FULTON, Ill. — After nearly three years of research, the Whiteside County Genealogy Society and Fulton Historical Society are ready to unveil a one-of-a-kind historical archive for the people of Whiteside County.
Comprised of detailed family lineage and rich historical information pertaining to each of Whiteside County’s townships, the Whiteside County Illinois historical book is a plethora of information for people interested in the community’s heritage.
Though much of the book is based on historical facts, assistance from the people who make up the county was an essential part to the books’ authoring, Fulton Historical Society President Barb Mask said.
“Any family in the county was allowed to have 250 words and one photo for free to write about their family genealogy,” Mask said. “Seeing how the families enjoyed working on their family history, they frequently said to us they had wanted to do this for a long time and this gave them the motivation. It’s been a really fun thing to see it all come together.”
More than 260 families contributed to the Whiteside County History Book, but more than 400 copies have already been sold on pre-order registration and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the books will be available for sale to those interested in getting their own copy at the Fulton Martin House Museum.
Whiteside County Genealogist and project coordinator Don Mulnix said an additional 300 copies of the book will be available on Saturday, adding that although he isn’t sure if they will sell out, he is confident that all 300 books will eventually be sold.
“I’ve already sold books over and above what we’ve sold (400 pre-ordered copies) and that’s just been doing that at the farmers markets here in town (Morrison),” Mulnix said. “I think as the word gets out to people, they’ll be looking more into getting themselves a copy.”