Digital Sanborn Maps
The Library of Congress provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company. They were originally created to help fire insurance companies determine the risks associated with insuring properties. Today, they are useful in charting the development of cities and towns over many years and for researching house histories. For Danville, the maps are 1884, 1890, 1895 1900 1909 1914 and 1914 revised 1951. Other Vermilion County villages with maps are Catlin, Fairmount, Georgetown, Hoopeston, Potomac, Rankin, Ridge Farm, Rossville, Sidell, and Westville. Call the Reference Desk for assistance at 217-477-5228.
History Links for Vermilion County, IL
History of Vermilion County, together with historic notes on the Northwest, gleaned from early authors, old maps and manuscripts, private and official correspondence and other authentic, though, for the most part, out-of-the way sources By Beckwith, Hiram W. 1879
Portrait and biographical album of Vermilion county, Illinois containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representave citizens of the County By Geoffrey Chapman Publishers 1889
The past and present of Vermilion County, Illinois By Clarke, (S.J.) Publishing Company, Chicago 1903
History of Vermilion County, Illinois By Williams, Jack Moore 1930