Illinois and Michigan Canal Home Page

The Illinois and Michigan Canal
A Northeastern Illinois Landmark

The Illinois and Michigan Canal near Willow Springs, Cook County, Illinois

Copyright 1986
Nancy Thornton

This website is dedicated to the men and women who were associated with the construction and maintenance of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in Northeastern Illinois from its beginnings in 1836 to the end of its use as a waterway in 1927.
The Illinois State Archives has timebooks with the names of workers on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. They each have been given a code name.

491.044 TIME BOOKS. 1840-1927. 89 vols. No index. Daily records are of the number of hours worked by laborers and employees of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. In addition to the names of the laborers and employees records variously list rates of pay, monthly totals of hours worked, deductions from pay for supplies furnished to workers by canal officials, occupations, and the signatures of employees acknowledging receipt of payment for their work. One volume for 1857, written in German, concerns the work of a group of German-American laborers.

Click here to see canal photos
Click here for overview of the timebooks and the titles on the outside covers.
This transcription project is ongoing. Currently 1847 and 1848 are being transcribed.
Years transcribed 1847 partial

1848 partial



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This website was created by Nancy Thornton on April 17, 2000.
Copyright 2007-present Nancy Thornton
Last Updated Wed, Oct 7, 2015

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