Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©2002 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Cindy Birk Conley and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."

Collection of genealogical materials grows day by day

NEW BOOK: The library has recently re-published Mrs. Chalon Land's
little book, "The History of Enfield, Illinois." Mrs. Land wrote this
book in 1953. With the current interest in family history, there is
quite a demand for this book. For its size, it has the most genealogy of
any book I've encountered.

Pat Davis has added pictures and an every-name index. This little
history sells for $10 at the genealogy library and $12 if it must be

Mrs. Land was a skilled genealogist and historian many years before
genealogy became so popular. The public library has several notebooks
containing her research on prominent families of Enfield.


We are adding to our library collection weekly. A number of new CDs now
make the pre-1790 census available, as well as the 1810, 1820 and 1830
censuses for the entire U.S. We have the entire 1880 census and census
index on CD; the 1998 Persi index; the Wuerttenburg Emigration index,
American marriage records before 1799, etc. Also recently received are
1880 Cherokee Nation Census, Abstracts from Missouri newspapers, the
Guion Miller (Cherokee) Rolls, Quaker Marriages in Pennsylvania and
North Carolina, and Abstracts from Tennessee Newspapers and Tennessee
Genealogical records.

We also have new books to aid in genealogical searching in Maryland,
Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. As previously stated, we add to our
holdings almost every week.


We have a number of journals which are put out by the various state
societies. I just noted in a recent issue of Bluegrass Roots (the
journal of the Kentucky Genealogical Society) some information to
which I was not previously privy:

If a statue of a military person on a horse has both front legs in the
air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the
air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the
horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural

From now on, I'm going to notice military statues more carefully.


Our new cemetery books (Phillips Twp. and Gray Twp.) are selling well. I
hope our volunteers are poised to go to the cemeteries to read
tombstones as soon as the weather is friendlier. It's a toss-up as to
which township we'll publish next; no township is yet complete, but
several are almost done.


The Genealogy Library is open from 10 to 2 Tuesday through Saturday.

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