Category Archives: Resources

Sangamo Electric meter chronology

The six images below give the serial numbers of watthour meters (singlephase and polyphase), mechanical and thermal demand meters, and instrument transformers manufactured by Sangamo Electric  and the years (between 1930 and 1981) they were manufactured. Collectors and people still … Continue reading

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Birds of Sangamon County

A 40-year study by Illinois State Museum ornithologist H. David Bohlen found 359 different species of birds in Sangamon County. However, Bohlen warns in his report, published online by the museum in 2013, that increasing human population has badly reduced … Continue reading

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Sangamon County in 1837

The following description of Sangamon County is taken from Illinois in 1837: A Sketch by H.L. Ellsworth (Philadelphia, 1837); spelling and punctuation from the original. Note that, two years after this was written, the Illinois General Assembly reduced Sangamon County … Continue reading

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Sangamon County Historical Society

Historic preservation was the impetus for the founding of the Sangamon County Historical Society more than 50 years ago. Specifically, the founders wanted to preserve the Old State Capitol. The impetus came from members of the Springfield Historic Monuments Commission … Continue reading

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Springfield African-American History Foundation interviews

As of late 2015, the Springfield African-American History Foundation, in conjunction with the oral history efforts of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, had published interviews with 30 black residents of Springfield. Those interviews can be found here. Interviewees are: Adams, Rosia: … Continue reading

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Population changes, 1830-2010

Below are U.S. Census population figures for Sangamon County as a whole beginning in 1830 and for the city of Springfield alone beginning in 1840. (The 1830 Census did not separate out figures for individual communities.) Racial designations below are … Continue reading

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Links

One of the great advantages of an online history is that we can summarize a topic, giving readers the essential story, while directing anyone who wants more information to additional online material. We encourage SangamonLink authors to employ links liberally, while … Continue reading

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Photos

Illustrations really are worth 10,000 words. Every SangamonLink author should be on the lookout for potential visual elements and include them whenever possible. Please provide captions for all  illustrations with your article. Captions must identify the original source of the illustration. … Continue reading

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Researching

The three prerequisites for an article are significance, sourcing and originality. 1) Significance: It helps if the person, event or phenomenon was mentioned in contemporaneous media (such as local histories or newspapers), although that’s not a requirement. What is a … Continue reading

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The basics

— We do not compensate Sangamon Link contributors. We do, however, give authors byline credit. — We prefer articles be written using Microsoft Word or a compatible program (i.e., Microsoft Works, Open Office) and emailed (as an attachment) to the project … Continue reading

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