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DuPage County, Illinois
History and Genealogy


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DuPage County, Illinois History and Genealogy

Enjoy your visit, and be sure to bookmark this site.   Your contributions are welcome.  I am Pat Sabin, and I have been an active volunteer and County Coordinator with the USGenWeb Project since 1999.  My interest in DuPage County is through my New England ancestors who migrated west to New York, and then to Naperville, approximately 1833, and my East Tennessee relatives who arrived in the 1860s and 70s.  This site has been in existence as a personal history site since 1999, but it just joined the ILGenWeb as an official county site in 2013.  I also host the Kane County ILGenWeb.  Please bear with me while I work to make this site more mobile friendly. 

Although deeply rooted in DuPage County, I live in metro Atlanta, Georgia.  I regret that I am unable to assist with personal genealogy research unless it is related to my own.   I hope that information and links included on these pages will give you a good start. 
I will be happy to add to this site a summary biography of your family, including a link to your GEDCOM if you have one.     Pat Sabin

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Early History of DuPage County

In the early days the Illiniwek, and later the Miami, Iroquois, Sak, Fox , Kickapoo and Pottawatomi Indians lived in this area, rich in fish, game and vegetation.

In 1673 Father Jacques Marquette and French explorer Louis Joliet came to the area, following the Illinois and DesPlaines rivers from the Mississippi.

Trappers and traders came throughout the 1700s and early 1800s, the best known being a Frenchman by the name of DuPage.  In 1800 he settled where the east and west branches of the river join.

The first permanent settlement was made in the fall of 1830 and the spring of 1831.  Read more about the History of DuPage County   in excerpts from "A History of the County of Du Page, Illinois," 1857.

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Research Material & Features On This Site


Illinois with DuPage Co

DuPage County Historic Townships
Histories, Early Officers, Images, & More!

Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Prospect Park

Naperville Township

bullet LisleTownship

bullet Bloomingdale Township
Bloomingdale, Roselle, Meacham

bullet AddisonTownship
Bensonville, Lesters, Itasca, Addison

bullet WinfieldTownship  
Turner, Winfield Station, Warrenville, W.Chicago

bullet Wayne Township  
Wayne Station, Wayne Center, Carol Stream

bullet Downers Grove Township
Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Clarendon Hills
bullet York Township
Elmhurst, Mammoth Spring, Lombard

The wonderful lithographs of the scenes of DuPage Co  are from the 1874 Atlas and History of Dupage County,   Illinois, 1874,  published by Thompson Bro's & Burr of  Elgin, Illinois.


QUERIES - Share questions and information with fellow genealogists

bulletIn Memoriam

     DuPage County Researchers who have gone to join their ancestors.  We miss you!

NEW NAPERVILLE BOOK!   Author Jo Fredell Higgins is under contract to write the history of the city of Naperville with Arcadia Publishing. This book will be in the Modern America series with color photographs. The history of the 1960s  and forward will be featured with vintage photographs and captions. Book is set for release November, 2016. Jo wrote the 2001 book on the history of Naperville which continues to be her best seller of ten published books. Mayor Steve Chirico has written the welcome and former Mayor Pradel Emeritus has provided contacts and information. Arcadia Publishing is the largest publisher of local history in the USA. This is Jo's seventh title with them.


     USGenWeb Project Resources for DuPage County

  bullet USGenWeb Archives    bulletUSGenWeb Tombstone Project
bulletMap of Illinois   
bullet The World GenWeb Project


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 DuPage County Census of 1900 - Contributed to USGenWeb Archives by DCGS



Thanks for visiting!  I regret to say that I live in the Atlanta GA area, and am not in a position to answer personal research questions unless they relate to MY DUPAGE COUNTY FAMILIES.   I hope  that you'll find answers through the resources and links found on the  DuPage County ILGenWeb site. Patricia (Pat) Sabin.   If you know of other great resources that should be included, please sent me a link!  Pat Sabin

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