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Proudly Serving Free Genealogy Resources for 25 Years

The Illinois USGenWeb Project was originally started in June 1996 by Melissa Calhoun.

On December 18, 1996, Susan Reed-Tortorelli took over the reigns as the State Coordinator and by the time she retired on April 17, 2000, ILGenWeb had 953,025 visitors to the state pages along with thousands more who go directly to the county pages from bookmarks.

At that time, Richard Howland, an ILGenWeb County Coordinator since October 1997 and Susan’s right hand, became the new State Coordinator.

Richard retired from his State Coordinator position on July 31, 2004, and Scott Burow, also a long time county coordinator for ILGenWeb, took over as the State Coordinator on August 1, 2004. Scott retired as SC on October 31, 2007.

Deb Haines was elected State Coordinator on November 1, 2007 and held onto the reigns until Cheryl Rothwell took over in August of 2012 until July 2016 when she retired.

In July 2016 Dennis Partridge became SC and resigned in January 2022.

Sandy (Whalen) Bauer was elected the new State Coordinator, starting May 1, 2022. and was a long time contributor to both Jefferson county and Wayne County websites.

The ILGenWeb Project is very proud of our current and former State Coordinators for their dedication to our project. We are hopeful you will enjoy your visit to the ILGenWeb Project and that you will find the information you are seeking!!

The Illinois GenWeb Project
Sandy (Whalen) Bauer, State Coordinator
Cheryl Rothwell, Asst. State Coordinator
Morgan Johnson, Asst. State Coordinator

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ILGenWeb isn’t an ordinary genealogy website. Ordinary websites are those where text and sometimes pretty pictures are present, but trying to get in touch with a real person to help you with your research… impossible. The strength of ILGenWeb is its many volunteers, some of whom have spent over a decade assisting others with their Illinois research.

Using our county page visit the Illinois county your ancestors lived in and first try and find any information the county may freely provide on their pages (most have some sort of search built in). If the particular fact isn’t available online, then reach out to the county coordinator (cc) and they will try and assist you as best they can. Most county coordinators have their email address available on their website, though some will use contact forms.

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  • Pastorates of German congregation Churches in Illinois to 1938 -

    The archive contains a list of churches, with dates of organizations, names of pastors, and years of service, is as complete as the records will allow. While entire accuracy is not claimed for all the dates, still it is believed that they may be received as tolerably reliable. Where materials at hand were deficient, further information was secured by correspondence, wherever possible, with the pastors and congregations concerned.

Comments and administrative-type problems or for suggestions, concerns or complaints regarding a specific web site within the ILGenWeb Project, should be emailed to the State Coordinator

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