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.

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

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.

The Ancestor Hunt- Free access to hundreds of historic Illinois newspapers. Includes limited 19th-century coverage of Jacksonville newspapers.