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Bibles were often given to a bride as a wedding gift, and families recorded in them information about immediate family and close relatives. Bible records can include birth, marriage, and death dates; parents’ names; and names of children and their spouses, including maiden names. A person’s age at the time of death may be given. Many families kept Bible records from 1850 to more recent times, although few of these records have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.

Many Bible records are transcribed in:

Illinois State Genealogical Society, Family Bible Records. 2vols. Springfield, Ill.: The Society, 1990–94. (FHL book 977.3 V2is; computer number 572704.) A microfilm copy of the original papers of this ongoing project is:

Family Bible Record Copies Collected by the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s Family Bible Records Project, ca. 1724–1987. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994. (FHL films 1954965 and 1954966, item1; computer number 743950.)

Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Illinois have also collected some Illinois Bible records over the years. Additional DAR Bible, cemetery, and family record collections for Illinois are indexed by surname only in:

Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Bibles and Family Records of the United States: 45,500 References as Taken from the Microfilm at the Genealogical Society of Utah. 2vols. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1984. (FHL book 973 D22kk; fiche 6089184 [set of 4 fiche]; computer number 298346.) Volume 2 includes Illinois.

Many periodicals publish family data from Bible records. These are referenced in the “Families” section of the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).

The following bible information was  submitted by Lynnea Dickinson.  If you have a family bible that you would like to share, please email me.

Jackson Bible

[This Bible information was shared with me by Jenn Ramsey, a descendant of James Harmon Jackson and Jane Elizabeth Stakemiller. I have transcribed the information from the pages verbatim.]

Alexis William Jackson Jan. 24 - 1866
Jefferson Mo. Davis Co.
Minnie Catherine Jackson April 29 - 1867
Jefferson M. Davis Co.
Anna Margaret Jackson Jan. 30 - 1869
Freedom Township Carloll Co. Ill.
Etta Inize Jackson Aug. 2 - 1870
Freedom Township Carloll Co. Ill.
Samuel Stakemiller Jackson Nov. 1 - 1871
Bucan Township Mo.
Jane E. Jackson Aug. 25 - 1872
Athison Co. Kansas. Athison
Lula May Jackson June 2 - 1875
Freedom Township Carloll Co. Ill
Azalia Elen Jackson Oct. 12 - 1877
Freedom Township Carloll Co. Ill
Bessie Alma Jackson April 19 - 1879
Freedom Township Caroll Co. Ill.
Nase Ellis Jackson June 8 - 1881
Freedom Township Caroll Co. Ill.
Infant daughter still born Dec. 25 - 1883
Ogal Co. Ill.
Erasmus Cooper Jackson Jan. 1 - 1886
Rockford, Ill.

Catherine Jane Jackson born May 20 -1916
Julia Helen Jackson born Feb. 20 - 1919 still born

This Certifies that Helen E. Baker of Mzaomanie Wis. and Nase E. Jackson of El Reno Oklahomia were joined together by me in the Bonds of Holy Matrimony at ____ Church on the 27 day of January in the year of our Lord 1915

[on marriages page]
James H. Jackson born May13th 1839. Marion Township, In.

Jane Elizabeth Stakemiller
James Harmon Jackson
Minnie Catherine Jackson
David H. Seal
Etta Inize Jackson
Allan Manley
Anna Margaret Jackson
Thomas W. Wingfield
Lulu May Jackson
Richard m. Cullins
Azalia Elen Jackson
Lenard Hubbard
Nase E. Jackson
Helen E. Baker Jan. 27 - 1915

James H. Jackson Dec. 22 - 1907
Anna Margaret Wingfield Feb. 5 - 1895
Minne Catherine Seal Jan. 24 - 1896
Etta Inize Manley Oct 6 - 1897
Samuel S. Jackson Nov. 1 - 1901
Jane E. Jackson

Lena Belle Seal
Earl Porter Wingfield
Guile Wingfield
Mina Wingfield
Alvia Dewy Cullins Aug. 24 - 1898 Arkansas
James Claunie Culline Aug 20 - 1900 Oklahoma
Orren Claud Cullins Jan. 17 - 1902 "
Edra Erma Cullins Oct. 13 - 1903 "
Leah Hazel Cullins July 29 - 1905 "
Veda Francess Cullins Aug. 13 - 1908 "
Richard Ervin Cullins Sept. 21 - 1913 "