Irish Genealogical Research

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)


Special Collections Department
Level 3
Deering Building
western University
Evanston, IL
(708) 491-3635

Irish-American Falley Collection - Donated in 1980

Over 3,000 volumes published both in the US and the British Isles - collected by author of Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research, Margaret Dickson FALLEY

American Sources

Irish Sources

Computerized On-line Card Catalog lists approximately 50 percent of material available in the collection - For guide on how to access catalog on-line call⁄write the Reference Department

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).
Irish Genealogical Links

Irish Genealogy Guide from the Newberry Library

I rish Genealogy Link

Irish Genealogical Society, Int'l

Cyndi's List of Irish Genealogy Links


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