Genealogy & Local History

The Henderson County Genealogy and Family History Society was formed in 2003 by a dedicated group of local family history enthusiasts.  The society’s goals include helping those with Henderson County roots to trace their heritage, as well as to preserve the genealogy and historical records of the county.

We meet on the third Thursday of February, April, June, August and October at 7:00 p.m. at the Henderson County Public Library.  The library is located on the southern edge of Biggsville (off the junction of US Route 34 and IL Route 94).  An informative program usually precedes the regular business meeting.  We invite all persons who have an interest in genealogy, especially in Henderson County, to attend our meetings and to join our society.

Membership

Membership entitles you to the opportunity to listen and interact with informative speakers at our monthly meetings, issues of the society’s newsletters and unlimited, free queries in the newsletters.   Dues are payable January 1st of each year and are as follows:

 

Research

The society’s research committee will perform research at a rate of $10 per hour, plus the cost of copies and postage.    Research sources include county census records, cemetery records, 1882 & 1911 biographical and county history books, donated family books and files, and newspapers on microfilm.  We also have area high school annuals  - now available on PDF (see below), and files on the old one room schools.  We will search records at the courthouse in Oquawka. Some of those records are already on-line for your use.

Please provide us with a thorough description of your subject and the sources you wish to have searched.  Advise us how many hours and/or the maximum amount of money you wish to invest in this search.  We require that a $10 advance be included with your request to initiate the search.  You will be billed for the remainder of the costs upon completion of the project.

You are welcome to come to the Library to conduct your own research.  The library is open Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, and on Saturdays from 9 – noon and 1 – 5 pm.

Please email us at hcpl61418@hotmail.com

Publications For Sale 

 

Henderson County High School Yearbooks

Biggsville High School   1931   1932   1933   1935   1936   1937   1938   1939   1940   1941   1942   1945  1946   1947   1948   1950   1951   1952   1953   1954   1955   1960

Gladstone High School   1948

Gladstone Oquawka High School   1949   1950   1951   1952   1953   1954   1955   1956   1957   1958   1959   1960

Media Weaver High School   1934   1936   1937   1938   1939   1940   1941   1942   1943   1944   1945   1946   1947   1948   1949  1950   1951   1952   1953   1954   1955   1956   1957   1958   1959   1960   1961   1962   1963   1964   1965   1966   1967   1968   1969  1970   1971

Southern High School   1972   1973   1974   1975   1976   1977   1978   1979   1980   1981   1982   1983   1984   1985   1986   1987   1988   1989   1990   1991   1992    1993   1994   1995   1996   1997   1998   1999   2000   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005

Stronghurst High School   1941  1942   1943   1944   1946   1947   1948  1949  1950   1952   1953   1954   1955   1956   1959   1962   1963   1964   1965   1966   1968   1969   1971

Union High School   1961   1962   1963   1964   1965   1966   1970   1972   1973   1974   1975   1976   1977   1978   1979   1980   1981   1982   1983   1984   1985   1990   1991   1992   1993   1994   1995   1996   1997   1998   1999   2000     2001   2002   2003   2004

West Central High School   2006   2007  2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016   2018   2019   2020