Welcome to the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, located at 113 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, Illinois. We hope you find your visit to our library or site to be a productive and pleasurable experience. Our volunteers work tirelessly to provide accurate and relevant information to our members.
Members have access to indexed material such as Lee County Histories, Birth, Marriage, and Death Indexes, Lee County and Dixon Newspapers, and Plat Books. You can become a member and search your family history or you can have us do the research. Either way we are glad you are here!
Member Indexes Available
The Lee County Histories Index was created by our society to aid research efforts.
The index is of twenty-two different county and town histories.
Keep in mind that our library contains many more histories that are not indexed.
See our Research Policy for information on look-ups and copies.
* Entries in the starred references are in the LCHGS Every Name Index
I. General Histories
- *Bardwell, A. C. History of Lee County. ©1904
- Barge, William D. Early Lee County. ©1918
- *Biographical Publishing Co. Portrait and Biographical Record of Lee County. ©1892
- Fellows, Dana. Pictorial History of Lee County Schools. ©2007
- *Hill, H. H. History of Lee County. ©1881
- Lamb, George. Historical Reminiscences. ©1968
- *Lee County Columbian Club. Recollections of the Pioneers of Lee County. ©1893
- *Lee County Historical Society. Historical Yearbook 1976. ©1977
- Lee County Historical Society. Memories of Yesteryear, vols. 1 – 6. ©1993-1998
- *Paulsen, Duane and Viola. History of Dixon and Palmyra 1830-1880. [reprint] ©1980
- *Stevens, Frank E. History of Lee County Illinois Illustrated, vol 1. ©1914
- *Stevens, Frank E. History of Lee County Illinois Illustrated, vol 2. ©1914II. Town Specific Histories
- *AMBOY. Becker, Anthony. The Biography of a Small Town. ©1954
- AMBOY. Hinkle, Darlene et al. Amboy Illinois: 1854-2004 ©2004
- *AMBOY. Paulsen. Memories of the Green River Ordnance Plant 1942-1945. ©1995
- *ASHTON. Dean, Robert. The Ashton Story. ©1987, 1993
- *COMPTON. Compiled. Compton Centennial 1875-1975. ©1975
- *DIXON. Lamb, George. Dixon: A Pictorial History. ©1987
- ELDENA. Glessner, Robert L. Eldena, Illinois Founded July 10 1863 ©2005
- FRANKLIN GROVE. Compiled. Citizens and Neighbors 1835-1945. Undated
- FRANKLIN GROIVE. Compiled. The Helmershausen Collection, 14 vols. Udated
- *FRANKLIN GROVE. LCGS. Memories of the Franklin Grove Methodist Church. Undated
- *FRANKLIN GROVE. LCGS. 100 Years of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Undated
- GRAND DETOUR. Paulsen, Duane. Grand Detour, Illinois 1835-2002. ©2003
- *HARMON. Porter, John L. History of Harmon Township. ©1918
- *LEE. Edited. Lee Centennial 1874-1974. ©1974
- *MELUGIN’S GROVE. Montavon, Lewis E. History of Melugin’s Grove. ©1972
- NACHUSA. compiled. Articles in Binder. Undated
- *OHIO. Edited. Ohio Centennial 1877-1977. ©1977
- PAW PAW. Compiled. A History of Paw Paw, Illinois 1882-1982. ©1982
- *STEWARD. Thompson, Ernest. History of the Town of Steward. ©1905
- *STEWARD. Compiled. History of Steward Illinois 1870-1970. ©1970
- *SUBLETTE. Compiled. Sublette, Illinois: Our Bit of U.S.A.. ©1957
- SUBLETTE. Compiled. Celebrating Our Sesquicentennial 1854-2004. ©2004
- VAN PETTEN. Brandon, Dave and Babe. The Town of Van Petten. Undated
- WEST BROOKLYN. Compiled. A History of West Brooklyn, Illinois 1894-1994. ©1994
The next monthly program sponsored by the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society will feature a PowerPoint program titled “The Lincoln Assassination: Manhunt and Trial” presented by Ronald H. Koehn. It is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Monday, April 25, 2022, at the society’s headquarters, 113 South Hennepin Avenue, Dixon.
Dear Members and Friends of LCHGS,
Here we are at the official “1-year closed” newsletter. Our doors closed in the middle of March 2020.
My hope is to get all the volunteers vaccinated and then our doors will open for all. As of the end of this month, I will be done with my vaccinations and 2 weeks out. So, if you promise to wear a mask, we will be ok with a reservation being made for a visit to do research at the center. This would be starting April 1st, 2021. If you email the center, we will receive it right away and arrange for a volunteer to work with you. If you call the center, I might not see that you have called for a couple days. So, last minute people will have to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the 21st of March we will celebrate spring!Someone said they saw a robin frolicking in the snow this past weekend. Poor robin. We haven’t seen grass for a very long time.
Dear Members and Friends of LCHGS,
The year is over and life at the center has not changed a whole lot. We are still closed for walk in patrons, but we continue to do research for people that contact us. We are to a point now where, if you feel you need to come to the center, please call or email us to discuss a possible work around. We are still busy with the project of transferring microfilm to digital and putting away all the wonderful treasures that have been donated since March 2020. We have gotten many new acquisitions, books etc., from people sorting out their libraries or storage areas. I love it when I walk into the center and there is something new on the office table to look at.