Libraries - Churches for Research Data
The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, Chicago, IL, and the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, both have excellent collections on Irish genealogy. Both facilities have collections of Griffith's Valuation, an Irish census substitute.
The Newberry has handouts on Irish genealogical research both at the library and on-line. The Chicago Historical Society has an Irish newspaper titled the Citizen with incomplete holding from 1883 to 1914, and a Scottish paper, the Scottish American Journal with complete holding from 1861 to 1865.
The Illinois State Historical Library in Springfield also has copies of the Citizen and another newspaper called the Orkney and Shetland American which featured news of the immigrants from these islands off the coast of England.
The Conrad Sulzer Library, 4455 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60625, has Irish-American selections in the historical collection.(Historical collection entrance is located at Leavitt Street (2200 West) and Montrose Avenue (4400 North)
The very earliest Irish Catholics in Rockford and Belvidere would have been served by mission priests traveling from St. Patrick's in Hartland, IL. (early 1840s) This parish, unfortunately, burned to the ground in 1913. Although rebuilt, it is unknown what records still exist for those early years. - St. Patrick, 15012 St. Patrick Road, Woodstock, IL 60098; (815) 338-7883
Irish Catholics in Rockford could have attended several Churches. The earliest Churches were:
Early Irish Catholics in Pecatonica, Seward, Irish Grove, and Durand would have attended:
Note: Other early Catholic Parishes in Rockford included: St. Anthony - 1909 (predominantly Italian congregation); SS. Peter and Paul - 1908 (predominantly Lithuanian congregation); St. Stanislaus Kostka - 1912 (predominantly Polish congregation