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We regret to inform researchers of the passing of our long-time host of this site, Christine Walters. Her loss to our group is immense. Genealogy was her life and Genealogy Trails was where she chose to store the data she found. She worked until her last days on her websites and the data she helped to put online will remain available for viewing.
I will be taking over for Christine. I also host Calhoun, Greene & Jersey Counties. Christine has put so much time & effort into doing this work that I hope I can do this site justice. (December 2016)

I will be working on this site, please be aware that some items might be moved or missing temporarily until I get the site updated, thanks for your understanding, Koni
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December 2, 2016:
New Host Koni Proctor
Site is being updated, cleaned, organized & becoming mobile friendly.
Photos will be compressed to relieve some of the "bloat" for loading.
Thanks for you patience during this process, Koni

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Pike County: Established 31 January 1821, out of Madison County
It was named in honor of Zebulon Pike, leader of the Pike expedition in 1806 to map out the south and west portions of the Louisiana Purchase.
Pike served at the Battle of Tippecanoe, and was killed in 1813 in the War of 1812.

Pike County Seat is Pittsfield.

The first county seat was Cole's Grove, a post town, in what later became Calhoun County. The Gazetteer of Illinois and Missouri, published in 1822, mentioned Chicago as "a village of Pike County" containing 12 or 15 houses and about 60 or 70 inhabitants.
The county was reduced to its present borders in 1825.



County Courthouse May 28, 2011 by Billie Browning


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