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Whiteside County Illinois
Genealogy and History
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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. She loved genealogy and helping people through her websites with us.
We will continue to add data for this site as we come across it, just like we do for all of our Genealogy Trails websites.

Going forward....
We want to focus on adding old transcribed records to this site.
Therefore, we will not be accepting any more pictures, since there are already thousands of pictures on this site.

Also, though we appreciate receiving alls types of data, we will prefer to accept OLDER obituaries and news stories which help researchers more than the obits dated from recent years.
And please, help us to stay on the right side of copyright laws and make sure to cite your sources for the data you are submitting.
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We regret that we are unable to do personal research for anyone..
All data we come across will be added to this site.
We thank you for visiting and hope you'll come back again to view the updates we make to this site

Happy Trails to you on your quest for your ancestors.


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The beautiful Rock River flows freely through our county and the Mississippi River borders it to the West. Most of Whiteside County is still Farm Country. Our towns are small in size but big hearted.
Whiteside County was Established January 16, 1836, formed from Jo Daviess and Henry Counties.
The County was named in honor of General Samuel Whiteside who distinguished himself as a brave and honorable officer who participated in the Indian Wars in this section of the country from 1812 until the close of the Black Hawk War. During the Black Hawk War he was first a Major, afterwards a Colonel, then a General of Volunteers. In his pursuit of Black Hawk in 1832, he passed through this section of Illinois and burned Prophetstown. He was a native of Rutherford County N.C. and came to the Illinois Territory about 1806, settling in what is now Madison County. He died in 1861 and was buried in Christian County Illinois.

The county seat is Morrison. The county is bounded on the west by the Mississippi River.

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico.

 Fulton * Morrison * Prophetstown * Rock Falls * Sterling

 Albany * Coleta * Deer Grove * Erie * Lyndon * Tampico



Fan of Free Genealogy

Many thanks to these Fans of Free Genealogy who have contributed so much to this website over the years:
Georgi DeBartolo ~ Alice Horner
Margaret Mangers ~ Stormy Reiley
Larry Reynolds ~ Leroy Sundin
Melva Taylor ~ Debbie Thormahlen ~ Marji Turner


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Military Records

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School Records

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Jan 2017:  Civil War Soldiers


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