The Society collection currently contains over four-hundred volumes. Additionally in the collection are microfilm of County Census 1820 to 1930, county newspapers from 1858 to 2010 and Genealogical Quarterlies from the region and state societies. The resource focus is on Bond County with support materials for genealogical research. The growing collection is the result of gifts, contributions, purchases and the continuing research and documentation effort of a number of diligent member genealogists. We are proud and grateful for the work of the member genealogists.

Many BCGS publications can be viewed for research at the Greenville Public Library during its regular business hours. Click here to find out more about the Genealogy Room at the Greenville Public Library.

Many BCGS publications can also be purchased by using the Society's Resource Order Form.

The Resource list below is a representation of those publications available in the Genealogy Room at the Greenville Public Library. A more detailed list is available in a booklet in the Genealogy Room.

Microfilm Reader: If you experience technical difficulties with our microfilm reader, please notify Kevin Kaegy (BCGS Vice President), Jane Hopkins (BCGS Librarian), or the circulation desk (who can contact these individuals for you).

Bond County

John Nowlan's Records and Traditions, Books one through forty-one, Four volumes. Interesting and informative collection of the author's newspaper articles from the 1920's to 1957, containing county life, history, events, early settlements, cemeteries and emphasis on history of early county families

Cemeteries and Burial grounds compilations, fourteen volumes by the Bond County Historical Society, and the Bond County Genealogical Society

Census of Bond County 1830 to 1930, ten volumes

Marriages, Bond and Madison County 1817 to 1850, one volume

Bond County Marriages 1850 to 1915

Bond County church histories and records, thirteen volumes

Bond County and Communities histories including biographic records, seventeen volumes

Bond County Genealogical Quarterlies 1985 to Present

Bond County Census 1820 to 1930, microfilm

Bond County Newspapers

Greenville Advocate Centennial Edition 1815 to 1890, with Centennial Edition 1815 to 1915

Greenville Advocate 1858 to 2010, on microfilm (some issues missing*)
  * missing dates include: Sep 1900 – Dec 1900; Jan 14, 1892 – Feb 9, 1893; Jan 10, 1884 – Jan 15, 1885; Jan 1863 – Jan 1866.

Sun 1879 to 1909, on microfilm (some issues missing*)
  * missing dates include: May 1894 – May 1897; May 13, 1892 – June 2, 1893.

Bond County Farmer 1929 to 1931, on microfilm

Pocahontas Press 1903 - 1905, on microfilm

Sorento News 1945 - 2001, on microfilm

Early newspapers from the Illinois State Library, on microfilm

Bond County Court Records

Public Domain land tract records of Bond County

Bond County Probate Records Index

Bond County Birth Index

Bond County Circuit Court Records and Proceedings

Bond County Genealogical Society Membership Ancestor Charts, two volumes

Bond County Atlas and Plat Books 1875 to present

Family Histories, over seventy-five volumes, families with Bond County linkage

Newspaper Obituaries, and Burial Information 1858 to 2002, approximately thirty volumes (years incomplete between 1921-1977)

Anniversaries and Weddings, May 26, 1976 to 2004, twenty-nine volumes

County Veterans Information

Grave Registry of Revolutionary War Soldiers through World War II, five volumes

Supporting Veteran Resources

Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Index, Volume I through III, Supplement Index and Lineage Books

Daughters of 1812 Ancestor Index

Adjutant General's Reports (Illinois), Volume one through nine, 1861 to 1866

Roster of Officers and enlisted men, Mexican Border

Roll of Honor, Deceased men and women volume II

Illinois soldiers in the Black Hawk war 1831 to 1832 and Mexican War 1846 to 1848

History of 33rd Division, two volumes

Illinois in World War and War Time Organizations

Illinois in World War Documents

Index to War Service and Pension Records

Index to Revolutionary War Pension Applications in the National Archives

Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension File, four volumes

Index to War of 1812 pension files, two volumes

Index to Volunteer Soldiers in Indian Wars and Disturbances 1815 to 1858, two volumes

Index to old war pension files, 1815 to 1926

Index to Mexican War pension files

Index to Indian War Pension files, 1892 to 1926

Note: Veterans ancestry service in state militia will not be found in the National Archives unless there was a pension application.

Other Materials

Neighboring and Regional County Histories and Records including Counties of Fayette, Madison, Montgomery, Clinton, Effingham, St. Clair, Christian, DeWitt, Fulton, Piatt, Jefferson, Wayne, Pope, Alexander, Pulaski and Union, fifty-nine volumes.

State Histories and Genealogical research materials, including Census information 1810 to 1840, 1850 mortality schedules, bounty lands of Illinois War of 1812, Archives Description, Guides to Research, Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties, twenty volumes

Regional and State Genealogical Quarterlies

Abraham Lincoln, sixteen volumes

U.S. Land Records, Three volumes

Other State Genealogical Materials

Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Nebraska, Colorado, forty-four volumes

General Source materials including guides to genealogical research, Genealogical Helper directories, Hereditary registers, Immigrant and Passenger Arrivals and lists, Colonial Daughters of the seventeenth century, seventeenth century colonial ancestry, ancestral heads of New England families, genealogies, fifty volumes

Many BCGS publications can also be purchased by using the Society's Resource Order Form.