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Bureau, LaSalle & Putnam Counties in Illinois

Page Updated on 14 July 2001

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN RESEARCHING IN THESE COUNTIES

HOW THE COUNTIES CONNECT

Bureau, LaSalle & Putnam Counties in Illinois were often migrated to and from between each county. When doing research in this area of Illinois, it is critical that you look between LaSalle, Bureau & even Putnam counties. This area is known as the "Illinois Valley" and both counties are included in this area. Being both counties often intermingled, I thought it only genealogist-like to include them both on my website. I, myself, was born and raised in Spring Valley, Bureau County, Illinois and as an adult, moved about seven miles away to LaSalle, LaSalle County, Illinois. I now live in Tonica, LaSalle County, Illinois with my husband & three dogs, approx. 10 miles from Spring Valley. I know from my own geneaology research in Pennsylvania that it is hard to know where to look when doing family research. It really helps in knowing the geographical areas in which to look. Peru (LaSalle County)& Spring Valley (Bureau County)are connected by Route 6 & Interstate 80.

For instance, if your family immigrated to Illinois for the coal mines, it was very likely they either came to Braidwood or Spring Valley in the late 1800's. They were the "hot spots" for mining back then & a good place to begin your research. Other mines around here include Cherry & LaSalle. Most of the mines closed in the 1920's.

The first pioneer settlers arrived in the early 1800's. The rich soil of this area attracted them. More opportunities arose in the 1830's with the construction of the Illinois-Michigan canal. Thousands came to this area at that time.

CITIES IN EACH COUNTY

LaSALLE COUNTY

Altmar, Baker, Blakes, Brayson, Brickton, Cedar Point, Dana, Danway, Dayton, Earlville, Farrell, Fitchmoore, Garfield, Glen Park, Grand Ridge, Harding, Hitt, Jonesville, Kangley, Kernan, LaSalle, Leeds, Leonore, Lostant, Lowell, Marsailles, Mendota, Meriden, Midway, Milla, Milhurst, Millington, Munster, Naplate, Norway, Oglesby (est. 1902), Ottawa, Peru, Peterstown, Piety Hill, Priscilla, Ransom, Richards, Rockwell, Rutland, Sandy Ford, Seneca, Serena, Sheridan, Somonauk, Stavanger, Stoneyville, Streator, Sulpher Springs, Ticona, Tomahawk Bluff, Tonica, Trek, Triumph, Troy Grove, Utica, Vermilionville, Waltham, Wedron, Welland, Wilsman

LaSalle County was established January 15, 1831. The county seat is Ottawa, Illinois and the county square miles are 1135.0

The city of LaSalle has 7.0 city square miles, the city of Peru has 6.26 city square miles & the city of Oglesby has 3.9 square miles

BUREAU COUNTY

Arlington, Buda, Bureau, Cherry, Coal Hollow, Dalzell, DePue, Dover, Hollowayville, LaMoille, Ladd (est. 1890), Leepertown, Malden, Manlius, Mineral, Neponset, New Bedford, Ohio, Ottsville, Princeton, Seatonville, Sheffield, Spring Valley (est. 1886), Tiskilwa, Walnut, Wyanet

Bureau County was established February 28, 1837. The county seat is Princeton, Illinois and the county square miles are 868.60

The city of Spring Valley has 3.5 square miles

PUTNAM COUNTY

Granville, Hennepin, Magnolia, Mark, McNabb, Putnam, Senachwine, Standard

Putnam County was established January 13, 1825. The county seat is Hennepin, Illinois and the county square miles are 159.80

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