Project: Illinois

Categories: Illinois | Illinois Project | Illinois Projects

The Illinois Project is part of the United States Project.

Welcome to the Illinois Project!

The purpose of this project is to coordinate all Illinois related projects and resources and combine that information into one place.


How to Join

It is not necessary that you be related to someone who lived in the state of Illinois or live there yourself to join. Anyone with an interest is welcome! If you would like to participate, please do the following:

Are you interested in the Illinois Project?united_states.gif

For a full list of participants in the United States Project, see the badge report.

Please see our list of goals and tasks below for ways you can help.

Violet—Illinois State Flower

Illinois Project Members

Add yourself here if you're interested in helping with this project. Let us know what you'd like to help with. (Check out the "Goals" section.)

  • Joelle Colville-Hanson -Project Manager My particular interest is Winnebago and Boone Counties. I volunteered to be project leader because I think there’s a lot of interesting history in Illinois and would like to help make this project one of the best documented and helpful resources on WikiTree. Feel free to contact me if you have ideas and want to help!
  • Wayne Morgan
  • Vernon McNear
  • Zachary Smith
  • Nan Lambert Special interest in the Civil War. Ancestors in Johnson, Greene, and LaSalle counties.
  • W. Counsil


The template is {{United States|sub-project=Illinois}} which will give you:

... ... ... is a part of Illinois history.
Join: Illinois Project
Discuss: Illinois

This above template is for use only on profiles that are of importance to the project or need to be PPP'd and managed by the project.

It is not for every single person from Illinois. The following sticker might be used in that circumstance:

Illinois Sticker Directions
{{Illinois Sticker}}=
... ... ... was an Illinoisan.

To use custom text in place of "an Illinoian", enter a vertical line followed by your chosen text, like these examples:

  • {{Illinois Sticker|an early pioneer in Illinois}}
  • {{Illinois Sticker|an Illinois governor}}
  • {{Illinois Sticker|born in Illinois}}
... ... ... was born in Illinois.

Results in:

To change the word "was" to "is" in the basic (noncustomized) version of the sticker, use the string {{Illinois Sticker|living=y}}

... ... ... is an Illinoisan.

Results in:

White Tailed Deer --Illinois State Animal


The overall goals of the United States Project are to create and develop profiles on WikiTree for those who lived in the state of Illinois. To meet these goals:

  1. Add Illinois-related profiles, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
  6. Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection.

List of Things to Do

  1. Need space pages created and developed for Illinois counties and linked to this page. Would you like to lead a county project?
  2. If you have any Illinois state resources that you are willing to do lookups, please add them to the Illinois Resources Page.
  3. If you live in Illinois, please consider adding Catalog: Illinois Research Assistance to your Wikitree profile page.
  4. Cemeteries in Illinois need to be photographed and the categories added to profiles on WikiTree. See the Illinois Cemeteries Project
  5. Add profiles for those who obtained land grants and homesteaded in Illinois. See the Homesteaders Project
  6. Help develop the Native Americans Project with information about Illinois state tribes.
  7. Work on Illinois profiles that are unconnected, need biographies and unsourced profiles.
  8. Create new profiles for people of Illinois who are documented in a family member's profile, but might not have their own profiles yet. See Needs Profiles Created
  9. Work on Suggestions for profiles from Illinois, as reported by the Data Doctors Project.
  10. Add profiles for the men who died in World War I, serving from Illinois in the Great War project and for the Roll of Honor project.
  11. Freepages on Immigration in Illinois
  12. Make profiles for Illinois Politicians and connect them to the larger Tree. A lot of Illinois Governors need expanded biographies and to be connected to the larger tree.
  13. Create One Place Studies for towns and counties in Illinois.
Illinois State Quarter

Illinois Graphics and Images

You can find graphics for your Illinois profiles and space pages here: Illinois Graphics. Feel freed to add to the page or make spaces with other Illinois images.

Other Areas of Research?

Do you have other interests related to Illinois? Add them here! Go for it! Don’t wait for permission!

Illinois FreeSpaces


Towns & Cities

One Place Studies


County Histories

Illinois Military History

Civil War
Illinois Regiments


Illinois Related Categories on WikiTree

Illinois Maintenance Categories

Related Projects and Pages on WikiTree

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