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Adams County Almshouse Register Index, 1873-1898

Compiled by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository System, Western Illinois University

Entering Search Criteria

Enter the name of the almshouse inmate in the format: last name comma space first name space or period middle initial period (for example, Smith, John or Smith, Jos). The first name and middle initial may be omitted to accomplish a surname search. Searches are not case sensitive: you may use any combination of upper and lower case letters.

Keep in mind that names were frequently misspelled. This was especially true for persons who could not read or write and had to rely on the staff of the almshouse to spell their names. If you cannot find a person you believe should be in the Almshouse Register, try broadening your search by entering only a portion of the surname (e.g., John instead of Johnson) or by typing variations of the spelling of a surname (such as Johnson and Johnsen).

Information on how to obtain copies of the Adams County Almshouse Register.