Welcome to Livingston County, Illinois

                                                                              Annette Liptak, County Coordinator

Text Box: Livingston County, IL
Est. 1837
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usgenweb2.gifI am the Livingston County Coordinator for the ILGenWeb. It will be my pleasure to furnish you interesting facts and links that I hope will aid you in your search for your ancestors who may have located in Livingston County, Illinois. I live in Livingston County and do have the advantage of being familiar with places throughout the county. This will be an ongoing project, I hope to be adding more information as time allows and it becomes available. If any of you have any information you would like to contribute to the search for our ancestors, please CONTACT ME. Recently, I have also adopted LaSalle County, which is a neighboring county.  So check it out as well. When emailing me, please put the County name in the subject line with the name you are researching.  That will make it easier to keep the two counties separated.



History of the IlGenWeb and USGenWeb Project

In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index. In June, as the Kentucky Project was coming to completion, it was decided to create pages for all states. Volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of county pages for each state page. It is our pleasure to try to serve the interests of people searching Livingston County.

History of Livingston County, IL

It was in the early part of 1837 that Livingston County was organized. The tenth General Assembly, with Lincoln, Douglas and other notable members were in session. Illinois and the rest of the settled West were at that period fulfilling the ideals and hopes of Jefferson and Jackson for a country peopled by self-reliant farmers and small merchants. It was in that atmosphere of confidence and enterprise that the region of the present Livingston County was settled, with about 450 inhabitants. At one time Livingston County was the greatest corn producing county in Illinois. Pontiac is the county seat of the county.



     Livingston County History 








Pioneers in 1900






Libraries, Genealogy Societies 



Pioneer photos


Pioneers in 1909





1883 Pensioners List


Research links




For more in-depth research in Livingston County

Visit Bernard's Parish for details








To contact me send an email Annette Liptak






This page last updated September 2, 2013