Category Archives: Resources


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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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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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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Research sources

While this list includes some of the more useful local history resources, it is by no means a complete catalog. Additional suggestions are welcome. Offline  Sangamon Valley Collection, third floor, Lincoln Library, Springfield. Vertical files organized topically, past city directories, … Continue reading

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Honor Book of Sangamon County, Illinois, 1917-19

The Honor Book of Sangamon County is reporter Nellie Browne Duff‘s compilation of information on every county resident who, in one fashion or another, overseas or on the home front, contributed to the U.S. effort in World War I. Nearly … Continue reading

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Nellie Browne Duff

Nellie Browne Duff  (1888-1971) was a reporter, screenwriter, veterans’ advocate, aviatrix and provocateur in Springfield from 1917 until the late 1920s. She later moved to the Bellingham, Wash., area, where she apparently continued with some of the same pursuits. Duff … Continue reading

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Revolutionary War veterans buried in Sangamon County

This entry has been updated. A marker on the Old Capitol Plaza identifies 27 veterans of the American Revolution who are buried in Sangamon County, but that figure probably identifies only half of the patriots whose final resting places are … Continue reading

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John Todd Stuart’s memoir of Springfield

John Todd Stuart (1807-85) was Abraham Lincoln’s mentor and first law partner. He served three terms in both the Illinois General Assembly and U.S. Congress. Stuart, who arrived in Springfield from Kentucky in 1828, described the community as he found … Continue reading

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Zimri Enos’ memoir of early Springfield

Zimri Enos (1821-1907), the son of Pascal and Salome Paddock Enos, came to Springfield with his family at age two. He became a lawyer, engineer, surveyor and property developer and served as a Springfield city alderman and member of the … Continue reading

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