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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Christian County'''
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Guide to '''Christian County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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| building address = '''Christian County Courthouse'''<br>101 South Main Street<br>Taylorville, Illinois 62568<br>(217) 824-4969<br>[http://www.christiancountyil.com '''Christian County Website''']
 
| building address = '''Christian County Courthouse'''<br>101 South Main Street<br>Taylorville, Illinois 62568<br>(217) 824-4969<br>[http://www.christiancountyil.com '''Christian County Website''']
 
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Christian County'''
 
  
 
== Christian County Organization  ==
 
== Christian County Organization  ==
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Christian County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Christian County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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*'''15 February 1839:''' -- Christian County was created from[[Sangamon County, Illinois|Sangamon]] and [[Shelby County, Illinois|Shelby ]]Counties. It was formerly [[Dane County, Illinois|Dane]] County, until the name was changed to Christian County 1 February 1840. <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL}} ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>
 
*'''15 February 1839:''' -- Christian County was created from[[Sangamon County, Illinois|Sangamon]] and [[Shelby County, Illinois|Shelby ]]Counties. It was formerly [[Dane County, Illinois|Dane]] County, until the name was changed to Christian County 1 February 1840. <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL}} ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>
  
*Interactive map of Christian County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
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For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-counties/#courthouse Illinois Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
  
 
=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Christian County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Christian County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
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The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Christian County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Christian County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.  
  
 
=== Business and Commerce  ===
 
=== Business and Commerce  ===
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==== Federal  ====
 
==== Federal  ====
  
==== State ====
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==== State ====
  
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
 
=== Church History and Records  ===
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*1842 Christian Church. The first preacher may have been W.P. Bowles who was invited to preach by a Baptist minister.  
 
*1842 Christian Church. The first preacher may have been W.P. Bowles who was invited to preach by a Baptist minister.  
*1846 Roman Catholic Church organized in Taylorsville, the first town organized in the County
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*1846 Roman Catholic Church organized in Taylorsville, the first town organized in the County  
*1848 Baptist Church <br>
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*1848 Baptist Church <br>  
*1852 United Presbyterian Church began with meetings of the Associate Reform Church<br>
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*1852 United Presbyterian Church began with meetings of the Associate Reform Church<br>  
*1855 Methodist Episcopal Church
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*1855 Methodist Episcopal Church  
*1856 Presbyterian Church first organized in Pana<br>
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*1856 Presbyterian Church first organized in Pana<br>  
 
*1856 Congregational Church<br>
 
*1856 Congregational Church<br>
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==== Methodist ====
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:*'''1887-1895''' - Methodist Episcopal Church, Stonington, Marriage Index 1887-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M730571}}.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igiillinoisac.pdf.</ref>
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx BLM GLO Records]. Search original land patents for Christian 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 GLOis 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://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ BLM GLO Records]. Search original land patents for Christian 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 GLOis 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://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/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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*[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 ($)
 
*"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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*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].
 
*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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'''Copies of original records'''  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
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'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Christian County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|376630|subject_id|disp=FHLC}} and {{FHL|797086|subject_id|disp=FHLC–maps}}. 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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Additional resources for Christian County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|376630|subject_id|disp=FHLC}} and {{FHL|797086|subject_id|disp=FHLC–maps}}. 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  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Ilchristian.jpg|right|400px|Ilchristian.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
  
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
  
==== Civl War  ====
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==== Civil War  ====
  
Civil War service men from Christian 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 Christian County. <br>
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Civil War service men from Christian 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 Christian County. <br>  
  
 
:- [[3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company M.  
 
:- [[3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company M.  
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:- [[10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company L.
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:- [[14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.
 
:- [[33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.  
 
:- [[33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.  
 
:- [[35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
 
:- [[35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
 
:- [[41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies G and I.  
 
:- [[41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies G and I.  
 
:- [[54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A.  
 
:- [[54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A.  
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:- [[115th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|115th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and E.
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:- [[116th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|116th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies G and H.
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:- [[130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.
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:- [[143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company C.
 
:- [[145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.<br>
 
:- [[145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.<br>
:- [[143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company C.
 
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
Original probate records are held by the [[Christian County, Illinois Courthouse|circuit court clerk]]. Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. For more information see the wiki page [[Illinois Probate Records|Illinois Probate Records]]. No probate records are held at [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]]&nbsp;for Christian County. [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|Explore how to search IRAD]]–UIS. The following copies are available in the [[Family_History_Library_Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]]:<br>
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Original probate records are held by the [[Christian County, Illinois Courthouse|circuit court clerk]]. Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. For more information see the wiki page [[Illinois Probate Records|Illinois Probate Records]]. No probate records are held at [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]]&nbsp;for Christian County. [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|Explore how to search IRAD]]–UIS. The following copies are available in the [[Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]]:<br>  
  
 
:*'''1839–1919''' Probate Records {{FHL|273575|item|disp=FHL Film 986730–986732}}  
 
:*'''1839–1919''' Probate Records {{FHL|273575|item|disp=FHL Film 986730–986732}}  
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=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-society-archive/ Illinois Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
  
 
==== County Courthouse  ====
 
==== County Courthouse  ====
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==== Family History&nbsp;Center  ====
 
==== Family History&nbsp;Center  ====
  
There are no family history centers in Christian County. It appears that the nearest centers are:<br>
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There are no [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history centers]] in Christian County. It appears that the nearest centers are:<br>  
  
*Springfield Illinois Family History Center<br>3601 Buckeye Dr.<br>Springfield, Illinois 62707<br>Contact: 217-529-7930<br>Open selected hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday<br>
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*[[Springfield Illinois Family History Center]]<br>3601 Buckeye Dr.<br>Springfield, Illinois 62707<br>Contact: 217-529-7930<br>Open selected hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday<br>  
*Litchfield Illinois Family History Center<br>12367 Robertson Rd<br>Litchfield, Illinois 62056<br>Contact: 217-324-2396<br>Open selected hours on Tuesday, Thursday<br>
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*[[Litchfield Illinois Family History Center]]<br>12367 Robertson Rd<br>Litchfield, Illinois 62056<br>Contact: 217-324-2396<br>Open selected hours on Tuesday, Thursday<br>
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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The Archives hold many records for Greene County. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|IRAD Wiki page]]  
 
The Archives hold many records for Greene County. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|IRAD Wiki page]]  
  
[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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[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  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
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Carnegie-Schuyler Library<br>303 East Second Street<br>Pana, IL 62557<br>Phone: (217) 562-2326  
 
Carnegie-Schuyler Library<br>303 East Second Street<br>Pana, IL 62557<br>Phone: (217) 562-2326  
  
Taylorville Public Library <br> 121 West Vine Street<br>Taylorville, IL 62568<br>Phone: (217) 824-4736<br>[http://www.taylorville.lib.il.us/ Website]<br>Taylorsville Library has a small genealogy room with materials that are not cataloged.<br>
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Taylorville Public Library <br> 121 West Vine Street<br>Taylorville, IL 62568<br>Phone: (217) 824-4736<br>[http://www.taylorville.lib.il.us/ Website]<br>Taylorsville Library has a small genealogy room with materials that are not cataloged.<br>  
  
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
[http://homepage.macomb.com/~tkuntz/christianco.htm Christian County Genealogy Society] <br>P.O. Box 28<br>Taylorville, Illinois 62568-0028<br>Library Hours: <br> - Summer April through November: Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 3 pm<br>- Winter hours (December thru March):Saturday 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.<br>The genealogical society is located in the Pence Building, the Christian County Historical Museum.
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[http://homepage.macomb.com/~tkuntz/christianco.htm Christian County Genealogy Society] <br>P.O. Box 28<br>Taylorville, Illinois 62568-0028<br>Library Hours: <br> - Summer April through November: Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 3 pm<br>- Winter hours (December thru March):Saturday 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.<br>The genealogical society is located in the Pence Building, the Christian County Historical Museum.  
  
 
<br>[http://cchistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/ Christian County Historical Society and Museum]<br>Address: <br>P.O. Box 254<br>Taylorville, IL 62568-0028<br>Phone: 217-824-6922<br>E-mail: cchs254@gmail.com<br>  
 
<br>[http://cchistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/ Christian County Historical Society and Museum]<br>Address: <br>P.O. Box 254<br>Taylorville, IL 62568-0028<br>Phone: 217-824-6922<br>E-mail: cchs254@gmail.com<br>  
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Location: <br>325 Abe’s Way (in front of the Super 8 Motel)<br>Near the intersection of Routes 29 and 48<br>Taylorville, IL 62568<br>  
 
Location: <br>325 Abe’s Way (in front of the Super 8 Motel)<br>Near the intersection of Routes 29 and 48<br>Taylorville, IL 62568<br>  
  
The Christian County Historical Society and Museum is dedicated to preserving the ancestry and the history of Christian County Illinois. They have extensive genealogical resources as well as an impressive collection of material culture. <br>
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The Christian County Historical Society and Museum is dedicated to preserving the ancestry and the history of Christian County Illinois. They have extensive genealogical resources as well as an impressive collection of material culture. <br>  
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== 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 since 1877 are kept by the [[Christian County, Illinois Courthouse|Christian 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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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-vital-records/ How to order Illinois Vital Records] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online].
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded since 1877 are kept by the [[Christian County, Illinois Courthouse|Christian 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;Christian 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.  
 
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;Christian 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|384346|subject-id|disp=Explore Christian County vital records}} found in the Family History Library Catalog. [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=christian+county+illinois+marriage+records Other libraries(at WorldCat)] also hold copies of abstracted Christian County vital records. [[Worldcat Online Catalog|(How to explore WorldCat).]] <br>
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{{FHL|384346|subject-id|disp=Explore Christian County vital records}} found in the Family History Library Catalog. [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=christian+county+illinois+marriage+records Other libraries(at WorldCat)] also hold copies of abstracted Christian County vital records. [[Worldcat Online Catalog|(How to explore WorldCat).]] <br>  
  
 
==== Births  ====
 
==== Births  ====
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:*'''1839–1850''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 Illinois Marriages 1790 to 1860]. Search for Christian county records.Ancestry ($). The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's&nbsp;collection  
 
:*'''1839–1850''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 Illinois Marriages 1790 to 1860]. Search for Christian county records.Ancestry ($). The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's&nbsp;collection  
 
:*'''1851–1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7857 Illinois Marriages 1851 to 1900]. Search for Christian county records.Ancestry ($)The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection  
 
:*'''1851–1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7857 Illinois Marriages 1851 to 1900]. Search for Christian county records.Ancestry ($)The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection  
:*'''1855–1866''' [http://files.usgwarchives.org/il/christian/vitals/marriages/miscmarr.txt Miscellaneous Marriages] Courtesy of USGenWeb.
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:*'''1855–1866''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/christian/vitals/marriages/miscmarr.txt Miscellaneous Marriages] Courtesy of USGenWeb.
  
 
==== Deaths  ====
 
==== Deaths  ====
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/christian-county/ Christian County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104195621376697101310 Illinois Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Christian/ Christian County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Christian/ Christian County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)

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Guide to Christian County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Coordinates: 39.55°0′N 89.28°0′W / 39.55°N 89.28°W / 39.55; -89.28

Christian County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Christian County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 15, 1839
County Seat Taylorville
Courthouse
Christian County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Christian County Courthouse
101 South Main Street
Taylorville, Illinois 62568
(217) 824-4969
Christian County Website

Contents

Christian County Organization

Christian County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Christian County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1839 1877 1840 1828 1839

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

Historical Facts

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

Boundary Changes

  • 15 February 1839: -- Christian County was created fromSangamon and Shelby Counties. It was formerly Dane County, until the name was changed to Christian County 1 February 1840. [2]

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see: Illinois Counties with Burned Courthouses

Records and Resources

Biography

The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Christian County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Christian County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Business and Commerce

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

Online Gravestone Transcriptions

Cemetery Gazetteers

Census

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

Federal

State

Church History and Records

Illinois' GenWeb for Christian County has a list of churches in the county as they appear in the telephone directory. They are listed by denomination with addresses and telephone numbers.

The Family History Library has very few church records, and they represent different denomination. The Library's church records are found on the town, not the county, level.

Timeline of major denominations in Christian County:[3]

  • 1842 Christian Church. The first preacher may have been W.P. Bowles who was invited to preach by a Baptist minister.
  • 1846 Roman Catholic Church organized in Taylorsville, the first town organized in the County
  • 1848 Baptist Church
  • 1852 United Presbyterian Church began with meetings of the Associate Reform Church
  • 1855 Methodist Episcopal Church
  • 1856 Presbyterian Church first organized in Pana
  • 1856 Congregational Church

Methodist

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 copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Christian County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the UIS IRAD Wiki page.

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Gazetteers

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

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 online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Christian County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the UIS IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • BLM GLO Records. Search original land patents for Christian 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 GLOis 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.


Copies of original records


Additional Resources

Additional resources for Christian County land and property may be found in the FHLC and FHLC–maps. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

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Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Christian 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 Christian County.

- 3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company M.
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies G and I.
- 54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 115th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and E.
- 116th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies G and H.
- 130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company C.
- 145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Probate Records

Original probate records are held by the circuit court clerk. Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. For more information see the wiki page Illinois Probate Records. No probate records are held at IRAD for Christian County. Explore how to search IRAD–UIS. The following copies are available in the Family History Library Catalog:

Repositories

See also a List of Illinois Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

County Courthouse

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

Family History Center

There are no family history centers in Christian County. It appears that the nearest centers are:

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Archives hold many records for Greene County. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page

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

Assumption Public Library District
205 North Oak Street
Assumption, IL 62510
Phone: (217) 226-3915
Website

Kitchell Memorial Library
300 Se 5th Street
Morrisonville, IL 62546
Phone: (217) 526-4553

Carnegie-Schuyler Library
303 East Second Street
Pana, IL 62557
Phone: (217) 562-2326

Taylorville Public Library
121 West Vine Street
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: (217) 824-4736
Website
Taylorsville Library has a small genealogy room with materials that are not cataloged.

Social Groups Online

Societies

Christian County Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 28
Taylorville, Illinois 62568-0028
Library Hours:
- Summer April through November: Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 3 pm
- Winter hours (December thru March):Saturday 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
The genealogical society is located in the Pence Building, the Christian County Historical Museum.


Christian County Historical Society and Museum
Address:
P.O. Box 254
Taylorville, IL 62568-0028
Phone: 217-824-6922
E-mail: cchs254@gmail.com

Location:
325 Abe’s Way (in front of the Super 8 Motel)
Near the intersection of Routes 29 and 48
Taylorville, IL 62568

The Christian County Historical Society and Museum is dedicated to preserving the ancestry and the history of Christian County Illinois. They have extensive genealogical resources as well as an impressive collection of material culture.

Taxation

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded since 1877 are kept by the Christian 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 Christian County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database . For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD–UIS Wiki page.

Explore Christian County vital records found in the Family History Library Catalog. Other libraries(at WorldCat) also hold copies of abstracted Christian County vital records. (How to explore WorldCat).

Births

Marriages

Some of the Family History Library's Collection of Christian County marriages have been or will be made available digitally: Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934.

Deaths

Web Sites

References

  1. Hardin County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives, accessed May 28, 2011.
  2. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  3. Illinois Sesquicentennial Edition of Christian County History; ed. Dorthy D. Drennan et.al. Jacksonville, Illinois: Production Press, 1968 FHL book 977.381 H2i
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/1/10/Igiillinoisac.pdf.