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My name is Joe Markovich and I am the ILGenWeb Henderson County
coordinator. If you would like to host an ILGenWeb
county website or assist the project in any other way, please contact the Illinois State Project Coordinator Cheryl Rothwell.
I am also the coordinator for the
IL GenWeb counties of: Boone, Henry, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Mercer, Rock Island, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Whiteside and Winnebago.
In March and April,
1996, a group of genealogistsorganized the MIGenWeb Project. The idea was toprovide a single entry point for all Michigan
counties,where collected databases
would be stored. In addition,the
databases would be indexed and cross-linked, sothat even if an individual were found in more than
onecounty, they could be located in
the index. At the sametime,
volunteers were found who were willing tocoordinate the collection of databases and
generallyoversee the contents of
the web page.
Research and Look Up Requests
I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in Henderson
county or in Illinois and I do not have access to
additional records. If you do not see the information you areseeking in this site, I do not have it as everything I have is posted in this
Facts About Henderson
Henderson County is located in the Mississippi River Basin in west-central Illinois.
It is bounded on the west by the Mississippi river and Iowa. Imagine acre upon acre, mile after mile of corn fields
with a bit of timber and a few sleepy rural towns mixed in and you will have a fairly accurate picture of Henderson
County. It is made up of gently rolling prairie with a few bluffs near the river. The soil is a rich black loam
over clay, which makes this a very fertile farming region. The primary crops are corn and soybeans, but beautiful
melons, apples and other fruits and vegetables are still grown. The climate is Mixed humid, which means we
experience hot, moist summers and VERY cold winters.
When our ancestors arrived in the area, they would have found the
same bit of timber and river bluff, but the bulk of the area would have been filled with tall prairie grasses. I am
sure that they were lured by the promise of that fertile soil and the river, which in the days before the railroad
existed was a major means of transportation and shipping. Aside from farming, shipping, hunting and trapping, early
industries included saw and flour mills. There were also Newspapers in the area in the 1850's and I look forward to
getting some of the information from them posted.
The Illinois motto is "Land of Lincoln" and he was an early
visitor in the county. Illinois originally belonged to the French and British. It was part of the NorthWest
Territory. Having been part of several other counties, lastly Warren, it became a county in it's own right in 1841.
The county seat is in Oquawka Illinois.
Townships and Villages in Henderson
Henderson County is broken down into eleven townships; Bald Bluff, Biggsville, Carmen, Gladstone, Oquakwa,
Raitan, Rozetta, Stronghurst, Terre Haute. There are six villages; Biggsville, Gladstone, Lomax, Media,
Stronhurst and Gulfport. There are six unincorporated areas; Olens, Hopper, Lone Tree, Carthage Lake, Decorra, and
These were most likely the original blocks, as they were surveyed. Within these township blocks, there may be
cities, towns, villages and "places or unincorporated areas." The names of these villages may have changed
over the years. Oquawka was first named Yellow Banks, as that is what the Indians called it; as it was a beach with
yellow sand. The area that is now known as Hopper, was first called Warren, then Hopper mills and now simply
Dallas City is partiallly in Henderson county, but part of the town is located in another county. If you moved
across town in Dallas city, your County records may have moved to another county. Burlington (Des Moines)
county Iowa is just across the bridge, so that may be a resource for researching Henderson County
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