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Bureau County Genealogy and History

Genealogy and Historical Societies

Bureau County Historical Society Museum and Research Library

109 Park Ave. W., Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: (815) 875-2184
Hours: 1:00 - 5:00 Wed-Sunday ( call to verify)
Fee:  Donation Requested


  • Civil War Journals
  • Obituary File
  • Selected City Directories
  • Selected Telephone directories
  • Family History Books
  • Historical Information on Bureau County.
  • H. W. Immke Collection of photographic plates 1868-1923.
  • Pictures of most Bureau County Pioneers
    Search: $1.00 per name or $5.00 per surname.
    Prints: $15.00, extra copy of the same $10.00 plus tax and handling.
    (Prices subject to change - check with the Society.)

    Bureau County Genealogical Society - BCGS

    629 S. Main St.
    Princeton, IL 61356-2012

  • Cemetery Records for 100+ Cemeteries with a Master Cemetery Index
  • Census Records
  • Marriage & Divorce Indexes
  • Funeral Home Records
  • Church Records
  • County Farm/Home Records
  • Newspapers on microfilm
  • County & Town Histories
  • Family Histories
  • Owen Lovejoy Homestead: A National Historic Landmark

    A Stop on the Underground Railroad
    An admission fee is charged.
    Open: May - September (April and October by appointment only)
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Note that appointments for other times may be made
    (815) 879-9151

    The Colton Schoolhouse (1850-1945) has also been moved to this location and is part of the tour.

    Neponset Township Historical Society and Museum

        Neponset IL
        (309) 594-2197
        genealogical information and some displays

    Sheffield Historical Society and Museum

         Corner of Cook and Washington
         Sheffield IL 61361-0103
         (815) 454-2788
         Nov. thru May 10:30- 4 Tues. & Fri., 11-4 Sat., 12-4 Sun.
        June thru Oct. 12-4 Tues. thru Sun

    Wyanet Historical Society and Museum

        Main St, Wyanet IL
        housed in the oldest original building in Wyanet
        (815) 699-2531

    Manlius Historical Society and Museum

    122 East Maple Avenue
    Manlius, Illinois 61338
    Phone: 815-713-0251
    Contact: Robert Andersen (reandersen@dishmail.net)

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