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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''DeWitt County'''
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Guide to '''DeWitt County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = DeWitt County
 
| county = DeWitt County
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| seat wl = Clinton
 
| seat wl = Clinton
 
| building image = DeWitt County Courthouse.gif
 
| building image = DeWitt County Courthouse.gif
| building image size = 200px
 
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
 
| building address = '''DeWitt County Building'''<br>201 W. Washington Street<br>Clinton, Illinois 61727<br>(217) 935-7780<br>[http://www.dewittcountyill.com '''DeWitt County Website''']
 
| building address = '''DeWitt County Building'''<br>201 W. Washington Street<br>Clinton, Illinois 61727<br>(217) 935-7780<br>[http://www.dewittcountyill.com '''DeWitt County Website''']
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''DeWitt County'''
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== County Organization  ==
 
== County Organization  ==
  
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DeWitt County's civil records start the following years:
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[DeWitt County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Governor DeWitt Clinton.JPG|thumb|right|175px]]<br>DeWitt County, like Clinton County, is named for {{wpd|DeWitt Clinton}} who was the Governor of New York and chief promoter of the Erie Canal.  
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[[Image:Governor DeWitt Clinton.JPG|thumb|right|175px]] DeWitt County, like Clinton County, is named for {{wpd|DeWitt Clinton}} who was the Governor of New York and chief promoter of the Erie Canal.  
 
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=== Parent Counties  ===
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*'''1 March 1839:''' - DeWitt County was created from [[Macon County, Illinois|Macon]] and [[McLean County, Illinois|McLean]] <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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=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
See an interactive map of DeWitt County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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*'''1 March 1839:''' DeWitt County was created from [[Macon County, Illinois|Macon]] and [[McLean County, Illinois|McLean]] <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 DeWitt County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
 
{{DeWitt County, Illinois}}<br>'''To see a list of places in DeWitt County, click on [Show] in the bar, above.''' The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.
 
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
  
 
=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
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''History of DeWitt County, Illinois''. Pioneer Publishing Company, 1910 {{FHL| 291849|item|disp=FHL film 825564-825565}} another filming 934982 items 2-3
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''History of DeWitt County, Illinois''. 1882. {{FHL|270889|disp=FHL film 934981}} item 2 also a FHL&nbsp;Book 977.3585 H2b
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''Portrait and Biographical Album of DeWitt and Piatt Counties, Illinois''. 1891. {{FHL|254651|item|disp=FHl film 934981}} item 3 also a&nbsp;FHL Book 977.3 D3de
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
 
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
  
*[http://dewitt.ilgenweb.net/places-and-geography.htm#cemetery Cemeteries of DeWitt County Illinois]
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*[http://dewitt.ilgenweb.net/places-and-geography.htm#cemetery Cemeteries of DeWitt County Illinois]  
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*DeWitt County, Illinois, Cemetery Inscriptions. {{FHL|60990|item|disp=FHL book 977.3585 V3d}}
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*DeWitt County, Illinois Cemetery Instriptions. Decatur Genealogical Society. {{FHL|306231|item|disp=FHL fiche 6100852-6100856}} also book 977.3585 V3d Volume 1-5
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*Family Cemetery Records of&nbsp;DeWitt County, Illinois {{FHL|288510|item|disp=FHL film 1302597 item 4}}
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*Honor Roll,&nbsp; DeWitt County, State of Illinois. Illoinis Veterans' Commission. {{FHL|288495|item|disp=FHL film 1302597 Item 3}}&nbsp;
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*DeWitt County, Illinois Cemetery Inscriptions. {{FHL|288868|item|disp=FHL film 1302598 tiems 5-10}}
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*Memorial Park Cemetery Records. {{FHL|287812|item|disp=FHL films 1302594 items 2-3&nbsp;and 13025595 itmes 1-4}}&nbsp;
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*Death and Tombstone Records From Illinois. {{FHL|277160|item|FHL 874201 item 4 Book 977.3 V22c}}
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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For information and tips on accessing census records online, see [[Illinois Census]].
  
 
==== Federal  ====
 
==== Federal  ====
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| footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990]  
 
| footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990]  
 
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For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Illinois Census]].
 
 
==== State  ====
 
  
 
==== 1840 Pensioners  ====
 
==== 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 [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA186&lpg=PA186 Google Books]. [See Illinois, DeWitt County on page 186.]
 
*''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 [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA186&lpg=PA186 Google Books]. [See Illinois, DeWitt County on page 186.]
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==== '''State'''  ====
  
 
=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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Church Records, 1834-1877&nbsp;: in collection of Genevieve M. Dolle. Joseph A. Roof&nbsp; {{FHL|371462|item|diap=FHL film 859782 item 7}}
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:*'''1873-1885''' - Texas Christian Church, Texas Township, Baptism Index 1873-1885 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C731021}}.<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/9/9c/Igiillinoisd.pdf.</ref>
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:*'''1873-1895''' - Texas Christian Church, Texas Township, Marriage Index 1873-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M731021}}.<ref name="vr1"/>
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.
  
 
=== Directories  ===
 
=== Directories  ===
  
=== Ethnic Research ===
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=== Ethnic Research ===
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.
  
 
Copies of original records are available:  
 
Copies of original records are available:  
  
'''1839-1875 '''Deed Records IRAD- ISU  
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:'''1839-1875''' Deed Records IRAD- ISU
  
=== Maps  ===
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<br>Available through the Family History Library and Family History Centers
  
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<br>'''1868-1913 '''Deed Records. DeWitt County Recorder {{FHL|286310|itme|disp=FHL film 1302589-1302592}}
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:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/landsrch.jsp Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/dewitt_map.html DeWitt County Federal Township Plats]
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=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Ildewitt.jpg|right|400px]]
 
*[http://dewitt.ilgenweb.net/cemetery-map.htm Cemetary Maps of DeWitt County]
 
*[http://dewitt.ilgenweb.net/cemetery-map.htm Cemetary Maps of DeWitt County]
  
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
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For information about using Military records see [[Illinois Military Records|Illinois Military Records]]
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==== Revolutionary War  ====
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[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/revwar1.html#dewitt Veterans Burials ](source: [http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogy Trails Histroy Group])
  
 
==== Civil War  ====
 
==== Civil War  ====
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Civil War service men from DeWitt 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 Dewitt County.  
 
Civil War service men from DeWitt 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 Dewitt County.  
  
'''Artillery'''  
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*'''Artillery'''
  
:-[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/reg_html/art_001.html 1st Regiment], Illinois Artillery,&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/acm/art-1k.html New Battery K]
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:- [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/reg_html/art_001.html 1st Regiment], Illinois Artillery, [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/acm/art-1k.html New Battery K]
  
'''Cavalry'''  
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*'''Cavalry'''
  
:-[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/reg_html/cav_002.html 2nd Regiment], Illinois Cavalry,[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/acm/cav002-a.html Company A]
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:- [[2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|2nd Regiment]], Illinois Cavalry, [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/acm/cav002-a.html Company A]  
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:- [[4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/acm/cav004-l.html Company L]
  
:-[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/reg_html/cav_004.html 4th Regiment], Illinois Cavalry, [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/acm/cav004-l.html Company L]
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*'''Infantry'''
  
'''Infantry'''
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:- [[120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/020-e-in.html Company E]
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:- [[126th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/026-k-in.html Company K]
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:- [[139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/039-d-in.html Company D] and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/039-i-in.html Company I].
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:- [[141st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/041-c-in.html Company C], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/041-f-in.html Company F], and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/041-k-in.html Company K].
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:- [[146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65)|46th Regiment]], Illinois Infantry, [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/046-h-in.html Company H]
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:- [[68th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|68th Regiment]], Illinois Infantry, [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/068-e-in.html Company E]
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:- [[107th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|107th Regiment]], Illinois Infantry, [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/107-a-in.html Company A], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/107-b-in.html Company B], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/107-d-in.html Company D], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/107-f-in.html Company F], and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/107-i-in.html Company I]
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:- [[140th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|140th Regiment]], Illinois, Infantry, [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/140-h-in.html Company H]
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:- [[145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|145th Regiment]], Illinois, Infantry, [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/145-g-in.html Company G]
  
:-[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/reg_html/020_reg.html 20th Regiment], Illinois Infantry, [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/020-e-in.html Company E]
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:'''1865-1939''' Military Discharge Record, Civil War. IRAD-ISU
  
:-[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/reg_html/026_reg.html 26th Regiment], Illinois Infantry, [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/026-k-in.html Company K]
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[http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso00buregoog#page/n444/mode/1up 1883 List of Pensioners ](Source: [http://www.archive.org/ Internet Archives])
  
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==== World War I  ====
  
:- [[39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/039-d-in.html Company D] and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/039-i-in.html Company &nbsp;I].
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'''[http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Illinois.DeWitt+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918]'''DeWitt County (Source: Ancestry)
:- [[41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/041-c-in.html Company C],&nbsp; [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/041-f-in.html Company F] and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/041-k-in.html Company K].
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:-[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/reg_html/046_reg.html 46th Regiment], Illinois Infantry,[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/046-h-in.html Company H]
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'''[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/illinois/dewitt.htm Casualties World War II ]- '''DeWitt County, Illinois (Source: Access Genealogy)
  
:-68th Regiment, Illinois Infantry,[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/068-e-in.html Company E]
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
  
:-107th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, Company&nbsp;B, Company&nbsp;D, Company F, and Company I
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Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.
  
:-140th Regiment Illinois, Infantry, Company H
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The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Illinois State University (ISU) - search for DeWitt County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Illinois State University|ISU IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
:-145th regiment Illinois, Infantry, Company G
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:'''1866-1903''' Naturalization Records, County Court. IRAD-ISU
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:<br>Available throught the Family History Library
  
<br>'''1865-1939 '''Military Discharge Record, Civil War.&nbsp; &nbsp;IRAD-ISU
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:'''1863-1898''' Naturalization Records. DeWitt County Clerk {{FHL|493294|item|disp=FHL films 1312957 items 3-4 and 1312958 itme 1}}
  
[http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso00buregoog#page/n444/mode/1up 1883 List of Pensioners ](Source:[[]]&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/ Internet Archives])
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=== Newspapers  ===
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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[http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/index.php?action=displaycat&catid=1338 DeWitt County] (Source: Newspaper Abstracts)
  
'''1866-1903 '''Naturalization Records, County Court.&nbsp; IRAD-ISU
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[http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/county_results.php?county=De%20Witt Newspapers Published in De Witt County] (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)
  
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
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[http://web.library.uiuc.edu/asp/inp/mergeddatabase/results.asp?County=De%20Witt Cataloged Titles] (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)
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[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/illinois/De%20Witt/ Chronicling America DeWitt County] (Source: The Library of Congress)
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=== Obituaries  ===
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Illinois Obituary Project (Source: USGenWeb Illinois Archives)
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
'''1873-1894 '''Probate Administrator's Accounts IRAD-ISU
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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.
  
=== Repositories  ===
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Illinois State University (ISU) - search for DeWitt County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Illinois State University|ISU IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
==== Archives  ====
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:'''1873-1894''' Probate Administrator's Accounts IRAD-ISU
  
*Inventory of the county archives of Illinois, no.20, Historical Record Survey {{FHL|270873|item|disp=FHL film 908545 Item 4}}
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'''Available through the Family History Librar and Centers'''
  
==== County Courthouse  ====
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'''1839-1950 '''Probate Listing DeWitt County, by George Wylder. {{FHL|1199598|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3585 P22w}}
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'''1850-1898''' Wills and Letters. DeWitt County Clerk. {{FHL|286252|item|disp=FHL film 1301502 itmes 2-3}}
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'''1862-1923''' Records of Wills. DeWitt County Probate Court. {{FHL|286244|item|disp=FHL film 1295501<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1313419204158_484" /> and 1301502}}
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'''1866-1900 '''Adminstrative Records. DeWitt County Probate Court. {{FHL|286256|item|disp=FHL film 1301503 and 1301504}}
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=== Repositories  ===
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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. [[IRAD - Illinois State University|Illinois State University]] houses the records for DeWitt County.
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*'''County Courthouse'''
  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for DeWitt County are kept, see the [[DeWitt County, Illinois Courthouse|DeWitt County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for DeWitt County are kept, see the [[DeWitt County, Illinois Courthouse|DeWitt County Courthouse]] page.  
  
==== Family History Library  ====
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*'''Family History Center'''
  
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) ====
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[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|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 DeWitt County.
  
'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository'''
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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.
  
Illinois State Universtiy<br>2016 Warehouse Road Campus<br>Box 1520 <br>Normal, Illinois 61802 <br>Phone: 309-452-6027  
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[https://www.familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?search_fs_center_form= Find a FamilySearch Center]
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*'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)'''
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Illinois State Universtiy<br>2016 Warehouse Road Campus<br>Box 1520 <br>Normal, Illinois 61802 <br>Phone: 1-309-452-6027  
  
 
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County]  
 
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County]  
  
==== Public Libraries ====
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*'''Public Libraries'''
  
 
This library has extensive DeWitt County only extractions of many census. They have marriage index. They publish a quarterly Journal with extracts about people from old newspapers that include births, marriages and funerals. The also include little family notices about who was visiting who and who was at weddings and other family news items.  
 
This library has extensive DeWitt County only extractions of many census. They have marriage index. They publish a quarterly Journal with extracts about people from old newspapers that include births, marriages and funerals. The also include little family notices about who was visiting who and who was at weddings and other family news items.  
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DeWitt County Genealogical Society <br>P.O. Box 632 <br>Clinton, Illinois 61717-0632<br>dewittcgs@yahoo.com  
 
DeWitt County Genealogical Society <br>P.O. Box 632 <br>Clinton, Illinois 61717-0632<br>dewittcgs@yahoo.com  
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Taxation  ===
  
'''1845-1851 '''Taxable Land Lists. IRAD-ISU  
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:'''1845-1851''' Taxable Land Lists. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1888-1897''' Road Tax Lists, Delinquent IRAD-ISU
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:'''1894-1911''' Road Tax List. IRAD-ISU
  
'''1888-1897 '''Road Tax Lists, Delinquent IRAD-ISU
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=== Vital Records  ===
  
'''1894-1911 '''Road Tax List. IRAD-ISU
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.  
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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DeWitt County Clerk<br>P.O. Box 439 Clinton,IL 61727-0439<br>1-217- 935-2119<br>
  
 
==== Births  ====
 
==== Births  ====
  
'''1877-1905 '''Birth Records. IRAD-ISU  
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:'''1877-1905 '''Birth Records. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1880-1930 '''Birth Certificates, Delayed. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1924-1958 '''Cirth Certificates. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1860-1950 '''Birth Records Index, Delayed. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1877-1959 '''Birth Records Index. IRAD-ISU
  
'''1880-1930 '''Birth Certificates, Delayed. IRAD-ISU
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'''Online'''  
  
'''1924-1958 '''Cirth Certificates. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1877-1885''' - DeWitt County Birth Index 1877-1885 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C731011}}.<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/9/9c/Igiillinoisd.pdf.</ref>
  
====== Indexes  ======
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'''Available through the Family History Library'''
  
'''1860-1950 '''Birth Records Index, Delayed. IRAD-ISU
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1877-1906 Birth Records and Index 1871-1930 {{FHL|170942|item|FHL 1293528 items 1&nbsp;-4 and film 1312959}}
 
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'''1877-1959 '''Birth Records Index. IRAD-ISU
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==== Marriages  ====
 
==== Marriages  ====
  
'''1839-1955 '''Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU  
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:'''1839-1955''' Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1876-1935''' Marriage License Applications. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1839-1949 '''Marriage Record Index. IRAD-ISU
  
'''1876-1935 '''Marriage License Applications. IRAD-ISU
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'''Online'''<br>
  
====== Index ======
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:'''1839-1928''' - DeWitt County Marriage Index 1839-1928 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batches {{IGI|M533791}}, {{IGI|M533792}}, {{IGI|M533793}}, and {{IGI|M732122}}.<ref name="vr1" />
  
'''1839-1949 '''Marriage record Index. IRAD-ISU
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'''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp <font color="#4b76b0">Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900</font>]
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'''Available through the Family History Library'''
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1839-1928 Marriage Records and Index 1839-1901. {{FHL|296506|item|disp=FHL films 1295503, 1312955-1312957}}
  
 
==== Deaths  ====
 
==== Deaths  ====
  
1878-1917 Death Records. IRAD-ISU  
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:'''1878-1917''' - DeWitt County Death Index 1878-1917 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1" />
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:'''1878-1917''' Death Records. IRAD-ISU&nbsp; Also available through the Family History Library{{FHL|170964|item|disp=FHL film 1292957 item 2}}
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:'''1886-1957''' Death Certificates. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1878-1962''' Death Record '''Index'''. IRAD-ISU Also available through the Family History Library {{FHL|170964|item|disp=FHL film 1293528 itme 2}}
  
1886-1957 Death Certificates. IRAD-ISU  
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<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/dewtcor.html 1924-1977 DeWitt County Coroner's Inquest Files Index ]IRAD-ISU  
  
====== Index  ======
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'''Online Resources'''
  
'''1878-1962 '''Death Record Index. IRAD-ISU
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*'''Pre-1916 '''[http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
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*'''1916-1950 '''[http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
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*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/De_Witt/ DeWitt County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/De_Witt/ DeWitt County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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'''Databases Pertinent to DeWitt County ''''''<br>'''[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database ]<br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments] <br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index] <br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950 ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database] <br>[http://landplats.ilsos.net/ Federal Township Plats of Illinois] <br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/dewtcor.html DeWitt County Coroner's Inquest Files Index (1924–1977) ]<br>
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png DeWitt County

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Illinois
Online Records

Coordinates: 39.3769°0′N 90.29451°0′W / 39.3769°N 90.2945°W / 39.3769; -90.2945

DeWitt County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting DeWitt County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: March 1, 1839
County Seat Clinton
Courthouse
DeWitt County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address DeWitt County Building
201 W. Washington Street
Clinton, Illinois 61727
(217) 935-7780
DeWitt County Website

Contents

County Organization

DeWitt County's civil records start the following years:

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

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

Historical Facts

Governor DeWitt Clinton.JPG
DeWitt County, like Clinton County, is named for DeWitt Clinton who was the Governor of New York and chief promoter of the Erie Canal.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Biography

History of DeWitt County, Illinois. Pioneer Publishing Company, 1910 FHL film 825564-825565 another filming 934982 items 2-3

History of DeWitt County, Illinois. 1882. FHL film 934981 item 2 also a FHL Book 977.3585 H2b

Portrait and Biographical Album of DeWitt and Piatt Counties, Illinois. 1891. FHl film 934981 item 3 also a FHL Book 977.3 D3de

Cemeteries

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

Census

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

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190018,972
191018,906−0.3%
192019,2521.8%
193018,598−3.4%
194018,244−1.9%
195016,894−7.4%
196017,2532.1%
197016,975−1.6%
198018,1086.7%
199016,516−8.8%
200016,7981.7%
IL Counties 1900-1990

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, DeWitt County on page 186.]

State

Church Records

Church Records, 1834-1877 : in collection of Genevieve M. Dolle. Joseph A. Roof  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.

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

Periodicals

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.

Copies of original records are available:

1839-1875 Deed Records IRAD- ISU


Available through the Family History Library and Family History Centers


1868-1913 Deed Records. DeWitt County Recorder FHL film 1302589-1302592

Online Resources

Maps

Ildewitt.jpg

Military History and Records

For information about using Military records see Illinois Military Records

Revolutionary War

Veterans Burials (source: Genealogy Trails Histroy Group)

Civil War

Civil War service men from DeWitt 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 Dewitt County.

  • Artillery
- 1st Regiment, Illinois Artillery, New Battery K
  • Cavalry
- 2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A
- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L
  • Infantry
- 20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K
- 39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D and Company I.
- 41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C, Company F, and Company K.
- 46th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H
- 68th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E
- 107th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, Company B, Company D, Company F, and Company I
- 140th Regiment, Illinois, Infantry, Company H
- 145th Regiment, Illinois, Infantry, Company G
1865-1939 Military Discharge Record, Civil War. IRAD-ISU

1883 List of Pensioners (Source: Internet Archives)

World War I

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918DeWitt County (Source: Ancestry)

World War II

Casualties World War II - DeWitt County, Illinois (Source: Access Genealogy)

Naturalization and Citizenship

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

The following 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 DeWitt County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.

1866-1903 Naturalization Records, County Court. IRAD-ISU

Available throught the Family History Library
1863-1898 Naturalization Records. DeWitt County Clerk FHL films 1312957 items 3-4 and 1312958 itme 1

Newspapers

DeWitt County (Source: Newspaper Abstracts)

Newspapers Published in De Witt County (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)

Cataloged Titles (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)

Chronicling America DeWitt County (Source: The Library of Congress)

Obituaries

Illinois Obituary Project (Source: USGenWeb Illinois Archives)

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 Illinois State University (ISU) - search for DeWitt County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.

1873-1894 Probate Administrator's Accounts IRAD-ISU

Available through the Family History Librar and Centers

1839-1950 Probate Listing DeWitt County, by George Wylder. FHL Book 977.3585 P22w

1850-1898 Wills and Letters. DeWitt County Clerk. FHL film 1301502 itmes 2-3

1862-1923 Records of Wills. DeWitt County Probate Court. FHL film 1295501 and 1301502

1866-1900 Adminstrative Records. DeWitt County Probate Court. FHL film 1301503 and 1301504

Repositories

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. Illinois State University houses the records for DeWitt County.

  • County Courthouse

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

  • Family History Center

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 DeWitt 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.

Find a FamilySearch Center

  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Illinois State Universtiy
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Box 1520
Normal, Illinois 61802
Phone: 1-309-452-6027

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County

  • Public Libraries

This library has extensive DeWitt County only extractions of many census. They have marriage index. They publish a quarterly Journal with extracts about people from old newspapers that include births, marriages and funerals. The also include little family notices about who was visiting who and who was at weddings and other family news items.

Social Groups Online

Societies

DeWitt County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 632
Clinton, Illinois 61717-0632
dewittcgs@yahoo.com

Taxation

1845-1851 Taxable Land Lists. IRAD-ISU
1888-1897 Road Tax Lists, Delinquent IRAD-ISU
1894-1911 Road Tax List. IRAD-ISU

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.

DeWitt County Clerk
P.O. Box 439 Clinton,IL 61727-0439
1-217- 935-2119

Births

1877-1905 Birth Records. IRAD-ISU
1880-1930 Birth Certificates, Delayed. IRAD-ISU
1924-1958 Cirth Certificates. IRAD-ISU
1860-1950 Birth Records Index, Delayed. IRAD-ISU
1877-1959 Birth Records Index. IRAD-ISU

Online

1877-1885 - DeWitt County Birth Index 1877-1885 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free. Batch C731011.[2]

Available through the Family History Library

1877-1906 Birth Records and Index 1871-1930 FHL Collection

Marriages

1839-1955 Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU
1876-1935 Marriage License Applications. IRAD-ISU
1839-1949 Marriage Record Index. IRAD-ISU

Online

1839-1928 - DeWitt County Marriage Index 1839-1928 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free. Batches M533791, M533792, M533793, and M732122.[2]

     1763-1900 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900

Available through the Family History Library

1839-1928 Marriage Records and Index 1839-1901. FHL films 1295503, 1312955-1312957

Deaths

1878-1917 - DeWitt County Death Index 1878-1917 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[2]
1878-1917 Death Records. IRAD-ISU  Also available through the Family History LibraryFHL film 1292957 item 2
1886-1957 Death Certificates. IRAD-ISU
1878-1962 Death Record Index. IRAD-ISU Also available through the Family History Library FHL film 1293528 itme 2


1924-1977 DeWitt County Coroner's Inquest Files Index IRAD-ISU

Online Resources

Websites

'Databases Pertinent to DeWitt County '
Local Governmental Records Database
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Federal Township Plats of Illinois
DeWitt County Coroner's Inquest Files Index (1924–1977)

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/9c/Igiillinoisd.pdf.