Cass County, IllinoisEdit This Page

From FamilySearch Wiki

Revision as of 15:21, 7 September 2011 by McBrideLW (Talk | contribs)

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

Contents

Cass County Organization

Cass County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Cass County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878 1837 1874 1840 1826 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]

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

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

  • Illinois Cemeteries by county
  • The Family History Library has a number of cemetery record for Cass County.

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

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

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Court Records for more information

Court records are held in both offices of the Circuit Court Clerk and County Clerk .

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

History

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

BLM GLO Records. Search original land patents for Cass County from the Govenment Land Office (GLO) or Eastern States Office. Some searches include images of the original warrants. All search results include the patant 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.

Land records that include Cass County at Ancestry.com $:

  • "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.
    *"U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907:" 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. Expains 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.

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.
- 19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.

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

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

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
  • 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

For help with using the above IRAD links, click here for how to use IRAD.

Newspapers

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

 

Need additional research help? Contact our research help specialists.

Need wiki, indexing, or website help? Contact our product teams.


Did you find this article helpful?

You're invited to explain your rating on the discussion page (you must be signed in).