Crawford County, Illinois

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Revision as of 19:46, 8 September 2011

Coordinates: 39°0′N 87.76°0′W / 39°N 87.76°W / 39; -87.76

Crawford County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Crawford County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: December 31, 1816
County Seat Robinson
Courthouse
Crawford County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Crawford County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Robinson, Illinois 62454
(618) 546-1212
Crawford County Website

United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Crawford County

Contents

County Organization

Crawford County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Crawford County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1817 1877 1820 1816 1818

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

Historical Facts

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Crawford County was named for William H. Crawford who was a United States Senator, and in 1824 was a candidate for United States President.

Boundary Changes

  • 31 December 1816: Crawford County was created from Edwards County. [1]

Record Loss

28 March 1999: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Records and Resources

Bible Records

A Family Bible belonging to the Fitch family of Crawford County is included in an Ancestry database ($).[2]

Biography

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

Cemeteries

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Cemeteries for more information.

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

Census

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190019,240
191026,28136.6%
192022,771−13.4%
193021,085−7.4%
194021,2941.0%
195021,137−0.7%
196020,751−1.8%
197019,824−4.5%
198020,8185.0%
199019,464−6.5%
200020,4525.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

State

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Crawford County on page 186.]

Church History and Records

Copies of Original records

  • 1847–1883 Grand Prairie Christian Church FHL film 874276 Item 4
  • 1871–1971 Oak Grove Federated Church of LaMotte Prairie,1971: 100 years Oak Grove Church, 100 years Brethren Church, 10 years Federated Church. FHL film 874276 Item 7
  • 1878–1938 Society of Friends-Pleasant Grove Monthly Meeting was originally known as Union Monthly Meeting FHL film 1535523 Items 7–9

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Crawford County church records may be found in the FHLC - church records. Histories of area churches may be found in the FHLC - church histories section. 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.

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 Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Crawford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1817-1958 Circuit Court Index and Record IRAD-EIU
  • 1912-1958 Circuit court Record, Common Law IRAD-EIU
  • 1931-1957 Circuit Court Record, Criminal IRAD-EIU
  • 1922-1960 Jail Registers IRAD-EIU

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

History

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


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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Crawford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of Original Records

Abstracts

  • 1850, 1854-1867 Crawford County Illinois, County Court, Land records: abstract, sales, plats, etc., ([Springfield, Illinois]:Office of the Secretary of State, Micrographics Division, Source Documents Unit, 1980-1981.) FHL Film 1688802 item 1
  • 1980-1981 Rockford Map Publishers, Rockford, Illinois, Land atlas and plat book, Crawford County, Illinois (Rockford, Illinois:Rockford Map Publishers, c1966.) FHL Book 977.375 E7c; WorldCat 8345128

Online Resources

Maps

Military History and Records

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

General

  • 1919-1958 Military Discharge Record and Index IRAD-EIU

Civil War

Civil War service men from Crawford 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 Crawford County.

- 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company F.
- 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I
- 30th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 79th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and E.
- 152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company H.
- 155th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

  • The Robinson Constitution was a newspaper printed in Robinson, the county seat of Crawford County. This link features editions of the paper from Mar 15, 1877 - Apr 21, 1894. Newspapers are very important sources for glimpses into our ancestor's daily lives.

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

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

Copies of Original Records

Online Resources

Crawford County Will and Estate Records courtesy USGenWeb Archives Illinois.

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

Family History Centers

There are over 4500 Family History Centers worldwide which serve as branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Volunteers provide research assistance to help patrons identify their ancestors.  Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at a nominal cost.  Locate your nearest Family History Center at the FamilySearch website.  Call ahead to verify operating hours.  All are welcome.

The following centers are accessible to residents of Crawford County, Illinois:

Linton Indiana Family History Center 
1000 W Lone Tree Rd
Linton, Greene, Indiana
Phone: 812-847-9044
Hours: Wed. 6 - 9 pm, Sat 9 - 2

Terre Haute Indiana Family History Center
1845 N 6 1/2 St
Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana
Phone: 812-234-0269
Hours: Tue 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed: Mondays after 6:00 p.m., all major holidays, inclement weather, whenever Vigo school are on delays or early dismissals.
Attention: The Center is also available by appointment. 

Vincennes Indiana Family History Center 
1940 N Old Hwy 41
Vincennes, Knox, Indiana
Phone: 812-882-4022
Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm
Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas

Please note: Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage the archival records of local governments.  Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.  The records of Crawford County come under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) regional depository.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093

Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.

Libraries

Robinson Public Library District
606 N Jefferson St.
Robinson, IL 62454
618-544-2917

Oblong Public Library
110 E Main St.
Oblong, IL 62449
Phone and FAX: 618-592-3001
E-mail: dpoblibrary2@hotmail.com


Hutsonville Public Library
101 S. Main Street
Hutsonville, IL 62433
Phone and Fax: 618-563-9603
E-Mail: hutsonvillepubliclibrary@yahoo.com

Susie Wesley Memorial Library
105 S Main St.
PO Box 185
Flat Rock, IL 62427
Phone and FAX: 618-584-3636
E-mail: swlib@frtci.net

Schools

Social Groups Online

Societies

Crawford County Historical Society
P.O. Box 554
Robinson, IL 62454-0554

Crawford County Museum
Former Schmidt Clinic
408 S. Cross St.
Robinson, IL
Hours: 2 - 4 p.m. Sat
2 - 4 p.m. Sun
or by appointment

Taxation

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Crawford 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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Crawford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

General

  • Bailey, Chris H. Scrapbook of Robinson, Illinois, newspaper clippings (Salt Lake City, Utah:Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.) FHL Film 874276 item 1
  • Bailey, Imogene; Flat Rock Journal (Illinois), Crawford County, Illinois newspaper genealogical information. FHL Film 874275 items 1–2 Primarily a collection of obituaries, historical and genealogical information from the Flat Rock Journal, newspaper. Also, many biographical sketches of prominent persons of Crawford County, Illinois, of that era.

Births

Copies of Original Records

  • 1877-1915 Birth Record - IRAD-EIU
  • 1877-1957 Birth Record Index - IRAD-EIU
  • 1878-1981 Crawford County (Illinois) Clerk of County Court, Vital records. Including Birth index 1878-1981 and Birth record Books 1 and 2 1877-1902. FHL Film 1310117–1310119

Marriages

Copies of Original Records

  • 1817-1851 Crawford County (Illinois) Clerk of County Court, Crawford County, Illinois marriage register, Feb. 1817-Jan. 1851. FHL Film 874276 item 10
  • 1817-1981 Crawford County (Illinois) Clerk of County Court, Vital records. Including marriage indexes, male and female 1817-1981 and marriage record books A,B,C and 1. FHL Film 1310115–1310116
  • 1817–1934 Marriage Record IRAD-EIU
  • 1817–1958 Marriage Record Index IRAD-EIU

Abstracts

Online Resources

Deaths

Copies of Original Records

Abstracts

Online Resources

Web Sites

Databases pertinent to Crawford County

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  2. Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at Ancestry ($).