Madison County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 631
Edwardsville, IL 62025-0631


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Madison County Genealogical Society Publications - Online Access

Internet access is available to all sixteen volumes of the Madison County Genealogical Society's cemetery books, Brink's History of Madison County, Portrait and Biographical Record, Naturalization Index, and the 1845, 1855, and 1865 Illinois State Census indexes for Madison County. Other items are planned for digitization. Instructions for accessing these items are as follows:

Go to the Edwardsville Public Library website, http://www.edwardsvillelibrary.org/.

Click on "Digital Library" on the menu bar at the top of the page.

On the next page, click "Online Databases" in the column to the right. This will bring up a page of links to various online databases.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and pick "Illinois Digital Archives."

If you wish, you can go directly to http://www.idaillinois.org/.

Click on "Browse" under "Collections" on the right side of the screen.

On the next screen, there will be a dropdown menu bar at the top of the page. Most likely, it will say "Abraham Lincoln - Documents." Click on the up/down arrows at the right end of the bar and you will be given an alphabetical list of all the currently available material. Scroll down to pick "Madison County Genealogical Resources" and then click "go". On the next screen, you will be presented with all the Madison County material listed in alphanumeric order. You can browse any item page by page or perform a search of all collections or only the Madison County collection.

To perform a search of all collections, simply put your search criteria in the box provided and click "search." You will be presented with a list of the volumes that contain your search criteria. Select a volume and the page(s) with the desired item will be highlighted in the page list to the left and the first highlighted page will be displayed.

To perform a search of only the Madison County material, at the top of the screen click on "Advanced Search". Click the "Search all collections" box to unselect it. Then scroll down to and select "Madison County Genealogical Resources" and click "add" to put it in the "Selected collections" box. Put your search criteria in the boxes provided and click "search." You will be presented with a list of the volumes that contain your search criteria. Select a volume and the page(s) with the desired item will be highlighted in the page list to the left and the first highlighted page will be displayed.

If you have problems with the Digital Archives while in the library, you can get assistance at the Reference Desk. If you have problems using it at home, call the library (618-692-7556) and someone will be glad to help you.