DuPage County ILGenWebThank you for visiting this DuPage County history and genealogy site! 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 arrived in Naperville beginning in 1833, and my East Tennessee relatives who arrived in the 1860s and 70s. This site has been in existence since 1999, but we just joined the ILGenWeb as an official county site. Please be patient as I reorganize, redecorate, and check links! If you have a wide screen monitor, you may see the left page border repeated on the right. If you find this distracting, you may view this page without the border background. 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.
Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Prospect Park
Bloomingdale, Roselle, Meacham
Bensonville, Lesters, Itasca, Addison
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.
In Memoriam - Contributors of this site who have joined their ancestors
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Dupage Roots (entire 1985 book is online!!!)
- University of Illinois Collections (images of old documents and maps!)
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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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