JoDaviess County Almshouse Register Index, 1846-1938 Compiled by Jan Helge, in cooperation with the Illinois Regional Archives Depository System, Northern Illinois University

Entering Search Criteria

Enter the name of the almshouse inmate in the format: last name comma space first name space or period middle initial period (for example, Smith, John D. or Smith, Jos.). The first name and middle initial may be omitted to accomplish a surname search. Searches are not case sensitive: you may use any combination of upper and lower case letters.

Keep in mind that names were frequently misspelled. This was especially true for persons who could not read or write and had to rely on the staff of the almshouse to spell their names. If you cannot find a person you believe should be in the Almshouse Register, try broadening your search by entering only a portion of the surname (e.g., John instead of Johnson) or by typing variations of the spelling of a surname (such as Johnson and Johnsen).

More information about how to obtain copies of the JoDaviess County Almshouse Registers.