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Where to Start

For the most up to date resources, please use the University's Online Catalog. The dewey call number for Knox County typically starts with "977.349". Some common subject headings for Knox County are:

Knox County (Ill.) --Biography.
Knox County (Ill.) --History.
Knox County (Ill.) --Maps.

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County Histories

Perry, Albert James, 1841- History of Knox County, Illinois, its cities, towns and people. Chicago : S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1912.
Call Number: 977.349 P42H

Bateman, Newton, 1822-1897. Historical encyclopedia of Illinois, edited by Newton Bateman [and] Paul Selby; and Knox County, edited by W. Sheldon Gale [and Geo. Candee Gale] Chicago, Munsell Pub. Co., 1899.
Call Number: Q. 977.349 B31H

Annals of Knox County : commemorating centennial of admission of Illinois as a state of the Union in 1818 / authorized by the Board of Supervisors. Galesburg, Ill. (P.O. Box 13, Galesburg 61401) : Knox County Genealogical Society, c1980.
Call Number: 977.349 AN71980

Portrait and biographical album of Knox county, Illinois, containing portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. Also containing a history of the county from its earliest settlement up to the present time. Chicago : Biographical publishing company, 1886.
Call Number: 977.332 P838


UIUC affiliates or patrons using computers on-campus can access past census data via Heritage Quest.


Atlas of Knox County Illinois ; containing maps of every township in the county, with village and city plats. Also maps of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Washington Territory, Kansas, Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, United States, the World, and other valuable information. From actual surveys and official records. Chicago : J. H. Earle, 1891.
Call Number: F. 912.77349 AT65

Map of Knox County, Illinois / compiled, drawn, & published from county records, actual surveys, & personal examination by M.H. Thompson. Galesburg, Ill. : Knox County Genealogical Society, 1983.
Call Number: Q. 912.77349 T375M1983

The standard map of Knox County, Illinois [map] / Hixson Map & Lithographing Co. Galesburg, Ill. : The Republican-Register, [1914]
Call Number: G4103.K6 G461914.H3

Prairie farmer’s directory of Knox County, Illinois. Chicago : Compiled and published by Prairie Farmer Pub. Co.,.
Call Number: 917.7349 P88


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Further Information

More information on can be found on our Web Resources Page as well as in the Illinois County Bibliography, which is shelved with 016.9773.

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