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Brighton Bunker Hill Carlinville Girard
Gillespie Modesto Mt Olive Nilwood
Staunton Virden Birth, Death, Marriage Cemetery
Census Church Record Family Line Illinois Terminal System
Macoupin County History Maps Military Mining
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Brighton


"There The Heart Is," A History of Brighton, Illinois, 1826-1964, Mrs Martha A Bentley, reprinted in 1995 by The Brighton Heritage Group, June Wilderman, President.

Brighton's 125th Anniversary, 1869-1994, Through the Years, First Edition, compiled by the Brighton Heritage Group, June Wilderman, President.

The Swindler's Treasure, Lois Walfrid Johnson, 1997, a novel about the Alton and Brighton area. Written for young people, but interesting for any age.


Bunker Hill


Bunker Hill Revisited Vol I, by Carl Stanton, A collection of interesting news articles extracted (starting with the beginning of the Bunker Hill newspaper 1866-1882) from the Bunker Hill Union Gazette, (later name changed to Bunker Hill Gazette) and includes items such as names of early settlers, those leaving Bunker Hill and those who passed through Bunker Hill. Includes settling of Bunker Hill, early businesses and their owners; also talks about the platting of Bunker Hill. It includes some news of local people involved with the Civil War. The book mentions some deaths with names and date of newspaper (the whole obituary is not listed). Also included is news from Dorchester and Woodburn. Has a few pictures at the end of the book. 292 pages.

Bunker Hill Revisited Vol II, by Carl Stanton, 1883-1891, ALL births, marriages and deaths in this volume.

Bunker Hill Revisited Vol III, by Carl Stanton, 1892-1900, ALL births, marriages and deaths in this volume.


Carlinville


19th-Century Echoes: The Carlinville City Cemetery, 2nd Ed., Tom Emery, 20pp. (20 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-8-8


Gillespie


History of Gillespie, Illinois and Centennial Program 1853-1953

The History of Gillespie, a booklet, compiled by Tom Emery, contains an appendix with transcript of another unpublished, anonymously written manuscript, 2011. The booklet is from an unpublished manuscript written around 1970 by Kathryn Blanchard, who used to run the Gillespie newspaper. Lindell Loveless was a friend of Blanchard, and came up with the idea of producing a new booklet from the transcript of her work. I designed a cover that is orange in color and contains miner logos, to reflect Gillespie's mining heritage.  The text covers Gillespie's history from the Native American era through the settlement by whites, the establishment of the town, and the working of the mines, to development in the modern era.


Girard


A Great History - A Greater Future, Sesquicentennial History of Girard and Vicinity, 2005, Compiled by the Girard Sesquicentennial Book Committee. 405 pages.

Pleasant Hill, Ethel Harshbarger Weddle, 1956. The Story of the German Baptist Brethren (Dunkards) and Their Families in the Girard-Virden Area 1863-1912, 260 pages.
Reprinted 2002 by the Girard Sesquicentennial Book Committee, with the addition of a pictorial section and an every name index, 375 pages.


Modesto


Modesto Centennial Book, Modesto Centennial Committee, Capital Blueprint Company, Springfield, IL, June 15, 1996, 331 pages.

Mt Olive


Remembering Mt. Olive picture book compiled by the Mt Olive Herald.

Week By Week (extractions of activities and events - births, deaths, robberies, etc. - not all obituaries are included - from Mt Olive newspapers from as early as 1892) compiled by the Mt Olive Herald.

Mother Jones The Miners' Angel, A Portrait, Dale Fetherling, Souther Illinois University Press, Carbondale and Edwardsville, 1974 (Arcturus Books Edition, 1979)

Mother Jones DVD– Mother Jones: America’s Most Dangerous Woman.
Macoupin County Genealogical Society, 2009


We Will Go To A New Land, The Great East Frisian Migration to America 1845-1895
by Robert H. Behrens 1931-1998
Twenty-eight chapters covering the history of many major Ostfriesen settlements; Ostfriesen history, customs and traditions; Name Index with thousands of ancestors; Hundreds of Ostfriesen family stories; Pictures of churches, cemeteries, and Ostfriesland sites; Pates of church and cemetery records.
Of interest locally: Macoupin & Montgomery Counties: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Mt. Olive; Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Gillespie; Zion Lutheran Church at Staunton; Immanuel Lutheran Church of Mt. Olive; St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Cemetery.

Nilwood


The Story of the Coopers, A Pieced Together History, by Christy Jacobson, 2010
Paper back, 103 pages, fully annotated with illustrations~
This biography of Henry Cooper, founder of Nilwood, Illinois in 1852, details how Henry, as a young English railroad boss, led a team of Irish workers in building the final stretch of the Chicago and Alton Railroad. As an intimate family history, it shows how the harsh social and economic realities of mid nineteenth century Britain served to forge a bond between Henry and his Irish crew. His brilliant success as a young entrepreneur soon followed. Henry’s interfaith marriage to the Irish widow, Mary Murphy Dea, his close alliance with her family and the mystery of what became of Henry’s father, exiled to Australia in 1834, are revealed for the first time.
~Names and genealogies closely associated with the Coopers of Nilwood are: Murphy, King, Clifford, Street, Cline, Vaughn.


Staunton

Staunton in Illinois. By Dorrell Kilduff

Staunton: The Early Years, Video, Produced by The Staunton High School Art Club, 2001.

Old Settlers Stories of Staunton Township, IL and Vicinity, Vol I, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Old Settlers Stories of Staunton Township, IL and Vicinity, Vol II, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Days Gone By In Staunton, compiled by Cindy Leonard. 162 pp. Includes pictures concerning events and news about Staunton and surrounding towns. These excerpts from early Staunton Star-Times newspapers.

The Macoupin Connection, Volume III, A compilation of newspaper articles about people, places and events in Staunton, Illinois, by Cindy Leonard as extracted from early newspapers in the Staunton area. This volume includes articles printed in theStaunton Star-times from January through December, 1996, and includes more pages and pictures than Vol 1 and Vol 2. Cynthia Leonard.

The Memorable Month: Minor League Baseball in Staunton, Illinois, Tom Emery, (12 pp., bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-4-5

Chasing W. L. Schmitt's Chasing Headlines, with Nancy Schmitt Steinmeyer, 1998.
"Memories of turn-of-the-century days in Staunton come rushing to mind when one reads Chasing Headlines, a column written by former Staunton native, W. L. Schmitt."

A History of Brunswick: Life in a German Duchy from Roman Times through 1900 by Dan C. Heinemeier ISBN 0-9671822-0-4 A comprehensive history of the Duchy of Brunswick (Herzogtum Braunschweig) with particular emphasis on historical factors of interest to genealogists and other social historians. 17 chapters, two appendices, softbound, 380 pp., incl. maps and illustrations, fully indexed.
Some of the known families from the Staunton, Worden, Livingston area with the surnames of: Heinemeier, Eilert, Schuette/Schutte, Albrecht, Sievers & Kohlenberg came from the Duchy of Brunswick/Braunschweig in Hunzon or nearby villages).
Dan Heinemeier, the author, is a long time member of the Macoupin Co. Genealogical Society.

Hunzen in Brunswick: 800 Years in a Village of Lower Saxony Edited, translated and published by Dan C. Heinemeier This village history, translated from the German and edited extensively, offers valuable insight on village life and work, from serving feudal lords to sheltering WWII refugees (A.D. 1050-1950). 60 pp., incl. maps and illustrations.
Some of the known families from the Staunton, Worden, Livingston area with the surnames of: Heinemeier, Eilert, Schuette/Schutte, Albrecht, Sievers & Kohlenberg came from the Duchy of Brunswick/Braunschweig in Hunzon or nearby villages).
Dan Heinemeier, the author, is a long time member of the Macoupin Co. Genealogical Society.

Staunton High School Video: Staunton The Early Years, Produced by Staunton High School Art Club, about 2006.

Virden



The City of Virden proudly celebrates our Sesquicentennial, 2002, Event Planning Committee Members, 111 pages.


Virden, Illinois and vicinity marriages and anniversaries, Volumes 1 and 2, Bradley, Littleton P. 1994

Virden Recorded Anniversaries, etc. - 1985, compiled by Eileen Lynch Gochanour.

Virden Recorded Anniversaries, etc - 1986 (January - June), compiled by Eileen Lynch Gochanour.

Virden, Illinois, High School 1883-1983 compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

Virden Community High School Class of 1936 : fiftieth anniversary, May 31, 1986, Bradley, Littleton P. 1986

Bloody Mine Riot of Virden, Illinois 1898 - Lukins - Ranch 1922 - 1928 Chadwick, MO, 1989, Marie Day.
A copy of this book is at the Staunton Public Library.

Green Is The Valley, Blue Are The Hills. Tom Crane, 2002. Full book on site http://fethard.com/crane/
"Dear Friends, I am pleased to announce the publication of my book titled, "Green Is The Valley, Blue Are The Hills," on the "Fethard At Home" website. Fethard is a town in Tipperary, Ireland. The URL is http://fethard.com/crane/ Once you reach the "frame" just follow the directions. My book is on Acrobat Reader and is 283 pages long, so please give it time to download. It has been posted there for you to read "free of charge." The book is the "story" of my search for my Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch roots and the emotional impact that each of my discoveries had upon me. While my search is centered around the family names (Crane, Crean, Crehan), ( Shea), (Cuddihy, Cuddy, Cudahy) and (March, Mertz, Marz), I have included sources for genealogical information that are mentioned during the course of the telling of my story that others may find useful. The book also provides insight into the history of the coal-mining industry during the early Industrial Age and especially as it applied to my family within the State of Illinois. In addition to this information, I have enclosed photos and poems that are of my own making that I hope the reader will find of interest. I hope that my book will stand as a testimony to the strength of the human spirit in the face of difficulties. Finally, I sincerely hope that people, wherever they may be, will enjoy reading my book and that they will find something of value for themselves within its pages. The only request that I make in return is that people honor my copyright by giving me credit where credit is due whether through quoting or copying from my text. I wish you all pleasant reading. God Bless, Tom Crane"
"My great-uncle, Michael Crane, is buried in the Miners Plot in Virden Cemetery. Very few people know that there is a Miners Plot in the cemetery as it is unmarked. There are 8 graves assigned to the UMWA and 4 of them are occupied. I know, because I have a map of the plot. Also, during the course of my book I also pay tribute to Mother Jones who is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery. When Michael was killed in 1901, mention was made in the Virden Newspaper. Actually, I visited Virden at least 3 times and even purchased coal mine collectibles from a Mr. Tarr who ran a shop there and I believe has since re-located to Springfield. Mr. Tarr, by the way, was a member of the Mine Rescue Unit. In addition, I ran a notice in the Virden newspaper at least 15 years ago and looked through some of the material in the local library. I would have to dig out my correspondence for their names, but I communicated with a number of people in the Genealogical Society there during the age that I like to call BC; that is, Before Computers. By the way, my book has been on file in the Lincoln Library in the Sangamon Valley Collection since 1986. I made a couple of trips there also and one of the librarians, Mr. Ed Russo, and myself share a friendly association. Fact is, I found Michael's death notice in the obituary file of that same library and that is how I found Michael. Did you read my book? There are quite a few surprises in there. I have been quoted in Henry Z. Jones, Jr. book titled, "More Psychic Roots," and he greatly admires my own book. Hank Jones was a child actor in a lot of Disney films and has written quite a few books on the Palatine immigration. I hope that this gives you a bit of an idea of what my book is about. Best wishes, Tom Crane"
This book may now (2005) be purchased at:
http://www.higginsonbooks.com
Remember Virden 1898, Illinois Humanities Council , Suite 2020 at 203 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60601-2417. 48 pages 8-1/2 by 11.

Birth, Death, Marriage, and Probate Listings


1897 Staunton Times

1898, 1906-1907 Staunton Star/Staunton Times

1866-1871 Bunker Hill Union Gazette

1898-1899 Bunker Hill Gazette


1856-1861 Carlinville Free Democrat

Macoupin County Illinois Death Index, Volume I (1877-1878). Index includes record number, name, age, date of death, place of death and place of burial. Cynthia Leonard

Macoupin County IL Marriage Records Vol. I 06 Jul 1829 - 22 Dec 1838, Cynthia Leonard.

Macoupin County IL Marriage Records Vol. II 29 Dec 1838 - 01 Jan 1846, Cynthia Leonard.

Macoupin County IL Marriage Records Vol. III 06 Jan 1846 - 13 Nov 1851, Cynthia Leonard.

Macoupin County IL Marriage Records Vol. IV 15 Oct 1851 - 31 Dec 1854, Cynthia Leonard.

Macoupin County IL Marriage Records Vol. V 01 Jan 1855 - 1857, Cynthia Leonard

Miscellaneous Birth and Marriage Records of Early Macoupin and Madison County, IL Residents. Information abstracted from obituaries in early Macoupin County newspapers. Cynthia Leonard

Early Macoupin County Illinois Birth and Marriages. Another index compilation from newspaper sources. Includes Macoupin County and surrounding areas. Cynthia Leonard.

The Macoupin Connection, Volume I. A compilation of records of Macoupin County including land and probate and births from newspapers and county records. Cynthia Leonard.

Cemetery Publications


Benld City Cemetery and the Russian Orthodox Cemetery Index, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Brighton Township Cemeteries and Family Histories, Macoupin County 1800-1985, compiled by June Wilderman and Jean Halcom, 1986.

Index to the Brighton Township Cemeteries and Family Histories, indexed by Mary Ann Kaylor, 1998.

Cemetery CD, Macoupin County Genealogical Society
Listings include previously published by the society and updated by member Jill Secoy. The cemeteries are located in the southern third of Macoupin County, plus a few other cemeteries from various counties in the area. The CD is WordPerfect and PDF compatible. The following is a listing of the cemeteries on this CD: Asbury, Baird, Behme, Benld City, Bethlehem, Bunker Hill City, Binney, Blevins, Bullman, Calvary, Camp, Carrico, Chapman, Clark, Cormack, Corr, Dees, Duncan, Eagarville, Fishbach, Fleming, Franzmayer, Frarrar, Funderburk, German, Gillespie City, Hand/Mize, Holy Trinity, Harlan, Holy Cross, Hilyard, Huddleston/Wheeler, Immanuel Lutheran, Karnes, Kinder, Luken, Lutheran Church, Memorial Park Staunton, Miles Station, Mitchell, Morrison, Mt. Olive City, Plainview, Russian Holy Dormiton, Scribner, Smalley, Spangle, Sparks, Spring Creek, St. Mary's, St. Michael's, Staunton City, Tine Sawyer, Union Miners, Wayne, Wheeler, Wood, Woodburn - in Macoupin. Bloomingdale, Butler, Montgomery Co IL; Brickyard, Worden, Madison Co IL; Brown, Old Ripley, Bond Co IL; Coalson, Livingston, Madison Co IL; Crabtree, Litchfield, Montgomery Co IL; Locust Grove, Madison Co IL; Old Voyles, Madison Co IL; Phelps, Madison Co IL; St. John's, Montgomery Co IL; St. Paul's, Nokomis IL; Walshville, Montgomery Co IL; Wieseman, Madison Co IL.

Bunker Hill Cemetery, Bunker Hill, IL, reprinted 2000, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Gillespie City Cemetery Index, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at Gillespie, Gillespie Township, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Memorial Park Cemetery, Staunton, IL, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Miscellaneous Cemeteries of Staunton Township, IL and Vicinity, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Mt. Olive, IL Cemeteries Vol. 1, Immanual Lutheran, Calvary and Union Miners, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Mt. Olive, IL Cemeteries Vol. 2, Chapman, Holy Trinity Catholic and Mt. Olive City, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. The cemetery is listed 3.2 miles south of Bunker Hill, IL on route 159, Compiled by Lula Eastman Vaughn.

Small Southern Macoupin County Cemeteries - Includes some small cemeteries from Brighton Township (Asbury, German, Miles Station, Scribner Cemeteries), Brushy Mound Township (Behme, Fishbach, Mitchell Cemeteries), Bunker Hill Township(Wood, Woodburn(partial index) Cemeteries) , and Cahokia Township(Blevins, Camp, Eagarville Lake, Duncan/Henderson, Farrar(Frarrar)/Sinclair, Karnes, Kinder, Lutheran Church, Spring Creek Cemeteries). Indexed in the mid-1980's. compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society 1996
Reprint 2001 - has cemetery additions to Bunker Hill Township - Baird, Bullman, Goodnight, Smalley

Additions to Small Southern Macoupin County Cemeteries Volume I, 1996 version only. Bunker Hill Township Cemeteries Baird, Bullman, Smalley, Goodnight

Small Southern Macoupin County Cemeteries, Volume II. Includes small cemeteries in Dorchester Township (Funderburk, Luken, Mize-Hand, St. Mary's Catholic, Tine-Sawyer, Wayne), Gillespie Township (Clark Family, Harlan, Wheeler-Huddleston), Hilyard Township (Bethlehem Baptist Church/Centerville, Fleming, Hilyard), Honey Point Township (Carrico, Corr), Mt. Olive Township (Dees, Franzmayer), and Staunton Township (Sparks). compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Staunton City Cemetery and Old St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery
, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Oak Hill Cemetery, North Palmyra Township, compiled and researched by Velma A. Sonneborn, 1983.

Supplement, Oak Hill Cemetery, North Palmyra Township, compiled and researched by Velma A. Sonneborn, 1985.

Tombstone Revelations Book 1 listing burials in 9 Townships, Scottville, North Palmyra, North Otter, Virden, Girard, Barr, South Palmyra, South Otter and Nilwood. Compiled by the Macoupin County Historical Society.

Tombstone Revelations Book 2 listings for Bird and Western Mound Townships. Compiled by the Macoupin County Historical Society.

Tombstone Revelations Book 3 listings for Brushy Mound, Shaws Point and Honey Point Townships. Compiled by the Macoupin County Historical Society.

Tombstone Revelations Book 4 listing for Chesterfield and Polk Townships and includes Medora City Cemetery. Compiled by the Macoupin County Historical Society.

Tombstone Revelations Book 5 listing for Hilyard and Shipman Townships. Compiled by the Macoupin County Historical Society.

Tombstone Revelations Book 6 listing for Carlinville Township. Compiled by the Macoupin County Historical Society.

19th-Century Echoes: The Carlinville City Cemetery, 2nd Ed., Tom Emery, 20pp. (20 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-8-8

Census Listings

Macoupin County, IL 1850 Federal Census compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

Macoupin County, IL 1860 Federal Census
compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

1860 Federal Census, Virden, Illinois,
compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

1865 Illinois State Census of Macoupin Co. (CD Version); Excel required.
Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

1870-1880 Federal Census, Virden, Illinois,
compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

1870 Federal Census, Vol 1,
compiled by Cynthia Leonard. Townships included are Honey Point, Gillespie, Cahokia, Bunker Hill, Dorchester, Mt Olive, and Staunton.

1900 Federal Census, Bunker Hill Township,
compiled by Lula Vaughn

1900 Federal Census, Cahokia Township,
compiled by Lula Vaughn

1900 Federal Census, Dorchester Township,
compiled by Lula Vaughn

1900 Federal Census, Hilyard Township,
compiled by Lula Vaughn

1900 Federal Census, Staunton Township,
compiled by Lula Vaughn

1900 Federal Census, Virden, Illinois,
compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

1910 Federal Census, Virden, Illinois,
compiled by Littleton P. Bradley



Church Records


Charity Baptist Church of Macoupin County, Illinois.
By Wanda Warkins Allers and Eileen Lynch Gochanour, 1985. Includes index. 39 pages.

Everly Chapel Church Records, 1887-1928, Macoupin County, Illinois. Privately printed by Wanda Warkins Allers, Margaret Sager Hohimer, and Eileen Lynch Gochanour, 1985. Includes membership records, baptisms, lists of probationers and index. 47 pages.

Union Chapel Methodist Church Records, 1868-1945. Privately printed by Wanda Warkins Allers, Margaret Sager Hohimer, and Eileen Lynch Gochanour, 1983. Includes index. 22 pages. Union Chapel Methodist Church is located west of the town of Girard, Macoupin County, Illinois.

Church Book of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession in Macoupin County, IL (1860-1872), translated and edited by Darrel Griffin.

Vital Records of the Zion Lutheran Church in Carlinville, IL (1873-1890), translated and edited by Darrel Griffin.


Family Histories


Adcock, "Descendants of Henry and Sarah Adcock," Frazier, Gloria, compiler, 2006.

William Porter Bradley and his descendants, Bradley, Littleton P. 1975

Some Bradley families of central Illinois; their ancestors, descendants, and other relatives, Bradley, Littleton P. 1972

The Families of Littleton Porter Bradley I and John Bradley, Bradley, Littleton P. 1975

DRURY, Descendants of Samuel and Hannah Drury, of Vermont, New York and Kentucky, 1770 to the Present, by Linda Kmiecik, 1991, 439 pages including every name index and locations index.

The Jones Family of Minsterly, Shropshire, England (also in Macoupin and Madison Counties)
compiled in 1987 by Ellen DalPozzo & Cindy Leonard. (103 pages, pictures, plasti-bound) This genealogy begins with John Paul Jones, eldest child of Richard and Hannah (Crowder) Jones who came to America, first working in the mines in Ohio and then coming to Staunton to work in the mines here. Some of the allied families included in this book are: Jarman, Montgomery, Strahun, Snell, Beyer, Stiller, Best, Bond, Evans and Crowder. The books includes many family pictures, a brief history of the mining operations in Staunton, family members' lodge & society affilliation, newspaper extracts of family events, obituaries and official certificates.

Some McConnell families of central Illinois, their ancestors, descendants, and other relatives, Bradley, Littleton P. 1972

Some descendants of Thomas J. Reynolds and Clarissa E. Newell Reynolds, Bradley, Littleton P. 1975

John Pitzer and some of his descendants, Bradley, Littleton P. 1975

Salter in Madison & Macoupin Counties IL. Ellen DalPozzo

Sawyer Update, 1650-1988, by Ellen DalPozzo, October 1989. 248 pp. including index.

Sawdust 'N Shavings Quarterly Publication Reprint, Ellen DalPozzo, reprint by Cindy Leonard, 2004

Scroggins in Macoupin, Montgomery, & Madison Counties, Illinois, Ellen DalPozzo, 1994. 140 pp. plus exhibits and index.

Some Stout families of central Illinois, their ancesters, descendants, and other relatives, Bradley, Littleton P. 1972

Suhre in Madison & Macoupin County IL. Ellen DalPozzo

Sutton, Descendants of John Wesley Sutton, compiled by Gloria Frazier, Gregath Publishing, 1995.

Memories Of My Past, Lula C. Vaughn, Publish America, 2012


Green Is The Valley, Blue Are The Hills. Tom Crane, 2002. Full book on site http://fethard.com/crane/
"Dear Friends, I am pleased to announce the publication of my book titled, "Green Is The Valley, Blue Are The Hills," on the "Fethard At Home" website. Fethard is a town in Tipperary, Ireland. The URL is http://fethard.com/crane/ Once you reach the "frame" just follow the directions. My book is on Acrobat Reader and is 283 pages long, so please give it time to download. It has been posted there for you to read "free of charge." The book is the "story" of my search for my Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch roots and the emotional impact that each of my discoveries had upon me. While my search is centered around the family names (Crane, Crean, Crehan), ( Shea), (Cuddihy, Cuddy, Cudahy) and (March, Mertz, Marz), I have included sources for genealogical information that are mentioned during the course of the telling of my story that others may find useful. The book also provides insight into the history of the coal-mining industry during the early Industrial Age and especially as it applied to my family within the State of Illinois. In addition to this information, I have enclosed photos and poems that are of my own making that I hope the reader will find of interest. I hope that my book will stand as a testimony to the strength of the human spirit in the face of difficulties. Finally, I sincerely hope that people, wherever they may be, will enjoy reading my book and that they will find something of value for themselves within its pages. The only request that I make in return is that people honor my copyright by giving me credit where credit is due whether through quoting or copying from my text. I wish you all pleasant reading. God Bless, Tom Crane"
"My great-uncle, Michael Crane, is buried in the Miners Plot in Virden Cemetery. Very few people know that there is a Miners Plot in the cemetery as it is unmarked. There are 8 graves assigned to the UMWA and 4 of them are occupied. I know, because I have a map of the plot. Also, during the course of my book I also pay tribute to Mother Jones who is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery. When Michael was killed in 1901, mention was made in the Virden Newspaper. Actually, I visited Virden at least 3 times and even purchased coal mine collectibles from a Mr. Tarr who ran a shop there and I believe has since re-located to Springfield. Mr. Tarr, by the way, was a member of the Mine Rescue Unit. In addition, I ran a notice in the Virden newspaper at least 15 years ago and looked through some of the material in the local library. I would have to dig out my correspondence for their names, but I communicated with a number of people in the Genealogical Society there during the age that I like to call BC; that is, Before Computers. By the way, my book has been on file in the Lincoln Library in the Sangamon Valley Collection since 1986. I made a couple of trips there also and one of the librarians, Mr. Ed Russo, and myself share a friendly association. Fact is, I found Michael's death notice in the obituary file of that same library and that is how I found Michael. Did you read my book? There are quite a few surprises in there. I have been quoted in Henry Z. Jones, Jr. book titled, "More Psychic Roots," and he greatly admires my own book. Hank Jones was a child actor in a lot of Disney films and has written quite a few books on the Palatine immigration. I hope that this gives you a bit of an idea of what my book is about. Best wishes, Tom Crane"
This book may now (2005) be purchased at:
http://www.higginsonbooks.com

Sutton, Descendants of John Wesley Sutton, Frazier, Gloria, compiler, Gregath Publishing, 1995. Macoupin County IL (includes his Sutton father's family and his Sutton grandfather's location of Macon Co TN)

A History of Brunswick: Life in a German Duchy from Roman Times through 1900 by Dan C. Heinemeier ISBN 0-9671822-0-4 A comprehensive history of the Duchy of Brunswick (Herzogtum Braunschweig) with particular emphasis on historical factors of interest to genealogists and other social historians. 17 chapters, two appendices, softbound, 380 pp., incl. maps and illustrations, fully indexed.
Some of the known families from the Staunton, Worden, Livingston area with the surnames of: Heinemeier, Eilert, Schuette/Schutte, Albrecht, Sievers & Kohlenberg came from the Duchy of Brunswick/Braunschweig in Hunzon or nearby villages).
Dan Heinemeier, the author, is a long time member of the Macoupin Co. Genealogical Society.
 
Hunzen in Brunswick: 800 Years in a Village of Lower Saxony Edited, translated and published by Dan C. Heinemeier This village history, translated from the German and edited extensively, offers valuable insight on village life and work, from serving feudal lords to sheltering WWII refugees (A.D. 1050-1950). 60 pp., incl. maps and illustrations.
Some of the known families from the Staunton, Worden, Livingston area with the surnames of: Heinemeier, Eilert, Schuette/Schutte, Albrecht, Sievers & Kohlenberg came from the Duchy of Brunswick/Braunschweig in Hunzon or nearby villages).
Dan Heinemeier, the author, is a long time member of the Macoupin Co. Genealogical Society.



Illinois Terminal System


Illinois Terminal In Color Volume I - 127 pages - lots of color photos of equipment, stations, etc. Author: Gordon E. Lloyd Publisher: Morning Sun Books, Inc. 9 Pleasant Lane, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 Copyright: 1998

Illinois Terminal In Color Volume II - also 127 pages - color photos Author: William D. Volkmer Publisher: Morning Sun Books, Inc. 9 Pleasant Lane, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 Copyright: 2001

"For those who may be interested, I found two very fine books on the Illinois Terminal Railroad at a RR museum in Golden, Colorado. Having ridden these "street cars" as a child, these books brought back lots of memories. Pictures include Carlinville, Gillespie, Benld, Saywerville, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, etc." Bob Awe

History of Macoupin County



1879 History of Macoupin County 1763-1879, Illinois with Illustrations, Descriptive of Its Scenery, Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers, Brink, McDonough Co, Philadelphia, Corresponding Office, Edwardsville, Ill.

The Story of Macoupin County, Illinois, 1829-1979. Published by the Macoupin County Sesquicentennial, Inc., Carlinville, IL, in 1979, Kenneth R. Schwartz, president.

The Macoupin County Courthouse: Scandalous Symbol, Tom Emery, 28 pp. (28 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-6-1

CCC Camp In Small Illinois Town Studied In New Photohistory by Tom Emery, (pages ?)

1891 Portrait and Biographical Album of Macoupin County, IL (Autobiographical History of Macoupin County) Reproduction sponsored by the Macoupin County Historical Society. Contains index of names.

1904 Biographical Record of Macoupin County, Illinois (Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens). 1976 Reproduction sponsored by the Macoupin County Historical Society. Contains index of names.

1911 History of Macoupin County Illinois. Vol. I, Chicago, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911

1911 History of Macoupin County Illinois. Biographical and Pictorial, Vol. II, Illustrated, Chicago, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911

Macoupin County in pictures, approximately 479 photos of places in Macoupin County, CD/DVD, Macoupin County Genealogical Society, Nov 2006.

Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders: Macoupin County, Illinois, 1919, reprinted 2003, Higginson Book Company, 279 pages.

The History Of A Famous COURT HOUSE Located at Carlinville, Illinois, W. B. Brown, Press of the Carlinville Democrat, Carlinville, IL, 1934. 54 pages.

Macoupin County, IL, Original Purchasers of Land compiled by Littleton P. Bradley, 1985

The Houses That Sears Built, Everything you wanted to know about Sears Catalog Homes, Rosemary Thornton, 2002, Alton, 119 pages and bibiography.

The History of the Macoupin County, Illinois Fairs, 1852-2000, Macoupin County Historical Society, This publication has been made possible by Fair memorabilia collected by Alice Drury over many years.

Index to Macoupin County memories : a pictorial history of Macoupin County, Illinois, Bradley, Littleton P. 1995

Macoupin County on Route 66
, Dennis Garrels (right in picture), Arcadia Publishing, 96 pages, 2007

The Macoupin Connection, Volume II, A Compilation of Cindy's newspaper column, They Were In Macoupin, June 1994 - June 1996, Cynthia Leonard plus other newspaper stories she has collected about people, places, and events in Macoupin County as printed in newspapers in and around Macoupin County, Illinois.

Index to Volume One, Macoupin County Searcher, Cynthia Leonard

A Natural History of Macoupin County, IL. This is a collection of articles on historical aspects of natural history of Macoupin County which originally appeared in "The Macoupin County Enquirer" and the "Carlinville Democrat", by Dr. William E. Werner, Jr.

The Macoupin County Genealogical Society is adding to its collection of previous programs available on DVD.  Each DVD has two programs on it.
Volume 1: Return to Frying Pan, presented by Cindy Leonard after a trip to Tyrrell County, North Carolina in search of her Sawyer family.
Macoupin County on Route 66: a book signing and presentation by Dennis Garrels.
Volume 2: The Sears Homes in Carlinville, presented by Laurie Flori, author of Additionally Speaking: the saga behind the largest collective of Sears Homes in the world.
Eddie, Lincoln’s forgotten son presented by Tom Emery owner of History in Print.
Each DVD costs $10.00.  Make check or money order to:
Macoupin County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 95, Staunton, IL 62088-0095.  Be sure to indicate which volume you are requesting.

Plat Books and Maps



1875 Plat and 1893 Plat (Atlas) Book of Macoupin County, IL, contains plats of all townships in Macoupin County.

Macoupin County Plat Book, Macoupin County Extension Service


1998 Macoupin County Plat Book
, Macoupin County Extension Service

Family Maps of Macoupin County, IL, Features 3 maps per township, Gregory A. Boyd, J.D., Arphax Publishing Company, 2005.

Military


Illinois in the Civil War, Victor Hicken, University of Illinois Press, 1991.

Macoupin Goes To War
by Carl Stanton, a hard-bound book about south Macoupin County soldiers in the Civil War. Personal accounts of war experiences, pictures, rosters, etc.

Richard Rowett: Thoroughbreds, Beagles, and the Civil War, Tom Emery, (112 pp., notes, bibl., index, illus.) ISBN 0-9661637-0-2

Hold the Fort: The Battle of Allatoona Pass,
Tom Emery, (28 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-5-3

The Other John Logan: Col. John Logan and the 32nd Illinois, Tom Emery, (16 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-1-0

Macoupin Men in the Civil War, 1861, History In Print, Tom Emery, Carlinville, 2010

Forgotten Stories of the Civil War in Central Illinois, legend of the “Drummer Boy,” and the story of the 133rd, a trigger-happy unit with much bad behavior, Tom Emery, History In Print, Tom Emery, 2010.

The Magnificent Bastards, The Joint Army-Marine Defense of Dong Ha, 1968 by Keith William Nolan (Sixteen pages included on "Big John" MALNAR - Sergeant Major John M. Malnar (Sawyerville son) served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam)

Mining



Miner Examing Board, List of Applicants For Certificates Of Competency, 1908, Illinois State Archives. Copy located at IRAD, University of Illinois at Springfield, Brookens Library. Contact IRAD at Brookens Library for a Lookup. (Sep 1006 - a copy is also being made for Carlinville Public Library and Macoupin County Genealogical Society collection at the Staunton Public Library.)

The Great Coal Miners' Strike of 1897, General Bradley, about 1901, 70 pages.

Obituary Extracts



Carlinville, Illinois Obituary Extracts, Carlinville Free Democrat Obituaries 1856-1861  and Carlinville Newspaper Obituaries 1876-1878, compiled by Mary McKenzie and Cindy & Chuck Leonard. The listings include name, date of death, age at death, place of death, place of residence and when available other family information.

Virden, Illinois, and vicinity obituaries, Volume 1 1881-1885 and Volume 2, 1886-1889, Bradley, Littleton P. 1994

Virden Recorded Obituaries - 1985, compiled by Eileen Lynch Gochanour.

Virden Recorded Obituaries - 1986, compiled by Eileen Lynch Gochanour.


Miscellaneous

Eddie: Lincoln's Forgotten Son, Tom Emery, (28 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-7-X

The Macoupin County Genealogical Society is adding to its collection of previous programs available on DVD.  Each DVD has two programs on it.
   Volume 1: Return to Frying Pan
, presented by Cindy Leonard after a trip to Tyrrell County, North Carolina in search of her Sawyer family.
Macoupin County on Route 66: a book signing and presentation by Dennis Garrels.
   Volume 2: The Sears Homes in Carlinville, presented by Laurie Flori, author of Additionally Speaking: the saga behind the largest collective of Sears Homes in the world.
Eddie, Lincoln’s forgotten son presented by Tom Emery owner of History in Print.

Howard Knotts: Ace of the Prairie is an illustrated look at the life of Knotts (1895-1942), one of America's most decorated World War I fliers, who shot down six planes in combat in the span of a month in 1918.  He was born in Girard and raised in Carlinville. Excerpts from official records of his military combat, including his logbook, are used in Ace of the Prairie to demonstrate, in detail, his military success. In addition to official reports, Emery employs many of Knotts letters, including one that he wrote while in German captivity, to portray a man that one researcher called 100 percent hero.


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