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The Illinois Room at the Quincy Public Library houses a collection of Historical and genealogical books and files, particularly relating to Quincy, Adams County, and the state of Illinois, but also including some materials on other states and other countries.  Examples are cemetery, census, and other early records indexes, family histories, local histories, city directories, plat books, and clippings of local history articles from the Quincy Herald-Whig newspaper.

Quincy Public Library subscribes to HeritageQuest Online, for access to census, books, periodicals, and Revolutionary War information, and to Ancestry Library for the largest collection of family history online.  You may go directly to www.heritagequestonline.com from library computers, or to access it from home, click on Reference Services, then Databases, then enter your library card barcode number in the box under Heritage Quest Online.  Ancestry Library may only be accessed from the Library computers.
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Local Resources - Domestic and International Resources


History and Genealogy Resources for Adams County and Illinois


Quincy Public Library has available a microfilm collection of Quincy newspapers from 1835 to the present day, short runs of some other early Illinois newspapers, census records up through 1930 for Adams County and the surrounding counties, early census records from various states and counties, a variety of local church and funeral home records, city directories, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, and other miscellaneous information.  We have recently acquired microfilm copies of many early Adams County government records, including court records, births, deaths, divorces, wills, estates, etc. 

Quincy Historical Newspaper Archive
Early Quincy Newspapers, from 1835 to 1890 available online!

Adams County Illinois History Resources
Indexes several topics excerpted from Past and Present of the City of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois, by Collins and Perry.

Adams County ILGenWeb
Biographies, deaths, obituaries, family histories, military rosters, plat maps, more...

American Local History Network Illinois
State Pensioners, Illinois Epidemics, Early Illinois Settlers, more...

 Database of Illinois Black Hawk War Veterans
Also from the Illinois State Archives

Database of Illinois Civil War Veterans
From the Illinois State Archives.

Duker & Haugh Funeral Home
Obituaries from the current month and two months previous are available online.

Early Illinois Women & Other Unsung Heroes
The first one hundred years 1818-1918.

Great River Genealogical Society of Adams County Illinois Local genealogy information and assistance.

Greenmount Cemetery
A database is being created to allow searching for persons buried there.  Also includes history and other information about the cemetery.

Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
Obituaries since January 1, 2000 are available online.

Quincy Area Historic Photo Collection - Illinois Digital Archives
The Quincy Area Historic Photo Collection includes more than three thousand historical images covering more than a century of life in the Quincy area. The collection includes images of people, businesses, churches, entertainment, government, homes, and street scenes from the 1830s forward. Visit the Illinois Digital Archives and browse or search all collections available there, or choose a particular collection.  To search only one collection, go to Advanced Search, select the collection, then enter your search words.

Historical Society of Quincy Adams County
Hours and contact information, plus photos of famous people from Quincy and Adams County, historic photos, etc.

Illinois Alive! Early Illinois Heroes and Heroines: a Multimedia Montage
People, places and events from nineteenth century Illinois history in photographs, streaming video, and audio description.

Illinois Alive! The Heritage and Texture of a Pivotal State During the First Century of Statehood (1818-1918) A regional digital library of archival resources.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900
An ongoing Project of the Illinois State Archives & 
the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Past and Present of the City of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois, by Collins and Perry
Excerpts published by Adams County, Illinois.

Quincy's Lincoln Bicentennial

Information and events celebrating the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln in Quincy and Adams County, Illinois!

Quincy's Local Landmarks and Historic Districts
The Quincy Preservation Commission was created by the Quincy City Council in 1981 to identify buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, and similar historic resources within the city that are worthy of designation as local landmarks and local historic districts.  By the year 2000, sixty local landmarks and one historic district had been designated. 

Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Homes
Obituaries from the current month and two months previous are available online.

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Resources and tools for Domestic and International Genealogy

Access Newspaper Archive

Online database with millions of full-page historical newspapers.

Ancestry Library Edition
Largest collection of family history data online.  QPL now has a subscription!  You may access Ancestry free from library computers.

Cherokee Census Index, 1835
Primary source site of Cherokees who lived east of the Mississippi.

Family relationship chart available online.

Cyndi's List
List of helpful genealogy sites on the Internet.

Department of Veterans Affairs - America's Wars Fact Sheet
Statistics on numbers of servicemembers and casualties in America's Wars.

Family Search
From the LDS Church: Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index and more. 

Family Tree maker
Free online version.

Find A Grave
Locate graves of famous people.

Family relationships explained, and other helpful hints.

Genealogy Online
The majority of this data is created by the public.

"Genealogy Gateway To The Web."

Handwriting Guide: German Gothic
A guide to the two major styles of handwriting used in Europe since the ninth century.

HeritageQuest Online
Database of census, books, periodicals, and Revolutionary War information, by subscription only. QPL has a subscription! You may enter your barcode on the Databases pages for free access!

International Internet Genealogical Society
"An organization helping others to acquire and store information in their own repositories."

Kindred Konnections
Commercial Site. Free services include a 33 million-name pedigree linked archive.

Missouri Digital Heritage Death Records Certificates
Death certificates available online from 1910 to 1957.

National Archives and Records Administration
NARA's genealogy page.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator
Locate veterans buried in military cemeteries.

RAND Genealogy Club
RAND employees who share the hobby of tracing our family trees. We provide this page to share information about genealogical resources we've found.

The Internet's oldest and largest genealogy site.

Beginning genealogy.

WorldGenWeb Project
A melting-pot site with farsighted vision.

Yahoo! Genealogy
Extensive and organized lists of genealogy sites.

Your Family.com
Extensive database of family homepages

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