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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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Race riot of 1908

At least 11 people died and many more were injured in connection with the Springfield race riot of August 1908. Another casualty was the image that Springfield, Abraham Lincoln’s home town, was immune to the racial discord that characterized American … Continue reading

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Sangamo Township

Before Sangamon County was created in January 1821, its territory was divided between Madison and Bond counties (mostly in Madison). Between the arrival of the first settler in 1817 and the ultimate formation of the county in 1821, a significant … Continue reading

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