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Welcome to Gallatin County!
By JON MUSGRAVE
Gallatin Co. ILGenWeb Coordinator
T he hard cover edition of the new book on the Old Slave House, Slaves, Salt, Sex & Mr. Crenshaw: The Real Story of the Old Slave House and America's Reverse Underground R.R. is now available. While the book focuses heavily on the Crenshaw family it includes a lot on the extended in-laws including the Foster, Hall, Lanphier, Lawler, Morris and Taylor families.

The book also focuses on the history of the saltworks which served as the largest employer in the region from the territorial days to just before the Civil War, and if you are doing research on African-American families in the region during the antebellum period it is a must. Even if Crenshaw didn't kidnap your ancestors, if your ancestors were here during that time period, they always had to be on their guard because of people like him.

The new hardcover is an expanded and revised edition of the book containing 608 pages. There still is a few cases left of the paperback edition as well at 512 pages.

The other book you'll need if you're doing research on Gallatin County residents in the 19th Century is the Handbook of Old Gallatin County and Southeastern Illinois. This 464-page book includes the 1887 history of the county as well as two additional sections covering early anecdotes and the region's military history. More than 250-plus biographies from a variety of late 19th and early 20th Century sources are included as well. Fully index. The hardcover edition has sold out, but paperback versions are still available.

Also, there one each of the hardcover and the spiral-bound paperback version of the second county slave registry, the Gallatin County, Illinois, Slave and Servant Records, 1839-1849 left available.

A number of other authors and genealogists have additional books on the county's history. Check out the book page on this site for more information.

Besides being the author and/or editor of the above books, I also serve as the county coordinator for this Gallatin County ILGenWeb site. It's still a work in progress, so be forgiving on any mistakes. I also coordinate the county ILGenWeb pages for Saline and Hardin. In addition I manage www.IllinoisHistory.com, which as the name implies, focuses on Southern Illinois' fascinating history, as well as publishes the aforementioned book.

This site is part of the ILGenWeb Project, a collection of 102 sites for each county in Illinois, plus a number of state pages. ILGenWeb in turn is part of the US GenWeb Project which grew out of the efforts of a group of Kentucky genealogists right across the river from Hardin. All of these sites are non-commercial and managed by volunteers.

This site exists to serve you. If you have a success story let us know.

By the way, if anybody wants to volunteer to transcribe old records or be an assistant county coordinator, please e-mail me. It's volunteers like you that help make these sites successful. Likewise, if you have any old family letters, or interesting pictures you would like to share, send them along too.



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