629 S. Main Street Princeton IL 61356 (815) 879-3133
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.,
and the First Saturday
of each month
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Open other times by appointment.
- Where are you located?
- When are you open?
- What records do you have?
- Will assistance be available when searching these records?
- To get the most from my visit to Princeton, what should I bring?
- How long should I plan to visit?
- What motels are available?
- What other attractions are available? (Some are seasonal.)
- If I am unable to visit, can I pay a fee to have you do the Bureau County research for me?
629 South Main St., Princeton, IL
From Exit 56 on Interstate 80, go south on Main St. about 2 miles. We are one-half block north of the courthouse.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and the first Saturday of each month 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Open other times by appointment (Call 815-879-3133 or 815-303-7386)
Cemetery, marriage, death, censuses, newspapers, church, Bible, County Farm/Poor House, funeral home, town histories, atlases and family histories. For more detailed information, see Our Major Resources.
Yes, one or more volunteers will be available to help you and make copies.
Pedigree chart and one or more family group sheets. List of questions you hope to find answers for. List of sources you have already checked.
We suggest that you allow 2-3 days for your research trip to Bureau County. This will enable you to visit our society as well as the Courthouse, the Bureau County Historical Society, the Princeton Public Library, and cemeteries if applicable. The amount of available material depends on how long your family was in Bureau County.
Princeton has many choices.
Bureau County Historical Society Museum
Lovejoy Homestead & Colton School House
Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past
Festival 56 Summer Theater
Several Antique Shops
Self-Guided Tour of Princeton’s Historic Homes
Yes, please see To Request Research.
Hoffman's Patterns of the Past - Princeton IL
Quilter's Garden - Princeton IL
Lovejoy Home - Princeton IL
Colton School (on Lovejoy Homestead property) - Princeton IL
Festival 56 Summer Theatre Festival
Many Antique Shops