The Local History & Genealogy Department, part of the Adult
Services Department, exists to provide materials and support
for those interested in the history of Rockford and Winnebago
County and for those who are doing research in family history.
has over 9,000 volumes of books, plus materials
on microfilm and microfiche. We also have some unpublished
manuscript materials related to local history.
collection is focused on materials from the United States
east of the Mississippi River, particularly those areas people
came from when they came to Illinois.
Materials in the Collection
High School Yearbooks
of Rockford and Winnebago County
M. Potter Collection: 300 volumes of 19th century memoirs,
regimental histories, histories of campaigns and other materials
dealing with the accounts of the Civil War
Obituary and death notice abstracts from the Rockford newspapers
1840-1869, marriage abstracts from the Rockford newspapers
1840-1869, specialized studies regarding the construction
of the bridges over the Rock River in 1890, early history
of the limestone buildings on S. Main Street, chronological
account of Camp Fuller, the 1862 Civil War training camp.
Americans in Early Rockford, 1834 - 1871: Book written by
local historian John Molyneaux. Copies of this book can be
purchased by calling 815-
965-7606 ext 699, or stop by the
Friends Book Shop located in the Main Library.