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Illinois Genealogy Resources

Military Records

The earliest military records in Illinois are for the state militia in Indian Wars and the National Guard. Illinois contributed four regiments and four independent companies to the Mexican War. More than 259,000 Illinois residents served in the Civil War. Subsequent wars that involved Illinois citizens include include the Spanish-American War and the World Wars.
  • Barnickel, Linda A.  We enlisted as patriots : the Civil War records of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery / transcribed by Linda A. Barnickel. Bowie, MD. : Heritage Books, 1998. ix, 162 p. ; 22 cm.
     
  • Chase, Wayne, 1933- Admission records for Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, Quincy, Illinois / book compiled by Wayne Chase. Aurora, Ill. : W. Chase, 2001- v. <1-2 > ; 22 x 30 cm.
     
  • Civil Medal of Honor Recipients - Illinois
     
  • Civil War Flags of Illinois
     
  • Civil War Regimental Histories
     
  • Civil War Sites in Illinois
     
  • The Civil War Soldier and Sailors System
     
  • Clark, Charles M., b. 1834. Yates Phalanx : the history of the Thirty-ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Veteran Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 / by Charles M. Clark ; edited by Frederick C. Decker. Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 1994. xxxiii, 419 p. : ill., maps, ; 28 cm.
     
  • Coltrin, Gerald Edward. Black Hawk War veterans buried in the State of Illinois / compiled by Gerald Edward Coltrin. Peoria, Ill. : Coltrin, 1979. iv, 72 p. ; 28 cm.
     
  • A composite roster of the 66th Illinois Infantry : "the Squirrel Tale [sic] Brigade" : Birge's Western Sharpshooters : Western Sharpshooters, 14th Missouri Infantry / prepared by Victor A. Paul. Washington, MO : Obscure Place Pub., c1995. ii, 43 p. ; 28 cm.
     
  • Databases of Illinois Veterans
     
  • Drinkard, Dorothy L. Illinois freedom fighters : a Civil War saga of the 29th Infantry, United States Colored Troops / Dorothy L. Drinkard. Needham Heights, MA : Simon & Schuster Custom Pub., c1998. ix, 160 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
     
  • Dukett, Drew D. Glimpses of glory : the regimental history of the 61st Illinois Volunteers : with regimental roster / Drew D. Dukett. Bowie, Maryland : Heritage Books, Inc., 1999. ix, 128, [32] p. : maps, ports. ; 22 cm.
     
  • 1865 Illinois State Census. Microfilm of original records at the Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977, 25 rolls.
     
  • 1865-1867 Amnesty Papers: Name Index to Pardon Application Files. Group 2,. Pardon applications submitted by persons from Illinois. FHL film #1578811.
     
  • 1861-1862 Illinois Military Census. Microfilm of originals at the office of Secretary of State, Springfield, Illinois. FHL film #2209347.
     
  • Famous Illinoisians with Civil War Ties
     
  • Fifteenth Illinois Infantry Regiment - May 24, 1861 - September 1, 1865 The 15th consolidated with 14th Infantry on July 1, 1864, they were a single battalion but were referred to as the "14th and 15th Illinois Veteran Battalion " The battalion organization was discontinued on April 28, 1865 and the regiment was reorganized with new recruits.
     
  • Genealogical Research Series Pamphlet 3: Military Records
     
  • Gradeless, Donald E. Revolutionary ancestor index to the registrar's records : duplicate applications no. 1-1175, supplemental applications no. 1-236 / Donald E. Gradeless. [Racine, WI?] : Sons of the Revolution in the State of Illinois, 1984. vi, 103 p. ; 28 cm.
     
  • Gradeless, Donald E. Revolutionary lineages : everyname index to the registrar's records : duplicate applications numbers 1-1181 / Donald E. Gradeless. [Glen Ellyn, Ill.] (418 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ellyn 60137-4918) : Sons of the Revolution in the State of Illinois, 1986. viii, 358 p. ; 28 cm.
     
  • Hammes, Raymond H. "Illinois Militiamen, 1 August 1790," Illinois Libraries 59 (May 1977): 308-19.
     
  • Illinois & the Civil War
     
  • Illinois and the War of 1812
     
  • Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database.
     
  • Illinois in the Civil War. An ILGenWeb project to put Illinois Civil War Rosters and History on the Internet.
     
  • Illinois Mexican War Veterans
     
  • Illinois Military Units in the Civil War. Springfield, Illinois: Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois, 1962. FHL fiche #6334558.
     
  • Illinois Pensioners
     
  • Illinois State Genealogical Society. Soldiers of the American Revolution buried in Illinois : a Bicentennial project of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Springfield : The Society, 1976, c1975. 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
     
  • Illinois Trails Military Database
     
  • Illinois' Veterans: Korean and Viet Nam War Memorials
     
  • Illinois Vietnam Memorial
     
  • Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Illinois. Microfilm of originals at the National Archives, Washington, D.C.. Filmed by the Archives, 1964, series M539, 101 rolls. FHL has the entire series, beginning with FHL film #881621.
     
  • Internal Revenue Assessment Lists for Illinois, 1862-1866. Microfilm of originals at the National Archives. Filmed by the Archives, 1968, series M764, 63 rolls. FHL has entire series, beginning with FHL film #1534562 (District 1, 1862-1863).
     
  • Kohl, Rhonda M. "The Hard Lessons of War: The Fifth Illinois Cavalry at Helena, Arkansas." Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 99, 3-4 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007): 185-210.
     
  • The Korean Conflict (1951-1957) - Illinois Casualty Lists located at the National Archives.
     
  • A List of Officers of The Illinois Regiment : And of Crockett's Regiment, Who Have Received Land  / reported By John H. Smith.  Frankfort, Ky. : Clift, 1962] 24 p. ; 20 cm. bound in 27 cm.
     
  • Littlewood, Thomas B. The American Legion in Illinois, 1919-1939. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University, 2004.
     
  • Meyer, Harold I., Mrs.  Roster of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Widows Who Lived in Illinois Counties / compiler And Editor, Mrs. Harold I. Meyer. Chicago : Daughters of the American Revolution, 1962. 16 p. ; 23 cm.
     
  • Military Rolls, 1862-1863. Microfilm of originals at the Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977, 19 rolls, beginning with FHL film #1012406.
     
  • 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor - Illinois State Archives
     
  • Northcott, Dennis. Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois : transcription of the death rolls, 1879-1947 / by Dennis Northcott and Thomas Brooks. [St. Louis, Mo.] : D. Northcott, 2003.
     
  • Pompey, Sherman Lee. Civil War notes on the 7th Illinois Infantry (three months service), Union / by Sherman Lee Pompey. Albany, Or. (725 S.E. Davidson, Albany 97321) : S.L. Pompey, c1984. [3] leaves ; 28 cm.
     
  • Pompey, Sherman Lee. Civil War notes on the 8th Illinois Infantry (three months service), Union / by Sherman Lee Pompey. Albany, Or. (725 S.E. Davidson, Albany 97321) : S.L. Pompey, c1984. [4] leaves ; 28 cm.
     
  • Pompey, Sherman Lee. [Genealogical notes on Illinois military units in the Civil War] / by Sherman Lee Pompey. Albany, Or. (Apt. 30, 725 S.E. Davidson, Albany 97321) : S.L. Pompey, c1984- v. <1-10 > ; 28 cm.
     
  • Pompey, Sherman Lee. Muster lists of the Drum Corps, Lincoln Illinois Rifles, and the Light Artillery Company on the Cairo Expedition, Illinois during the Civil War / by Sherman Lee Pompey. Albany, Or. (725 S.E. Davidson, Albany 97321) : S.L. Pompey, c1984. [4] leaves ; 28 cm.
     
  • Randolph, Valentine C. A Civil War Soldier's Diary: Valentine C. Randolph, 39th Illinois Regiment. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press.
     
  • Remembering Illinois Veterans / sponsored By Illinois State Archives And The Illinois State Genealogical Society. [Springfield, Ill.] : Illinois State Archives, 1992. 19, 5, 6 p. ; 28 cm.
     
  • Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Illinois
     
  • Roster of Men from Illinois Who Served in the United States Navy During the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866. Microfilm of original manuscripts at the Illinois State Archives. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974, 2 rolls, FHL film #1001182 (Index to Roster of men) and FHL film #978491 (Roster of men).
     
  • Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois. Revised by J.N. Reece, Illinois. Adjutant General's Office. Microfilm of original published by Phillips Bros., Springfield, Illinois, 1900-1902, 9 volumes. Includes index. FHL film #1001124 & 1001125.
     
  • Sapp, Peggy Lathrop.  Kaskaskia Land Warrants, Military Certificates, Randolph County, Illinois / compiled By Peggy Lathrop Sapp. Springfield, Ill. : W.W. Allersand E.L. Goghanour, 1986  iv, 49 p. ; 28 cm.
     
  • The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois - Society of Colonial Wars (founded 1896)
     
  • The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Illinois - Society of the War of 1812 (founded 1814)
     
  • Soldiers' Burial Places in State of Illinois for Wars, 1774-1898, is available on thirty-one reels of microfilm from the Family History Library.
     
  • Stars and Stripes Military Newspaper
     
  • USGenWeb Pensions Project - USGenWeb Archives
     
  • United States. General Land Office. War of 1812 bounty lands in Illinois / with an introduction by James D. Walker ; indexed by Lowell M. Volkel. Lands in Illinois to soldiers of late war Thomson, Ill. (Rt. 1, Box 211, Thomson 61285) : Heritage House, 1977. xv, 648 p., [2] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
     
  • Weible, Cherie L. "Illinois Sources: The Woman's War Census of 1918." Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly 38, 4 (Winter 2006): 15-20. "War census" women's registration cards from World War I. Almost 700,000 cards were completed for women in the state of Illinois.
     
  • Whitman. G.E. Roster of Illinois Soldiers and Sailors in Nebraska. Photocopy of  1892 roster. FHL film #1425496.
     
  • Wilson, James Grant. Biographical Sketches of Illinois Officers Engaged in the War Against the Rebellion of 1861. Chicago, Illinois: J. Barnet, 1862. FHL fiche #6049393.
     
  • WWII Missing and Dead