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DuPage County, Illinois
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DuPage County ILGenWeb


Thank you for visiting this DuPage County history and genealogy site!   Enjoy your visit, and be sure to bookmark this site.   Your contributions are welcome.  I am Pat Sabin, and I have been an active volunteer and County Coordinator with the USGenWeb Project since 1999.  My interest in DuPage County is through my New England ancestors who arrived  in Naperville beginning in 1833, and my East Tennessee relatives who arrived in the 1860s and 70s.  This site has been in existence as a personal history site since 1999, but it just joined the ILGenWeb as an official county site!  Please be patient as I reorganize, redecorate, and check links!    Pat Sabin

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Early History of DuPage County

In the early days the Illiniwek, and later the Miami, Iroquois, Sak, Fox , Kickapoo and Pottawatomi Indians lived in this area, rich in fish, game and vegetation.

In 1673 Father Jacques Marquette and French explorer Louis Joliet came to the area, following the Illinois and DesPlaines rivers from the Mississippi.

Trappers and traders came throughout the 1700s and early 1800s, the best known being a Frenchman by the name of DuPage.  In 1800 he settled where the east and west branches of the river join.

The first permanent settlement was made in the fall of 1830 and the spring of 1831.  Read more about the History of DuPage County   in excerpts from "A History of the County of Du Page, Illinois," 1857.


Research Material & Features On This Site

Illinois with DuPage Co

DuPage County Historic Townships
Histories, Early Officers, Images, & More!

Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Prospect Park
Naperville Township
bullet LisleTownship
bullet Bloomingdale Township
Bloomingdale, Roselle, Meacham
bullet AddisonTownship
Bensonville, Lesters, Itasca, Addison
bullet WinfieldTownship  
Turner, Winfield Station, Warrenville, W.Chicago
bullet Wayne Township  
Wayne Station, Wayne Center, Carol Stream
bullet Downers Grove Township
Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Clarendon Hills
bullet York Township
Elmhurst, Mammoth Spring, Lombard

The wonderful lithographs of the scenes of DuPage Co  are from the 1874 Atlas and History of Dupage County,   Illinois, 1874,  published by Thompson Bro's & Burr of  Elgin, Illinois.

QUERIES - Share questions and information with fellow genealogists

bulletIn Memoriam - Contributors of this site who have joined their ancestors

     USGenWeb Project Resources for DuPage County

  bullet USGenWeb Archives    bulletUSGenWeb Tombstone Project
bulletMap of Illinois    bullet The World GenWeb Project


OFF SITE RESOURCES - Use your BACK button to return

 DuPage County Census of 1900 - Contributed to USGenWeb Archives by DCGS


Thanks for visiting!  I regret to say that I live in the Atlanta GA area, and am not in a position to answer personal research questions unless they relate to MY DUPAGE COUNTY FAMILIES.   I hope  that you'll find answers through the resources and links found on the  DuPage County ILGenWeb site. Patricia (Pat) Sabin.   If you know of other great resources that should be included, please sent me a link!  Pat Sabin

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