A Part of the
Hi, I'm Cindy Birk Conley,
Carmi, Illinois. I took over as
co-ordinator in February, 2000, following Laurel Crook. She did a great
job getting the site in shape, and I made few changes. My personal site
is Cindy Birk
Home Page which has several
resources for White County and
my beloved Enfield. Only one of my grandparents, Frank Alma
was born in White County, while his wife Harriet Lockwood moved to
from Warrick County, IN--both of my father's parents were from Daviess
Co. KY so I have interests in all three states. As a CPA, a board
of the Historical Society, and active in other local
I never seem to have much time for research, but volunteers from
the White County
Society will do work for you at a
reasonable cost, and the funds
be used to expand the library and its services. I don't mind
questions, if you are looking for a current or historic community,
cemetery, or school in the county, or questions about my families. In
August 2012 I moved this site to a new server, but am still working out the bugs!!
White County Board from Ancestry/Rootsweb
The bios and obits and bible records that are on the GenWeb site also appear on the this board, and you can use the advanced search features to locate them. A single board replaced the Genconnect System in June 2001. To post to the query page you must register with Ancestry, which is free. Contact me if you have questions or suggestions. You can search for obits or bios or queries only or do surname searches on the page. I got some interesting results when I searched for Enfield, Illinois or Springerton on all boards.
County Queries, old and new
The first attempt of the genealogy library of the White County Historical Society to put information on line. Two large pages.
Carmi in 1875
|Freefind index to my
I have enough information on my site to warrant a search engine. Give
it a try!
If you are serious about genealogy, please try a database program. Check out PAF (free) from the LDS Church or Rootsmagic (about $30), my favorite. I'm not getting paid for these links.
from the White County Historical Society
Column by Charlene Shields as appeared in The Carmi Times through September 2002. Charlene is one of the founders of the genealogy library. Many of these columns were published in a book during 2003.
Phone Numbers for White County
White County Courthouse
Gems from the Mary Smith Fay Library
Column by Barbara Hughes as appeared in The Carmi Times in 2002 and 2003. There are only a couple of these columns.
|Illinois State Genealogy Society Has some good information about cemeteries and such|
Carmi 1928-1935 on YouTube, Part 1. My cousin Lisa called me several years ago to see if I wanted to buy cans of film from the Williams estate. What a treasure.
Carmi 1928-1935 on YouTube, Part 2. My thanks to Mark and Robin Johnson for getting the out-of-print DVD online.
Biographies of prominent White Co. residents.
Society of White County, Illinois
Publisher of Roots and Branches newsletter
PO Box 142
Carmi IL 62821
Histories of early townships of White County. See Charlene's columns for Emma township and more.
County Historical Society and
Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library I maintain this site
P.O. Box 121, 203 N. Church St,
Carmi, IL 62821-0121
618-382-8425 email email@example.com (Old Carnegie Library, open Tuesday thru Friday, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm)
An overview from 1809 to 2000
County and State of Illinois
Online Links and Resources Includes hours and addresses of area libraries. I THINK I HAVE THE LINKS UP TO DATE AS OF JUNE 2011,
|Images of White County and Postcards of White County Pictures of places and people of White Co.|
Obituaries of White County citizens. I have more to add, but many recent ones can be found from other links on this site.
Convention and Tourism Bureau.
Has calendar of events and other listings; great if you are planning to
make a research trip. As of 7/1/11 White County is part of http://www.thetourismbureau.org/
which covers southern Illinois from the Wabash to the
Read and post White County Queries using Ancestry
Carmi Times If you are
serious about your White County
you should subscribe to the Weekly Times for about $30 per year and
on local news. Details on their site. There is an online edition as
A list of lookup volunteers and resources available
Volunteers are always needed! These are somewhat outdated.
A few maps of the county and the historic sites of downtown Carmi
Personal home pages of White County researchers. This page doesn't have many valid links as of June 2011.
|URLs for Surrounding
Edwards , Gallatin, Hamilton,
Wills and probate records of White County residents
The Rootsweb White Co. Email Discussion List
To subscribe, send a message to ILWHITE-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe" (no quotes) in the body of the message.
Database of Civil War Veterans sponsored by the State of Illinois--There are several databases available
Database of marriages sponsored by the Secretary of State's office.
White County Pensioners of 1883, transcribed by Dianna Williams of the Wayne County ILGenweb. The 5 volume listing of those receiving or applying for pensions helped me track my gggrandfather's widow to Texas, where she remarried for a time and lived with an adult daughter and her husband near a military base. Pension applications are worth the money.
An outline for researching families in White County.
Some notes about prominent residents of the last 175 years. This page is a bit rough and there are many omissions of large families.
Probate Indexes 1822-44and
thanks to Carol Cyrus!!
Pretty good stuff, but we could use more.
The 1820 census is here, which never got proofread. Part of 1850 is on the census project. I'm not sure where this is right now.
Ingredients exhibit at the
White County Historical Society. The
Smithsonian came to Carmi in 2005, and returned in 2010 with New
records for your White County ancestors
.A Bible is an excellent source for finding out about your elusive great-great-grandmother when records were not kept for many females. Please send me your entries from your family Bible; it does not matter how big or small.
Lots of good information about Enfield of today and yesterday.
This page has links to yearbook photos of Carmi
and Crossville alumni. It did, at least. Now all I see is a list of
of Southeastern Illinois My
latest project, as I am DAR regent for 2011 to 2013. Most of this info
comes from Kim Torp of Genealogytrails. At the library in Carmi they
have copied her transcription for other researchers.
Chapter NSDAR A small site
for the DAR chapter which represents White and Wayne counties, and has
members who descended from local people. If you like genealogy check
out DAR, SAR, Colonial Dames, 1812, and other lineage societes as a way
to honor your ancestors, register your history, and work on patriotic
|Every name index to 1883 White County History Our thanks to Cathy O'Connor for doing this index! You can find the book in many libraries and from interlibrary loan. The historical society has run out of reprints for sale. The Wayne County book is indexed, too, and the text has been digitized by what I think is the state library. Do a search if you are interested. I have the 1880s History of Daviess Co, KY on a CD, and find it to be very useful.||Many folks have asked about a page on cemeteries. Back in the
1950s, a group read all the county cemeteries
and published two books. A few cemeteries were re-read in 1986 by Ed
Schuster, and he published the information. Around 2000 the historical
society did several cemeteries, but only two townships were published
before the project was put on the back burner. I would be happy to do
look ups, but feel the future of cemetery research is at http://www.findagrave.com/index.html.
Some local cemeteries have many listings, others almost none.
Genealogy Trails for White County. Some good things, especially military.
County Probate records from
FamilySearch, the LDS site. It looks like slow going with lots of
images, but good information. There's lots to see on FamilySearch, but
do be careful of undocumented family trees.
Archives--has many recent obituaries
||Lick Creek Church 1820--2002 A page for a torn down church. Many disbanding congregations would rather raze a building than have it vandalized|
Campbell Funeral Home has obituaries online.
Kittinger-Fair and Stendeback Funeral Home has obituaries online.
Enfield Horror One of
a number of
YouTube vidoes about the 1973 sighting of a Big Foot type monster.
You'd be surprised how many emails I have gotten about the monster over
the years. I have thought the creature came from ingesting too much of
what the Irish call "the creature".
Paddlefest A pretty good view of
the Wabash from 2008 from YouTube. The paddlefest just seemed to be
building and was discontinued. There are other videos about Grayville
and the rest of the county on YouTube, several of the storms and
flooding in 2011.
|My house in 1972, from the IHPA listing of all National Register eligible properties.||
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