Pike County, Illinois Genealogy and History

General

Pike County, Illinois is directly across the Mississippi River from Pike County, Missouri and catercornered to Lincoln County, Missouri. Over the decades, families routinely migrated among these counties. At one time there was even a ferry boat (Hamburg Ferry) that provided regular trips between the shores (not sure if still in service).

Pike County, Illinois - USGenWeb site

History

The definitive history of Pike County, Illinois is known as The Jess M. Thompson Pike County History : as printed in installments in the Pike County Republican, Pittsfield, Illinois, 1935-1939. It consists of 193 chapters in a 563-page book published in 1967 by the Pike County Historical Society which was produced from the series of weekly articles written by Mr. Thompson from 1935 to 1939 and published in the Pike County Republican, of which he was a contributing editor. Hard copies of the printed book are available in various libraries.

The book is available online as:

Another county history is the "1880" Pike County History by Chas. C. Chapman & Co. Full title: History of Pike county, Illinois; together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history; portraits of prominent persons and biographies of representative citizens. History of Illinois, Embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, Aborigines, French, English and American conquests, and a general review of its civil, political, and military history. Digest of state laws.

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Surrounding Counties Information

Counties adjacent to Calhoun County are Pike (IL) to the north, Greene and Jersey to the west, and Lincoln and Pike (MO) across the Mississippi River to the west. Nearby are Adams, Brown, Scott, Macoupin and Madison.

Over the decades, families routinely migrated among these counties, including those in Illinois. My own ancestors and relatives also lived at various times in Lincoln, Pike (MO), Calhoun, Jersey and Pike (IL). At one time there was even a ferry boat (Hamburg Ferry) that provided regular trips between the shores (not sure when it began or if still in service).

Links and brief information about surrounding counties is posted on the (TBA) Pike County, Illinois USGenWeb site. These sites vary as to quantity and quality of genealogical data. Include a couple especially useful links.


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