Brown County, Illinois

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=== Church History and Records  ===
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
  
Some additional resources for [https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=kw%3Abrown+county+illinois+church&qt=results_page Brown 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]].
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Some additional resources for [https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=kw%3Abrown+county+illinois+church&qt=results_page Brown 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  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using 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 [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Western_Illinois_University|WIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
<br> '''Copies of original records'''  
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<br>'''Copies of original records'''  
  
 
:*'''1837–1853''' Circuit Court records {{FHL|704312|item|disp=FHL film 1903096 Item 3}}  
 
:*'''1837–1853''' Circuit Court records {{FHL|704312|item|disp=FHL film 1903096 Item 3}}  
:*'''1841–1895''' Circuit court fee books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]  
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:*'''1841–1895''' Circuit court fee books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
 
:*'''1853–1924''' Chancery records {{FHL|702748|item|disp=FHL films 1902734 items 3-4 thru 1902734 item 1}}
 
:*'''1853–1924''' Chancery records {{FHL|702748|item|disp=FHL films 1902734 items 3-4 thru 1902734 item 1}}
  
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The following have information concerning African American research.  
 
The following have information concerning African American research.  
  
*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
  
 
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what&nbsp;records are&nbsp;at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
 
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what&nbsp;records are&nbsp;at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
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:*Boyd, Gregory. ''Family maps of Brown County, Illinois: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads, and more.'' Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Publishing Company, 2005. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/716485563 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|654595|item|disp=FHL book 977.3473 R22b}}
 
:*Boyd, Gregory. ''Family maps of Brown County, Illinois: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads, and more.'' Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Publishing Company, 2005. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/716485563 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|654595|item|disp=FHL book 977.3473 R22b}}
  
:*'''1986''' Rockford Map Publishers. ''Land atlas and plat book, Brown County, Illinois, 1986.'' Rockford, Illinois: Rockford Map Publishers, 1986. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/13824001 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|560433|item|disp=FHL book 977.3473 E7b}}
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:*'''1986''' Rockford Map Publishers. ''Land atlas and plat book, Brown County, Illinois, 1986.'' Rockford, Illinois: Rockford Map Publishers, 1986. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/13824001 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|560433|item|disp=FHL book 977.3473 E7b}}
  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
  
:*'''1817–1853''' Lists of lands subject to taxation {{FHL|702766|item|disp=FHL film 1902734 Item 2}}
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:*'''1817–1853''' Lists of lands subject to taxation {{FHL|702766|item|disp=FHL film 1902734 Item 2}}
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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:*'''1844–1922''' Probate records {{FHL|703380|item|disp=FHL first film 1955659(first of 119 films)}}  
 
:*'''1844–1922''' Probate records {{FHL|703380|item|disp=FHL first film 1955659(first of 119 films)}}  
 
:*'''1849–1936''' Administrator's records {{FHL|701880|item|disp=FHL films 1902329 Items 2-5 thru 1902331 Item 1}}  
 
:*'''1849–1936''' Administrator's records {{FHL|701880|item|disp=FHL films 1902329 Items 2-5 thru 1902331 Item 1}}  
:*'''1850–1967''' Probate fee books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]  
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:*'''1850–1967''' Probate fee books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1869–1928''' Executor's Records, vol. B–E {{FHL|701877|item|disp=FHL films 1902328 Items 2-5 thru 1902329 Item 1}}  
 
:*'''1869–1928''' Executor's Records, vol. B–E {{FHL|701877|item|disp=FHL films 1902328 Items 2-5 thru 1902329 Item 1}}  
 
:*'''1869–1927''' Wills {{FHL|702994|item|disp=FHL films 1902734 Item 5–1902736}}  
 
:*'''1869–1927''' Wills {{FHL|702994|item|disp=FHL films 1902734 Item 5–1902736}}  
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:*- Probate Index {{FHL|1426361|item|disp=FHL book 977.3473 P22b}}
 
:*- Probate Index {{FHL|1426361|item|disp=FHL book 977.3473 P22b}}
  
''' Additional Resources '''
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'''Additional Resources'''
  
Additional resources for Brown County probates may be found in the [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=764644 Illinois,Brown– Probate 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 [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
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Additional resources for Brown County probates may be found in the [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=764644 Illinois,Brown– Probate 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 [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
=== Public Records  ===
 
=== Public Records  ===
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=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
  
:*'''1817–1853''' Lists of lands subject to taxation {{FHL|702766|item|disp=FHL film 1902734 Item 2}}
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:*'''1817–1853''' Lists of lands subject to taxation {{FHL|702766|item|disp=FHL film 1902734 Item 2}}
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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:*'''1830–1900 '''Birth certificates {{FHL|975951|item|disp=FHL first film 2184804 (first of 22 films)}}  
 
:*'''1830–1900 '''Birth certificates {{FHL|975951|item|disp=FHL first film 2184804 (first of 22 films)}}  
:*'''1854–1895 '''Birth record index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]  
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:*'''1854–1895 '''Birth record index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]:*'''1865–1895''' birth record index {{FHL|761442|item|disp=FHL film 2021550 Items 2-3}}  
:*'''1865–1895''' birth record index {{FHL|761442|item|disp=FHL film 2021550 Items 2-3}}  
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:*'''1877–1895 '''Birth record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|761442|item|disp=FHL film 2021550 Items 2-3}}  
:*'''1877–1895 '''Birth record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] {{FHL|761442|item|disp=FHL film 2021550 Items 2-3}}  
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:*'''1901–1904 '''Birth Records {{FHL|1285932|item|disp=FHL films 1183751-6}}
 
:*'''1901–1904 '''Birth Records {{FHL|1285932|item|disp=FHL films 1183751-6}}
  
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:*'''1839–1850''' Marriages {{FHL|534841|item|disp=FHL film 1688528 Item 1}}  
 
:*'''1839–1850''' Marriages {{FHL|534841|item|disp=FHL film 1688528 Item 1}}  
 
:*'''1839–1951''' Marriage record index {{FHL|760986|item|disp=FHL film 2021412}}  
 
:*'''1839–1951''' Marriage record index {{FHL|760986|item|disp=FHL film 2021412}}  
:*'''1839–1995''' Marriage record index[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]  
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:*'''1839–1995''' Marriage record index[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
:*'''1839–1951''' Marriage record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] {{FHL|760986|item|disp=FHL films 2021549, 2021550 Item 1}}  
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:*'''1839–1951''' Marriage record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|760986|item|disp=FHL films 2021549, 2021550 Item 1}}  
:*'''1868–1951''' Marriage licenses [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]  
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:*'''1868–1951''' Marriage licenses [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]:*'''1886–1951''' Marriage licenses {{FHL|760759|item|disp=FHL first film 2021412 (first of 10 films)}}
:*'''1886–1951''' Marriage licenses {{FHL|760759|item|disp=FHL first film 2021412 (first of 10 films)}}
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'''Online Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
 
:*Some of the Family History Library's Collection of Brown County marriages have been digitized: {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934}}.  
 
:*Some of the Family History Library's Collection of Brown County marriages have been digitized: {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934}}.  
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
  
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'''Copies of original Death Records'''  
 
'''Copies of original Death Records'''  
  
:*'''1877–1915 '''Death record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]  
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:*'''1877–1915 '''Death record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]:*'''1877–1945 '''Death record index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
:*'''1877–1945 '''Death record index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]  
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:*'''1877–1915 '''Deaths {{FHL|262885|item|disp=FHL film 2021550 Item 4 and 2021551 Items 1-2}}  
 
:*'''1877–1915 '''Deaths {{FHL|262885|item|disp=FHL film 2021550 Item 4 and 2021551 Items 1-2}}  
 
:*'''1878–1945 '''Deaths index {{FHL|262885|item|disp=FHL film 2021550 Item 4 and 2021551 Items 1-2}}
 
:*'''1878–1945 '''Deaths index {{FHL|262885|item|disp=FHL film 2021550 Item 4 and 2021551 Items 1-2}}
  
'''Online Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
 
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
 
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
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==== Additional Resources  ====
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
  
Additional resources for Brown births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|550111|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Brown – 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&nbsp;from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
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Additional resources for Brown births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|550111|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Brown – 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&nbsp;from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==

Revision as of 19:33, 19 August 2011

Coordinates: 39.95°0′N 90.75°0′W / 39.95°N 90.75°W / 39.95; -90.75

Brown County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Brown County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 1, 1839
County Seat Mount Sterling
Courthouse
Brown county courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Brown County Courthouse
200 West Court
Mt. Sterling, Illinois 62353
(217) 773-2011
Brown County Website

United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Brown County

Contents

Brown County Organization

Brown County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Brown County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878 1839 1878 1840 1817 1839

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

Historical Facts

Jacob Jennings Brown.jpg

Brown County is named for Maj. Gen. Jacob Brown who was a Commander-in-Chief of the Army in the early 1800's.

Boundary Changes

  • 1 February 1839: -- Brown County was created from Schuyler County.[1]

Record Loss

8 March 1939: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Gotoarrow.png Find A Grave, list of cemeteries. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)

Census

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

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190011,557
191010,397−10.0%
19209,336−10.2%
19307,892−15.5%
19408,0532.0%
19507,132−11.4%
19606,210−12.9%
19705,586−10.0%
19805,411−3.1%
19905,8367.9%
20006,95019.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990

State

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, Brown County on page 186.]

Church History and Records

Some additional resources for Brown 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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.


Copies of original records

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

History

  • Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Pioneers and Leading Citizens. Chicago: Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1892. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Genealogy Trails; Internet Archive; USGenWeb (partial).

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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Abstracts

Copies of original records

Maps

Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Brown 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 Brown County.

- 50th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For local newspapers, please check local town.

Obituaries

Occupations

Poorhouses

Brown County Almshouse Registers Index, 1882-1963, courtesy: Illinois State Archives

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 Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1817-1936 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 have indexes within each volume.
  • SAMPUBCO - Index of testators of wills.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Brown County probates may be found in the Illinois,Brown– Probate 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.

Public 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 Brown County are kept, see the Brown County Courthouse page.

  • Family History Center
  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD-WIU)

For information and tips, see IRAD-Western Illinois University.

  • Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

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 Brown 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 Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriages

Copies of original Marriage Records

Online Resources

Deaths

Copies of original Death Records

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Brown births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Brown – 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.

Websites

References

  1. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)