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Guide to Alexander County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Coordinates: 37.19°0′N 89.34°0′W / 37.19°N 89.34°W / 37.19; -89.34

Alexander County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Alexander County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 4, 1819
County Seat Cairo
Courthouse
Alexander county courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Alexander County Courthouse

2000 Washington Avenue
Cairo, Illinois 62914
(618) 734-7000

Contents

Alexander County Organization

Alexander County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Alexander County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1819 1878 1820 1818 1819

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Alexander County are kept, see the Alexander County Courthouse page.

Historical Records

Alexander County is named for William M. Alexander, early settler and Illinois state senator.

Boundary Changes

  • 4 March 1819: Alexander County was created from Johnson County. County seat: Cairo [1]
  • Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in:
    Union (1818–1819)
    Johnson (1812–1818)
    Randolph (1795–1812)
    St. Clair (1790–1795)

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Alexander County resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
  Illinois Cemeteries  
  Genealogy Trails  

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190019,384
191022,74117.3%
192023,9805.4%
193022,542−6.0%
194025,49613.1%
195020,316−20.3%
196016,061−20.9%
197012,015−25.2%
198012,2642.1%
199010,626−13.4%
20009,590−9.7%
IL Counties 1900-1990

For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

  • Index to the 1820 census of Alexander County...Bond County...Crawford County...Wayne County, Illinois. FHL Film 823651

Church History and Records

Some church records can be found at the town level.

Baptist
Catholic

FamilySearch has made parish records from four Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Alexander County available online (requires free registration). The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

Methodist

Court Records

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Collection

The following copies of records may be accessed through: IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Alexander County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page

Circuit Court

  • 1842-1873 Circuit Court Record

County Board/County Commissioners

  • 1819-1929 County Commissioners' Minutes and Index
  • 1819-1942 County Commissioners' Proceedings Files
  • 1931-1935 Blind Relief Warrant Registers

County Clerk

  • 1873-1930 County Court Case Files

Justice of the Peace

  • 1942-1949 Justice of the Peace Dockets

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

History

  • Shawnee Community College Local History Project includes dozens of personal interviews, newspaper clippings, and even a locally-composed song to give you a taste of historic Alexander County. Was your relative one of the interviewed individuals?



Land and Property

Original land records for Alexander County are held in the office of the County Recorder (618) 734-7001. See Illinois Land Records for more information about using land records.

Online Resources

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Collection

The following abstracts and copies of land records may be accessed through: IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Alexander County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page

1816-1857 Entry Books
1818-1943 Deed Index
1818-1944 Deed Record
1853-1939 Plat Record
1864-1870 Mortgage Release Record
1865-1904 Mortgage Record
1872-1903 Incorporation Record, Corporations
1900-1944 Mortgage Index
1915-1963 Chattel Mortgage Record

Family History Library Collection

Maps

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Military History and Records

General

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Collection The following records may be accessed through: IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Alexander County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1861-1862 Militia Roll Record
  • 1918-1944 Military Discharge Record

American Revolutionary War

Civil War

Civil War service men from Alexander County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Alexander County.

- 1st Regiment, Illinois Light Artillery, Battery A (Smith's Battery Chicago Light Artillery), Battery D, and Battery G.
- 2nd Regiment, Illinois Light Artillery, Battery D.
- 6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company M.
- 7th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 8th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 9th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Companies A, H, I, and K.
- 15th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A, (Stewart's Independent Cavalry Company).
- 16th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company K.
- 18th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, I and K.
- 109th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B.

Naturalization and Citizenship

The following copies of records may be accessed through: IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Alexander County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Circuit Court

  • 1857-1941 Naturalization Record Index
  • 1864-1892 Naturalization Record of Soldier and Minors
  • 1864-1893 Naturalization Record, Final
  • 1865-1941 Naturalization Declarations of Intent
  • 1907-1940 Naturalization Petition Record
  • 1929-1940 Naturalization Order Books

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk (618) 439-2011. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

Online Resources

  • 1829-1902 An unspecified number of Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970 are available at the Family Search Records online database. The collection does not have an every name index, but the images are available to browse and may often have indexes within each volume.
  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Collection

The following copies of records may be accessed through: IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Alexander County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

1819-1942 Probate Minutes
1829-1870 Probate Case Files
1842-1943 Probate Guardian's Record
1850-1942 Probate Will Record
1857-1889 Probate Record
1865-1938 Probate Administrator's Record
1866-1944 Probate Publication Record
1872-1944 Probate Administrator's and Executor's Record
1873-1928 Probate Sale Record, Personal Property
1873-1944 Probate Inventory Record
1879-1940 Probate Appraisement Record
1887-1940 Probate Conservator's Record
1911-1917 Probate Fee Books
1913-1916 Probate Dockets
  • Family History Library Collection

1819-1902 Probate records, 1819-1902; index to probate files FHL film 961726–961747 and 960438

Conservators bonds and letters
proof of birth and death
Index to probate files, estates & guardians, 1820-1971
Estates probate files 1828 to 1867
Wills, 1850 to 1902
Probate Order Books, 1857 to 1889
  • SAMPUBCO - Index of testators of wills.

Public Records

The following copies of records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Franklin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1870-1926 Almshouse Registers
  • 1889-1949 School Teachers' Directories
  • 1895-1959 School Teachers' Daily Registers
  • 1914-1928 School Teachers' permanent Record
  • 1941-1976 Santa Fe Township Poor Relief Account Books

Repositories

County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Alexander County are kept, see the Alexander County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Southern Illinois University houses the records for Alexander County.

Public Libraries

Cairo Public Library
1609 Washington Avenue
Cairo, Illinois 62914
Phone: 618-734-1840

Dodge Memorial Public Library
P.O. Box 65 Railroad Street
Olive Branch, Illinois 62969
Phone: 618-776-5115

Social Groups Online

Societies

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

Vital Records

See Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health. with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Alexander County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 192. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igiillinoisac.pdf.