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How the ILGenWeb Started
In June, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Indiana Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more that one county, they could be located in the index. At the same time, some volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. Eventually, this was expanded to all states and all counties across the US.
My name is Joe Markovich. I am the coordinator for the ILGenWeb Rock Island County Illinois website. Submittals of historical documents, photos, and just anything else genealogical related are always welcome for publication in this website. To volunteer to host an Illinois county contact the state coordinator Dennis Partridge. To see more of my volunteer efforts on behalf of the UGenWeb, please visit the More Genealogy page in this web site.
Look Up and Research Request
I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in Rock Island county or in Illinois and I do not have access to additional records. If you do not see the information you are seeking in this site, I do not have it as everything I have is posted in this site.
Rock Island County Background
Rock Island is the county seat of Rock Island County, Illinois. The population was 39,684 at the 2000 census. It is one of the Quad Cities, along with neighboring Moline, East Moline, and the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf. The original Rock Island, from which the city gets its name, is the largest island in the Mississippi River and is now known as Arsenal Island. The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was founded here in 1851 and was known as the Rock Island Line. The railroad was liquidated in bankruptcy in 1980. Rock Island is also home to the Rock Island Arsenal on Arsenal Island. It is an active factory producing ordnance and weapons components for the U.S. Army. The Arsenal provides 6,000 civilian jobs for the local area.
The south shore of Rock Island, on the Rock River, is where the former village of Saukenuk was located, the birthplace of the warrior Black Hawk. The Black Hawk State Historic Site includes much of the site of the original village of Saukenuk. The park includes a museum and a number of hiking trails along the Rock River and in surrounding woods.
Rock Island county is bordered by the IlGenWeb counties of:
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The Rock Island County site Last update was: Fri Dec-03-2021 06:21
Comments, suggestions, and submittals are always welcome email Joe Markovich