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The new and improved History of Lee County, Illinois, website has exciting interactive features for members only:
- Over 300 historic photographs in 23 categories, arranged by town, landmarks and people (sample)
- Our database containing nearly 150,000 records is now online and searchable by surname, first name and middle name (sample)
- Members can access over fifty digital copies of historical books and documents, many of which are unique to our collection (sample)
- New! 139 detailed maps with extensive structural notes showing all buildings and businesses in Dixon from 1885-1945 (sample)
- 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860 United States Census records (sample)
- Historic videos (Sample)
- Over fifty stories and articles that explore many fascinating details about people, places and events of historical interest (Sample)
Welcome to the History of Lee County Home Page. This web-site is dedicated to providing information about the abundance of history and genealogy of the Lee County, Illinois area. We are located in Northern Illinois and are not affiliated with any organization.
Lee County is located in the northern part of Illinois about 100 miles west of Chicago. The county government is located in Dixon. The area is full of historical happenings, important people and events. From Abraham Lincoln's only active military duty to the founding of John Deere, from Orson Welles to Charles Walgreen and Ronald Reagan, Lee County has many historical tales to tell.
This website will attempt to recount the countless historical stories of this area, from the histories of the founding of the towns and villages of Lee County to stories about the life and times during the early days of pioneer settlement.
Lee County is proud of its rich local heritage and strives to educate others on the wonderful past of this area. This website will help in that endeavor. We hope that you find this website a valuable tool for research or just for entertainment and personal enrichment. If you have any suggestions or comments we would love to hear from you. Only with the support of online members and visitors to our pages can we make this site a valuable repository of historical and genealogical information.