By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Writer
FULTON, Ill. —
Residents of Whiteside County will get the opportunity to be a part of the area’s history with a special family history book.
Whiteside County Genealogists will sponsor, compile and publish the new book, “Whiteside County, Illinois History & Families.”
“We’ve been laying out the framework for this for awhile now,” Charlene Johnson of the Fulton Historical Society said. “It’s exciting to see things come together.”
Johnson and Whiteside County Genealogist Donald Mulnix were at the Fulton Post Office on Thursday to drop off informational brochures on the book that will be sent out to all county residents.
“It will be interesting to see the different stories from across the county,” Mulnix said. “The more families included in the book, the better the historical record will be for everyone.”
The book will include the history of the county including family histories, communities, churches, schools, businesses, farms, memorials, tributes, clubs, organizations and more. It will contain material from 1839 to 2013, with approximately 200 to 300 pages. The hardback book will be bound in burgundy with a gold stamped seal depicting the Morrison Train Depot.
Families are encouraged to tell about any interesting stories from childhood, include marriages, children, jobs, military, education, organizations, etc. Stories must be written in 500 words or less. There is a charge of 15 cents per word for more than 500. Families must also send one photograph to go with their story.
An additional photo can be included for $15. Townships and communities that will be included in the book are Agnew, Albany, Coleta, Como, Deer Grove, Erie, Emerson, Fenton, Fulton, Galt, Garden Plain, Lyndon, Malvern, Morrison, Penrose, Prophetstown, Rock Falls, Round Grove, Spring Hill, Spring Valley, Sterling and Tampico.
Currently the book is available on pre-sale basis and is priced at $54.95. There is no charge for having family history and a photo published in the book. Submissions and book orders should be sent in by Aug. 30.
Materials can be sent to Whiteside County, IL History & Families Book, P.O. Box 145, Sterling, IL 61081 or dropped off at Sterling Public Library, Genealogical Department, 102 W. Third St. in Sterling. For more assistance, contact Johnson at 242-9432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mulnix at (815) 772-3107 or email email@example.com.