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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 Putnam County typically starts with "977.337". Some common subject headings for Putnam County are:

Putnam County (Ill.)--History.
Putnam County (Ill.) --Genealogy.
Putnam County (Ill.)--Maps.

If you have questions about using the online catalog or subject headings, please see How To use Our Library. We've provided a few areas below to start you off.

County Histories

The biographical record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties, Illinois [microform] Humanities Preservation Project, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign (Series) ; 96-0666. Chicago : S.J. Clarke, 1896.
Call Number: FILM 977.344 W653S

The Biographical record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois ...Chicago : The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1896.
Call Number: 977.337 B52

Ellsworth, Spencer. Records of the olden time; or, Fifty years on the prairies. Embracing sketches of the discovery, exploration and settlement of the country, the organization of the counties of Putnam and Marshall, incidents and reminiscences connected therewith, biographies of citizens. Lacon, Ill. : Home journal steam printing establishment, 1880.
Call Number: 977.3375 EL5R

Ford, Henry A. The history of Putnam and Marshall counties, embracing an account of the settlement ... of Bureau and Stark counties. With an appendix, containing notices of old settlers ... lists of officers ... By Henry A. Ford … Lacon [Ill.] : The author, 1860.
Call Number: 977.337 F751973


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Alden, Ogle & Company, pub. Plat book of Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois. Chicago : Compiled and published by Alden, Ogle & Co., 1890.
Call Number: F. 912.773515 AL2P

Plat book of Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois. Mt. Vernon, IN : Windmill Publications, 1997.
Call Number: Q. 912.773515 Al2p1997

W.W. Hixson & Co. Plat book of Putnam Co., Ill. [cartographic material] Rockford, Ill., [1931?]
Call Number: 912.77337 H64P

Geo. A. Ogle & Co. Standard atlas of Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, including a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the county. Map of the state, United States and world. Patrons directory, reference business directory and departments devoted to general information. ... Chicago : Geo. A. Ogle & Co., comp. & pub., 1911.
Call Number: F. 912.77351 OG5S

Rockford Map Publishers. Atlas & plat book, Marshall-Putnam County, Illinois. Rockford, Ill. : Rockford Map Publishers, [197- - 197-]
Call Number: Q 912.773515 R59L


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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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