19 September 2007

Information on 1865 Illinois State Census From Illinois State Archives

Those wishing to know more about the 1865 Illinois Census can find more on the Illinois State Archives website. There is a partial index at the Illinois State Archives, but this index is not online.

The 1865 Illinois State Census images are available online at HistoryKat--here you can browse the actual images. The census is head of household only and in the case of most rural counties the lack of an index is not a significant problem if the township or area of residence is known with some degree of precision. Using the census is easier if the researcher has access to a township map for the counties under study.

We'll be posting the results from my searches in the Adams County, Illinois, 1865 census over the next few days.