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[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Champaign/ch-rec/ Linkpendium] has many church records transcripted by the Federation of East European Family History Societies.  

Revision as of 21:06, 24 August 2011

Coordinates: 40.14°0′N 88.2°0′W / 40.14°N 88.2°W / 40.14; -88.2

Champaign County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Champaign County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 20, 1833
County Seat Urbana
Courthouse
Champaign County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Champaign County Courthouse
101 E. Main Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801
(217) 384-3725
Champaign County Website

United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Champaign County

Contents

Champaign County Organization


Beginning Dates for Champaign County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878 1833 1878 1840 1833 1833

Copies of historic Champaign County records are available through the Urbana Free Library as part of the Champaign County Historical Archives.  Birth, marriage, death, obituary, newspaper, yearbook, cemetery, probate and other records have been indexed and can be searched at Local History Online.  For more information about Champaign County's records, see the Champaign County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

Large numbers of Ohio residents settled in frontier Champaign County, Illinois. The name of the county (Champaign) is reminiscent of Champaign County, Ohio - the previous residence of many pioneer settlers.[1]

Boundary Changes

  • 20 February 1833: Champaign County was created from Vermilion County. [2]
  • 1790-1801 originally part of Knox, Northwest Territory
    1801-1812 St. Clair (Illinois Territory)
    1812-1813 Madison (Illinois Territory)
    1815-1816 Edwards (Illinois Territory)
    1816-1819 Crawford (Illinois Statehood 1818)
    1819-1823 Clark County, Illinois
    1823-1826 Edgar County, Illinois
    1826-1833 Vermilion County, Illinois

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Biography

The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Champaign County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Champaign 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.)

  • Linkpendium has a list of cemeteries transcriptions many done by the Champaign County Genealogical Society.

Census

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

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190047,622
191051,8298.8%
192056,9599.9%
193064,27312.8%
194070,5789.8%
1950106,10050.3%
1960132,43624.8%
1970163,28123.3%
1980168,3923.1%
1990173,0252.8%
2000179,6693.8%
2010201,08111.9%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

1799-1999 Society of Friends. Stanton Monthly Meeting.  FHL film 1535523 Item 6, and FHL Films 1535761 and 1535762

1899-1970 Shiloh Methodist Episcopal Church Records. FHL Films 1295957 and 1295958

1909-1925 Oak Grove Church. FHL film 1295960 items 7-9

1874-1927 Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Baptism Record Extractions

1875-1926 Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Confirmation Record Extractions

1892-1925 Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Marriage Register Record Extractions

1874-1925 Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Burial Register Extractions

1860-1875 St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church index to Baptism Register, Confirmations, Marriages, and Burials

Linkpendium has many church records transcripted by the Federation of East European Family History Societies.

Records of the First United Methodist Church, pastors, 1856-2002, marriages 1868-1948, baptisms 1868-1948 and summary church history. by Wilson M. Zaring.  WorldCat 

Parish Records of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Philo, Illinois, 1875-1931. by Wayne M. Fabert  WordCat

Parish Records of St. Peter's Evangelical Church  1865-1943. by Wayne M. Fabert WorldCat

Parish Records of St. Paul's Evangelical Church, 1887-1959. By Wayne M. Fabert WorldCat

A Commemorative History of Champaign County, Illinois, 1833-1983. by Willis C. Baker and Patricia L. Miller contains a section on church history in the county.
FHL Collection

Court Records

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

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


Directories

Available at Ancestry:

J.S.Lothrop's Champaign County Directory 1870-1871.

Additional directories available at: Linkpendium.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

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

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

1833-1927 Deed Index. - Also available through the Family History Library and its Centers FHL film: 1026929 - 1026953
1833-1902 Deed Record - Also available through the Family History Library and its Centers FHL Film: 1026954 (first film)
1862-1877 Chattel Mortgage Record IRAD (ISU)
1959-1965 Chattel Mortgages IRAD (ISU)

Online Resources

Maps

Military History and Records

Linkpendium links data to information and records for the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, and World War II.

Revolutionary War

Veteran Burials (Genealogy Trails History Group)

War of 1812

Some Military Land Grants Champaign County Illinois For Soldiers of the War of 1812  (USGenWeb)

Black Hawk War

Civil War

Civil War service men from Champaign 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 Champaign County.

Cavalry

- 2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company I
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company I
- 16th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L

Infantry

- 20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A
- 25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C, Company G, Company I, and Company K
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F, and Company I
- 38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B, and  Company E.
- 67th Regiment, Illinois Inffantry, Company K
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C, Company F, and Company ;H.
- 72nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B, and Company G.
- 125th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E, Company F, and Company H
- 133rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K
- 135th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, and Company B
- 154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, and Company B


  • Behrens, Robert H. From Salt Fork to Chickamauga: Champaign County Soldiers in the Civil War, includes full-name index of 3,200 men. WorldCat 19491556, FHL Book 977.366 M2b
  • 1916-1931 Cemetery Record, Civil War Veterans - IRAD

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)

A list of the GAR post in Illinois additional site for post list Library of Congress

Black Eagle Post, Urbana 1913

World War I

World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918.(Ancestry)

World War II

Army Enlistees Alphabetical list - USGenWeb

Army Casualties Part 1U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Army Casualties Part 2 U.S. National Archives and Records Administration


Naturalization and Citizenship

IRAD-ISU (Illinois State University) The following records originally from Office: Circuit Court])

  • Circuit Court:
1858-1906 Naturalization Records
1866-1906 Naturalization Records of Minors
1866-1892 Naturalization Records of Soldiers
1872-1906 Naturlaization Records
  • County Court:
1860-1902 Naturalization Records
1866-1896 Naturalization Records of Minors
1866-1889 Naturalization Records of Soldiers
1896-1906 Naturalization Decarations of Intent
  • Family History Library and Centers
Naturalization records, 1858-1906 (Circuit Court) FHL Film 1026928
Naturalization records, 1860-1906 (County Court) FHL Films 338057 - 338058

Newspapers

Newspapers Published in Champaign County

Chronicling America   Library of Congress

Ancestry.com ($) has:

Obituaries

Newspaper death notices and obituaries from 1894 to the present are included in the Champaign County Historical Archives, and can be searched on-line using the Local History Index. Obituaries are indexed by both a woman’s maiden as well as her married name(s) if that information was included in the obituary. The index covers the following newspapers:

Urbana Courier  -  August 1894– March 1979
Champaign News Gazette  -  September 1938 – April 2011

Search Screen - Local History Online at the Champaign County Historical Archives
Obituaries from other newspapers, including the Champaign County Gazette, Champaign Daily Gazette, Champaign Daily News and others may be included in the index, but those newspapers have not been fully indexed and so may not include every obituary published. Record the surname and document number (circled in red in the image at the left) to use when requesting a copy of the original obituary using the Champaign County Historical Archives’ Record Request form.

Probate Records

The original files for all known probate cases from 1833 - 1922 are kept at the Champaign County Historical Archives at the Urbana Free Library.

Original estates and wills from 1923 to the present are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  Probate records from 1992 to the present are indexed and available on-line at Champaign County's Public Access Case Lookup System .

See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Illinois State University (ISU). To see all probate records available for Champaign County, search the Local Government Record Holdings with Champaign County selected and the word "probate" in the title search box.  For more information about how to access records held at an Illinois Regional Archive Depository, see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.

1835-1976 Probate Record Index
1833-1953 Probate Will Records
1833-1891 Probate Case Files (microfilm copies)
1838-1851 Probate Records
1859-1952 Probate Inventory Record
1864-1943 Probate Appraisement Record
1868-1907 Probate Sale Record, Real Estate
1950-1955 Probate Appraisement Review Record
  • Family History Library and Centers

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library

1833-1851 Probate Records. - FHL film 338058 Items 4-5
1851-1921 Probate Records. - FHL film 1026924-1026927
1877-1900 Probate Packets. - FHL 21 films

Online Resources

  • 1851-1921 Wills are also available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Champaign County, and select the record type you are interested in.
1833-1948 Probate Will Records (handwritten copies in Will Books)
1833-1922 Probate Case Files (complete, orignal files)

Public Records

1833-1942 Board of Supervisors' Minutes
1956-1964 County Officials' Bonds and Oaths of Office
1872-1966 Notary Public Registers
1916-1922 Optometrist Registers
1869-1872 Patent Record, Invention
1877-1965 Professional Registers
1950-1962 Drainage District Accounts
1937-1963 Drainage District Assessment Record, Delinquent
1942-1947 Drainage District Bank Books
1928-1951 Drainage District Collector's Books
1908-1957 Drainage District Collector's Books, Kankakee District
1911-1955 Drainage District Collector's Books, Special District
1914-1931 Drainage District Ledgers

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

  • Public Libraries

Urbana Free Library
210 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 367-4025
Fax: (217) 531-7088

Expanding on an index-card based index created in the 1960's and 1970's, the Urbana Free Library has created an on-line index of Champaign County historical records of genealogical interest called the Champaign County Historical Archive. Included are newspaper mentions of birth, marriage and death notices, along with official county records of birth, marriage, death, wills, probate, cemetery and other records. The index includes details (names and dates) that make it easy to identify records of interst.

Copies (non-certified) can be requested using the library's printable PDF Request Form.

Social Groups Online

Societies

Taxation

IRAD - ISU (Illinois State University)

1857-1872 Tax Sale Record
1935-1945 Tax Assessment Abstracts
1947-1965 Tax Ledgers
1906-1964 Collector's Accounts
1950-1966 Collector's and Treasurer's Accounts
1931-1964 County Annual Audit Reports
1948-1965 Treasurer's Ledgers
1946-1958 Motor Fuel Tax Allotment Record

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Champaign 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 usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

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

Births

Marriages

Online Resources

Deaths

Online Resources

Voter Registration

Place/Localities

Societies and Libraries

The Urbana Free Library
210 West Green Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801-5326
217-367-4025
217-531-7088  Fax

The Urbana Free Library offers a variety of resources to new and experienced genealogists, including access to on-line premium genealogy web sites Ancestry.com, Footnote.com, HeritageQuest and WorldVitalRecords, and more than 25,000 books and journals.  See the Champaign County Historical Archives Local History On-Line to search the index of Champaign County birth, marriage, death, probate, burial, yearbook, and other records available through the library.

Champaign Illinois Family History Center
605 West Windsor Road
Champaign, IL  61820
217-352-8063

To learn more about the genealogical resources available at Family History Centers, see Introduction to LDS Family History Centers.  For center hours and holiday closure information, see Champaign Illinois Family History Center.

Champaign County Genealogical Society
c/o Champaign County Historical Archives
Urbana Free Library
210 West Green Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801-5326
217-367-4025

Champaign County Historical Museum
102 East University Avenue
Champaign, IL 
217-356-1010

The Champaign County Historical Museum is a non-profit organization that preserves and displays artifacts associated with the people and events of Champaign County. Collections include University of Illinois yearbooks, historic quilts, photos and other items that may be of interest to genealogists.  The museum is currently closed (as of August 2011) while changes are made to exhibits.

Websites

Databases Pertinent to Champaign County

References

  1. Champaign County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives, accessed May 25, 2011.
  2. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)