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Spring 2001
A Publication of the St. Louis Public Library

Vol. 1   No. 2

THEY CAME FROM… ILLINOIS!!
They Came From…highlights dates in the history of a particular place. It also lists addresses of institutions holding vital and military records of that state or country.

A TIMELINE OF EVENTS FROM 1717-1975

 

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1717 Illinois is placed under the control of the French government of Louisiana.
1763 Illinois is ceded to British as part of the Treaty of Paris which ends the French and Indian War.
1783 The Treaty of Paris, which ends the American Revolution, transfers Illinois to the new United States.
1788-1855 Numerous Congressional Acts award military veterans with service in various wars bounty lands in specified military districts of Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Arkansas.
1800 Illinois becomes part of the Indiana Territory, which at the time included the present-day states of Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois.
1809 Illinois becomes a territory when it is legally separated from the Indiana Territory.
1812-1815 America engages in the War of 1812 with Great Britain.
1818 Illinois becomes a state.
1820-1840 Federal government performs a census of U.S. inhabitants every ten years that, unfortunately for genealogists, only lists the heads of household by name. Numerical tallies represent other household members.
1831-1832 The Black Hawk War is waged in Illinois.
1838 Illinois militia are involved in the Winnebago and Mormon Wars.
1846-1848 America engaged in the Mexican-American War.
1850-1920 Federal government does a census of U.S. inhabitants every ten years that lists all household members by name.
1861-1865 Illinois provides 259,092 soldiers for the Union Army.
1862 Congress passes the first Homestead Act, granting U.S citizens the right to settle specially earmarked public lands and earn the title to those lands by cultivating and making specified improvements to it. Civil War veterans are waived one year of residency on the land for each year of military service.
1862-1863 Illinois men 18-45 years of age are placed on local militia lists, making them liable for local militia service and for conscription into Illinois volunteer regiments.
1877 Most Illinois county clerks fail to comply with a state law mandating the keeping of birth and death records.
1898  The Spanish-American War occurs.
1916  An Illinois state law mandates the keeping of birth and death records by county clerks and the Illinois State Department of Public Health. All county clerks are in full compliance by 1922.
1917  America enters World War I.
1917-1918  Persons living in Illinois who are citizens of countries against which the United States has declared war are required to register as enemy aliens with the federal Department of Justice.
1917-1918 Illinois men 18-45 years of age are required to register for the draft; WWI ends November 11, 1918.
1918-1919 Worldwide influenza pandemic kills millions.
1920 Passage of the 20th Amendment gives American women voting privileges.
1929-1942 A worldwide economic depression throws millions out of work and causes untold economic hardship.
1939-1941 Millions of American men are required to register for Selective Service in anticipation of American involvement in the already-raging World War II.
1941-1942 Persons living in Illinois who are citizens of countries against which the United States has declared war are required to register as enemy aliens with the federal Department of Justice.
1941-1945 America enters World War II. Millions of men and thousands of women serve in the armed forces.
1950-1953 America engages in the Korean War.
1961-1975 American is involved in the Vietnamese Conflict.

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