Illinois Regional Archives Depository University Library Western Illinois University 1 University Circle Macomb, IL 61455 Telephone: (309) 298-2716
The birth records, in their possession, start in 1877.
You may have to search for a church that existed in 1855, in that county, to see if they have a baptismal record, since the churches started keeping records long before the State of IL started. Record keeping in IL became "mandatory" in the year 1916.
Or... Go to http://www.familysearch.org/http://www.familysearch.org/ Click on "Library" Then click on "Family History Library Catalog." Choose "Place Search." Enter "Rock Island" on the top line. Enter "IL" on the second line, to see what records are available at your local "Family History Center" Library.
To find a FHC Library near you, go to: http://www.familysearch.org/http://www.familysearch.org/ Click on "Library." Then click on "Family History Centers." Enter your city or town.They have locations all over the World.If they do not have the microfilm you need, in stock, they can order it for the cost of postage - usually about $3 or $4.
If you have a death certificate, it should indicate the cemetery name.Maybe his parents are buried in the same cemetery.Maybe you can determine whether it is a Catholic, Lutheran, etc. cemetery - to narrow down which churches to search for a baptism record.
If you do not know the date of death, and if he died in IL, you can send for a Death Index, for the years 1871-1916, thru the IL Archives.If the death occurred after 1916, in IL, he may be listed in the online IL Death index: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.htmlhttp://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html