County seat: City of Cairo
Alexander County was organized out of Union County in 1819. It was named for William M. Alexander, a physician who practiced in the town of America (the first county seat). Alexander became Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives in the early 1820s. The county seat was moved to Unity in 1833, then to Thebes in 1843, and finally to Cairo in 1860. America, the first county seat, is now within Pulaski County, which was formed from Alexander and Johnson Counties in 1843.
In March and April of 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that, even if individuals were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.
At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. In June, as the Kentucky project was nearing completion, it was decided to start a page for each of the remaining states, and, as with the Kentucky project, volunteers were found to host the state pages.
I have found the GenWeb Project pages to provide great information for the genealogist. I encourage you to become involved with your county or town and assist in providing information to share with others.
Please contact me with articles, broken links, photos, resource lists, etc. that concern Alexander County, New Illinois.
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