Family Histories

The Stephenson County Genealogical Society (SCGS) has more than 400 Stephenson County family histories in bound books and binders and maintains additional family files—some of which contain many of the photos used on our SCGS website.

A listing of family histories by surname can be viewed here.

Family histories are available for review only in the Frances Woodhouse History Room in the Freeport Public Library (100 Douglas Street, Freeport, IL).  Copies can be made of our family history materials in the History Room (10¢ per copy).

For access to SCGS files, ask the SCGS volunteer in the History Room for access to both SCGS and Freeport Public Library vertical files.  Vertical files are only available with assistance by an SCGS volunteer.  For History Room hours click here or for an appointment.

The History Room also provides two histories of Stephenson County that include biographical information on Stephenson County families.

  • The History ofStephenson County, Illinois compiled by MH Tilden
  • Historyof Stephenson County, Illinois : a record of its settlement, organization, and three-quarters of a century of progress / by Addison L. Fulwider