Welcome to Bureau County Illinois  
History and Genealogy

Hi, my name is Nancy Piper and I am the host for Putnam, Bureau, LaSalle and Marshall Counties. My ancestors came to Illinois over 150 years ago and settled in the tiny village of Florid, which is no longer even a name on a map.  I've always been a "history buff" and these pages let me help share the world my "findings".  On these pages you will find the information pertaining to the history of  Bureau County.  Our goal is to have available free of charge as much information as possible and will be adding continuously to these pages, so check back often.  















Village History


January 2015
Obit: Erasmus Phelps, Selby Doolittle


Pope-Doolittle (1848)


Misc News: Lewis K Olds Executor's Notice

December 2014: Misc. News: Burning Well on Nevitt's Farm (1859); Obit: Mrs. Pettigrew; March 29, 1883 Local Gossip for Milo and Whitefield Corners; Bureau Junction: Visit to Mr. and Mrs. Edward White; March 29, 1883 Local Gossip for Wheatland
November 2014: Misc. News: Independent Greenback Congressional Convention (1876), William J. Harsh, Missing Illinois Farmer Shows Up Again (1892), Carl Roberts Breaks Husking Record (1905), Chariton County MO Bureau County Reunion (1907), Mr. Isaacs Returns from Visit to Daughter (1909), 32 Languages Are Spoken (1910); Crime News: Frank Thomas Plot to Kill Sheriff Henderson (1888), Boggio Kills Lanzi For No Reason (1904), Ray Pfanschmidt Acquitted of Murder (1915); Bios: Milo A. Root; Marriage: Evers-Rivert
June 2014: Marriage: Evans-Miller, Misc. News: F. S. Fowler Visits Old Home in Bureau County (1909), James Hamilton Attacks Judge R. M. Skinner (1910), Steve Barenthin Picks 282 Bushels of Corn in 16 Hours (1910), Elmer Williams Picks 2,000 Bushels of Corn (1910), Judge Harvey M. Trimble Elected Commander in Chief of GAR (1911); Crimes: Train Bandits Attack Train Near Manlius (1914), Harry W. Pierson Suspected of Dying from Rat Poison (1921); Obit: William Lowry Isaac
February 2014: WWI Honor Roll Bureau County, Illinois 1917-1919 (published 1920) - transcribed by Liz Dellinger
December 2013: Milo: Milo Township Has Big Crow Hunt (1902): Bio: Harvey Marion Trimble; Misc. News: Christopher C. Phelps and Wife Prepare Caskets from Own Timber (1905)
September 2013 : News: Notice to Sell Ahsur Doolittle Property (1844)
; Milo: 1934 Local Gossip
May 2013: Bio: JOSEPH SKEFFINGTON - Transcribed by Helen Coughlin; CASTNER Frank H - Transcribed by Renae Donaldson; Obituary: William Challenger, Virgil Cioni, James M. Coutts Sr. - Submitted by Denise Parsons; Arthur Krager - Transcribed by Christine Walters

Links and Information

If you have any information to add for Bureau County, please E-mail me.  




search engine by freefind

Bureau County Links and Information

Surrounding Counties

Information Sources

Bureau County Genealogy Society   
629 South Main Street
Princeton, IL 61356-2012

Open Mon-Tues & Thurs-Fri
10AM to 3PM
Open other times by appointment


Email: bureaucounty@verizon.net
Website: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilbcgs

Bureau County Courthouse
Main and Park Ave. W.
Princeton, IL

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Closed most holidays.

  • Bureau County Clerk - First Floor Northeast
    Birth from 1878, Death from 1878, and Marriage Records from 1837.
    Vital Records cost $9.00 each (as of August 2001).
  • Bureau County Recorder of Deeds - First Floor thru the Clerk and west.
    Land Records from 1817
  • Bureau County Circuit Court - First Floor south.
    Probate and Civil Court records from 1837.

Matson Public Library
15 Park Avenue W.
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: (815) 875-1331

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 12:00-9:00, Fri. 9:00-6:00, Sat. 12:00-5:00
Summer Hours: Same except Tues.-Thurs. 12:00-6:00

Bureau County Historical Society (Museum with a Small Research Library)
109 Park Ave. W.
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: (815) 875-2184

Hours: 1:00 - 5:00 everyday, Closed Tuesday

Back to Illinois Trails County Page

Back to Illinois Trails Main Page

Back to Genealogy Trails