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{{Infobox U.S. County | county = Cass County | county_map = Il-cass.png | state = Illinois | state_map = 1000px-Map_of_USA_Highlighting_IL.png | latd = 39.98 | longd = 90.25 | founded title = Founded: | founded year = 1837 | founded date = March 30 | seat wl = Virginia | building image = Cass County Courthouse.gif | building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]] | building address = '''Cass County Courthouse'''<br>100 E. Springfield Street<br>Virginia, Illinois 62691<br>(217) 452-7217 }} ''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Cass County''' == Cass County Organization == Cass County's civil records start the following years: {| border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="100%" |- | bgcolor="#ffcc99" width="100%" colspan="6" align="center" |
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|- | width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]''' | width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]''' | width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]''' | width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Census|Census]]''' | width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Land|Land]]''' | width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]''' |- | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1878 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1837 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1874 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1826 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1837 |} County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Cass County are kept, see the [[Cass County, Illinois Courthouse|Cass County Courthouse]] page. === Historical Facts === [[Image:Lewis Cass.jpg|thumb|right|175px|Lewis Cass.jpg]] Cass County is named for {{wpd|Lewis Cass}} who was the 22nd United States Secretary of State. === Boundary Changes === *'''3 March 1837:''' Cass County was created from [[Morgan County, Illinois|Morgan]] County. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 {{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}</ref> *Interactive map of Cass County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes]. === Record Loss === == Records and Resources == === Biography === *The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Cass County edition.&nbsp; This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of&nbsp;Cass County residents.&nbsp; See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes. === Cemeteries === Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. See the [[Illinois Cemeteries|Illinois Cemeteries]] state wiki page for more information. '''Published Records''' :*The Family History Library has a number of cemetery records for Cass County. :*Explore a {{FHL|495645 |subject-id|disp=subject search of the Family History Library Catalog}} or [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&amp;q=cass+county+illinois+cemeteries WorldCat] for Cass County to find addtional published records. See [[Family History Library Catalog|FHLC]] or [[Worldcat Online Catalog|WorldCat wiki]] articles for more information about using these sources. '''Online Gravestone Transcriptions''' :*[[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&amp;CScn=&amp;CScntry=4&amp;CSst=16&amp;CScnty=698 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.) :*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/cass/cemetery/1_cem_list.html Cass County Cemetery Records]. Courtesy of the Morgan Area Genealogical Association. :*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/cass.htm Cass Co. 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.<br> :*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/il/state2/cass_co.htm Cass County, Illinois, Cemetery Listings]. Courtesy of the American History and Genelaogy Project. :*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/cass/cemetery.htm Cass County Cemeteries.] Courtesy of Genealogy Trails. :*[http://illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/cass/ Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project]. :*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/rebelsoldiersa-g.html#CASS Confederate Soldiers Buried in Cass County].&nbsp; Courtesy of Genealogy Trails. '''Cemetery Gazetteers''' :*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county :*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&amp;CScn=&amp;CScntry=4&amp;CSst=16&amp;CScnty=698 Find a Grave, se<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1316044347911_159" />arch by county for listing of cemeteries in Cass County]. :*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-al/cass.html Cemetery Location Project]. Courtesy of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. :*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=5984&amp;locTGroup=Cemeteries&amp;direction=down&amp;sec=0&amp;qty=65&amp;stateAbbv=&amp;stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Cass County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site. === Census === For information and tips on accessing census records online, see [[Illinois Census]]. ==== Federal ==== {{USCensusPop | 1900= 17222 | 1910= 17372 | 1920= 17896 | 1930= 16537 | 1940= 16425 | 1950= 15097 | 1960= 14539 | 1970= 14219 | 1980= 15084 | 1990= 13437 | 2000= 13695 | footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990] }} ==== State ==== === Church === [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Cass/ch-rec/ Linkpendium] has membership lists and other church-related records from various churches in Cass County, Illinois. The Famly History Library has selected records from a few churches in Cass County. To locate them, search the Library's catalog by "Place names" for the name of the a town, then select the topic "Church records."<br> Timeline of some churches in Cass County. <ref>''History of Cass County, Illinois'', ed. William Henry Perrin. Chicago, Illinois : O.L. Baskin, 1882.{{FHL|274258|item|disp=FHL film 924750 Item 1; book 977.3465 H2p}}</ref> *There were no church buildings built during the first few years of settlement in an area. *1830 - Richmond Precinct. First religious assemblies held. *1830 - Princeton. Zion Presbyterian Society *1832 - Clear Creek Church in Monroe Precinct. This church had ceased regular meetings by 1880. *1832 - Virginia City. Methodist Episcopal. Began as part of the Petersburg Circuit. *1835 - Prinston. Missionary Baptist Church which had passed away by 1880. *1838 - Princeton. Christian Church which had passed away by 1880. *1838 - Hickory precinct. Baptists *1840 - Virginia City. Catholics. They have had an organization in the city since 1840. *pre 1842 - Virginia City. Protestant Methodists&nbsp; was the first Christian Church in City of Virginia, but it was extinct before 1880. *1842 - Virginia City. Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Formed from members of the Shiloh church. *1848 - Hickory Precinct. First Christian services held in the open. *1848 - Oregon Precinct. Methodist Episcopal, known as the Oregon Chapel. *pre 1852 - Virginia Precinct. Bethlehem Methodistt Church. *1857 - Virginia Precinct. Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church which grew out of a congregation formed first in Morgan County in 1827 and later in Sangamon County. Early records were either lost or mislaid. *1857 -Ashland. Methodist Episcopal Church. *1863 - Virginia City. Presbyterian Church organized, though they built a building in 1857. *1871 - Ahland. Catholic Churc. *1875 - Virginia City. Church of Christ. === Correctional Institutions === === Court Records === Original Court records are held in both offices of the [[Cass County, Illinois Courthouse|Circuit Court Clerk]] and [[Cass County, Illinois Courthouse|County Clerk ]]. The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online or&nbsp;through the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for&nbsp;Cass County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|UIS IRAD Wiki page.]] :*'''1872-1955''' Jail Registers [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-UIS] :*'''1850-1857''' Swampland records {{FHL|447701|item|disp=FHL Film 1688526 item 3}} '''Online Resources''' :*'''1837-1986''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/CassCountySheriffs.html Cass County, Illinois Sheriffs 1837-1986] Courtesy Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society :*'''1873''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/CircuitCourtCases1873.html Court Cases]Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*'''1878–1910''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/AdoptionsFosterCare.html Court Adoption and Foster Care]Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*'''1893–1898''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/MiscCassCoCircuitCourtCases.html Circuit Court Cases]Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. === Directories === === Ethnic Research === ==== African American ==== The following have information concerning African American research. *[[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 records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records. *[[African-American Resources for Illinois]] === 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 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29314 Ancestry] ($); [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/schuyler/BioReviewofCassSchuylerBrownCoIL1892.html Genealogy Trails]; [http://www.archive.org/details/biographicalrev00illi Internet Archive]; [http://schuyler.ilgenweb.net/BiosCassSchuyler/Biogs.html USGenWeb] (partial). *The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Cass County edition.&nbsp; This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Cass County residents.&nbsp; See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes. === Land and Property === '''Online Resources''' *[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx BLM GLO Records]. Search original land patents for Cass County from the Government Land Office (GLO) or Eastern States Office. Some searches include images of the original warrants. All search results include the patent details needed for requesting copies of the land entry files at the National Archives. The GLO is the custodian of millions of land title documents. The General Land Office Automated Records Project is responsible for making these important documents available to the public. *[http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales]. The Illinois State Archives has an online index to the records of Public land sales held by the State Archives. The indexes are by purchasers name and by legal description. This is a statewide collection with nearly 550,000 land sales fro 54740 square miles. *"Illinois Public Land Purchase Records" This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at Ancestry.com ($) *"U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907" Available at Ancestry.com ($) Records of Illinois are among the 13 states included in this set. It includes images of the land patents which contain the information necessary for ordering the complete case files from the National Archives. This appears to be the same information that is online at the Federal Land Office site [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/]. *Sheldon, Theodore. ''Land registration in Illinois''. Chicago: Callaghan Co., 1901. Digital book. Explains the laws regarding land and the land systems used in Illinois. Includes court cases involving land issues. In addition to being on Ancestry, this book is available online at no cost at [http://www.archive.org/details/landregistration00sheliala Internet Archives] and [http://books.google.com/ Google Books]. *[http://landplats.ilsos.net/FTP_Illinois.html Federal Township Plats] '''Copies of original records''' :*'''1808–1922''' Grantor and Grantee index {{FHL|368599|item|disp=FHL film 1313132 Items 3-4 (first of 3 films)}} :*'''1823–1907''' Original land tract sales {{FHL|16962|item|disp=FHL film 1317758 Item 2}} :*'''1837–1940''' Deed records {{FHL|368599|item|disp=FHL film 1313135 (first of 32 films) }} :*'''1850–1857''' Swampland records {{FHL|447701|item|disp=FHL film 1688526 Item 3}} '''Additional Resources''' Additional resources for Cass County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|414831|subject_id|disp=FHLC}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at[https://www.familysearch.org/locations 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]]. === Maps === === Military === ==== Civil War ==== Civil War service men from Cass 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 Cass County. :- [[3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company C. :- [[6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company C. :- [[14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A. :- [[19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F. :- [[33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K. :- [[61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E. :- [[114th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|114th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A, C, D, E, G, H, and I. :- [[145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.<br> === Naturalization and Citizenship === Circuit Court: *'''1837–1892''' Naturalization papers available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county *'''1859–1929''' Declarations of Intent available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county *'''1859–1894''' Naturalization final available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county *'''1871–1899''' Naturalization dockets available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county *'''1865–1896''' Naturalizations, soldiers and minors available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county County Court: *'''1860-1906''' Declarations of Intent available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county *'''1860-1906''' Naturalization Final available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county *'''1860-1905''' Naruralizations, minors (under 21) available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county *'''1865-1886''' Naturalizations soldiers available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county For help with using the above links, click here for [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|how to use IRAD]]. === Newspapers === === Obituaries === === Poorhouses === *'''1887–1945''' ''Almshouse Registers'' available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county. *'''1887–1945''' ''Almshouse registers'' also available through {{FHL|534851|item|disp=FHL film 1688531 Item 3}} For help with using the above links, click here for [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|how to use IRAD]]. === Probate Records === :*'''1837–1848''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookA,1837-1848.html Probate Book A] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*'''1848–1849''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookB,1848-1849.html Probate Book B] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*'''1849–1852''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookC,1849-1852.html Probate Book C] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*'''1853–1858''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookD,1853-1858.html Probate Book D] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*'''1858–1861''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookE,1858-1861.html Probate Book E] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*'''1861–1864''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookF.html Probate Book F] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/GuardianshipBookA-1.html Guardianship Book A–1] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. === 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 Cass County are kept, see the [[Cass County, Illinois Courthouse|Cass County Courthouse]] page. ==== Historical and Genealogical Society ==== The Society has a museum and holdings open to the public. You may find your family in their holdings. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society]<br>109 S. Front St.<br>Virginia, Illinois 62691<br>217-452-7977<br>Email: cchgs@casscomm.com ==== Family History Centers ==== [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Cass County. You may search your address for a center near you on the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] site. The following centers are located in surrounding counties. Their wiki pages may supply hours and other information. [[Jacksonville Illinois Family History Center|Jacksonville Illinois Family History Center]]<br>1053 E. Vandalia Road<br>Jacksonville, Illinois 62650<br>Phone: 217-245-8113 [[Springfield Illinois Family History Center|Springfield Illinois Family History Center]]<br>3601 Buckeye Drive<br>Springfield, Illinois 62707<br>Phone: 217-529-7930 [[Macomb Illinois Family History Center|Macomb Illinois Family History Center]]<br>2000 W. Adams<br>Macomb, Illinois<br>Phone: 309-836-3201 [[Quincy Illinois Family History Center|Quincy Illinois Family History Center]]<br>210 Cardinal Terrace<br>Quincy, Illinois<br>Phone: 217-224-3220 ==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) ==== [[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. The [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS)]] houses the records for Cass County. The link will help you find and use the records. There address is: [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/uismap.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository]<br>LIB144<br>University of Illinois at Springfield Region<br>One University Plaza, MS BRK 140<br>Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407<br>217-206-6520 ==== Public Libraries ==== [http://prairieskieslibrary.com/index.php Prairie Skies Public Library District]<br>125 West Editor Street<br>Ashland, Illinois 62612<br>Phone: 217-476-3417 [http://www.beardstown.lib.il.us/ Beardstown Houston Memorial Library]<br>13 Boulevard Road<br>Beardstown, Illinois 62618<br>Phone: 217-323-4204 "The library provides you with online access to complete articles from thousands of magazines and journals, and that's just the beginning. Also available are biographies, reports, pamphlets and additional reference materials. You will need an authorization code and password to access these databases. Contact the local librarian." [http://www.casscomm.com/~vmpl/ Virginia Memorial Public Library]<br>100 North Main Street<br>Virginia, Illinois 62691<br>Phone: 217-452-3846<br>Email: vmpl@casscomm.com === Schools === === Social Groups Online === === Societies === [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society]<br>109 S. Front St.<br>Virginia, Illinois 62691<br>217-452-7977<br>Email: cchgs@casscomm.com === 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 (1860) and death (1878)&nbsp;certificates are kept by the [[Cass County, Illinois Courthouse|Cass 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 kept by the County Clerk from 1877 to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. Copies of original records may be accessed through 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 Universtiy of Illinois–Springfield(UIS). Search&nbsp;Cass County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database&nbsp;. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|IRAD–UIS]] Wiki page. {{FHL|393009|subject-id|disp=Explore Cass County vital records}} found in the Family History Library Catalog. [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&amp;q=cass+county+illinois+marriage+records Other libraries(at WorldCat)] also hold copies of abstracted&nbsp;Cass County vital records. [[Worldcat Online Catalog|(How to explore WorldCat).]] <br> <br> ==== Births ==== *'''1860–1915''' Birth Records available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county *'''1860–1915''' Birth Records index available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass County *'''1917–1950''' Birth Certificates (Ashland Twp) available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass County For help with using the above links, click here for [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|how to use IRAD]]. ==== Marriages ==== *'''1837–1915''' ''Marriage Record Index'' at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region]&nbsp;search for Cass records *'''1837–1915''' ''Marriage Licenses'' at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region]&nbsp;search for Cass records *'''1837–1900''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index]. Search for Cass records. *'''1837–1850 '''Illinois Marriages at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&amp;cj=1&amp;o_xid=0001546952&amp;o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry ($)] *'''1834–1870 '''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/FirstEvanLuthChBeardsWeddings.html First Evangelical Lutheran Church] , Beardstown, Marriages *'''1880–1902''' ''Marriage License Applications'' at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS RAD Region]&nbsp;search for Cass records *'''1882–1890''' ''Marriage Records'' at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region]&nbsp;search for Cass records For help with using the above links, click here for [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|how to use IRAD]]. ==== Deaths ==== *'''Pre–1916''' Statewide death index. [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/deathsrch.html Illinois State Archives]. Search for Cass records. *'''1850–1880''' U.S. Federal Mortality Schedules.&nbsp; Search for Cass County. [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&amp;cj=1&amp;path=Illinois.Cass&amp;o_xid=0001546952&amp;o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry ($)] *'''1850'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/1850mortalityschedule.htm U.S. Federal Mortality Schedule]. Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. *'''1860'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/1860CassCountyMortalitySchedule.html U.S. Federal Mortality Schedule]. Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. *'''1880''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/1880mortalitysch.html U.S. Federal Mortality Schedule]. Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. *'''1878–1915''' Cass County Death Records indexed and made available&nbsp;courtesy of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/cass/deaths/1_index.html Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois ]hosted by RootsWeb *'''1878–1917''' Death records index Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region] *'''1878–1915''' Death records Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region] *'''1878–1898''' Death records stillbirths Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region] *'''1910's–1930's'''&nbsp;''Illinois State Hospital''&nbsp;in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois listing those Cass County patient deaths&nbsp;availble by [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/cass/death_sh.html RootsWeb] *'''1916–1925''' Death certificates stilbirth (Ashland twp) Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region] *'''1916–1950 '''[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/cass/death_index/index.htm Death Index]&nbsp;Courtesy of Illinois Trails. *'''1916–1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/idphdeathsrch.html Illinois Statewide Death Index] Search for Cass County. *'''1917–1933''' Death certificates (Ashland twp) Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region] *'''post 1941''' The site also provides a list of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/cass/ww2deaths.html WWII Deaths] For help with using the above IRAD links, click here for [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|how to use IRAD]]. ==== Newspapers ==== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcass/cassobits.htm Obituary and Birth Announcements] Courtesy of ILGenWeb. ==== Divorce ==== :*'''1875–1912''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/MiscellaneousDivorcesGranted.html Miscellaneous Divorces, Granted]Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. == Websites == *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/Cass/ Cass County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium) *[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/index_cass.html Cass County, Illinois] (Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois) Cemetery, Census, Church Records, Deeds, Funeral Home Records, Local Histories, Naturalizations, Tax Lists, Vital Records == References == {{reflist}} {{Cass County, Illinois}}{{Illinois|Illinois}} [[Category:Cass_County,_Illinois]]
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| latd = 39.98
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| longd = 90.25
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| founded title = Founded:
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| founded year = 1837
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| founded date = March 30
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| seat wl = Virginia
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| building image = Cass County Courthouse.gif
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| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
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| building address = '''Cass County Courthouse'''<br>100 E. Springfield Street<br>Virginia, Illinois 62691<br>(217) 452-7217
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Cass County'''  
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== Cass County Organization ==
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Cass County's civil records start the following years:  
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{| border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="100%"
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|-
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| bgcolor="#ffcc99" width="100%" colspan="6" align="center" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Cass County Records'''</center>
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|-
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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|-
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1878
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1837
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1874
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1826
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1837
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|}
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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 Cass County are kept, see the [[Cass County, Illinois Courthouse|Cass County Courthouse]] page.
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=== Historical Facts  ===
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[[Image:Lewis Cass.jpg|thumb|right|175px|Lewis Cass.jpg]] Cass County is named for {{wpd|Lewis Cass}} who was the 22nd United States Secretary of State.
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
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*'''3 March 1837:''' Cass County was created from [[Morgan County, Illinois|Morgan]] County. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 {{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}</ref>
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*Interactive map of Cass County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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=== Record Loss  ===
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== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Biography  ===
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*The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Cass County edition.&nbsp; This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of&nbsp;Cass County residents.&nbsp; See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
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=== Cemeteries  ===
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Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. See the [[Illinois Cemeteries|Illinois Cemeteries]] state wiki page for more information.
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'''Published Records'''
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:*The Family History Library has a number of cemetery records for Cass County.
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:*Explore a {{FHL|495645
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|subject-id|disp=subject search of the Family History Library Catalog}} or [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=cass+county+illinois+cemeteries WorldCat] for Cass County to find addtional published records. See [[Family History Library Catalog|FHLC]] or [[Worldcat Online Catalog|WorldCat wiki]] articles for more information about using these sources.
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'''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
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:*[[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=698 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/cass/cemetery/1_cem_list.html Cass County Cemetery Records]. Courtesy of the Morgan Area Genealogical Association.
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:*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/cass.htm Cass Co. 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.<br>
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:*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/il/state2/cass_co.htm Cass County, Illinois, Cemetery Listings]. Courtesy of the American History and Genelaogy Project.
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:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/cass/cemetery.htm Cass County Cemeteries.] Courtesy of Genealogy Trails.
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:*[http://illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/cass/ Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project].
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:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/rebelsoldiersa-g.html#CASS Confederate Soldiers Buried in Cass County].&nbsp; Courtesy of Genealogy Trails.
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'''Cemetery Gazetteers'''
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:*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county
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:*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=698 Find a Grave, se<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1316044347911_159" />arch by county for listing of cemeteries in Cass County].
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-al/cass.html Cemetery Location Project]. Courtesy of the Illinois State Genealogical Society.
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:*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=5984&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=65&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Cass County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
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=== Census  ===
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For information and tips on accessing census records online, see [[Illinois Census]].
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==== Federal  ====
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{{USCensusPop
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| 1900= 17222
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| 1910= 17372
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| 1920= 17896
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| 1930= 16537
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| 1940= 16425
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| 1950= 15097
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| 1960= 14539
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| 1970= 14219
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| 1980= 15084
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| 1990= 13437
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| 2000= 13695
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| footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990]
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}}
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==== State  ====
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=== Church  ===
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[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Cass/ch-rec/ Linkpendium] has membership lists and other church-related records from various churches in Cass County, Illinois.
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The Famly History Library has selected records from a few churches in Cass County. To locate them, search the Library's catalog by "Place names" for the name of the a town, then select the topic "Church records."<br>
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Timeline of some churches in Cass County. <ref> ''History of Cass County, Illinois'', ed. William Henry Perrin. Chicago, Illinois : O.L. Baskin, 1882.{{FHL|274258|item|disp=FHL film 924750 Item 1; book 977.3465 H2p}}</ref>
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*There were no church buildings built during the first few years of settlement in an area.
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*1830 - Richmond Precinct. First religious assemblies held.
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*1830 - Princeton. Zion Presbyterian Society
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*1832 - Clear Creek Church in Monroe Precinct. This church had ceased regular meetings by 1880.
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*1832 - Virginia City. Methodist Episcopal. Began as part of the Petersburg Circuit.
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*1835 - Prinston. Missionary Baptist Church which had passed away by 1880.
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*1838 - Princeton. Christian Church which had passed away by 1880.
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*1838 - Hickory precinct. Baptists
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*1840 - Virginia City. Catholics. They have had an organization in the city since 1840.
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*pre 1842 - Virginia City. Protestant Methodists&nbsp; was the first Christian Church in City of Virginia, but it was extinct before 1880.
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*1842 - Virginia City. Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Formed from members of the Shiloh church.
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*1848 - Hickory Precinct. First Christian services held in the open.
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*1848 - Oregon Precinct. Methodist Episcopal, known as the Oregon Chapel.
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*pre 1852 - Virginia Precinct. Bethlehem Methodistt Church.
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*1857 - Virginia Precinct. Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church which grew out of a congregation formed first in Morgan County in 1827 and later in Sangamon County. Early records were either lost or mislaid.
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*1857 -Ashland. Methodist Episcopal Church.
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*1863 - Virginia City. Presbyterian Church organized, though they built a building in 1857.
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*1871 - Ahland. Catholic Churc.
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*1875 - Virginia City. Church of Christ.
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=== Correctional Institutions  ===
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=== Court Records  ===
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Original Court records are held in both offices of the [[Cass County, Illinois Courthouse|Circuit Court Clerk]] and [[Cass County, Illinois Courthouse|County Clerk ]].
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online or&nbsp;through the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for&nbsp;Cass County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|UIS IRAD Wiki page.]]
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:*'''1872-1955''' Jail Registers [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-UIS]
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:*'''1850-1857''' Swampland records {{FHL|447701|item|disp=FHL Film 1688526 item 3}}
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''1837-1986''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/CassCountySheriffs.html Cass County, Illinois Sheriffs 1837-1986] Courtesy Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society
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:*'''1873''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/CircuitCourtCases1873.html Court Cases]Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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:*'''1878–1910''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/AdoptionsFosterCare.html Court Adoption and Foster Care]Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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:*'''1893–1898''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/MiscCassCoCircuitCourtCases.html Circuit Court Cases]Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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=== Directories  ===
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=== Ethnic Research  ===
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==== African American  ====
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The following have information concerning African American research.
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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 records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
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*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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=== Genealogy  ===
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==== Mailing Lists  ====
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==== Message Boards  ====
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=== History  ===
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*''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 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29314 Ancestry] ($); [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/schuyler/BioReviewofCassSchuylerBrownCoIL1892.html Genealogy Trails]; [http://www.archive.org/details/biographicalrev00illi Internet Archive]; [http://schuyler.ilgenweb.net/BiosCassSchuyler/Biogs.html USGenWeb] (partial).
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*The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Cass County edition.&nbsp; This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Cass County residents.&nbsp; See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
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=== Land and Property  ===
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'''Online Resources'''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx BLM GLO Records]. Search original land patents for Cass County from the Government Land Office (GLO) or Eastern States Office. Some searches include images of the original warrants. All search results include the patent details needed for requesting copies of the land entry files at the National Archives. The GLO is the custodian of millions of land title documents. The General Land Office Automated Records Project is responsible for making these important documents available to the public.
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*[http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales]. The Illinois State Archives has an online index to the records of Public land sales held by the State Archives. The indexes are by purchasers name and by legal description. This is a statewide collection with nearly 550,000 land sales fro 54740 square miles.
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*"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 Ancestry.com ($)
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*"U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907" Available at Ancestry.com ($) Records of Illinois are among the 13 states included in this set. It includes images of the land patents which contain the information necessary for ordering the complete case files from the National Archives. This appears to be the same information that is online at the Federal Land Office site [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/].
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*Sheldon, Theodore. ''Land registration in Illinois''. Chicago: Callaghan Co., 1901. Digital book. Explains the laws regarding land and the land systems used in Illinois. Includes court cases involving land issues. In addition to being on Ancestry, this book is available online at no cost at [http://www.archive.org/details/landregistration00sheliala Internet Archives] and [http://books.google.com/ Google Books].
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*[http://landplats.ilsos.net/FTP_Illinois.html Federal Township Plats]
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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1808–1922''' Grantor and Grantee index {{FHL|368599|item|disp=FHL film 1313132 Items 3-4 (first of 3 films)}}
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:*'''1823–1907''' Original land tract sales {{FHL|16962|item|disp=FHL film 1317758 Item 2}}
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:*'''1837–1940''' Deed records {{FHL|368599|item|disp=FHL film 1313135 (first of 32 films) }}
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:*'''1850–1857''' Swampland records {{FHL|447701|item|disp=FHL film 1688526 Item 3}}
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'''Additional Resources'''
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Additional resources for Cass County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|414831|subject_id|disp=FHLC}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at[https://www.familysearch.org/locations 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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=== Maps  ===
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=== Military  ===
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==== Civil War  ====
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Civil War service men from Cass 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 Cass County.
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company C.
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:- [[6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company C.
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:- [[14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A.
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:- [[19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.
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:- [[33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.
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:- [[61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.
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:- [[114th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|114th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A, C, D, E, G, H, and I.
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:- [[145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.<br>
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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Circuit Court:
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*'''1837–1892''' Naturalization papers available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county
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*'''1859–1929''' Declarations of Intent available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county
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*'''1859–1894''' Naturalization final available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county
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*'''1871–1899''' Naturalization dockets available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county
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*'''1865–1896''' Naturalizations, soldiers and minors available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county
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County Court:
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*'''1860-1906''' Declarations of Intent available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county
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*'''1860-1906''' Naturalization Final available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county
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*'''1860-1905''' Naruralizations, minors (under 21) available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county
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*'''1865-1886''' Naturalizations soldiers available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county
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For help with using the above links, click here for [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|how to use IRAD]].
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=== Newspapers  ===
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=== Obituaries  ===
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=== Poorhouses  ===
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*'''1887–1945''' ''Almshouse Registers'' available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county.
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*'''1887–1945''' ''Almshouse registers'' also available through {{FHL|534851|item|disp=FHL film 1688531 Item 3}}
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For help with using the above links, click here for [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|how to use IRAD]].
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=== Probate Records  ===
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:*'''1837–1848''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookA,1837-1848.html Probate Book A] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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:*'''1848–1849''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookB,1848-1849.html Probate Book B] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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:*'''1849–1852''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookC,1849-1852.html Probate Book C] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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:*'''1853–1858''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookD,1853-1858.html Probate Book D] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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:*'''1858–1861''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookE,1858-1861.html Probate Book E] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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:*'''1861–1864''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ProbateBookF.html Probate Book F] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/GuardianshipBookA-1.html Guardianship Book A–1] Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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=== Public Records  ===
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=== Repositories  ===
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==== County Courthouse  ====
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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 Cass County are kept, see the [[Cass County, Illinois Courthouse|Cass County Courthouse]] page.
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==== Historical and Genealogical Society  ====
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The Society has a museum and holdings open to the public. You may find your family in their holdings.
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society]<br>109 S. Front St.<br>Virginia, Illinois 62691<br>217-452-7977<br>Email: cchgs@casscomm.com
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Cass County.
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You may search your address for a center near you on the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] site.
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The following centers are located in surrounding counties. Their wiki pages may supply hours and other information.
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[[Jacksonville Illinois Family History Center|Jacksonville Illinois Family History Center]]<br>1053 E. Vandalia Road<br>Jacksonville, Illinois 62650<br>Phone: 217-245-8113
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[[Springfield Illinois Family History Center|Springfield Illinois Family History Center]]<br>3601 Buckeye Drive<br>Springfield, Illinois 62707<br>Phone: 217-529-7930
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[[Macomb Illinois Family History Center|Macomb Illinois Family History Center]]<br>2000 W. Adams<br>Macomb, Illinois<br>Phone: 309-836-3201
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[[Quincy Illinois Family History Center|Quincy Illinois Family History Center]]<br>210 Cardinal Terrace<br>Quincy, Illinois<br>Phone: 217-224-3220
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==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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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.
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The [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS)]] houses the records for Cass County. The link will help you find and use the records. There address is:
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[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/uismap.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository]<br>LIB144<br>University of Illinois at Springfield Region<br>One University Plaza, MS BRK 140<br>Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407<br>217-206-6520
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==== Public Libraries  ====
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[http://prairieskieslibrary.com/index.php Prairie Skies Public Library District]<br>125 West Editor Street<br>Ashland, Illinois 62612<br>Phone: 217-476-3417
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[http://www.beardstown.lib.il.us/ Beardstown Houston Memorial Library]<br>13 Boulevard Road<br>Beardstown, Illinois 62618<br>Phone: 217-323-4204
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"The library provides you with online access to complete articles from thousands of magazines and journals, and that's just the beginning. Also available are biographies, reports, pamphlets and additional reference materials. You will need an authorization code and password to access these databases. Contact the local librarian."
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[http://www.casscomm.com/~vmpl/ Virginia Memorial Public Library]<br>100 North Main Street<br>Virginia, Illinois 62691<br>Phone: 217-452-3846<br>Email: vmpl@casscomm.com
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=== Schools  ===
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=== Social Groups Online  ===
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=== Societies  ===
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/ Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society]<br>109 S. Front St.<br>Virginia, Illinois 62691<br>217-452-7977<br>Email: cchgs@casscomm.com
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=== Taxation  ===
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=== Vital Records  ===
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth (1860) and death (1878)&nbsp;certificates are kept by the [[Cass County, Illinois Courthouse|Cass 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 kept by the County Clerk from 1877 to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.
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Copies of original records may be accessed through 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 Universtiy of Illinois–Springfield(UIS). Search&nbsp;Cass County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database&nbsp;. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|IRAD–UIS]] Wiki page.
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{{FHL|393009|subject-id|disp=Explore Cass County vital records}} found in the Family History Library Catalog. [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=cass+county+illinois+marriage+records Other libraries(at WorldCat)] also hold copies of abstracted&nbsp;Cass County vital records. [[Worldcat Online Catalog|(How to explore WorldCat).]] <br>
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==== Births  ====
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*'''1860–1915''' Birth Records available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass county
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*'''1860–1915''' Birth Records index available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass County
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*'''1917–1950''' Birth Certificates (Ashland Twp) available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Cass County
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For help with using the above links, click here for [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|how to use IRAD]].
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==== Marriages  ====
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*'''1837–1915''' ''Marriage Record Index'' at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region]&nbsp;search for Cass records
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*'''1837–1915''' ''Marriage Licenses'' at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region]&nbsp;search for Cass records
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*'''1837–1900''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index]. Search for Cass records.
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*'''1837–1850 '''Illinois Marriages at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry ($)]
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*'''1834–1870 '''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/FirstEvanLuthChBeardsWeddings.html First Evangelical Lutheran Church] , Beardstown, Marriages
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*'''1880–1902''' ''Marriage License Applications'' at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS RAD Region]&nbsp;search for Cass records
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*'''1882–1890''' ''Marriage Records'' at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region]&nbsp;search for Cass records
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*'''Pre–1916''' Statewide death index. [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/deathsrch.html Illinois State Archives]. Search for Cass records.
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*'''1850–1880''' U.S. Federal Mortality Schedules.&nbsp; Search for Cass County. [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.Cass&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry ($)]
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*'''1850'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/1850mortalityschedule.htm U.S. Federal Mortality Schedule]. Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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*'''1860'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/1860CassCountyMortalitySchedule.html U.S. Federal Mortality Schedule]. Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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*'''1880''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/1880mortalitysch.html U.S. Federal Mortality Schedule]. Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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*'''1878–1915''' Cass County Death Records indexed and made available&nbsp;courtesy of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/cass/deaths/1_index.html Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois ]hosted by RootsWeb
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*'''1878–1917''' Death records index Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region]
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*'''1878–1915''' Death records Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region]
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*'''1878–1898''' Death records stillbirths Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region]
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*'''1910's–1930's'''&nbsp;''Illinois State Hospital''&nbsp;in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois listing those Cass County patient deaths&nbsp;availble by [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/cass/death_sh.html RootsWeb]
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*'''1916–1925''' Death certificates stilbirth (Ashland twp) Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region]
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*'''1916–1950 '''[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/cass/death_index/index.htm Death Index]&nbsp;Courtesy of Illinois Trails.
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*'''1916–1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/idphdeathsrch.html Illinois Statewide Death Index] Search for Cass County.
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*'''1917–1933''' Death certificates (Ashland twp) Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region]
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Cass/ Cass County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/index_cass.html Cass County, Illinois] (Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois) Cemetery, Census, Church Records, Deeds, Funeral Home Records, Local Histories, Naturalizations, Tax Lists, Vital Records
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Revision as of 17:03, 31 October 2012

Coordinates: 39.98°0′N 90.25°0′W / 39.98°N 90.25°W / 39.98; -90.25

Cass County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Cass County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: March 30, 1837
County Seat Virginia
Courthouse
Cass County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Cass County Courthouse
100 E. Springfield Street
Virginia, Illinois 62691
(217) 452-7217
United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Cass County == Cass County Organization == Cass County's civil records start the following years: {| border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="100%" |- | bgcolor="#ffcc99" width="100%" colspan="6" align="center" |
Beginning Dates for Cass County Records
|- | width="16.6%" align="center" | Birth | width="16.6%" align="center" | Marriage | width="16.6%" align="center" | Death | width="16.6%" align="center" | Census | width="16.6%" align="center" | Land | width="16.6%" align="center" | Probate |- | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1878 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1837 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1874 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1826 | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1837 |} County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Cass County are kept, see the Cass County Courthouse page. === Historical Facts ===
Lewis Cass.jpg
Cass County is named for Lewis Cass who was the 22nd United States Secretary of State. === Boundary Changes === *3 March 1837: Cass County was created from Morgan County. [1] *Interactive map of Cass County boundary changes. === Record Loss === == Records and Resources == === Biography === *The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Cass County edition.  This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Cass County residents.  See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes. === Cemeteries === Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. See the Illinois Cemeteries state wiki page for more information. Published Records :*The Family History Library has a number of cemetery records for Cass County. :*Explore a subject search of the Family History Library Catalog or WorldCat for Cass County to find addtional published records. See FHLC or WorldCat wiki articles for more information about using these sources. Online Gravestone Transcriptions :*Find A Grave, list of cemeteries. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.) :*Cass County Cemetery Records. Courtesy of the Morgan Area Genealogical Association. :*Cass Co. 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.
 :*Cass County, Illinois, Cemetery Listings. Courtesy of the American History and Genelaogy Project. :*Cass County Cemeteries. Courtesy of Genealogy Trails. :*Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project. :*Confederate Soldiers Buried in Cass County.  Courtesy of Genealogy Trails. Cemetery Gazetteers :*Illinois Cemeteries by county :*Find a Grave, search by county for listing of cemeteries in Cass County. :*Cemetery Location Project. Courtesy of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. :*ePodunk list of Cass County cemeteries gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site. === Census === For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census. ==== Federal ====
Historical populations
Census Pop.
190017,222
191017,3720.9%
192017,8963.0%
193016,537−7.6%
194016,425−0.7%
195015,097−8.1%
196014,539−3.7%
197014,219−2.2%
198015,0846.1%
199013,437−10.9%
200013,6951.9%
IL Counties 1900-1990
==== State ==== === Church === Linkpendium has membership lists and other church-related records from various churches in Cass County, Illinois. The Famly History Library has selected records from a few churches in Cass County. To locate them, search the Library's catalog by "Place names" for the name of the a town, then select the topic "Church records."
Timeline of some churches in Cass County. [2] *There were no church buildings built during the first few years of settlement in an area. *1830 - Richmond Precinct. First religious assemblies held. *1830 - Princeton. Zion Presbyterian Society *1832 - Clear Creek Church in Monroe Precinct. This church had ceased regular meetings by 1880. *1832 - Virginia City. Methodist Episcopal. Began as part of the Petersburg Circuit. *1835 - Prinston. Missionary Baptist Church which had passed away by 1880. *1838 - Princeton. Christian Church which had passed away by 1880. *1838 - Hickory precinct. Baptists *1840 - Virginia City. Catholics. They have had an organization in the city since 1840. *pre 1842 - Virginia City. Protestant Methodists  was the first Christian Church in City of Virginia, but it was extinct before 1880. *1842 - Virginia City. Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Formed from members of the Shiloh church. *1848 - Hickory Precinct. First Christian services held in the open. *1848 - Oregon Precinct. Methodist Episcopal, known as the Oregon Chapel. *pre 1852 - Virginia Precinct. Bethlehem Methodistt Church. *1857 - Virginia Precinct. Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church which grew out of a congregation formed first in Morgan County in 1827 and later in Sangamon County. Early records were either lost or mislaid. *1857 -Ashland. Methodist Episcopal Church. *1863 - Virginia City. Presbyterian Church organized, though they built a building in 1857. *1871 - Ahland. Catholic Churc. *1875 - Virginia City. Church of Christ. === Correctional Institutions === === Court Records === Original Court records are held in both offices of the Circuit Court Clerk and County Clerk . The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online or through the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Cass County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the UIS IRAD Wiki page. :*1872-1955 Jail Registers IRAD-UIS :*1850-1857 Swampland records FHL Film 1688526 item 3 Online Resources :*1837-1986 Cass County, Illinois Sheriffs 1837-1986 Courtesy Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society :*1873 Court CasesCourtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*1878–1910 Court Adoption and Foster CareCourtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*1893–1898 Circuit Court CasesCourtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. === Directories === === Ethnic Research === ==== African American ==== The following have information concerning African American research. *African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records *Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records. *African-American Resources for Illinois === 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 ($); Genealogy Trails; Internet Archive; USGenWeb (partial). *The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Cass County edition.  This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Cass County residents.  See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes. === Land and Property === Online Resources *BLM GLO Records. Search original land patents for Cass County from the Government Land Office (GLO) or Eastern States Office. Some searches include images of the original warrants. All search results include the patent details needed for requesting copies of the land entry files at the National Archives. The GLO is the custodian of millions of land title documents. The General Land Office Automated Records Project is responsible for making these important documents available to the public. *Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales. The Illinois State Archives has an online index to the records of Public land sales held by the State Archives. The indexes are by purchasers name and by legal description. This is a statewide collection with nearly 550,000 land sales fro 54740 square miles. *"Illinois Public Land Purchase Records" This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at Ancestry.com ($) *"U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907" Available at Ancestry.com ($) Records of Illinois are among the 13 states included in this set. It includes images of the land patents which contain the information necessary for ordering the complete case files from the National Archives. This appears to be the same information that is online at the Federal Land Office site http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/. *Sheldon, Theodore. Land registration in Illinois. Chicago: Callaghan Co., 1901. Digital book. Explains the laws regarding land and the land systems used in Illinois. Includes court cases involving land issues. In addition to being on Ancestry, this book is available online at no cost at Internet Archives and Google Books. *Federal Township Plats Copies of original records :*1808–1922 Grantor and Grantee index FHL film 1313132 Items 3-4 (first of 3 films) :*1823–1907 Original land tract sales FHL film 1317758 Item 2 :*1837–1940 Deed records FHL film 1313135 (first of 32 films) :*1850–1857 Swampland records FHL film 1688526 Item 3 Additional Resources Additional resources for Cass County land and property may be found in the FHLC. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing atFamily 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 === ==== Civil War ==== Civil War service men from Cass 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 Cass County. :- 3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company C. :- 6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company C. :- 14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A. :- 19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F. :- 33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K. :- 61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E. :- 114th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C, D, E, G, H, and I. :- 145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
=== Naturalization and Citizenship === Circuit Court: *1837–1892 Naturalization papers available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county *1859–1929 Declarations of Intent available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county *1859–1894 Naturalization final available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county *1871–1899 Naturalization dockets available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county *1865–1896 Naturalizations, soldiers and minors available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county County Court: *1860-1906 Declarations of Intent available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county *1860-1906 Naturalization Final available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county *1860-1905 Naruralizations, minors (under 21) available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county *1865-1886 Naturalizations soldiers available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county For help with using the above links, click here for how to use IRAD. === Newspapers === === Obituaries === === Poorhouses === *1887–1945 Almshouse Registers available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county. *1887–1945 Almshouse registers also available through FHL film 1688531 Item 3 For help with using the above links, click here for how to use IRAD. === Probate Records === :*1837–1848 Probate Book A Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*1848–1849 Probate Book B Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*1849–1852 Probate Book C Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*1853–1858 Probate Book D Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*1858–1861 Probate Book E Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*1861–1864 Probate Book F Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. :*Guardianship Book A–1 Courtesy of Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. === 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 Cass County are kept, see the Cass County Courthouse page. ==== Historical and Genealogical Society ==== The Society has a museum and holdings open to the public. You may find your family in their holdings. Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society
109 S. Front St.
Virginia, Illinois 62691
217-452-7977
Email: cchgs@casscomm.com ==== Family History Centers ==== Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Cass County. You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following centers are located in surrounding counties. Their wiki pages may supply hours and other information. Jacksonville Illinois Family History Center
1053 E. Vandalia Road
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Phone: 217-245-8113 Springfield Illinois Family History Center
3601 Buckeye Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62707
Phone: 217-529-7930 Macomb Illinois Family History Center
2000 W. Adams
Macomb, Illinois
Phone: 309-836-3201 Quincy Illinois Family History Center
210 Cardinal Terrace
Quincy, Illinois
Phone: 217-224-3220 ==== 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. The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) houses the records for Cass County. The link will help you find and use the records. There address is: Illinois Regional Archives Depository
LIB144
University of Illinois at Springfield Region
One University Plaza, MS BRK 140
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
217-206-6520 ==== Public Libraries ==== Prairie Skies Public Library District
125 West Editor Street
Ashland, Illinois 62612
Phone: 217-476-3417 Beardstown Houston Memorial Library
13 Boulevard Road
Beardstown, Illinois 62618
Phone: 217-323-4204 "The library provides you with online access to complete articles from thousands of magazines and journals, and that's just the beginning. Also available are biographies, reports, pamphlets and additional reference materials. You will need an authorization code and password to access these databases. Contact the local librarian." Virginia Memorial Public Library
100 North Main Street
Virginia, Illinois 62691
Phone: 217-452-3846
Email: vmpl@casscomm.com === Schools === === Social Groups Online === === Societies === Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society
109 S. Front St.
Virginia, Illinois 62691
217-452-7977
Email: cchgs@casscomm.com === 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 (1860) and death (1878) certificates are kept by the Cass 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 kept by the County Clerk from 1877 to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. Copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Universtiy of Illinois–Springfield(UIS). Search Cass County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database . For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD–UIS Wiki page. Explore Cass County vital records found in the Family History Library Catalog. Other libraries(at WorldCat) also hold copies of abstracted Cass County vital records. (How to explore WorldCat).

==== Births ==== *1860–1915 Birth Records available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass county *1860–1915 Birth Records index available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass County *1917–1950 Birth Certificates (Ashland Twp) available at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass County For help with using the above links, click here for how to use IRAD. ==== Marriages ==== *1837–1915 Marriage Record Index at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass records *1837–1915 Marriage Licenses at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass records *1837–1900 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index. Search for Cass records. *1837–1850 Illinois Marriages at Ancestry ($) *1834–1870 First Evangelical Lutheran Church , Beardstown, Marriages *1880–1902 Marriage License Applications at UIS RAD Region search for Cass records *1882–1890 Marriage Records at UIS IRAD Region search for Cass records For help with using the above links, click here for how to use IRAD. ==== Deaths ==== *Pre–1916 Statewide death index. Illinois State Archives. Search for Cass records. *1850–1880 U.S. Federal Mortality Schedules.  Search for Cass County. Ancestry ($) *1850U.S. Federal Mortality Schedule. Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. *1860U.S. Federal Mortality Schedule. Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. *1880 U.S. Federal Mortality Schedule. Courtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. *1878–1915 Cass County Death Records indexed and made available courtesy of Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois hosted by RootsWeb *1878–1917 Death records index Available at UIS IRAD Region *1878–1915 Death records Available at UIS IRAD Region *1878–1898 Death records stillbirths Available at UIS IRAD Region *1910's–1930's Illinois State Hospital in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois listing those Cass County patient deaths availble by RootsWeb *1916–1925 Death certificates stilbirth (Ashland twp) Available at UIS IRAD Region *1916–1950 Death Index Courtesy of Illinois Trails. *1916–1950 Illinois Statewide Death Index Search for Cass County. *1917–1933 Death certificates (Ashland twp) Available at UIS IRAD Region *post 1941 The site also provides a list of WWII Deaths For help with using the above IRAD links, click here for how to use IRAD. ==== Newspapers ==== Obituary and Birth Announcements Courtesy of ILGenWeb. ==== Divorce ==== :*1875–1912 Miscellaneous Divorces, GrantedCourtesy of the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society. == Websites == *USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county. *Cass County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium) *Cass County, Illinois (Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois) Cemetery, Census, Church Records, Deeds, Funeral Home Records, Local Histories, Naturalizations, Tax Lists, Vital Records == 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 Cass County, Illinois, ed. William Henry Perrin. Chicago, Illinois : O.L. Baskin, 1882.FHL film 924750 Item 1; book 977.3465 H2p