Local History

Photographs and Posters


Selected titles from Plano Community Library’s Genealogy and Local History Collections

Area Cemeteries

A Bicentennial History of Kendall County, IllKathy Farren

Biographical Directory of the Voters and Tax-payers of Kendall County, Illinois

Commemorative Portrait and Biographical Record of Kane and Kendall Counties, Illinois

Extractions from Plano, Illinois newspapers Dates ranging 1882-1901
Berdeane Wagner

Extractions from Sandwich, Illinois
Newspapers 1857-1918
Berdeane Wagner

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois
Newton Bateman

History of Kendall County, Illinois 
Reverend EW Hicks

Joseph Smith III and the Restoration
Condensed from the author’s Memoirs which were published serially in the Saints’ herald, Nov. 6, 1934-July 31, 1937.
Joseph Smith

Lines in the Plano Mirror 1878-1887
Berdeane Wagner

Kendall County Birth and Marriage Records
Elmer Dickson

Lost Maramech and Earliest Chicago
A history of the Foxes and of their downfall near the great village of Maramech
John F. Steward

The Reaper: A History of the Efforts of Those Who Justly May be Said to Have Made Bread Cheap
John Fletcher Steward

Records of Township of Little Rock, Kendall County, Illinois 1850-1874
John and Berdeane Wagner

A Student’s History of Kendall County
Sue E. Matile

Cemetery Records

Various local cemeteries—Griswold, St. Patrick’s, Little Rock, etc.
Elmer Dickson

Collection of Local History Information

  • Churches – St. Mary’s, First Lutheran, Plano Congregational, and more
  • Depot/Business/Industry – photos, business directories, news clippings
  • Parks/Bridges/Mills/Scenic – photos, news articles, postcards
  • Families & Organizations – obituaries and photos, programs, service records
  • Plano Houses/Plano Streets – drawings and photos, news articles, maps
  • Library – photos, news articles, letters, information sheets
  • Plano Centennial/125 Year Celebration/150 Year Celebration/Hometown Days –
    pamphlets, news clippings, photos
  • Plano Schools – photos, booklets, programs
  • School Publications – Plano Planet, Plano Satellite, handbooks
  • Plano High School Yearbooks – 1930-2005
  • Miscellaneous Newspapers
  • Atlases & Plat books (Kendall County)
  • Tracking Your Family to Illinois by Kristy Lawrie Gravlin
  • Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Kendall County Historical Society Newsletter
  • Fox Tales – Fox Valley Genealogical Society Newsletter
  • Area Cemetery Records

Plano Community Library also has a Microfilm machine and the following publications on film:

Kendall County News
September 1881—October 1974

Plano Record
January 1981—current

The Tri-County Today—Sandwich, IL
January 1977—December 1981

The News Press—Sandwich, IL
January 1974—December 1976

True Latter Day Saints Herald—Plano, IL

Census information from the 1800’s