Friday, January 30, 2015

Montgomery County Illinois Research Databases

Search over a half million Montgomery County Illinois records, documents and photographs spanning 1821 to 1950.

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Submitted by: charles sanders
If you have historical photos from Montgomery County upload them here.

Volunteer To Help

Ann Stoddard This website is only as good as you make it! Volunteer to help today. You can 1) add your family records 2) photograph grave markers in Montgomery County 3) link records already on this site 4) visit the court house, collect and share documents that are of interest to you and will most likely help others....If you need assistance in getting started, let me know....

New Member Relationships

♦ Henry Mueller is the Grandfather of member: R Newsum
♦ Edwin Mueller is the Uncle of member: R Newsum
♦ Hulda Finke is the Aunt of member: R Newsum
♦ Anna Mueller is the Grandmother of member: R Newsum
♦ John Turner is the 2x Great Uncle of member: charles sanders
♦ Mary Mcgrath is the 3x Great Aunt of member: Dawn Welch
♦ Bertha E Bennett is the Grandmother of member: Galyn Bennett
♦ Agnes Mae Bennett is the Aunt of member: Galyn Bennett
♦ Clark Davidson is the Other - (See Note) of member: Deb Davidson
♦ Deleon S Bennett is the 2x Great Grandfather of member: Jodi Koller
To link your family members to your profile: Locate a family member in the Cemetery Database. On the right side of the page click the green plus sign in the "My Relationship" box. Select your relationship from the drop down list then click the select button.

Historical Society of Montgomery County Illinois

  • January 29

  • BiL Solomon Hi, I'm am hoping to find the correct Niehaus family since I have many family photos I can share. I have been a member of for 2 years now & just recently made the connection of Frank Clark Niehaus to Montgomery County. I will post information slowly to try & avoid errors. Any double-checking/correcting is welcome! Frank was briefly married to my grandmother's sister in the 1920s. I have many pictures but little information...
    a day ago
  • January 28

  • Carole Perlman Ann Stoddard Hello Ann, I have just registered on the site. My grandparents are james and Essie Cress of the Cress Hill Farm Cresses. I am trying to upload a photograph hoping someone might recognize the women. Is there a size limit to the upload? It is less than 2mb, seems to load fine, but doesn't show. Any help you can offer would be appreciated.
    2 days ago
  • January 20

  • charles sanders Ann Tindall Ann: I am new to the site. Your photo contains relatives. Could you please name them clockwise from Ursala? Thank you! Charles Sanders
    about 2 weeks ago
  • charles sanders I am a great-great- grandson of Jonathan Baldwin Turner, the great-grandson of Frederick Clifford Turner and Elizabeth Alexander Turner whose only child, Elizabeth, married Archibald Leslie McPherson; my mother was Barbara McPherson. I am very interested in learning about my Turner relatives.
    about 2 weeks ago
  • January 16

  • Deb Davidson Searching for Bost, Truit, Davidson
    about 2 weeks ago
  • December 31

  • John Harris Annette King HI Annette, long time no talk. I have a bit of an update, can you please touch base with me at your convenience? Look forward to catching up with you!
    a month ago
  • December 29

  • Karen Mill My grandmother, Nana Anna Shoemaker was married to John Henry Doyle in Litchfield, IL on June 6, 1894. The Presbyterian Minister, Frank P. Miller, married them. Nana's father was James Wallace Shoemaker who lived in Litchfield prior to Nana's marriage but also lived in Monmouth and died in Decatur, IL in 1911. I am trying to establish lineage between James Wallace Shoemaker and Isaac "Samuel" Shoemaker who I believe was his father since they both lived in Monmouth, IL at the same time. James Wallace Shoemaker was married to Francis Susan Haas King Shoemaker. Isaac Samuel Shoemaker was married to Elizabeth Somerville in Carlisle Pa in 1842. I believe that their children, James, Mary, Samuel, and Emma were born in Pennsylvania according to the 1860 US Census Records. It is hard to put the pieces of this family puzzle together as many people were named, Samuel and Elizabeth. I would appreciate any help that anyone can give me with my Shoemaker family lineage. Thank you, Karen Mill of Morrison,CO.
    a month ago
  • December 21

  • Linda Rush Jody Dunn Jody, I've just gone back to Montgomery County, Illinois to update my Grantham and Ault families and found the picture of Irving School 1809, Primary Class March 1898. My Grandmother Anna Grantham and her brothers Jesse and Kenneth are pictured. Photo ID #58. Is it possible to get a copy of this picture or E-mail a copy of the picture to me. It so neat to see pictures of them so young. Thank you Linda Rush
    about 2 months ago
    • Linda RushUpdate to date 1898.
      6:00 PM December 21
  • December 16

  • Rosann Martin Research on the George Washington Miller family
    about 2 months ago
  • November 16

  • Dale Shirley Question! William D. Shirley, born 1831 is listed as a Justice of the Peace, August 17, 1839. He was born 1831, so only 8 yrs old. Obviously this is a mistake. I think that it was William D. Shirley Sr. born 1800, S.C. or Tenn who was the Justice of the Peace. Could this mistake be corrected. Also, any chance that their are any photo's of William D. Shirley Sr. born 1800 and of William D. Shirley born 1831, since both held important positions in Hillsboro and for Montgomery Co. Illinois. Thank you Dale Shirley. email
    about 3 months ago
  • November 11

  • Jim May Michael Hoffman Yes, Michael. We'd love to have those. Check your messages. I'll send you my info and we can get it figured out.
    about 3 months ago
  • November 07

  • Michael Hoffman Historical Society Group I have 3 water color paintings and one wood cut print by Carson Donnell (Donnellson early 20th local artist). The paintings are barns and farm houses. The wood cut is Seymour Bridge over Shoal Creek near Hillsboro. Is the historical society want to be willed them?
    about 3 months ago
  • November 03

  • Stephanie Messenger Sandy Barnett Hi there! Welcome!
    about 3 months ago
  • October 25

  • Lola DeGroff Linda Wallis Linda, I'm working on a US Daughters of 1812 application and need proof that Lucy Tyler Thompson was the daughter of Archibald Thompson & Mary Bennett. Supposedly her parents gave permission for her marriage to Wm. Franklin Rainey but it was not in Clinton Co. IL files.
    about 4 months ago
    • Linda WallisAn article that was published on Rev. William Franklin Rainey in PAST AND PRESENT, Montgomery County Illinois, published 1904, lists her father as Archibald W. Thompson. If you want more information, please contact me at:
      8:48 PM October 29
  • October 21

  • roger wyld My grandfather, John William Wyld operated two restaurants in Nokomis around 1935. The Green Gables was west of town next to the Big Four RR tracks. The other, The Uptown Cafe. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank, Roger
    about 4 months ago
  • October 19

  • Ken Hildreth Is there a plot map posted somewhere of Elmwood Cemetery, or could someone please advise what area of the cemetery is Section/Block 46? I found my G-G-Grandmother/Grandfather (Lavonne & William Hildreth) in your datase and am passing through Litchfield next Sunday and would like to photograph their graves. Thank you.
    about 4 months ago
  • October 18

  • Jeffrey B. Dunn Sarah Ernst Sarah (Welge) Ernst Memorial Page:;tabid=981
    about 4 months ago
  • October 16

  • Jean Gruber I found an obit for a Ted Simmons a well known sports writer among my dad's papers when cleaning out drawers. He apparently knew him and saved the obit, but Ihe doesn't have any connection to our family. I will be happy to send it to you or any of the family members who might want it if you will let me know.
    about 4 months ago
  • October 09

  • John Harris Annette King Hi Annette. I'm new to this so I'm just learning. Looking forward to touching base with you and learning more!
    about 4 months ago
  • October 07

  • John Harris Annette King Hi cousin :). I'm so glad you saw this and posted. If ok, I'll provide my email address and perhaps we could touch base and share what we know. Thanx! Look forward to hearing from you!
    about 4 months ago

The Forgotten Cemeteries

Forgotten Cemeteries of Montgomery County Illinois
The Forgotten Cemeteries title is in tribute to all the cemetery readings done by Walter Sanders and his high school students in the 1940's. Hopefully we can carry on the tradition and work together to locate and read all the abandoned cemeteries in Montgomery County!

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