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Cornsilk is published by the DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society in the months of March, June, September and December. 

The deadline for submission of information is the 15th of the month prior to publication. Send submissions to: Marcia Wilson, Cornsilk, 433 S. California Street, Sycamore, IL 60178 or m.wilson25@frontier.com. 

The current issue is available at the law office of Klein Stoddard Buck & Lewis, 2045 Aberdeen Ct., Sycamore, IL 60178 or by writing DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society, PO Box 295, Sycamore, IL 60178.

Cornsilk is available by mail by clicking the yellow Order Form button below.  Current issues are available for $7.50, back issues are available for $5.00.  Add $1.00 shipping each.



The 1976-2010 Cornsilk articles have been indexed. 
This 28 page Word file may require extra time to download. 
Requests for copies of articles should be sent to JoinerHistoryRoom@DeKalbCounty.org. 

See Index.

Watch this space for information on the next event!


The Society has 37 publications available for purchase.  Click on the yellow Order Form button for a complete list.


Rural School Journeys:
A Legacy Of Learning

This beautiful hard-cover 304-page volume contains the histories of the 159 one-room schools that at one time dotted DeKalb County and features over 400 photographs, an appendix of teacher names, and so much more! The footnotes and index make it an invaluable research tool for genealogists and historians.

Where to find it in Sycamore:
  • Sycamore Historical Museum
  • Walgreen's
  • Law office of Ron Klein,
    2045 Aberdeen Ct., Suite A
  • Joiner History Room
Where to find it in DeKalb:
  • Borders Books
  • Blackwell History of Education
    Museum, NIU


Other County Locations:
  • Stone Mill Museum, Sandwich
  • Shabbona Museum
  • KVHS Museum, Genoa
How to order it by mail:
  • Mail $38.50 (includes sales
    tax and mailing) to DCHGS,
    PO Box 285, Sycamore, IL 60178

  • www.mtpublishing.com/search.asp




The Historical Society walked and transcribed every cemetery in Dekalb County in the 1970s.  
Two books have been updated.  They are Mt. Carmel, Sycamore (2005) and Oak Ridge, Somonauk (2004).
This work is published and available. 


1) Atlases of Dekalb County 1871 - 1892 - 1905 - 1929
    11" x 14" hardbound black & white, about 300 pages with an index.
    Includes several county maps and all 19 township maps for all 4 years
    mentioned above. Also includes numerous drawings of important homes
    in and around the township shown, as well as a treasure trove of historical
    information. In all, over 170 maps.

This Book available for $50.00 plus $4.00 shipping.

2) Boies History of Dekalb County, 1868
    Henry Boise was editor of the Sycamore True Republican newspaper from
    1863 to 1887. This book contains the history of the Dekalb County Regiments
    and the men who served in the Civil War as well as the history of Dekalb
    County from 1836 to 1868. Reprinted by Dekalb Co. Historical Society.

This Book available for $25.00 plus $4.00 shipping.

3) Voters and Tax Payers of Dekalb County, 1876
    Voters and Taxpayers of Dekalb County is a biographical directory of those
    taxpayers and voters living in Dekalb Co. between 1870 and 1876 and a
    history of the county and state; map of the county and a business directory
    originally published in 1876 and reprinted by the Dekalb Co. Historical
    Society in 1977. Phyllis Kelley, County Historian and director of the
    Joiner History Room, calls this book her "Bible".

This Book available for $25.00 plus $4.00 shipping.

4) Sycamore According to Luke (McLagen)
    Information is pending.
    Soft cover

This Book available for $17.00 plus $4.00 shipping.


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