A Gazetteer of Illinois, in Three Parts:

Containing a General View of the State, a General View of Each County, and A Particular Description Of Each Town, Settlement, Stream, Prairie, Bottom, Bluff, Etc.; Alphabetically Arranged.

Originally published John M. Peck, Grigg & Elliot, Philadelphia, 1837 (2nd ed), 338 pp This is a reproduction on CD and is searchable.

For a genealogist this book provides an early description of Illinois. The same description that might have drawn their ancestors to Illinois in the mid 1800's. In the introduction the author explains the need for the book "No state in the "Great West" has attracted so much attention and elicited so many enquiries from those who desire to avail themselves of the advantages of a settlement in a new and rising country, as that of Illinois; and none is filling up so rapidly with an emigrating population from all parts of the United States and several kingdoms of Europe. Consequently the call for correct information of all portions of the state has become pressing."

The book is broken down into three parts:

  • State - Learn why you want to move to Illinois, sections on Boundaries and Extent, Qualities of Soil, Rivers and Lakes, Mineral, Animal, and Vegetable Productions, Manufactures, Natural Curiosities, Climate ancl Health, Civil Divisions, Government, Education, Religious Denominations, Public Lands, Plans of Internal Improvement, History, Miscellaneous Remarks.

  • County - General View of each county see an example at right

  • Towns, rivers, prairies and more The entry for Charleston informs the reader that Charleston, the seat of justice for Coles county, is situated on the border of the Grand prairie, two and a half miles from, and on the west side of, the Embarras river, or. section eleven, township twelve north, nine east. The surface around is tolerably level, the soil fertile, and the settlements already considerable, will soon be extensive. It has three stores, three groceries, and about twenty-five families. It was laid out in 1831, and the first sale of lots took place in that year.

  • Table of Appendicies containing suggestion to Emmigrants giving steam boat fares, routes and distances,

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. 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# = IL73

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