Canal Heritage Enterprises

Pioneers of Northeastern Illinois

In the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor one may find northeastern Illinois history, Irish genealogy, gravestone art in pioneer cemeteries and the history of the earliest Catholic priests to minister along the canal. Irish immigrants came to northeastern Illinois in 1836 to build the canal and stayed to build communities. They lived,worked and died along the I & M Canal and are buried in Catholic cemeteries such as the St. James at Sag Bridge Cemetery near Lemont, Illinois.

Search your Irish roots and explore the cultural heritage that the canal represents to Illinois history. Canal Heritage Enterprises offers:

These materials and services can assist you in understanding the history of the Illinois and Michigan and Canal and help you discover your ancestor's place in history. Consider ordering both books as a reference to local history. The Illinois and Michigan Canal can also be explored on this linked site which is also maintained by Nancy. Copyright Nancy Thornton, 2002-present.

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Our Canal Heritage DVD
The First Catholic Church in Joliet, Illinois
The First Chicago Church Records, 1833-44
St. James at Sag Bridge Catholic Church and Cemetery
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Gravestone Art
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