History & Genealogy Links

Online Indexes
As the State Archivist, the Illinois Secretary of State makes available online as much as possible from the State Archives, for free. To search for Illinois birth, marriage, death or military records, check out the Illinois State Archives.

The Coal City Public Library District and the Carbon Hill Historical Society created a database listing information about coal miners who were injured or killed in mining accidents within the First District of Illinois between 1882 and 1927. The database also lists the names of men certified as hoisting engineers, mine managers, and mine supervisors in the First District for the same time period. The information is significant because northern Illinois is where the first coal was discovered in North America by explorers Marquette and Joliet within the boundaries of what was to become the Illinois First Coal Mining District. The database is accessible from the Coal City Public Library District website, pressing the “Local History/Genealogy” button, and then choosing “Online Indexes”. The database is named “Coal Reports of Illinois First District Index”.

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