 815-821-2428  Robin59@aeroinc.net
Secretary: Peggy Faber 319 Beach Avenue, Kewanee Illinois 61443 309-852-3749 joysmom60@comcast.net
Please contact any of the officers above to send info on updates in marriages, births, & deaths in your family so they may be recorded in the Weber History book.   History is meant to be shared and should be available to all Generations to learn what and who has gone before us!!!



Genealogy meetings are usually held on the second Friday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Hammond Room
 of the library. All meetings are free and open to the public. If you have any questions, call the library at  944-6452.
Cathy Stone will be the host at the meetings.


July 28 – Larry Lock Kewanee 100 years ago.
Larry Lock, president of the Kewanee Historical Society, will present a power-point program on Kewanee 100 years ago.  It will include pictures of what Kewanee looked like on the eve of World War I and commentary on important events, including population growth through annexation of territory in 1910, the adoption of the commission form of government in 1911, and the prohibition of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city in 1914 through a popular referendum.

Meetings are held at 1:30p.m. second floor Meeting Room at the Kewanee Public Library unless otherwise noted. Everyone is welcome, elevator at First Street Entrance.


Cost for Obituary Look Up and mailing/emailing from the Geneseo Public Library District microfilms : $1.00 per obituary, other donations gladly accepted. For more extensive research contact our Historian at joleene521@gmail.com  She will contact you and other cost will be explained.


Article About Robin Pardus

True Immigrant Stories: The Swedes of Cleveland, Ohio, 1873-2013

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.
Published by Nobel Monitor Lodge No.. 130, Cleveland, Ohio, June 14, 2014. To order this book, contact rolf.bergman@sbcglobal.net.


  Births Bishop Hill Biographies
  Brick Walls Business Directories(1877) Cemeteries     

Vital Statistics

1880 Mortality Schedule

Family Histories
  Libraries and Historical Societies, Funeral Homes Portraits of Henry County Residents


Year Books




News Briefs

Memory Cards



  Henry County History


Ship's Lists

  Towns Wish List County Firsts
  Henry County Supervisors(by township)

Old Settlers Society

Codicil and Charts

Lodges and Associations


  Henry County Infirmary Death Notices County Court


Fun Stuff

Prairie Farmers Reliable Directory

Quincy Soldiers and Sailors Home Residents

Death Certificates


Breeders Directory

Look Up Volunteers

Mystery Pictures


City Directories

  Business Directory (1918) Newspaper Stories Family Pictures

Cream ( News Briefs)

Church Records

Voters and Taxpayers List


Hennepin Canal

1875 Platt Maps

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A Great Site: Penny Postcards. Postcards from Towns and Counties all over the country.

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Updated Aug. 14, 2014

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Help Wanted!!

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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