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Early Settlers of Illinois

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Early settlers of Illinois were people who established residency in or immigrants to Illinois prior to 1860. In the case of entire families immigrating together, it is appropriate to add all adults and children among those who settled in Illinois.

Illinois is popularly known as the "Land of Lincoln" in honor of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who movedwith his family from Kentucky to Illinois in 1830. The Lincolns settled on public land in Macon County, Illinois.

It will be useful to have links here to Illinois' historical societies and museums.

All interested in this subject are welcome to join this project.