Online Resources for Genealogy & Local History

More genealogy links can be found on our genealogy page.

Ancestry (In Library Use Only)- Access valuable census records, birth and death records, and family history.


Family Search- Operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this site provides government records and user-generated information. It requires that users establish a free account.

Heritage Quest- (In Library Use Only) S
earch census records, government records, books and much more to discover your family history.

Jacksonville Characters- List of short biographies of people who lived in Jacksonville compiled over many years by Steve Hochstadt, emeritus professor of history. To date, this list consists of over 1,600 biographies of prominent and lesser-known people who have contributed to the history of Jacksonville, Illinois.

Morgan County Poor Farm Records Index (1850-1932)-
Each entry found in the index contains the following categories of information: the name, age and occupation of the inmate; the date of admission to the almshouse; date of discharge from the almshouse; the volume and page number; and the supposed cause of pauperism. When an inmate died while staying at the almshouse, the date of death is also included.

Dr. Joe Squillace's Research Page:  Dr. Joe Squillace is a former MacMurray College professor and current professor and Director of Social Work at the University of St. Mary in Kansas. He has written two books:  "The Untold History of the First Illinois State Hospital for the Insane" and "A History of The Poorhouse and Farm in Morgan County, Illinois." This website contains information used to research and write the books along with helpful resources for genealogy.