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Coordinates: 40.48°0′N 90.21°0′W / 40.48°N 90.21°W / 40.48; -90.21

Fulton County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Fulton County
Location in the state of Illinois
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Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 28, 1823
County Seat Lewiston
Courthouse
Fulton County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Fulton County Courthouse
100 N. Main
Lewistown, Illinois 61542
(309) 547-3041
Fulton County Website

Contents

County Organization

Fulton County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Fulton County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878 1824 1878 1830 1817 1827

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

Historical Facts

Robert Fulton - Circle of Thomas Sully.jpg
Fulton County was named for Robert Fulton who is credited for developing the first success steamboat on American waters.

Boundary Changes

  • 1823--Fulton County was created 28 January 1823 from Pike [1]

Records and Resources

Biography

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Fulton County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Fulton County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Cemeteries

Published Records

  • Baumgardner, Mary. Inscriptions from the Earliest Cemeteries in the Following Townships of Fulton County, Illinois: Bernadotte, Farmers, Pleasant, Vermont. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. FHL film 823664 Item 4
  • Foster, Virgil R. McDonough, Fulton and Hancock Counties, Illinois Cemetery Listings, ca. 1793-1971. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1992. FHL film 1697610 Item 12
  • Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society. Cemetery Inscriptions of Fulton County, Illinois. Peoria, Illinois: [Fulton County Historical Society], c1971-. FHL book 977.348 V3f v. 1-19


Online Gravestone Transcriptions

  • Find A Grave.com has burial information for nearly 200 Fulton County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click Here.


Cemetery Gazetters

  • Epodunk has a list of Fulton County Cemeteries. The website provides name of cemetery, address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.

Census

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190046,201
191049,5497.2%
192048,163−2.8%
193043,983−8.7%
194044,6271.5%
195043,716−2.0%
196041,954−4.0%
197041,890−0.2%
198043,6874.3%
199038,080−12.8%
200038,2500.4%
IL Counties 1900-1990
1840 Pensioners
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Fulton County on page 186.]

Church Records

Some additional resources for Fulton County, Illinois church records can be found in the WorldCat library which can be ordered through interlibrary loan at your local library. Explore how to search the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Fulton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

Circuit Court Case Files Index

Directories

  • Prairie Farmers Reliable Directory. Illinois, USA: Prairie Farmers Publishing Company, 1917. Ancestry ($). Covers Fulton County.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Fulton County, Illinois: Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County: Together with Portraits and Biographies of All the Presidents of the United States, and Governors of the State. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1890. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Genealogy Trails; Internet Archive.
  • Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Fulton County. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1908, c1905. Digital version at Ancestry ($)

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

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

Abstracts

Copies of original records

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Fulton County land and property may be found in the FHLC. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

Military

General

  • 1862–1865 Military Discharge CertificatesIRAD–WIU

Civil War

Civil War service men from Fulton 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 Fulton County.

- 3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company H.
- 7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company K.
- 11th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies B and G.
- 17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and H.
- 28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 50th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and D.
- 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 72nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and F.
- 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, F, G, H and I.
- 97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 103rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, all Companies.
- 123rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 132nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies B, D, and E.
- 148th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 151st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Companies B, D, and K.

Naturalization

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

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

  • 1839–1952 Naturalization Certificate Card File IRAD–WIU
  • 1855–1906 Naturalization Papers IRAD–WIU
  • 1859–1892 Naturalization Record, Final IRAD–WIU
  • 1859–1892 Naturalization Index Card File IRAD–WIU
  • 1859–1954 Naturalization Record Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1860–1905 Naturalization Index Card File IRAD–WIU
  • 1860–1906 Naturalization Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1865–1885 Naturalization Record of Soldiers and Minors IRAD–WIU
  • 1892–1906 Canton: Naturalization Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1894–1943 Canton: Naturalization Declarations of Intent IRAD–WIU
  • 1906–1948 Naturalization Declarations of Intent IRAD–WIU
  • 1907–1947 Canton: Naturalization Petition Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1907–1954 Naturalization petition record IRAD–WIU
  • 1908–1947 Naturalization Certificate Stubs IRAD–WIU
  • 1910–1947 Naturalization Correspondence Files IRAD–WIU
  • 1929–1955 Naturalization Order Books IRAD–WIU
  • 1929–1947 Canton: Naturalization Order Books  IRAD–WIU

Newspapers and Obituaries

Periodicals

Poor House records

Probate Records

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

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

Abstracts

  • 1821–1963 Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society. Index to the wills of Fulton County, Illinois, 1821–1963. [Canton, Illinois]: Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society (Illinois), 1993. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.348 P22i

Copies of original records

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 Fulton County are kept, see the Fulton County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

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Family Search Centers page on the FamilySearch.org website.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD-WIU)

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. Western Illinois University houses the records for Fulton County.

Public Libraries

Astoria Public Library District
220 West Broadway
Astoria, IL 61501
Tel: 309-329-2423
Fax: 309-329-2842
Email: astorlib@atorial.net

Farmington Area Public Library District
266 E. Fort Street
Farmington, IL 61531
Tel: 309-245-2175
Fax: 309-245-2294

Lewistown Carnegie Public Library District
321 W. Lincoln Avenue
Lewistown, IL 61542
Tel: 309-547-2860

Parlin Ingersoll Library
205 W. Chestnut Street
Canton, IL 61520
Tel: 309-647-0328
Fax: 309-647-8117
Email: parlin@parliningersoll.org

Spoon River Public Library District
201 South Third Street
Cuba, IL 61427
Tel: 309-785-5496

Vermont Public Library
East 4th & Main Streets
Vermont, IL 61484
Tel: 309-784-6291

Village of Avon Public Library
105 S. Main
Avon, IL 61415
Tel: 309-465-3933

Viola Public Library District
1705 14th St.
Viola, IL 61486
Tel: 309-596-2620
Fax: 309-596-2822
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School records

  • 1914–1928 School teacher's daily registers IRAD–WIU

Social Groups Online

Societies

Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society
205 West Chestnut Street
Canton, IL 61520-583

The Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society collection is housed at the Parlin-Ingersoll Library.

Taxation

Vital Records

See 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 Fulton County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by theIllinois 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 original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Fulton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births

  • 1902–1906 Birth and Death Reporting Accounts IRAD–WIU

Marriages

Online Resources

Abstracts of Marriage Records

  • 1824–1961 Johnson, Marion C., Geraldine Mayhugh, Virginia O. (Whitmore) Johnson, and Linda L. (Johnson) Pollard. Marriages, Fulton County, Illinois. [Canton, Illinois]: Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society (Illinois), 1989-2000, 2003-2004. FHL first book 977.348 V2j 1824–1861 (first of 8 books)
  • 1829–1911 Foster, Virgil R. and Bob Harding. Fulton County, Illinois marriages, ca. 1829-1911. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1992. FHL film 1697600 Item 4

Deaths

Online Resources

Abstracts of Death Records

  • 1832–1976 Foster, Virgil, R. Fulton County, Illinois (with emphasis on Vermont, Illinois) funeral notices, ca. 1832-1976. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1991. FHL film 1597902 Item 6

Copies of original Death Records

  • 1885–1980 Coroner's Inquest Record  IRAD–WIU
  • 1902–1906 Birth and Death Reporting Accounts IRAD–WIU
  • 1909–1953 Poor Farm Death Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1960–1970 Coroner's Inquest Files  IRAD–WIU

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Fulton births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Fulton – Vital Records topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Voter Registration

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  2. History of Fulton County, Illinois: together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons and biographies of representative citizens : history of Illinois, embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, aborigines, French, English and American conquests, and a general review of its civil, political and military history, digest of state laws, C.C. Chapman and Co., J.W. Franks and Sons, Peoria, Illinois, 1879

 

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