The Iroquois County Genealogical Society

Old Courthouse Museum
Iroquois County Genealogy Society
103 West Cherry Street
Watseka, IL 60970-1524

     The Historical Museum and Genealogical Society Archives are located at the address above, one block south of US Hwy 24. The archives are open each business day from 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Publications are available in the Historical Society Gift Shop as well as in The Genealogy Room in the same building. These include many cemetery records.

Iroquois County Database

Iroquois County data such as the Bible Records, Census, Naturalizations, Cemeteries, and More.

NEW!! February 2017
  • The Bulletin Board -- Notices and Things has been updated.

  • The 2017 Calendar has been updated - Also note the Board Meeting date is changed to the 1st Tuesday of the month.

  • One on One Program - The Week of February 13th - 17th from 10 to 4

  • Princess Wach-E-Kee Chapter DAR with the Iroquois County Genealogical Society will co-host an open house Saturday, February 25, 2017 At 2 p.m.

The collection of obituaries held by the Iroquois County Genealogical Society is being indexed and included on the website as each letter of the alphabet is completed.

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Updated March 2009

Sep Palin

Baroness Fern Andra

The Watseka Wonder

Timothy Webster

Henry Bacon

The Famous Meara Case

Mary Agnes Meara Chase
More of the story

Harold Gray

Allan Pinkerton and Larch Farm

Photo Album

UPDATED April 2009

Photo's from the past will be featured here. A way to share the past with others. If you have some old pictures you think others would like to see - share them here. Check back often this page will hopefully change often.
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The Iroquois County Genealogical Society


Open Monday thru Friday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



April 14 for Easter

May 29 for Memorial Day

July 4th

Sep 4 for Labor Day

Nov 22, 23, & 24 - Thanksgiving

We will be closed over the Christmas Holidays

December 22, 2017
January 2, 2018

This is to help cut the heating bills by turning down the heat while closed for the holidays.

Please note if bad weather causes
District #9 Schools to close
the Museum/Genealogical Society
will also be closed.

Board Meetings

1st Tuesday of every month
except December
Time is 9 a.m.

Please note the change
from the 4th Tuesday
to the 1st Tuesday!


Don't Forget!
We can be open on a
by Appointment

Biography Corner

Updated August 2002
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Iroquois Co., IL; 1893
Chicago; Lake City Publishing Co.

Bulletin Board
Updated September 2016

Notices and Things

One on One Program
We will be having our very popular One on One Program
The Week of February 13th - 17th, 2017 from 10 to 4.

This program is set up in 2 hour sessions
with a researcher to help you do your research
or to teach you how use the paid research sites.
These sessions are free for the first 2 hours.
You only pay for any copies you want.

Princess Wach-E-Kee Chapter DAR
with the Iroquois County Genealogical Society
will co-host an open house
to observe the 90th Anniversary of the founding of
the local Princess Wach-E-Kee chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution

Saturday, February 25, 2017
At 2 p.m.
The event will take place in the Old Court House Museum 103 W Cherry, Watseka

Quilt Show
March is Quilt Month.
To celebrate this ICGS is planning
a Quilt Program presented by Joan Marion
of the Donovan/Beaverville area

Notorious and Infamous of Iroquois County
Where: the Old Courthouse Courtroom
When: April 25th at 2:00pm

Just to whet your interest we will be reporting on
. . the strange death of Peter Larson,
. . the double murder of Royalene Hinkle and Lowell Gray,
. . the suicide of Mrs. John,
. . the jealously of a young teen named Edwin Kaniewski,
. . and two youths caught in a potato patch.

If you enjoyed last year's program, you will not want to miss the presentation this year.
This program is free but donations will be accepted.

One on One Week
May is another popular One On One Program

Watseka 150th Celebration
We will be ponsoring a speaker for Watseka 150th birthday celebration

Fair Week
We will be at the Iroquois County Fair

Irish Day
In August the Iroquois County Genealogy Society
and the Kankakee Valley Genealogy Society
are planning to present a day of Irish history

2017 Cemetery Walk
Our Cemetery Walk this past year was so well accepted, with over 80 in
attendance eager to learn the stories and secretes of families. We would
like the public's input about which cemetery you would like to learn about
this coming year.

We have compiled a list of the cemeteries suggested to us:
. . Quaker Cemetery near Cissna Park
. . Old Texas Cemetery east of Watseka
. . Sheldon Cemetery at Sheldon
. . Pitch In Cemetery north of Cissna Park
. . Sugar Creek Cemetery east of Milford

Which of these cemeteries would you be most interested in?
AND what person or family who rests there
would you like to know more about?

Email ([email protected]) or call (815-432-3730) to place your vote

Harvest Daze
We will be serving Ham and Beans again this October in the Big Tent.

Friday the 13th
We will be inviting you to come visit Friday, October 13th

Annual Meeting
November 2017

Christmas Party
December will be our Christmas Party for all Volunteers


32-Year Subject Index of The Iroquois Stalker,
1971 through 2005
and the subject index for the 2006 and 2007 Issues
UPDATED January 2007

The Name Index is available for Vol I thru X

The Iroquois Stalker is published quarterly by the Iroquois County Genealogical Society.

Illinois and Iroquois County Links

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Old Court House
The Old Court House
Middleport, Iroquois
County, Illinois
ca. 1860

drawing by Jerry Moore

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