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I'm Wini and I'm your host for Winnebago County. At Illinois Ancestors we like to use a

unique blend of genealogy and history. So not only do you find your ancestors but you will also

learn about the area in which they lived and worked.

We're a volunteer organization whose mission is to provide free genealogical data for all researchers.

If you have data that you'd like to share with researchers, I would love to put it online for everyone's benefit.

All contributors will be given credit and retain ownership

of the data they submit. Your information will never be used for profit in any way.

I'll add new data on a regular basis, so please come back often.

If you would like to contribute data, please email me anytime!


If you would like to join the Winnebago mailing list please contact me(above) and I'll sign you up!

Just let me know it's for Winnebago County.


Our Next Meeting

May 2, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

"Beginning German Research"

Our speaker, Michael John Neill will present how to get started
researching German ancestors. He will also answer questions
after the presentation.



  • For more information, call: (815) 399-7117.
    Visit us on the Web at:  www.rootsweb.com/~ilwbcgs

They meet at the Spring Creek United Church of Christ, located at 4500 Spring Creek Road in Rockford, Illinois, unless otherwise noted.

Monthly meetings are held September through May, usually on the first Saturday of the month and start at 1:30 pm.



We've started a tombstone project at Illinois Ancestors http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/main.php

This website is designed to allow researchers to add their photos automatically! If you'd like to share your photos with fellow researchers, please contact me at winicaudell@yahoo.com We'll either set up an account for you so that you can add your own photos online or if you prefer you can send me the pictures and I'll put them on for you.


For Those of You with Swedish Roots

FOLKLOREINSWEDEN.com is a web publication in English aimed at Swedish descendants around the World, but primarily in North America. It contains Swedish history, genealogy and other related articles. Besides being just a web publication it will also be a meeting place and knowledge bank for those interested in their heritage.
The subscribtion prices you´ll find under "buy access" at the web site. That means that everyone who subscribes gets full access to the whole site including free help in the swedish church records.


Contact me if you are interested and I'll forward your payment or let the web site know you got the information thru me.


Winnebago County was formed in 1836 out of Jo Daviess and LaSalle Counties. It was named for the Winnebago tribe of Native Americans


Births Family Pictures Towns 1916 Business Directory
Biographies Genealogical Societies/Libraries Townships 1916 Advertisements
Brick Walls Marriages Biographical Directories Family Histories
Cemeteries Military County Addresses Citizens Portraits
Churches Pictures Links Breeders Directory(1916)
County History Surnames Schools Newspaper Stories
Mystery Pictures News Briefs 1855/56 Advertisements Business Directory (1855/56)
1916 Farmer's Directory Swedes in Winnebago Co. Obituaries Codicil



We're Grateful For Your Financial Support!

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.


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City Hall

Margie M. Mullins, Winnebago County Clerk
Vital Records: 815-319-4250
Vital Records Fax: 815-969-0259

404 Elm Street

Suite 104

Rockford, Il 61101

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