The 1865 population census for Illinois was compiled in each county by census commissioners appointed by the county commissioners courts and filed with the Secretary of State. The census was authorized under an 1845 act, as amended in 1855 (Rev. Stat. 1845, p. 89; L 1855, p. 151). Information shown here for our county includes for each household
Legal subdivisions, such as cities, towns, and townships are not listed. The writing on the census is not clear, so we set up an Alphabetical Listing to search for familiar looking names.
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Microfilm of this census can be requested from the Illinois Historical Library through any local lending library. One copy of the 1855 and 1865 microfilmed censuses and a print out of the 1865 pages are available from Dorothy if you can volunteer to transcribe another portion.
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