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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
 

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Contents

County Organization

                                     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.

Parent Counties

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities


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.

Resources

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Biography

Cemeteries

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.
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

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, DeWitt County on page 186.]

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

Periodicals

History

Land and Property

Copies of original records are available:

1839-1875 Deed Records IRAD- ISU

Maps

Military History and Records

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.

- 39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and I.
- 41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry

Companies C, F and K.

1865-1939 Military Discharge Record, Civil War.   IRAD-ISU

Naturalization and Citizenship

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

Newspapers

Probate Records

1873-1894 Probate Administrator's Accounts IRAD-ISU

Repositories

Archives

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 Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Illinois Regional Archives Depository

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

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

Public Libraries

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

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

Births

1877-1905 Birth Records. IRAD-ISU

1880-1930 Birth Certificates, Delayed. IRAD-ISU

1924-1958 Cirth Certificates. IRAD-ISU

Indexes

1860-1950 Birth Records Index, Delayed. IRAD-ISU

1877-1959 Birth Records Index. IRAD-ISU

Marriages

1839-1955 Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU

1876-1935 Marriage License Applications. IRAD-ISU

Index

1839-1949 Marriage record Index. IRAD-ISU

Deaths

1878-1917 Death Records. IRAD-ISU

1886-1957 Death Certificates. IRAD-ISU

Index

1878-1962 Death Record Index. IRAD-ISU

Societies with Libraries and Museums

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

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.

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002

 

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