My name is Wini Caudell and I'm your host for Rock Island County.

My goal is to help you in your search of your family in Rock

Island County. Hopefully you will also learn about this wonderfully historic


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The Rock Island County Genealogical Society

Board of Directors Meetings
2nd Thursday of each month
(All members are welcome at the BOD meetings)

Board meetings are held in the Oak Room of Butterworth Center on the 2nd Thursday of the month . The Oak Room is most easily accessed

through the doors under the canopy on the lower level.
Meeting time is still 6:30.


Historical Friends of Luncheons will resume in September 2015 - Please check back for more information - Thank you for your support!

Quad Cities Vintage Football

Sunday, August 23
2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Douglas Park, 18th Avenue, Rock Island, IL

1920's Football game between the Rock Island Independents and the Moline Universal Tractors.


Douglas Park History




  We're Grateful For Your Financial Support!  


The townships of Rock Island. The links are below.

"We must continue throughout our lives to do what we conceive to be good"

Black Hawk


You have reached the county of Blackhawk, mighty warrior of the Sauk. The Sauk Indians lived in Saukenuk, now Rock Island, Illinois where they raised their crops, hunted, and lived peaceably until the white man disrupted their lives. Rock Island was the western-most site of Revolutionary War, and winning the Blackhawk War in 1832 was crucial to the development of the West.

Rock Island was one of the major crossing sites of the Mississippi River. Most of the early settlers went to Memphis, St. Louis, Rock Island or Minneapolis to head west. Rock Island had the first railroad bridge across the river. Abraham Lincoln began his law practice here by defending the railroads against a steamboat lawsuit caused by the Effie Afton which ran into one of the bridge's pillars. Abe was also sworn into the US Army during the Blackhawk Wars in Milan, just across the Rock River from Rock Island.

John Deere moved to Rock Island County from Grand Detour, Illinois in 1843 for better water transportation to bring in steel for his plows. David Sears offered him free water power from his dam for five years to entice him to come. John Deere is known world wide.

Rock Island County has a wonderful Genealogical Society, (Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society)and also the Rock Island County Historical Society (RICHS) and a number of preservations societies and commissions.

All of these organizations are very dedicated to keeping history alive here.Everyone is very friendly and helpful.

Join me as I take you through some of Rock Island County's history. While it is both unique and typical at the same time, I think you will find it exciting to follow on your journey to the past in Rock Island County.


Abraham Lincoln Cemeteries Marriages Quad Cities Schools
Auto Directory (1918) Cities Military Quincy Solders and Sailors Home Townships
Biographies Codicil Mystery Pictures Railroads 1886 County Directory
Biographical List Come to Rock Island News Briefs Residences 1870 Mortality Schedule
Blackhawk County Businesses (1886) Obituaries Resident's Portraits 1939 Advertisements
Brick Walls Family Pictures Old Advertisements (1918) Rock Island Arsenal 1939 Breeders Directory
Business Directories (1877) Help!! Prairie Famers Breeders Rock Island Pioneers 1939 County Directory
Business Directories (1918) Immigrants Prairie Farmers Directory R.I. County Pictures 1939 Township Lists
Birth Index Links Professional Directory (1918) Rock Island County History Family Histories






A proud member of the Rock Island Illinois Genealogical Society

Please Consider Joining!!


Help Wanted!!

I am looking for volunteers who live in Rock Island 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 Rock Island

I'd sure appreciate the help!


If you want to see some old postcards of Rock Island visit the Rock Island Preservation Societies web site. They are a wonderful organization that advocates preservation of Rock Island's old historical buildings. They also have memberships for just $10 a year. There is also information about their tours and pictures of various homes.

Go to their site and click on " Postcards from Home"

Fern Buford Walker has a beautiful site with information about the

Rock Island Bufords. It's a great site! You'll love it!! HERE .

She just added some really great updates!


The Word of Life Ministry is housed in the Charles Buford mansion to see this beautiful place and read its history go HERE


For those of you looking for your Swedish roots, this is a great site. Elizabeth Thorsell is also the editor of Augustana Colleges Swedish American Genealogist


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