Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders
Kane County Illinois

Originally published Prairie Farmer Publishing Company, Chicago IL, 1918, 217 pp. This is a reproduction on CD and is searchable.

Farm directories can be a gold mine of information for the genealogist. They contain:
  • Farmers Directory - This contains the name of farmer, spouse with her maiden name, name of children, how many acres he farms, if he owns or rents the land and the year he moved to the county. Often this is the year the farmer was born.

  • Ads for banks, auto dealers, furniture stores, lumber companys, hardware stores, drug stores, clothiers, livestock dealers, doctors and more. Some of the ads are illustrated with photos.

  • Breeders Directory - in order by type of livestock.

  • Business Directory - for each small town.

  • Automobile Owner's Directory - Find if your ancestor was a Ford, Maxwell, Overland or Studebaker fan.

  • Tractor Owner's Directory - was it a Case, Moline or maybe a Hart-Parr?

  • Articles on farming. Do you need to know how to adjust your plow, care for horses, judge your tractor horsepower or mark your litter? The info is contained in the book.

Kane county is in northern Illinois and is surrounded by McHenry, DeKalb, Kendall and DuPage counties. The county seat is Geneva. Other towns are Aurora,Batavia, Dundee, Elburn, Hampshire and St. Charles.

About the CD: This CD provides the genealogist the opportunity to have access to information from a book that is difficult to locate in the used book market. The CD was made by scanning an original copy of the book. Any defect such as notes in the margin or light text will also appear in the CD version. The CD requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file, the latest Windows version is included with the CD. The Mac & Window readers can also be downloaded from the Adobe website. The information on the CD can either be printed out and read in the traditional manner or viewed with your computer. When viewing on your screen the page size can be increased to make reading easier.The second scan on the right is at 200%. This CD is searchable and has a series of bookmarks making navigation through the file easier. The CD is packaged in a projective sleeve.

Book# = IL13

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