Welcome to Henry County! I'm your host Wini Caudell. Henry County is a county rich in history with many emigrants settling here in hopes of a better life for them and their children. I hope to put a lot of information on this site for everyone to find. It's very important to find your roots, without knowing your past and where you came from there will always that question in your life.

Anyone contributing any information can be sure it will always be free and nobody will make any profit from it. This site belongs to everyone!

If you have anything to contribute please contact me at winicaudell@yahoo.com

All contributions are sincerely welcomed!!

Bishop Hill Steeple Building

Etching by Jordan Murray


Henry County is located in west-central Illinois south of Interstate 80 and I-74 It was formed in 1825 out of Fulton County and named for Patrick Henry, statesman.

It's known for its rich farm land and is dotted with many small towns. The first town was Andover founded in 1835 by Rev. Ithamar Pillsbury, a Presbyterian minister who would later become a minister in Milan, Illinois.

Population: 50,552

County Seat: Cambridge

Cambridge Courthouse

Photo courtsey of Bonnie Wiley



Looking for anything pertaining to Edford and St John's Lutheran in Edford twp and Morristown cemeteries. We would like to finish up those databases this year so we are still looking for obits, or death notices, Death cert info to add into the databases as record of death etc. There are alot of stones missing too so this was it helps prove they were buried there. If you have obits and can share please email Robin at Robin59@aeroinc.net Also if anyone has copies of death records from St Peters church and would share with me I would sure appreciate it I really need the old ones from 1920 and back

They have had the microfilm rolls of Orion’s newspapers digitized, from 1877 through 2012

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Genealogy meetings are usually held on the second Friday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Hammond Room
 of the library. All meetings are free and open to the public. If you have any questions, call the library at  944-6452.
Cathy Stone will be the host at the meetings.



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  Births Bishop Hill Biographies
  Brick Walls Business Directories(1877) Cemeteries     

Vital Statistics

1880 Mortality Schedule

Family Histories
  Libraries and Historical Societies, Funeral Homes Portraits of Henry County Residents


Year Books




News Briefs

Memory Cards



  Henry County History


Ship's Lists

  Towns Wish List County Firsts
  Henry County Supervisors(by township)

Old Settlers Society

Codicil and Charts

Lodges and Associations


  Henry County Infirmary Death Notices County Court


Fun Stuff

Prairie Farmers Reliable Directory

Quincy Soldiers and Sailors Home Residents

Death Certificates


Breeders Directory

Look Up Volunteers

Mystery Pictures


City Directories

  Business Directory (1918) Newspaper Stories Family Pictures

Cream ( News Briefs)

Church Records

Voters and Taxpayers List


Hennepin Canal

1875 Platt Maps

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Updated June 5, 2019

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Help Wanted!!

I am looking for volunteers who live in Henry Co. or the surrounding area who might be willing to do some transcriptions from old newspapers, obits or anything that may be available to transcribe for this web site.

Also, looking for volunteer's with a digital camera to photograph the cemetery gravestones in Henry County.

I'd sure appreciate the help!


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