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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Calhoun County'''
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Calhoun County
 
| county = Calhoun County
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| seat wl = Hardin
 
| seat wl = Hardin
 
| building image = Calhoun County Courthouse.gif
 
| building image = Calhoun County Courthouse.gif
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| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
 
| building address = '''Calhoun County Courthouse'''<br>Main Street<br>Hardin, Illinois 62047<br>(618) 576-2351
 
| building address = '''Calhoun County Courthouse'''<br>Main Street<br>Hardin, Illinois 62047<br>(618) 576-2351
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Calhoun County'''
 
  
 
== Calhoun County Organization  ==
 
== Calhoun County Organization  ==
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Calhoun County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Calhoun County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Calhoun County Records'''</center>
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Calhoun County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Calhoun County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1833
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1833
 
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Calhoun County are kept, see the [[Calhoun County, Illinois Courthouse|Calhoun County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Calhoun County are kept, see the [[Calhoun County, Illinois Courthouse|Calhoun County Courthouse]] page.  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:John C Calhoun.jpg|thumb|right|175px]]<br>Calhoun County is named for {{wpd|John C. Calhoun}} who served in politics and became Vice-President of the United States.  
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[[Image:John C Calhoun.jpg|thumb|right|175px|John C Calhoun.jpg]] Calhoun County is named for {{wpd|John C. Calhoun}} who served in politics and became Vice-President of the United States.  
 
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=== Parent County  ===
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*'''10 January 1825:''' -- Calhoun County was created from [[Pike County, Illinois|Pike]] <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL}} ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
See an interactive map of Calhoun County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].  
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*'''10 January 1825:''' Calhoun County was created from [[Pike County, Illinois|Pike]] <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL}} ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>
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*Interactive map of Calhoun County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
 
{{Calhoun County, Illinois}}<br>'''To see a list of places in Calhoun County, click on [Show], above.''' The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.
 
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
  
*''Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, 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., 1891. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25357 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/portraitbiograph00biogra Internet Archive] {{FHL|314028|item|disp=FHL film 825598}}  
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*[http://everynameindex.com/PikeCoIL.html Every Name Index to Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois].&nbsp; Every Name Index compiled by Cathy L. O'Connor,&nbsp;2011, original text by Biographical Publishing Company, 1891, reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc., 1975.&nbsp; [http://www.everynameindex.com EveryNameIndex.com]
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*''Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois: Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, Together with Portraits and Biographies of All the Presidents of the United States, and Governors of the State.'' Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1891. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25357 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/portraitbiograph00biogra Internet Archive] {{FHL|314028|item|disp=FHL film 825598}}
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*''Portrait Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois.'' Chicago, IL, USA: Biographical Publishing, 1891. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7442 Ancestry] ($). Reprint 19823 with index {{FHL|12583|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 D3p, fiche 6088665}}
 
*''Portrait Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois.'' Chicago, IL, USA: Biographical Publishing, 1891. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7442 Ancestry] ($). Reprint 19823 with index {{FHL|12583|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 D3p, fiche 6088665}}
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=696 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)
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'''Published Records'''
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/calhoun.htm Calhoun Co.&nbsp;IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.
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*Calhoun County Cemeteries 1981. {{FHL|1665|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3853 V3ca, film 1033842 Item 6}}  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.  
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*Calhoun County cemeteries 1981 {{FHL|1665|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3853 V3ca, film 1033842 Item 6}}  
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*Cemeteries of Calhoun Co., Ill.; pub. 19--? {{FHL|273567|item|disp=FHL Book 977.385 V22w, film 908035 Item 4}}  
 
*Cemeteries of Calhoun Co., Ill.; pub. 19--? {{FHL|273567|item|disp=FHL Book 977.385 V22w, film 908035 Item 4}}  
*Cemeteries of Calhoun County, Illinois 1978 {{FHL|124012|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3853 V3c, film 1036928 Item 12}}  
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*Cemeteries of Calhoun County, Illinois 1978. {{FHL|124012|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3853 V3c, film 1036928 Item 12}}  
*Honor roll, Calhoun County, state of Illinois, Veterans' Commission, 1956. {{FHL|349514|item|disp=FHL film 1305075 Item 3}}
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*Honor Roll, Calhoun County, State of Illinois, Veterans' Commission, 1956. {{FHL|349514|item|disp=FHL film 1305075 Item 3}}
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<br>'''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcalhou/ Calhoun County ILGenWeb]. Search an index to the Phyllis J. Bauer's [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcalhou/Cemeteries/calcemindex.htm ''Calhoun County Cemeteries''] book online.
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave.com] has burial information for nearly 100 Calhoun County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=696 Here].
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ GenealogyTrails.com]. Find headstone transcriptions for [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/calhoun/Calhoun_County_Cemeteries.html Calhoun County Cemeteries].
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*[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/main.php Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project]. Find or submit [http://illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/calhoun/ Calhoun County] tombstone photos.
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/illinois.html Illinois Tombstone Transcription Project].&nbsp;Get accesss to&nbsp;online cemetery transcriptions&nbsp;for several [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/calhoun.htm Calhoun County Cemeteries].
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com Linkpendium]. Has links to several [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Calhoun/cem/ Calhoun County Cemetery] related websites.
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=21159 Hetzer Cemetery, Brussels]
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<br>'''Cemetery Gazetters'''
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/ Epodunk] has a list of [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=5962&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=29&stateAbbv=&stateName= Calhoun County Cemeteries]. The website provides&nbsp;name of&nbsp;cemetery,&nbsp;address and telephone number when available,&nbsp;Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.
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*The [http://www.ilgensoc.org/ Illinois State Genealogical Society's] "Cemetery Location Project" has identified many [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-al/calhoun.html Calhoun County Cemeteries].
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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=== 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.
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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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Calhoun County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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:*'''1825–1850''' Circuit court dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1825–1843''' Court records {{FHL|460073|item|disp=FHL film 1688506 item 1 and 6}}
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:*'''1842–1850''' Court records {{FHL|534805|item|disp=FHL film 1688498}}
  
 
=== Directories  ===
 
=== Directories  ===
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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  
 
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*[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.  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, 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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Calhoun County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*Tract Index {{FHL|349628|item|disp=FHL first film 1305047 Item 3 (first of 4 films)}}
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:*'''1825–1926''' Grantee and grantor indexes {{FHL|349636|item|disp=FHL film 1305047 Items 1,2,4 and 1305048}}
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:*'''1825–1881''' Deeds {{FHL|349636|item|disp=FHL films 1305051 Items 2-3 through 1305063}}
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:*'''1841–1857''' School land records {{FHL|461558|item|disp=FHL films 1688507 Items 2-3}}
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:*'''1854–1894''' Estray book {{FHL|534810|item|disp=FHL film 1688506 Item 4}}
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:*'''1825–1915''' Public records {{FHL|534814|item|disp=FHL film 1688504 Items 1-10 and 1688505 Items 1-6}}
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:*'''1987''' Land atlas and plat book [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/16646647 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|560439|item|disp=FHL book 977.3853 E7c}}
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:*'''1825–1850''' Entry books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1825–1886''' Marks and brands record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1827–1894''' Estray record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1841–1853''' School land sale petitions [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1841–1857''' School land sale record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1841–1851''' School land sale reports [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1846''' Taxable lands lists&nbsp; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1847–1852''' Surveyor's record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1850–1860''' Chattel Mortgage record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1853–1872''' Swamp land record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/calhoun_map.html Calhoun County Federal Township Plats]
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.
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The following 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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for&nbsp;Calhoun County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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:*'''1849–1897''' Naturalization record, final[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1859–1924''' Naturalization declarations of intent [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1866–1902''' Naturalization declarations of intent [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1867–1906''' Naturalization record of minors [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1868–1902''' Naturalization record, final [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1903–1926''' Naturalization record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1911–1926''' Naturalization petition record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
'''Online Resources'''
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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.
  
*'''1829-1902''' An unspecified number of {{RecordSearch|1834344|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.  
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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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Calhoun County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
*'''Family History Library Collection'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
'''1829-1916''' Probate records, 1819-1902; index to probate files  {{FHL|263724|item|disp=FHL film 961726–961747 and 960438}}  
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:*'''1829–1916 '''Some estate records, probate records, and wills for Calhoun County probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Calhoun County, and select the record type you are interested in.
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:*[http://www.sampubco.com/wills/il/ilcalhoun01.htm SAMPUBCO] - Index of testators of wills.
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/il/calhoun/calhounwills.html Calhoun County Wills] found at USGenWeb Archives Illinois.
  
:Estate book, ca. 1832-1843 {{FHL|534816|item|disp=FHL Film 1688507 Item 1}}
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'''Copies of original records'''
:Estate records and wills, 1829-1974 {{FHL|349290|item|disp=FHL film 1305071 Items 1-5}}
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:Will Records 1870-1916 {{FHL|349290|item|disp=FHL 2 films}}
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:Probate records, 1859-1904 {{FHL|349366|item|disp=FHL 4 films}}
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*[http://www.sampubco.com/wills/il/ilcalhoun01.htm SAMPUBCO] - Index of testators of wills.
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:*'''1829–1874''' Estate Records {{FHL|349290|item|disp=FHL film 1305071 Items 1–5}}
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:*'''1832–1843''' Estate books {{FHL|534816|item|disp=FHL film 1688507 Item 1}}
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:*'''1834–1843''' Probate settlement record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1859–1904''' Probate records {{FHL|349366|item|disp=FHL first film 1305072 Item 3(first of 4 films}}
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:*'''1870–1916''' Will records {{FHL|349290|item|disp=FHL films 1305071 Item 6 thru 1305072 Items 1-2}}
  
 
=== Public Records  ===
 
=== Public Records  ===
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Calhoun County are kept, see the [[Calhoun County, Illinois Courthouse|Calhoun County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Calhoun County are kept, see the [[Calhoun County, Illinois Courthouse|Calhoun County Courthouse]] page.  
  
==== Family History Library ====
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==== Family History Center ====
  
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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There are over 4500 [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in&nbsp;Calhoun County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations Family Search Centers] page on the [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch.org] website.
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==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD-WIU)  ====
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[[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. [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|Western Illinois University]] houses the records for Calhoun County.
  
 
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==== Public Libraries  ====
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'''South County Public Library District'''<br>Main Street P.O. Box 93<br>Brussels, IL 62013<br>Tel: 618-883-2522
  
 
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=== Societies  ===
 
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'''[http://www.calhounhistoricalsociety.i8.com/ Calhoun County Historical Society]<br>'''204 North County Road<br>Hardin, IL 62047-0327<br>Email: [mailto:calhounhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com calhounhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com]&nbsp;'''&nbsp;'''
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The Calhoun Historical Society is located on the second floor of the Farm Bureau building.
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'''Pike-Calhoun County Genealogical Society'''<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1315333726747_401" /><br>305 W. Quincy<br>Pleasant Hill IL 62366-0104<br>Tel: 217-734-2712
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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:*'''1852–1876''' Tax judgement and sale record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1823–1850''' Tax sale record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the&nbsp;[http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Illinois&county=Calhoun Calhoun County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the[http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm 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.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Calhoun County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].
  
 
==== Births  ====
 
==== Births  ====
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'''Copies of Original Birth Records'''
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:*'''1878–1904 '''Birth Registers {{FHL|349613|item|disp=FHL film 1305045 Items 3-4}}
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:*'''1877–1905 '''Birth record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
 
==== Marriages  ====
 
==== Marriages  ====
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'''Abstracts of Marriage Records'''
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:*'''1825–1982 '''Calhoun County Historical Society. ''Marriages of Calhoun County, 1825-1982.'' [Hardin, Illinois]: Calhoun County Historical Society, [1982?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12669536 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|499928|item|disp=FHL book 977.3853 V2m}}
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'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''
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:*'''1825–1905''' Marriage record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|349587|item|disp=FHL film 1305044 and 1305045 Items 1-2}}
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900.] Also found at [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/calhoun/Marriages.html genealogytrails.com.]
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:*'''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'''
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:*'''1877–1903''' Death records [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1878–1903 '''Death records {{FHL|349625|item|disp=FHL film 1305046}}
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:*'''1893–1915''' Coroner's inquest record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950.] Also found at [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/calhoun/deaths.html genealogytrails.com.]
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
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:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com (free)
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Additional resources for Calhoun births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|401832|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Calhoun – 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 [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Calhoun/ Calhoun County, IL Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Calhoun/ Calhoun County, IL Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
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*[http://www.everynameindex.com EveryNameIndex.com]&nbsp;&nbsp; Free online genealogy indexes for those big old county histories.
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Revision as of 23:48, 15 November 2012

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Online Records

Coordinates: 39.16°0′N 90.67°0′W / 39.16°N 90.67°W / 39.16; -90.67

Calhoun County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Calhoun County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 10, 1825
County Seat Hardin
Courthouse
Calhoun County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Calhoun County Courthouse
Main Street
Hardin, Illinois 62047
(618) 576-2351

Contents

Calhoun County Organization

Calhoun County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Calhoun County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878 1825 1878 1830 1825 1833

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

Historical Facts

John C Calhoun.jpg
Calhoun County is named for John C. Calhoun who served in politics and became Vice-President of the United States.

Boundary Changes

  • 10 January 1825: Calhoun County was created from Pike [1]

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Biography


  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, 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., 1891. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive FHL film 825598


  • Portrait Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois. Chicago, IL, USA: Biographical Publishing, 1891. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Reprint 19823 with index FHL Book 977.3 D3p, fiche 6088665

Cemeteries

Published Records


Online Gravestone Transcriptions

  • Find A Grave.com has burial information for nearly 100 Calhoun County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click Here.

BillionGraves:


Cemetery Gazetters

  • Epodunk has a list of Calhoun 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

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
19008,917
19108,610−3.4%
19208,245−4.2%
19308,034−2.6%
19408,2072.2%
19506,898−15.9%
19605,933−14.0%
19705,675−4.3%
19805,8673.4%
19905,322−9.3%
20005,084−4.5%
Est. 20075,1671.6%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

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, Calhoun County on page 186.]

Church History and Records

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

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

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

Copies of original records

Online Resources

Maps

Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Calhoun 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 Calhoun County.

- 97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
  • Genealogy Trails. (Civil War) Military Data for Calhoun County. (accessed 31 May 2011)

Names, Personal

Naturalization and Citizenship

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 Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Calhoun County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1849–1897 Naturalization record, finalIRAD–WIU
  • 1859–1924 Naturalization declarations of intent IRAD–WIU
  • 1866–1902 Naturalization declarations of intent IRAD–WIU
  • 1867–1906 Naturalization record of minors IRAD–WIU
  • 1868–1902 Naturalization record, final IRAD–WIU
  • 1903–1926 Naturalization record IRAD–WIU
  • 1911–1926 Naturalization petition record IRAD–WIU

Newspapers

Obituaries

Postal and Shipping Guides

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

Online Resources

  • 1829–1916 Some estate records, probate records, and wills for Calhoun County probate records are also available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Calhoun County, and select the record type you are interested in.
  • SAMPUBCO - Index of testators of wills.
  • Calhoun County Wills found at USGenWeb Archives Illinois.

Copies of original records

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

Family History Center

There are over 4500 Family History Centers in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Calhoun County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the 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 Calhoun County.

Public Libraries

South County Public Library District
Main Street P.O. Box 93
Brussels, IL 62013
Tel: 618-883-2522

Schools

Social Groups Online

Societies

Calhoun County Historical Society
204 North County Road
Hardin, IL 62047-0327
Email: calhounhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com  

The Calhoun Historical Society is located on the second floor of the Farm Bureau building.

Pike-Calhoun County Genealogical Society
305 W. Quincy
Pleasant Hill IL 62366-0104
Tel: 217-734-2712

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

Births

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriages

Abstracts of Marriage Records

Copies of original Marriage Records

Online Resources

Deaths

Copies of original Death Records

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Calhoun births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Calhoun – 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)