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Subject: Re: Illinois genealogical resource directory referral
Author: Greg Kientop
Date: Monday, September 19, 2005
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kelly, Shortell, Shortall

I am afraid that I do not know anything relative other than the contents of the directory I was referencing... which contains:

Illinois State Library, 300 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701-1796 phone (217) 782-7596 hours M-F: 8-4:30 CST, City Directory of Galena 1847-49, 1854-56, and 1858-59; their plat maps (property ownership) for Jo Daviess Co. begin in 1872; Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Galena itself likely begin in the 1880s unless the local library (below) has special editions

Galena Public Library, 601 S. Bench St., Galena, IL 61036, phone (815)777-0200 hours M&W 1-8:30, T&F 1-6, Th 9-6, and Sat. 10-5; Local History Room open M-F 3-5 and Sat. 1-4 CST; they show holdings for city directories (1847-49, 1854-56, 1858-59...) and County tax books 1850-1900 and a local historical newspaper article collection 1834-present for the period in question.

Note: the hours of operation quoted may have changed without notice. Definately call before making a trip.

Tax records may be your best bet. Good Hunting!