Bond County Genealogical Society does what it can with its resources and volunteer manpower to help local and visiting researchers discover their Bond County Illinois relatives, roots and solve their historical mysteries. BCGS also encourages researchers to investigate more genealogy and historical societies, services and locations. Below are some website links to get you started finding more help.*
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Family and Community Research Sites:
- Bond County Historical Society
- Bond County Clerk & Recorder's Office - To request vital records or land records.
- The National Road Association of Illinois
- Greenville, Illinois City Website - Montrose & Lansing Cemeteries Online Index/Maps
- USGenWeb Archives Illinois - Bond County Cemetery Records
- FamilySearch - Bond County, Illinois Genealogy
- Robinson Cemetery dot com
- In and Around Panama and Sorento, Illinois - a website by Dale Eccles
- The Tombstone Transcription Project - Illinois - Bond County Cemeteries
- Bond County IL GenWeb
- Carson Collection of Funeral Notice Cards, hosted on Bond County IL GenWeb
- Illinois Genealogy Trails - Bond County
- Illinois Institutional Cemeteries Project - Remembering Illinois' asylum, poor farm, and other institutional cemeteries.
- Illinois Genealogy & Family History Records @ Ancestry.com
- Bond County, Illinois Obituaries from NewspaperObituaries.com
- Illinois Digital Archives
- Illinois State Archives - Illinois Death Certificates, 1916–1950
- Illinois Census Records Online - Bond Co., Illinois (1820 - 1860)
- Census Records @ Ancestry.com
- Illinois State Archives - Bond County Fact Sheet
- Bond - Family History & Genealogy Message Board @ Rootsweb.com
- Bond County, IL Genealogy Forum @ Genealogy.com
- CousinConnect - Bond County Genealogy Queries
- Illinois County Links & Resources at MyGenealogist.com
- Cyndi's List Genealogy Resources
- Historical Society of Montgomery County Illinois
- Illinois Historic Cemetery Preservation
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum Genealogical Resources
- Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois (GSSI)
- Illinois State Genealogical Society
- African-American Resources for Illinois on FamilySearch Wiki
- The Illinois Civil War Project at IL GenWeb
- The Illinois Veterans' History Project at Illinois State Archives
- Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database at Illinois State Archives
- Ancestry.com Civil War records
- Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) System
- Illinois Military Records on FamilySearch Wiki
- National Parks Service - Soldiers and Sailors Database (newly redesigned in 2012)
- National Archives, Resources for Genealogists
- David Rumsey Historical Map Collection 18th and 19th century North and South American cartographic materials = Maps, including plat books.
- Illinois Historical Maps and Atlases on Historic Map Works, Residential Genealogy ™
- Illinois Historical Topographic Maps from USGS in Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection Greenville surveyed in 1939 (also includes Mulberry Grove, Smithboro, Stubblefield, Wisetown, Woburn) - marked are schools, churches, cemeteries, creeks, roads, etc.
Military, Historic and Lineage Organizations:
- Genl George Rogers Clark Chapters - Sons of the American Revolution Illinois Society [Bond, Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene, Calhoun and Montgomery counties] - contact Jim DeGroff 618-667-8660
- Ewington Chapter - Sons of the American Revolution Illinois Society [Bond and Fayette, etc Illinois] - contact Duane Neet
- BENJAMIN MILLS CHAPTER - National Society Daughters of the American Revolution - Greenville, Illinois - Bond County
- The DAR Genealogical Research System
- KASKASKIA CHAPTER - The National Society United States Daughters of 1812 - Illinois Society
- Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
- Illinois Society War of 1812 (or call 618 667-8660)
- Hill's Fort Society
- Illinois Jurisdictions for the IOOF, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs
Online Books that include Bond County and Greenville, Illinois history and historical figures:
- Historical stories: about Greenville and Bond County, IL (on Google books) by Allan H. Keith. Written in 2000. Published 2002. Reprints of the author's newspaper articles that have appeared in The Greenville Advocate.
- Historical souvenir of Greenville, Illinois : being a brief review of the city from the time of its founding to date (1905) (on openlibrary.org) Compiled and edited by Will C. Carson.
- History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois (1882) (on openlibrary.org) by William Henry Perrin
- Portrait and biographical record of Montgomery and Bond counties, Illinois (1892) (on openlibrary.org) by Chapman Publishing Company.
- Illinois, the story of the prairie state (c1917) (on openlibrary.org) by Grace Humphrey.
- Peck's New gazetteer of Illinois - A gazetteer of Illinois : in three parts, containing a general view of the state, a general view of each county, and a particular description of each town, settlement, stream, prairie, bottom, bluff, etc., alphabetically arranged (1837) (on openlibrary.org) by John Mason Peck. Published by Grigg & Elliot in Philadelphia.
- A tour guide to the prehistory and native cultures of Southwestern Illinois and the Greater St. Louis Area (1993) (on openlibrary.org) by Timothy R. Pauketat. Published by Illinois Humanities Council and Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in Springfield, IL.
- G. Harry Agnew, a Pioneer Missionary (1904) (on openlibrary.org) by Wilson Thomas Hogue (Founder of Greenville College). Published by Free Methodist Pub. House.
- Revivals and revival work (1890) (on openlibrary.org) by Wilson Thomas Hogue. Published in Buffalo, NY.
- Hymns that are immortal, with some account of their authorship, origin, history and influence (1907) (on openlibrary.org) by Wilson Thomas Hogue. Published by S.K.J. Chesbro, Agent in Chicago, Ill.
- Illinois Pioneer Days (1918) (on openlibrary.org) by Elbert Waller. Published by E. B. Lewis in Litchfield, Ill.
- A woman's story of pioneer Illinois (1919) (on openlibrary.org) by Christiana Holmes Tillson; edited by Milo Milton Quaife. With two portraits. Published by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company in Chicago.
- The pupil and how to teach him (1910, revised 1926) (on openlibrary.org) by Eldon Grant Burritt (President of Greenville College). Published by Light and Life Press in Chicago, IL.
- The pupil and how to teach him (1910) (on openlibrary.org) by Eldon Grant Burritt. Published by W. B. Rose in Chicago.
- Muskets and medicine: or, Army life in the sixties (1917) (on openlibrary.org) by Charles Beneulyn Johnson. Published by F. A. Davis in Philadelphia. The author served in the 130th and 77th Illinois infantry regiments, part of the time as hospital steward.
- Still Abides the Memory (1942) (on openlibrary.org), by Mary Alice Tenney, Published by Greenville College.
- History and reminiscenses of Col. John B. Reid and family (1903) (on openlibrary.org) by Franklin Thomas Reid. Published in Springfield, Ill.
- Tales, Trails & Breadcrumbs, 1838-1938, One-Hundred Years, Bond County, Illinois (1993). by Kathryn Eleanor Wilson [Pennington]. Published by Naco Printing, Greenville, Illinois.
- Complete history of southern Illinois' gang war, the true story of southern Illinois gang warfare (1927) (on openlibrary.org) by E. Bishop Hill. Published by Hill Pub. Co., in Harrisburg, Ill. Some featured gang members (Art Newman and Charlie Birger) were involved in a bank robbery in Bond County and there was a related trial at the Bond County courthouse.
- BOOTLEGGING IN ILLINOIS: bathtub gin and the whole shootin' match by Nancy Nixon. APRIL 2001 ILLINOIS COUNTRY LIVING Cover Story, page 10-13. Published by Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives www.aiec.org. The article discusses the Charlie Birger gang which (though not explicitly described in this article) was involved in some criminal activities and legal reprecussions within Bond County.
Online Medias that include Bond County and Greenville, Illinois history and historical figures:
- Video Song "Ruben You Can Play Your Banjo" - Mark Dvorak from Chicago's Old Town School, drove out of his way to let us record one of his favorite songs. "Ruben" was written by Missourian, Ron Morris A.K.A. Bartholomew Bean. The setting is historic Ripson Bridge in central Bond County, IL.
- Video Song "Presbyterian Guitar" - Swamp Weiss playing the John Hartford guitar piece. That's my old classical guitar. Swamp had never played it before. We used a wrinkled blue sheet for a blue screen. The guitar is actually resting on my dining room table. Swamp had never played that particular guitar before in his life. No rehearsal. The prairiescape is south of southern Bond County Illinois from whence Swamp hales.
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