The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library has an online index of issues of the Illinois State Journal and its predecessors. It covers the first issue of the Sangamon Journal from 1831 through 1847; the Illinois Journal from 1847 – 1855; and the Illinois State Journal from 1855 – 1860. People, places and things mentioned here are listed alphabetically and chronologically. Local historians and genealogists will be able to search the it online before visiting the library to examine the newspaper issues on microfilm.
The Presidential Library has 5,226 newspaper titles, including the Illinois State Journal and its predecessors, on more than 100,000 reels of microfilm. It is the world’s largest source of Illinois newspapers on microfilm, and all of those are available on interlibrary loan at no charge through local public and educational libraries.