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Sangamon County Guardian's Case Files Index, 1825-1901

Compiled by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository System, University of Illinois at Springfield

Entering Search Criteria

Enter the name of the estate in the format: last name comma space first name space or period middle initial period (for example, Smith, John D. 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 the following points when entering search criteria:

  • This database indexes the names of the estates, not the names of minor children or their guardians. In cases of conservatorship, the name of the person found to be insane or incompetent was entered. For minor children whose parents were unknown, an asterisk was placed after the minor child's name. If you are unable to locate a guardian's case file by the name of the estate, try searching for the name of the minor child.
  • If you cannot find a person for whom you believe there is a guardian's case file, 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).

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