It has been my intention to you enough "Touches of History" and "Bits from the Past," to give you a feel of the land and of the time period. It was a time of great importance, of the discovery and development of this great land we know as Illinois.
"Oh, That's not for me...My ancestors were born in the 1800's."
What they do not realize is that there are many Obituaries contained in these books that reach back into that time period - the early 1800's. Many of the Obituaries are full of information not commonly found in other sources, including: names of all immediate family members, such as: spouse, children, parents, and brothers and sisters, alive and deceased. Many migrated from North Carolina, to Tennessee, to Kentucky, on into the southern part of Illinois, which included Pope County.
Correspondents living in surrounding communities of Golconda, reported weekly to the Herald-Enterprise on the happenings in their communites. Thanks to these people, information from most of Pope County was published in the Herald-Enterprise. This is not just newspaper abstracts. These books are unique in the fact that they exhaust every birth, marriage, and death that was reported in the Herald-Enterprise, including those that do not have dates. Many people were brought back to their native county to be buried, and of course, were included in the local newspaper. These books also include information for Massac and other surrounding counties. This set of books you are sure to want in your collection.