Welcome  To
Putnam 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 Putnam 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.    

I am unable to do any personal research.

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




Cenus Records

Cemetery Listings

County History



Family History







Township History

Village History

Wills and Probate Records

September 2015

Milton Cushing Springer, Daniel Axline, Jehu and Rachel Lewis

August 2015 Updates

1849 Buel Institute Fair Announced, Fourth Annual Fair of the Buel Institute 1849
Hennepin News:

March 29, 1883 News (William Weeks Butcher Shop, S. H. S. H. Whitsinger Moves to Washington Territory);
April 26, 1883 News
(School Election, A. Turner retires, Rev. Denning Looking after Business)

Magnolia News: April 26, 1883 Local News (Names: Spencer, Turner, Haws, McIntosh, Dugan)
Mineral Springs News: April 26, 1883 Local News (Names: Davis, Kays, Halley, Mathis, Glenn, McClusky, Broaddus, Pool)

Death Notice: David Gibbs

1831-1869 Marriage Notices: Nash- Pennel

July 2015 Updates

Death Notices: Hiram R. Dunbar - contributed by Donald A. Ubben
Obituary: Bernhardt Leimbach, Emma D. (Kuhard) Leimbach - Contributed by Linda Williams

June 2015 Updates

Village History
1883 News for Magnolia (names mentioned: McGinnis, Coe, Thornton, Taylor, Cook, Haws, Stainbrook, and Hartsock.
1883 News for Ox Bow (names mentioned: Betler, Ransom, Stuart, Glenn, Gardner and Trone)
1883 News for Mineral Springs (names mentioned: Sparling, Stuart, Mateer, Shields, Bettler, Thompson, Glenn, Johnson, Hannum, Allen, Munson, Ransom, Travis, Hiltabrand, Graves, Pendleton and Gaylord)

Death Notices: Mrs. Horace Graves
Death-Obit: Sarah Jane Quimby - contributed by Suanne Nesland

 January 2015 Updates

Marriage Notices: Henderson-Turner (1859), Gurnea-Unknown(1883), Veach-Sharland (1883), Curtis-Spencer (1883)

Obits: Orlando Dent, Mrs. James Philson, Harry A. W. Dumars, John Dinkey

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