Entries by Genealogy Society

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Brochure

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Found in the SCGS Archives! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Lincoln-Douglas Society and FHN’s brochure on Freeport and Stephenson County, highlighting Debate Square.  Comes complete with a Lincoln-Douglas Debate Pop Quiz! Debate Square brochure Intro Debate Square Points of Interest Map Lincoln-Douglas Debate Pop Quiz and Society Info    

Freeport City Cemetery: A self-guided tour

Compiled and written by Gloria Moeller, Librarian, Freeport JHS and Judy Birdsell, President, Stephenson County Historical Society Includes The Hourglass and the Empty Chair by Linda Tosch: Meanings of Cemetery Markers/Tombstone Symbols Publication year: Unknown Found in SCGS files: a self-guided tour of Freeport City Cemetery!  Includes history of the cemetery, some of those interred there […]

Vital Records Available through SCGS

Vital Records (Births, Deaths, Marriages) Currently Available through SCGS: BIRTHS:  May 3, 1855 to March 13, 1916 DEATHS:  January 6, 1878 to December 23, 1966 MARRIAGES:  June 24, 1837 to December 29, 1940 To order a genealogical-use-only copy of a vital record, contact us through our Research Request page. There is a $2 fee for […]

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Photo!

Okay, so it’s a re-enactment (you can tell with certainty by the photo of Lincoln on the stage–he has a beard, which Lincoln did not have until his presidency) but it’s a very long ago re-enactment! Update: The Stephenson County Historical Society has now confirmed this photo is from the 1908 50th Anniversary celebration. The […]

Sanborn Map: Orangeville 1919

1919 Sanborn Map of Orangeville, Illinois is just one of the thousands of resources available in the Frances Woodhouse History Room (Freeport Public Library).  Stop in to see what else we have or view this group of 1890 maps of Freeport here! Orangeville+Aug+1919+Sheet+1

Sanborn Maps: Lena 1893

——————————————————– 1893 Sanborn Maps of Lena, Illinois are just one of the thousands of resources available in the Frances Woodhouse History Room (Freeport Public Library).  Stop in to see what else we have or view this group of 1893 maps of Lena here! Lena+Apr.+1893+Sheet+1 Lena+Apr.+1893+Sheet+2

Sanborn Maps: Freeport 1890

1890 Sanborn Maps of Freeport, Illinois are just one of the thousands of resources available in the Frances Woodhouse History Room (Freeport Public Library).  Stop in to see what else we have or view this group of 1890 maps of Freeport here! Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+1 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+2 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+3 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+4 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+5 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+6 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+7 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+8 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+9 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+10 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+11 Freeport+July+1890+Sheet+12  

Map Your Way into History

The Woodhouse History Room has historic maps!  Find where your ancestors lived in Stephenson County and, especially, Freeport throughout the 20th and even in parts of the 19th century by looking at our plat maps and using city directories .  Discover old businesses and existing businesses which have long called Stephenson County home. Freeport Public Library […]