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Max Hency Local History Room

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Allerton Public Library maintains a Local History Collection in the Max Hency Local History Room at the Library.

The Library collects photographs, maps, print materials and non-print materials (including oral histories) focusing on Piatt County, Illinois.

  • Local History Room closes 15 minutes prior to Library closing.
  • Computers in Local History Room are for Historical and Genealogical research ONLY.
  • Self service copying/printing in the Local History Room is $.15 per black and white page.
  • Genealogical items in Local History Room are non-circulating

Some of the resources available include:

  • History of Piatt County, Illinois by Emma Piatt c1883
  • History of Dewitt and Piatt Counties, Illinois by Chapman Brothers c1891
  • Past and Present of Piatt County, Illinois by Charles Mcintosh c1903
  • Piatt County History by Francis Shonkwiler c1917
  • The Good Life in Piatt County by Jesse Morgan c1968
  • Piatt County State Census for 1855 and 1865
  • U.S. Federal Census for Piatt County, Illinois 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930
  • Piatt County, Illinois cemeteries indexed by township
  • Piatt County, Illinois marriage index 1841-1910
  • Piatt County, Illinois birth index 1877-1916
  • Piatt County, Illinois atlases (indexed) 1865, 1875, 1896, 1910, 1927
  • Piatt County, Illinois newspapers are also available on microfilm. 1874 to the present.
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