Wayne County

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Wayne County ILGenWeb is a free genealogical site about the people and history of the county. We hope you find helpful clues for your research of ancestors and relatives of Wayne county.

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County Coordinator: Sandy Bauer

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It is documented that settlers settled in what is now known as Wayne County as early as 1818 Though there have been 'unoffical' records that there were people in the area between 1812-1816. It became a county on March 26, 1819. Wayne came from General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, a General in the Revolutionary War and an Indian fighter in the Old Northwest Territory. The county seat location was picked because it was the 'center' of the settled areas. Its surname, "Fairfield", was given because 'looking over the beautiful land, it was the fair fields that drew one's breath'.

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Memorials..to those we have lost

We also have a Facebook group for Wayne County:

We have a new mailing list set up for communication since Rootsweb mailings lists are being discontinued by Ancestry since they bought Rootsweb. ilwayne@rootsweb.com mailing list archive is still available search and read at:

I set up a Google Groups for ilwayne.