Just a few map images I have collected.
This map is from Expedia.com. Highways 14 and 141 have been omitted, as are the county borders, but it has several old villages listed. Two notable exceptions are Epworth, located south of Carmi, and Rising Sun, more commonly called Dogtown, south of Emma. The large Marshall Ferry cemetery is located there, and sometimes the area is called Marshall Ferry. Epworth is located on Big Prairie and Big Prairie Church and cemetery, where some of the first settlers in the county came before 1810. You can see from this map why the area economic development agency calls itself "Wedge", for the triangle formed between the two north-south highways and the interstate.
This map is from the IDOT website, where there is an interactive version of the official state highway map. It does have a better view of county roads and boundaries but I cut off part of Norris City, all of Gossett, and the top of Grayville.
One glaring omission on the map is the Carmi Carnegie Library, built 1914, located near #10. It was donated to the White County Historical Society in 1998 and now houses its genealogy library and offices.
Here's a nice map of Illinois with all of the state's 102 counties listed and named. I am so familiar with Illinois that I can tell the validity of a lead just by remembering the relative location of counties, but I have done some research in Texas in the past year or so and have to refer to a map constantly.
There's a web site in my links page with the changes in Illinois counties listed which is really useful in developing migration patterns in the state. The area on the west side of the state--Madison and St. Clair Counties--were the first parts of Illinois to be settled, by the French. Gallatin and White were among the first counties settled in the eastern side of the state, as they were natural gateways for people traveling down the Ohio River or up from Kentucky, Tennesse and the Carolinas in the first couple of decades of the 19th century. Settlers then moved throughout the state, many times first starting towns along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, and preferring hilly areas to the marshy and unhealthy prairies.
The Illinois Central railroad, built in the 1840s and 1850s, and the
Civil War, which made Chicago a major trading center, brought many
from Europe and migrants from Ohio and eastern states. Railroads
and mining also added some unique groups of immigrants, such as the
to Herrin and the Poles to the Posen area. Many of the Germans
migrated to White County were from the Baden area, while the Irish
Enfield were from the old Queens County area but were joined by
they met in the east and Cincinnati.
This is downtown Carmi from the 1901 Atlas with some modern
notations. I think they might have come from Jay Davis.
A plat of Carmi from an 1870s map.
This map is really big, but has many notations of historic homes and
other places. I guess it comes from around 1990.
Updated by Cindy Birk Conley, 8/7/2011
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