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Resources for Your Research Project


Search through the museum’s collection of literally thousands of artifacts-many of which have never been on display-using our new Historical Research Station. Everyone from the student researcher to the casual genealogist can discover something new at the Galena History Museum. Stop in daily between 9:00am-4:30pm! It’s free and easy!

Researching Jo Daviess County Ancestors and Historic Properties

We have compiled a list of online resources with links to their websites. We also have some general guidelines on how to get started on your project – with the links provided you have a wealth of information readily available.

These printable sheet provides some practical starting points:

Researching Jo Daviess County Ancestors (PDF)
Researching Jo Daviess County Property (PDF)

One of the most frequent inquiries the Historical Society receives are questions relating to family histories or a recently purchased historic property. A wealth of information exists, but where to go and how to get started are usually the obstacles. Here is a summary of the resources available for genealogical and property research.

• Historical Society’s Research Center
Galena Public Library Historical Collections Room
Jo Daviess County Courthouse
Jo Daviess County Illinois GenWeb site
RuskinARC – This project maps and identifies properties within the Galena National Register Historic District. This project is the result of work supported by The Galena Foundation.
Archive.org – Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. There are some wonderful Galena resources available here.