Genealogic & Property Research


601 South Bench Street
Galena, IL 61036
(815) 777-0200
Open weekdays, 3-5 p.m. (Wed. 3-8 p.m.); Sat. 12-4 p.m.; or by special appointment
Local historians H. Scott Wolfe and Steve Repp staff the room and provide on-site assistance to anyone seeking research information on families, houses, historical events, etc. They will also try to answer the written correspondences and provide photocopies of documents for a small fee.

Here is a brief list of the variety of intact and microfilmed documents available:

*County Assessor’s Books from the 1850s-WWII
*Federal, Illinois State, and Territorial Censuses from 1830s-1920
*Newspapers from 1828-1982 published in Galena and communities within Jo Daviess County


*Indexes to Vital Records (marriage, death, etc.) stored at the Jo Daviess County Court House
*Family histories and diaries
*Some Galena church records
*Galena City Directories, beginning in 1847; and miscellaneous city records
*Maps; Tax and Block Books (1838-1876); county, township, and community histories; and regional and state histories
*Photographs from the area; access to the Alfred Mueller photographic collection

In addition to these primary and secondary sources, the Historical Collections Room has a wide variety of reference materials on how to go about researching one’s family.


There is free online research available at the Jo Daviess County GenWeb Site which is part of US GenWeb project. 

To continue your research with the Courthouse can help you with original documents and certified copies of documents. Read more…