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Edgar County, Illinois
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Map of Illinois highlighting Edgar County
Location in the state of Illinois
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Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 3, 1823
County Seat Paris
Courthouse
IL-edgar-courthouse.jpg
Address Edgar County Courthouse
115 W. Court Street
Paris, Illinois 61944
(217) 466-7433
Edgar County Website
 

United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Edgar County

Contents

County Organization

                                     Beginning Dates for Edgar County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1823
1877
1830
1827
1827

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

Historical Facts

The county received its name from the John Edgar who was involved in politics as a Justice of the Peace, Judge and delegate to the Legislature. He was believed to be the wealthiest man in Illinois. 

Boundary Changes

  • 3 January 1823: Edgar County was created from Clark County. [1]

Record Loss

Places/Localities


To see a list of places in Edgar County, click on [Show], 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. Localities listed in red have no wiki page yet. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Records and Resources

Biography

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

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

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18304,071
18408,225102.0%
185010,69230.0%
186016,92558.3%
187021,45026.7%
188025,49918.9%
189026,7875.1%
190028,2735.5%
191027,336−3.3%
192025,769−5.7%
193024,966−3.1%
194024,430−2.1%
195023,407−4.2%
196022,550−3.7%
197021,591−4.3%
198021,7250.6%
199019,595−9.8%
200019,7040.6%

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, Edgar County on page 186.]

Church

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

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

Land and Property

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1823-present The original land and property records for Edgar County are held by the County Recorder. See the info box above for contact information. The following copies are available:

Maps

Military

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

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Edgar 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 Edgar County.
- 25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A
- 29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H
- 34th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and K.
- 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and H.
- 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates’ Sharpshooters), Company H.
- 66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 79th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C, D and H.
  • Parkinson, Scott, Edgar County Illinois in the Civil War, 1861-1865 (1988). (Thesis [M.A.]-- Eastern Illinois University, 1988). View online at Internet Archives. (accessed 2 Jun 2010)

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

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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 Edgar County are kept, see the Edgar 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 Edgar County, Illinois:

Champaign Illinois Family History Center 
604 W Windsor Rd
Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
Phone: 217-352-8063
Hours: Thur-Sat 9:30-12:30pm; Thur 7pm-9pm; or by appt

Danville Illinois Family History Center
1941 N Bowman Ave
Danville, Vermilion, Illinois
Phone: 217-446-5887
Hours: Sat 9:30am-2pm

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 schools are on delays or early dismissals.
Attention: The Center is also available by appointment.

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 Edgar 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.

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information.

Births

1877–present  The original Edgar County birth records 1877- present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1857-1899 Birth Certificates, Delayed - IRAD-EIU Search for Edgar County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877-1908 Birth Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Edgar County records.
  • 1877-1908 Birth Record Index – IRAD-EIU Search for Edgar County records.

Marriages

1823–present  The original Edgar County marriage records 1823-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1855–1855 Marriage Licenses - IRAD-EIU Search for Edgar County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1823-1904 Marriage Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Edgar County records.
  • 1878-1903 Marriage Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Edgar County records.
  • 1823-1903 Marriage Record, Licenses Issued - IRAD-EIU Search for Edgar County records.

The following abstracts are available:

Deaths

1877–present  The original Edgar County death records 1877-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1877–1901 Death Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Edgar County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877–1915 Death Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Edgar County records.

The following abstracts are available:

Web Sites

Databases pertinent to Edgar County

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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