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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.    

Due to increased responsibility and I change in hours at my "regular" job, I am unable to do any personal research.  

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

Putnam County Threshing Crew Early 1900's

October 2014 Updates

Newspaper and News Articles
J.C. Ham's Hotel (1846), New Post Office (1847), Finney and Waugh Administer Punishment to Thief (1847)

Jacob C. Morrill


June 2014: Death Notices: Blaine Jenkins, Perry McWhorter, John Hill, Amos T. Purviance, Henry C. Warner, John Martin McEleroy, William Ball, Reuben N. Kofoid; News: Crimes: Reward offered for Ramsey Murder (1870), W. T. Brann Inhumanly Punishes Children (1905)
March 2014: 1883 Pensioners - Transcribed by Jackie McCarty ; News: Magnolia House Robbed (1892), Mrs. Elizabeth Durley Votes in First Election (1895), Swan Lake Club Burned (1901), Undercliff Hotel Burns to the Ground (1914); Family History: CECIL -CHURCH: Cecil and Church Family Photo and History - Contribubed by Nels P. Swanson
December 2013:   News: One hundred People to Immigrate to Oregon (1847), Rudolph Kennig Alive in Putnam County (1853), Frank Turner Severely Injured (1876); Obit: Diadama S. Pulsipher, Mary Elizabeth (Soper) Curry
September 2013: Marriages: McLaughlin-Kingsbury (1845); 1844 Putnam Democratic County Officer Nomination, 1844 Marshall - Putnam Democratic County Officer Nomination
June 2013: Henry Andrews (Probate Notice); Marriage: Leeper-Laughlin, Howe-Robinson
April 2013:
Newspaper and News Articles: C. F. Weston's Horse Stolen (The Ottawa free trader. (Ottawa, Ill.), March 30, 1850), Citizens Help During the Flood (The Ottawa free trader. (Ottawa, Ill.), February 28, 1857), The trial of Aaron Sherman for the murder of Samuel Dowhower (The Ottawa Free Trader, June, 1868), Putnam County Musical Convention (The Ottawa free trader., June 19, 1880); County History : 1870 Sketch of Putnam and Marshall County (The Ottawa free trader., June 04, 1870)
March 2013:
Marriages: Chritton - Blink (1911-1925 marriages)




Cenus Records

Cemetery Listings

County History
Disasters, Doctors, Diseases and Epidemics, Historical Sketches, Postal Routes & Offices, Railroads, Roads & Highways, River Boat News


Family History

Court News, Township Elections



 Newspaper and News Articles




Township History
Voters and Tax Payers, Township Disasters, Farmer's Directory, Township Elections, History and Historical Sketches, News Articles, Township Pioneers, Photos


Village History
Businesses, Manufacturing, Burglaries and Thefts, Fires and Disasters, History and Historical Sketches, Prominent Citizens and Early Pioneers, Photos

Wills and Probate Records

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