Were your Illinois ancestors coal miners?
There is a new online database listing information about coal miners who were injured or killed in mining accidents within the First District of Illinois between 1882 and 1927. It also lists the names of men certified as hoisting engineers, mine managers, and mine supervisors in the First District for the same time period.
The data is from The Illinois Coal Reports, and provides access to the names of thousands of miners who may or may not have lived in the area long enough to be recorded on census records.
The first coal discovered in North America was in Northern Illinois in the 1600’s by explorers Marquette and Joliet
The database is named Coal Reports of Illinois First District Index.