Society Resources

The BCGS resource focus is on Bond County with support materials for genealogical research. Access the collection through the library or publications shop.

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The Collection

The Society’s book collection includes over 1,000 titles. Bond County resources (courthouse records, cemetery books, village histories, church histories, census books) form the largest single group, followed by family histories, and resources for Illinois counties surrounding Bond. Additionally in the collection are microfilm of County Census 1820 to 1930, county newspapers from 1858 to 2018 and Genealogical Quarterlies from the region and state societies. The resource focus is on Bond County with support materials for genealogical research. The growing collection is the result of gifts, contributions, purchases and the continuing research and documentation effort of a number of diligent member genealogists. We are proud and grateful for the work of the member genealogists.


Many of the BCGS volumes, files, and microfilms can be viewed for research at the BCGS Library. The Genealogical Society Library collection is housed on the lower floor of the Greenville Public Library (414 West Main Street. Greenville, Illinois). The hours and procedures are posted on their website:

Resource List

The society resource list below is a representation of those publications available in the Genealogy Room at the Greenville Public Library. A more detailed list is available in a booklet in the Genealogy Room.

Contents of the following publications may be under copyright by the Bond County Genealogical Society. All rights reserved. Material may be used for personal research. All other use requires the written permission of the Bond County Genealogical Society or the copyright holder.

General Source materials

  • Including guides to genealogical research, Genealogical Helper directories, Hereditary registers, Immigrant and Passenger Arrivals and lists, Colonial Daughters of the seventeenth century, seventeenth century colonial ancestry, ancestral heads of New England families, genealogies, fifty volumes

Bond County Materials

  • John Nowlan’s Records and Traditions
    Books one through forty-one, Four volumes. Interesting and informative collection of the author’s newspaper articles from the 1920s to 1957, containing county life, history, events, early settlements, cemeteries, and emphasis on history of early county families
  • Cemeteries and Burial Grounds compilations
    fourteen volumes by the Bond County Historical Society, and the Bond County Genealogical Society
  • Census of Bond County 1830 – 1930
    ten volumes of transcribed material
  • Marriages, Bond and Madison County 1817 – 1850
    one volume
  • Bond County Marriages 1850 – 1915
  • Bond County church histories and records
    thirteen volumes
  • Bond County and Communities
    histories including biographic records, seventeen volumes
  • Bond County Genealogical Quarterlies 1985 – 2011
    bound volumes, see also online digitized back issues!
  • Bond County Atlas and Plat Books
    1875 – present
  • Bond County Genealogical Society Membership Ancestor Charts I–IV
    two volumes
  • Family Histories
    over seventy-five volumes (mixed books, notebooks, files), families with Bond County linkage
  • Newspaper Obituaries
    and Burial Information 1858 – 2014, mixture of transcriptions and clippings, approximately thirty-eight volumes (years incomplete between 1921-1977)
  • Anniversaries and Weddings
    May 26, 1976 to 2016, primarily clippings, approximately forty-one volumes
  • Bond County Census 1820 – 1930
    original records on microfilm

Bond County Newspapers

  • Greenville Advocate Centennial Edition 1815 – 1890
    bound book, with Centennial Edition 1815 – 1915
  • Greenville Advocate 1858 – 2014
    on microfilm (some issues missing*)
    * missing dates include: Sep 1900–Dec 1900; Jan 14, 1892–Feb 9, 1893; Jan 10, 1884–Jan 15, 1885; Jan 1863–Jan 1866
  • The Sun 1879 – 1909
    on microfilm (some issues missing*)
    * missing dates include: May 1891–April 1892; May 1894–May 1897; May 13, 1892–June 2, 1893
  • Bond County Farmer 1929 – 1931
    on microfilm
  • Pocahontas Press 1903 – 1905
    on microfilm
  • Sorento News 1945 – 2001
    on microfilm
  • Early newspapers from the Illinois State Library
    on microfilm

Bond County Court Records

  • Public Domain land tract records of Bond County
  • Bond County Probate Records Index
  • Bond County Birth Index
  • Bond County Circuit Court Records and Proceedings

County Veterans Information

  • Grave Registry of Revolutionary War Soldiers through World War II
    five volumes

Supporting Veteran Resources*

  • Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Index
    Volume I through III, Supplement Index and Lineage Books
  • Daughters of 1812 Ancestor Index
  • Adjutant General’s Reports (Illinois)
    Volume one through nine, 1861 – 1866
  • Roster of Officers and enlisted men
    Mexican Border
  • Roll of Honor
    Deceased men and women volume II
  • Illinois soldiers in the Black Hawk war 1831 – 1832 and Mexican War 1846 – 1848
  • History of 33rd Division
    two volumes
  • Illinois in World War and War Time Organizations
  • Illinois in World War Documents
  • Index to War Service and Pension Records
  • Index to Revolutionary War Pension Applications in the National Archives
  • Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension File four volumes
  • Index to War of 1812 pension files
    two volumes
  • Index to Volunteer Soldiers in Indian Wars and Disturbances
    1815 – 1858, two volumes
  • Index to old war pension files, 1815 – 1926
  • Index to Mexican War pension files
  • Index to Indian War Pension files, 1892 – 1926
  • * Note: Veterans ancestry service in state militia will not be found in the National Archives unless there was a pension application.

Other Materials

  • Neighboring and Regional County Histories and Records
    including Counties of Fayette, Madison, Montgomery, Clinton, Effingham, St. Clair, Christian, DeWitt, Fulton, Piatt, Jefferson, Wayne, Pope, Alexander, Pulaski and Union, fifty-nine volumes
  • State Histories and Genealogical research materials
    including Census information 1810 to 1840, 1850 mortality schedules, bounty lands of Illinois War of 1812, Archives Description, Guides to Research, Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties, twenty volumes
  • Regional and State Genealogical Quarterlies
  • Abraham Lincoln
    sixteen volumes
  • U.S. Land Records
    three volumes

Other States Genealogical Materials

  • Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Nebraska, Colorado
    forty-four volumes

Online Resources

Bond County Genealogical Society has compiled a list of online research sites organized by Family and Community Records, Archives, Forums, Maps, and Databases; Military, Historic, and Lineage Organizations; Online Books that include Bond County and Greenville, Illinois history and historical figures; and Online Medias that include Bond County and Greenville, Illinois history and historical figures.

Links provided to external websites are provided as convenience and informational purposes only; they do not constitute endorsement or approval of any products, services, or opinions given on external site.

Publications For Sale

Bond County Genealogical Society has published volumes on Bond County cemeteries, marriage records, naturalization and intent records, member ancestor charts, obituaries transcribed from the Greenville Advocate newspaper, a 1900 Census family quick-reference, and more.

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For Book Orders, Membership Applications, Donations, Donated Materials, and General Queries/Questions:

Bond County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 172
Greenville, Illinois 62246