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My name is Joe Markovich. I am the coordinator for the ILGenWeb Boone County Illinois web site. To volunteer to host an Illinois county, please contact the ILGenWeb state coordinator Dennis Partridge.
I am also the coordinator for the ILGenWeb counties of: Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Whiteside, and Winnebago.
Boone County Background
Boone County, Illinois, was organized from Winnebago County on March 3, 1836, being named in honor of Kentucky's pioneer, Daniel Boone. However, its present boundaries were not gained until May 4, 1843, when a mile-wide strip was annexed to the western border from Winnebago County.
Boone County is bordered on the north by Wisconsin (Rock and Walworth Counties), on the south by DeKalb County, on the east by McHenry County, and on the west by Winnebago County. In 1850, there were eight townships: Belvidere, Benton (previously Fairfield and then Flora), Boone, Bonus, Caledonia, Leroy (previously Beaver), Manchester and Ohio (later renamed as Spring). Poplar Grove township was eventually created from parts of Boone and Caledonia townships.
Boone County is the smallest of the "northern tier" of counties, having an area of only 290 square miles. Before agriculture was introduced, its surface was chiefly rolling prairie. The earliest settlers came from New York and New England, and among them were included MEDKIFF, DUNHAM, CASWELL, CLINE, TOWNER, DOTY and WHITNEY. Later (after the Pottawattomies had evacuated the country), came the SHATTUCK brothers, Maria HOLLENBECK and Mrs. BULLARD, Oliver HALE, Nathaniel CROSBY, Dr. WHITING, H. C. WALKER, and the NEELEY and MAHONEY families.
The first frame house in the county was erected by S. F. DOTY and stood for fifty years in the village of Belvidere on the north side of the Kishwaukee River.
The County-seat, belvidere, was platted in 1837, and an academy built soon after. The first Protestant church was a Baptist society under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. King.
(Taken from The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and Harley Haskin's transcription of the 1850 Federal Census of Boone County, Illinois)
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How the ILGenWeb Started
In June, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Indiana Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more that one county, they could be located in the index. At the same time, some volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. Eventually, this was expanded to all states and all counties across the US.
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I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in Boone county or in Illinois and I do not have access to additional records. If you do not see the information you are seeking in this site, I do not have it as everything I have is posted in this site.
The Boone County Site Last update was Wed Apr-18-2018 21:53
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