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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.
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.