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

Here are two links for the old Geneseo newspapers. They hold a wealth of information for the county!!





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.



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.

Genealogical Conference

41st Quad Cities Genealogical Conference
Saturday 25, 2015 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m
Viking Club of Moline
1450 - 41st Street, Moline, Illinois
for more info call: Len Stevens 563-359-9672 or Chris Lossi 563-355-6298 or http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilbgsrim/

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.




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

We're Grateful for Your Financial Support!


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

Click HERE

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Updated Mar. 13, 2015

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This award belongs not only to me but to all of my contributors.

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!


Other Illinois Ancestors Counties

Fulton Menard Stark
Henderson Mercer Warren
Knox Peoria Winnebago
Mason Rock Island Woodford
Bureau Boone Ogle


Cemeteries Military Swedes in Illinois
Governors Resources  


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