The Hamilton County, Illinois Historical Society
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Hamilton County, Illinois Historical Society

1880 Census
Hamilton County, Illinois

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Next Historical Society Meeting

Program:  Walpole: Pictures & Memories
Presenter:  Howard Ritchey
When:Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Where:Farris Family Restaurant (formerly Pat's Cafe)
608 E. Randolph St.  (view MapQuest)
McLeansboro, Illinois

Legacy of Kin
Hamilton County, Illinois

Volume I 1859-1957, Volume II 1958-1992

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Fall 2010 Newsletter

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Spring 2010 Newsletter

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Fall 2009 Newsletter

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Spring 2009 Newsletter

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Fall 2008 Newsletter

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Spring 2008 Newsletter

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Hamilton County Museum and Genealogy Library

Location:
    McCoy Memorial Library, 2nd Floor
    118 S. Washington St.  (West Side of Square)
    McLeansboro, IL 62859
    Ph: (618) 643-2125
Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 1-4pm

Contacting the Society

If you have any questions about the society and its publications, resources, research services, etc., you can contact the society at hchsgenealogy@gmail.com.

Hamilton County Historical Society Publications

  • The Legacy of Kin, Hamilton County, Illinois, Volume I 1859-1957
  • The Legacy of Kin, Hamilton County, Illinois, Volume II 1958-1992
  • Illinois Gazette, Volume I, September 25, 1819 - December 20, 1823
  • Illinois Gazette, Volume II, January 24, 1824 - December 18, 1830
  • Goshen Trails: Historical Journal of the Hamilton County Historical Society
  • McLeansboro Illustrated: 1900 & 1910
  • Grandma Deem's Marriage Notices 1899-1921, Plus 1930 & 1931
  • Grandma Deem's Marriage Notices 1922-1929
  • Grandma Deem's Obituaries 1897-1917
  • Grandma Deem's Obituaries 1917-1925
  • Obituaries of Hamilton County, Illinois 1926-1931
  • A Brief History of McLeansboro, Illinois
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1978 Oral History Project CDs & Transcripts

Interviews vary in length, therefore, some interviews are on multiple CDs.  If you wish to order an interview, it costs $5 per CD.  While we have CDs for most interviews, we have written transcripts for about a third of the interviews.  It costs $10 per transcript, if available.  There is a flat $3 shipping/handling fee for any order for Oral History Project CDs or transcripts.

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History of the Project

In 1978, the Hamilton County Historical Society obtained a grant of about $12,000 from the federal Comprehensive Employment Training Act to record and transcribe oral history from some of the elderly residents from the community.  Charles Frey and a group of staff members interviewed and recorded more than 100 people about subjects such as the Great Tornado of 1925, old stores, communities, kinfolk and memories of days-gone-by.

2006-2007 Preservation of the Oral History Tapes

After being stored away for almost 30 years, the Historical Society has converted and preserved all 240+ cassettes to CD and have made them generally available to the public for the first time.  This process took almost 3/4 of a year to complete.

Original Oral History Project Staff from 1978

Director:  Charles Frey
Public Relations:  Ken Hodorowski
Interviewers:
    Charles Frey
    Mark Jackson
    Michele Ragsdale
    Keith Karcher
    Sharon Heil
    Dan Allen
    Margaret Frazier
    Rita Steele
    L.C. Gollihur
    Richard Jackson
Secretary/Bookkeeper:  Vicky Capps
Transcriptionists:
    Rebecca Leuellen
    Donna Warren French
Auditor/Editors:
    Chrystie Adams
    Rita Pressy
    Amy Repasky

Links to Other Hamilton County Web Sites

Hamilton County USGenWeb
Yesterdays in Hamilton County, IL
Southern Illinois Photo Exchange
Grandma Deem Appreciation Society (Facebook)
McLeansboro.com