Welcome to CCGS

The Champaign County Genealogical Society (CCGS) welcomes new members whether they are researching extensively in Champaign County, Illinois, or have no ancestors at all to research in our county.  The Society promotes genealogical and historical research and aids in the publication, dissemination, and preservation of genealogical and historical material.  We welcome you to join us.


Research Night Suspended

Research night on the second Wednesday of each month is being suspended until further notice due to COVID-19 and physical distancing requirements. However, the Champaign County Historical Archives is open and researchers can request a 1-hour appointment. To schedule an appointment: call 217-367-4025, email archives@urbanafree.org, or stop by.


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Activity on the Farm

The following are snippets from the Sidney By-way newspaper to capture life on the farm.
 
A fine black mare worth over $200, was stolen from the stable of J. C. McCaskin, in Rantoul. Detective Rittenhouse was employed to work up the case on Friday and on Mon. he secured the animal at Newport. The animal had been traded by the thief to traveling horse-traders, and the thief had gone on.
Sidney By-way. Sidney, Illinois, 27 May 1887 page 4.
 
Philo. – J. C. Reed has erected a new hay barn 30x40 feet.
Sidney By-way. Sidney, Illinois, 27 May 1887 page 4.
 
J. H. Logan has an 80-acres piece of corn ground that looks like it was hard to beat about here, for thorough preparation and general appearance.
Sidney By-way. Sidney, Illinois, 19 May 1888 page 4.
 
William Rush will remain on the Cole farm another year.
Sidney By-way. Sidney, Illinois, 5 April 1890 page 4.
 
Mont Stuart, of Philo, is ditching on Dr. Mandeville’s farm, east of here. He goes home nights.
Sidney By-way. Sidney, Illinois, 5 April 1890 page 4.
 
Homer. John Patton will sell his farm, if he can, and move to Danville.
Sidney By-way. Sidney, Illinois, 5 April 1890 page 4.
 
Isaac Ramsey, who lives eight miles southeast, was seriously bitten by a hog, about six weeks ago. The wound has crippled him so that he is obliged to leave the farm.
Sidney By-way. Sidney, Illinois, 5 April 1890 page 4.
 
Fannie Carroll, of Raymond township, is making poultry raising a specialty. She has an incubator and brooder. Thus far she has been quite successful in hatching and bringing up her chicks.
Sidney By-way. Sidney, Illinois, 3 May 1890 page 4.