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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Edwards County'''
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Edwards County'''
 
  
 
== County Organization  ==
 
== County Organization  ==
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Edwards County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Edwards County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Edwards County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Edwards County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
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=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
  
*''Combined history of Edwards, Lawrence and Wabash counties, Illinois: with illustrations descriptive of their scenery and biographical sketches of some of their prominent men and pioneers''; pub. 1883, reprint 2001 {{WorldCat|47069814}}, {{FHL|1003295|item|disp=FHL Film 924407 Item 2}}, {{FHL|226424|item|disp=FHL Book 977.37 H2co}}
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*''Combined history of Edwards, Lawrence and Wabash counties, Illinois: with illustrations descriptive of their scenery and biographical sketches of some of their prominent men and pioneers''; pub. 1883, reprint 2001 {{WorldCat|47069814}}, {{FHL|1003295|item|disp=FHL Film 924407 Item 2}}, {{FHL|226424|item|disp=FHL Book 977.37 H2co}}  
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardsbio.html USGenWeb Archives]''
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardsbio.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=713 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)  
 
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=713 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)  
  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/ Billions Graves, gravestone photos and transcripts]
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/edwards.htm Edwards Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.  
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/edwards.htm Edwards Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.  
 
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.  
 
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.  
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*''Edwards Co., Illinois graves registration of veterans, 1865-1961''; pub. 1975 {{FHL|31358|item|disp=FHL Film 983671 Item 2}}  
 
*''Edwards Co., Illinois graves registration of veterans, 1865-1961''; pub. 1975 {{FHL|31358|item|disp=FHL Film 983671 Item 2}}  
 
*''Edwards County, Illinois, cemeteries''; pub.&nbsp;? - transcript {{FHL|32409|item|disp=FHL Film 983670}}  
 
*''Edwards County, Illinois, cemeteries''; pub.&nbsp;? - transcript {{FHL|32409|item|disp=FHL Film 983670}}  
*''Pinhook Cemetery (also known as Mills Prairie or Robinsons' Graveyard)''; pub. 199?; Currie, Bill P. {{FHL|771637|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3791 V3c}}
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*''Pinhook Cemetery (also known as Mills Prairie or Robinsons' Graveyard)''; pub. 199?; Currie, Bill P. {{FHL|771637|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3791 V3c}}  
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardscem.html USGenWeb Archives]''
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardscem.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
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*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=131346729X9CL.19062&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!203943~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County%2C+Illinois+1830+Federal+census+%28heads+of+family+only%29+%2F&index=TL Edwards County, Illinois 1830 Federal census (heads of family only)]; pub. 1968, Decatur Genealogical Society
 
*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=131346729X9CL.19062&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!203943~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County%2C+Illinois+1830+Federal+census+%28heads+of+family+only%29+%2F&index=TL Edwards County, Illinois 1830 Federal census (heads of family only)]; pub. 1968, Decatur Genealogical Society
  
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*''1880 census by the United States of America of Edwards County Illinois'', pub. 1981 {{Worldcat|8343939}}
 
*''1880 census by the United States of America of Edwards County Illinois'', pub. 1981 {{Worldcat|8343939}}
  
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*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=131346729X9CL.19062&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!310232~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County%2C+Illinois+%3A+1825+state+census%2C+early+history%2C+marriages%2C+and+patron+list+from+1813+to+1880.&index=TL Edwards County, Illinois: 1825 state census, early history, marriages, and patron list from 1813 to 1880]; pub. 1973; Eberhart, Elsie Swartz {{FHL|249790|item|disp=FHL 924423 Item 16, Book 977.3 A1 no. 78}}
 
*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=131346729X9CL.19062&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!310232~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County%2C+Illinois+%3A+1825+state+census%2C+early+history%2C+marriages%2C+and+patron+list+from+1813+to+1880.&index=TL Edwards County, Illinois: 1825 state census, early history, marriages, and patron list from 1813 to 1880]; pub. 1973; Eberhart, Elsie Swartz {{FHL|249790|item|disp=FHL 924423 Item 16, Book 977.3 A1 no. 78}}
  
=== Centennial Celebrations, etc ===
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=== Centennial Celebrations, etc ===
Edwards County sesquicentennial 1814-1964; pub. 1964?; Edwards County Historical Society {{FHL|582992|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3791 H2e}}
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Edwards County sesquicentennial 1814-1964; pub. 1964?; Edwards County Historical Society {{FHL|582992|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3791 H2e}}  
  
 
=== Church History  ===
 
=== Church History  ===
  
''Churches of Edwards County''; pub. 19??; {{WorldCat|38125327}}, {{FHL|273729|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 A1 no. 127}}, {{FHL|82914|item|disp=FHL film 983673 Item 3}}
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''Churches of Edwards County''; pub. 19??; {{WorldCat|38125327}}, {{FHL|273729|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 A1 no. 127}}, {{FHL|82914|item|disp=FHL film 983673 Item 3}}  
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
  
*''Guardian index to files, Albion, Illinois&nbsp;: includes insolvents, adoption and insane persons from circuit clerk's office, Edwards County, Illinois'', pub. 19??, ECHS {{FHL|772760|item|disp=FHL film 2055210 Item 6, book 977.3791 P22g}}
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*''Guardian index to files, Albion, Illinois&nbsp;: includes insolvents, adoption and insane persons from circuit clerk's office, Edwards County, Illinois'', pub. 19??, ECHS {{FHL|772760|item|disp=FHL film 2055210 Item 6, book 977.3791 P22g}}  
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardscourt.html USGenWeb Archives]''
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardscourt.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
 
=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
 
=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
  
*''Report of aliens, 1818-1822''; filmed 1981, [[IRAD_-_Eastern_Illinois_University|IRAD-EIU]], {{FHL|565954|iem|disp=FHL film 1688799 Item 2}}  
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*''Report of aliens, 1818-1822''; filmed 1981, [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|IRAD-EIU]], {{FHL|565954|item|disp=FHL film 1688799 Item 2}}  
 
*''Encyclopedia of American immigration'', pub. 2001 {{WorldCat|43552479}}, {{FHL|980378|item|disp=FHL Book 973 W26c v. 1-4}}<br>Edwards County is mentioned in this series.
 
*''Encyclopedia of American immigration'', pub. 2001 {{WorldCat|43552479}}, {{FHL|980378|item|disp=FHL Book 973 W26c v. 1-4}}<br>Edwards County is mentioned in this series.
  
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The following have information concerning African American research.  
 
The following have information concerning African American research.  
  
*'''1815–1860''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/servant.html Database of Servitude and Emancipation Records]. &nbsp;Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3749 Ancestry ($).]  
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*'''1815–1860''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/servant.html Database of Servitude and Emancipation Records]. &nbsp;Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3749 Ancestry ($).]  
 
*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
 
*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
  
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*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
  
=== Funeral Homes ===
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=== Funeral Homes ===
''Ingram Funeral Home records, 1939-1971, Albion, Illinois''; filmed 2005 {{FHL|1321739|item|disp=FHL Film 1426344-1426345}}<BR>note: the records were filmed in Wayne County, Illinois courthouse.
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''Ingram Funeral Home records, 1939-1971, Albion, Illinois''; filmed 2005 {{FHL|1321739|item|disp=FHL Film 1426344-1426345}}<br>note: the records were filmed in Wayne County, Illinois courthouse.  
  
 
=== Genealogy  ===
 
=== Genealogy  ===
''A History of Edwards County, Illinois''; pub. 1980, 1993 {{FHL|155944|item|disp=FHL Books 977.3791 H2h v. 1 and 2}}
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''A History of Edwards County, Illinois''; pub. 1980, 1993 {{FHL|155944|item|disp=FHL Books 977.3791 H2h v. 1 and 2}}  
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==== Mailing Lists  ====
 
==== Mailing Lists  ====
  
 
==== Message Boards  ====
 
==== Message Boards  ====
  
==== Periodicals ====
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==== Periodicals ====
  
*''Edwards County Historical Society journal'' {{FHL|1219103|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3791 D25k}}
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*''Edwards County Historical Society journal'' {{FHL|1219103|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3791 D25k}}  
*''Edwards County Historical Society newsletter'' {{FHL|132219|item|disp=FHL films 1927936 Items 64-79, 1927937 Items 1-7, 8 fiches 6007312-14}}
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*''Edwards County Historical Society newsletter'' {{FHL|132219|item|disp=FHL films 1927936 Items 64-79, 1927937 Items 1-7, 8 fiches 6007312-14}}  
 
*''Edwards County Historical Society quarterly'' {{FHL|1235202|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3791 D25e}}
 
*''Edwards County Historical Society quarterly'' {{FHL|1235202|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3791 D25e}}
  
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*''Yester years in Edwards County, Illinois: a simple tale for simple people''; pub. 1948-1950; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Yester+years+in+Edwards+County%2C+Illinois%3A+a+simple+tale+for+simple+people WorldCat] {{FHL|276195|item|disp=FHL film 962424 Item 2, books 977.3791 H2d vol 1 and 2}}  
 
*''Yester years in Edwards County, Illinois: a simple tale for simple people''; pub. 1948-1950; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Yester+years+in+Edwards+County%2C+Illinois%3A+a+simple+tale+for+simple+people WorldCat] {{FHL|276195|item|disp=FHL film 962424 Item 2, books 977.3791 H2d vol 1 and 2}}  
 
*''Barns of Edwards County'', pub. 2008 {{WorldCat|318541776}}  
 
*''Barns of Edwards County'', pub. 2008 {{WorldCat|318541776}}  
*''A history of southern Illinois: a narrative account of its historical progress, its people, and its principal interests''; [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofsouther00smit Internet Archive], [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=A+history+of+southern+Illinois+%3A+a+narrative+account+of+its+historical+progress%2C+its+people%2C+and+its+principal+interests WorldCat]<br>Volume 1 [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofsouther01smit Internet Archive], [http://libsysdigi.library.illinois.edu/oca/Books2007-10/historyofsouther/historyofsouther01smit/ Digitized Books], [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH36,1450 Family History Archives]<br>Volume 2 [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofsouther02smit Internet Archive], [http://libsysdigi.library.illinois.edu/oca/Books2007-10/historyofsouther/historyofsouther02smit/ Digitized Books], [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH28,70431 Family History Archives]<br>Volume 3 [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofsouther03smit Internet Archive], [http://libsysdigi.library.illinois.edu/oca/Books2007-10/historyofsouther/historyofsouther03smit/ Digitized Books], [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH36,846 Family History Archives]
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*''A history of southern Illinois: a narrative account of its historical progress, its people, and its principal interests''; [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofsouther00smit Internet Archive], [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=A+history+of+southern+Illinois+%3A+a+narrative+account+of+its+historical+progress%2C+its+people%2C+and+its+principal+interests WorldCat]<br>Volume 1 [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofsouther01smit Internet Archive], [http://libsysdigi.library.illinois.edu/oca/Books2007-10/historyofsouther/historyofsouther01smit/ Digitized Books],{{FSbook|57070}}; <br>Volume 2 [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofsouther02smit Internet Archive], [http://libsysdigi.library.illinois.edu/oca/Books2007-10/historyofsouther/historyofsouther02smit/ Digitized Books],{{FSbook|57076}}; <br>Volume 3 [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofsouther03smit Internet Archive], [http://libsysdigi.library.illinois.edu/oca/Books2007-10/historyofsouther/historyofsouther03smit/ Digitized Books], {{FSbook|100658}};
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardshistory.html USGenWeb Archives]''
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardshistory.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
==== Periodicals ====
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==== Periodicals ====
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information.  
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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.  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online, 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 Eastern Illinois University - search for Edwards County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
 
Unlike most Illinois counties, Edwards is divided into Road Districts, as opposed to Townships found in other counties.  
 
Unlike most Illinois counties, Edwards is divided into Road Districts, as opposed to Townships found in other counties.  
  
For information and tips about the records deposited at Illinois Regional Archives and Depository, see [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|IRAD-EIU]] page. Follow instructions to find Edwards county records.
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'''Copies of Original Records'''  
 
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'''1815-present''' The original land and property records for Edwards County are held by the [[Edwards County, Illinois Courthouse|County Clerk]]. The following copies are available:
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:*'''1815–1888''' Deed Indexes, Deed Record 1815-1890 {{FHL|2478|item|disp=FHL 16 films}}<br>Grantees<br>Grantors<br>Deed records<br>Warranty deeds  
 
:*'''1815–1888''' Deed Indexes, Deed Record 1815-1890 {{FHL|2478|item|disp=FHL 16 films}}<br>Grantees<br>Grantors<br>Deed records<br>Warranty deeds  
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:*'''1890-1902''' Land and Deed Records {{FHL|1320787|item|disp=FHL films 1418412-1418414}}<br>Grantees<br>Grantors<br>Deed records  
 
:*'''1890-1902''' Land and Deed Records {{FHL|1320787|item|disp=FHL films 1418412-1418414}}<br>Grantees<br>Grantors<br>Deed records  
 
:*'''1855–1874''' Land Records, 1855-1874 {{FHL|526439|item|disp=FHL film 1688788 Item 1}} Record of swamp and overflow lands  
 
:*'''1855–1874''' Land Records, 1855-1874 {{FHL|526439|item|disp=FHL film 1688788 Item 1}} Record of swamp and overflow lands  
:*'''1874''' Plat Record, Original Survey IRAD-EIU  
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:*'''1874''' Plat Record, Original Survey IRAD-EIU
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database. Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Ancestry] ($)  
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'''Abstracts'''
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*'''1814 '''Edwards County Historical Society. ''Original Land Sales, Edwards County, Illinois, beginning 1814.'' Albion, Illinois: Edwards County Historical Society (IL), 1983. {{Worldcat|13860466}}, {{FHL|365904|item|disp=FHL book 977.3791 R2}}
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database. Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Ancestry] ($)  
 
:*[http://landplats.ilsos.net/Edwards.html 1804-1891 Edwards County Federal Township Plats] (Called Road Districts in Edwards)
 
:*[http://landplats.ilsos.net/Edwards.html 1804-1891 Edwards County Federal Township Plats] (Called Road Districts in Edwards)
  
 
*'''1816–1865 '''[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/edwards/land.htm Deed Grantee Index] ''Genealogy Trails''  
 
*'''1816–1865 '''[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/edwards/land.htm Deed Grantee Index] ''Genealogy Trails''  
*'''1814 '''Edwards County Historical Society. ''Original Land Sales, Edwards County, Illinois, beginning 1814.'' Albion, Illinois: Edwards County Historical Society (IL), 1983. {{Worldcat|13860466}}, {{FHL|365904|item|disp=FHL book 977.3791 R2}}
 
 
*'''1800s – Present''' - Use the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index] to obtain original federal land transfer records, including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry [[Land Patent Search|patents]]. These records help a researcher establish location and lead to National Archives’ records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are at the National Archives.
 
*'''1800s – Present''' - Use the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index] to obtain original federal land transfer records, including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry [[Land Patent Search|patents]]. These records help a researcher establish location and lead to National Archives’ records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are at the National Archives.
  
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=== Military History and Records  ===
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
  
==== War of 1812 ====
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==== War of 1812 ====
Some Military Land Grants ''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/military.html USGenWeb Archives]''
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==== Blackhawk War ====
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Some Military Land Grants ''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/military.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
Detachment of Capt. Hunter's Company, Detachment of Capt. Champion S. Mading's Company, Captain Solomon Hunter's Detachment ''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/military.html USGenWeb Archives]''
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==== Blackhawk War  ====
  
==== Indian Wars ====
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Detachment of Capt. Hunter's Company, Detachment of Capt. Champion S. Mading's Company, Captain Solomon Hunter's Detachment ''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/military.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
Some Military Land Grants ''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/military.html USGenWeb Archives]''
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==== Indian Wars  ====
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Some Military Land Grants ''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/military.html USGenWeb Archives]''  
  
 
==== Civil War  ====
 
==== Civil War  ====
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Civil War service men from Edwards 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 Edwards County.  
 
Civil War service men from Edwards 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 Edwards County.  
  
:- [[6th_Regiment,_Illinois_Cavalry|6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company E.  
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:- [[6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company E.
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:- [[7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company E.  
 
:- [[26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
 
:- [[26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
 
:- [[38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.  
 
:- [[38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.  
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:- [[56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.  
 
:- [[56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.  
 
:- [[63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
 
:- [[63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
:- [[87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B and H.
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:- [[87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B and H.  
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:- [[136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company H.
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:- [[152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)|152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)]], Company F.<br>
  
==== World War II ====
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==== World War II ====
  
Army Enlistment Records ''[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli475gmt.txt USGenWeb Archives]''
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Army Enlistment Records ''[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli475gmt.txt USGenWeb Archives]''  
  
==== Pensions ====
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==== Pensions ====
1883 Pension Roll ''[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/military/pensions/1883edwards.txt USGenWeb Archives]''
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1883 Pension Roll ''[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/military/pensions/1883edwards.txt USGenWeb Archives]''  
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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*''Index to the newspapers, Albion Journal and Albion Pioneer, 1869-1906'', filmed 1975 {{FHL|32405|item|disp=FHL film 983671 Item 1}}  
 
*''Index to the newspapers, Albion Journal and Albion Pioneer, 1869-1906'', filmed 1975 {{FHL|32405|item|disp=FHL film 983671 Item 1}}  
*''Gleanings of old newspapers'', pub. 2009 {{WorldCat|672352608}}<br>Newspaper clippings from various newspapers in Clay, Richland, Edwards, Lawrence, Wabash and Wayne Counties in Illinois. Include obituaries, birth announcements, weddings, court news and articles of general interest on those counties.
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*''Gleanings of old newspapers'', pub. 2009 {{WorldCat|672352608}}<br>Newspaper clippings from various newspapers in Clay, Richland, Edwards, Lawrence, Wabash and Wayne Counties in Illinois. Include obituaries, birth announcements, weddings, court news and articles of general interest on those counties.  
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardnews.html USGenWeb Archives]''
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardnews.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
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*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardobit.html USGenWeb Archives]''
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardobit.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
=== Photographs and Post Cards ===
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=== Photographs and Post Cards ===
*''Photographs'' ''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardpho.htm USGenWeb Archives]''
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*''Photographs'' ''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardpho.htm USGenWeb Archives]''  
 
*''Post Cards'' ''[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/postcards/ppcs-edwards.html USGenWeb Archives]''
 
*''Post Cards'' ''[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/postcards/ppcs-edwards.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information.  
 
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information.  
  
For information and tips about records, see [[IRAD_-_Eastern_Illinois_University|IRAD-EIU]]  
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For information and tips about records, see [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|IRAD-EIU]]  
  
'''1817–present''' — The original Edwards county probate records are housed at the [[Edwards_County,_Illinois_Courthouse|County Courthouse]].  
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'''1817–present''' — The original Edwards county probate records are housed at the [[Edwards County, Illinois Courthouse|County Courthouse]].  
  
 
:*'''1815–1916''' Probate Will Record; IRAD-EIU  
 
:*'''1815–1916''' Probate Will Record; IRAD-EIU  
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*'''1815–1922''' Will Records{{FHL|272388|item|disp= FHL Film 977995}}  
 
*'''1815–1922''' Will Records{{FHL|272388|item|disp= FHL Film 977995}}  
 
*'''1815-1869''' Probate Court Files Index to administrations {{FHL|272686|item|disp=FHL Film 978630}}  
 
*'''1815-1869''' Probate Court Files Index to administrations {{FHL|272686|item|disp=FHL Film 978630}}  
*'''1815-1869''' Probate Court Files Index {{FHL|272686|item|disp= FHL Film 978630 (first of 64)}}
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*'''1815-1869''' Probate Court Files Index {{FHL|272686|item|disp= FHL Film 978630 (first of 64)}}  
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardwil.html USGenWeb Archives]''
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardwil.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
There are over 4500&nbsp;[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]&nbsp;worldwide which serve as&nbsp;branch facilities&nbsp;of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp;&nbsp;Volunteers provide research assistance to&nbsp;help patrons identify their ancestors.&nbsp;&nbsp;Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at&nbsp;a nominal cost.&nbsp;&nbsp;Locate&nbsp;your nearest Family History Center<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1313427430247_409" /> at the&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] website.&nbsp; Call&nbsp;ahead to verify operating hours.&nbsp; All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Edwards County, Illinois:  
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There are over 4500&nbsp;[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]&nbsp;worldwide which serve as&nbsp;branch facilities&nbsp;of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp;&nbsp;Volunteers provide research assistance to&nbsp;help patrons identify their ancestors.&nbsp;&nbsp;Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at&nbsp;a nominal cost.&nbsp;&nbsp;Locate&nbsp;your nearest Family History Center<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1313427430247_409" /> at the&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] website.&nbsp; Call&nbsp;ahead to verify operating hours.&nbsp; All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Edwards County, Illinois:  
  
'''Centralia Illinois Family History Center&nbsp;<br>'''Leafland &amp; 3rd Street<br>Centralia, Marion, Illinois<br>Phone: 618-532-3482<br>Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm<br>Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.<br><br>
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'''[[Centralia Illinois Family History Center|Centralia Illinois Family History Center]]&nbsp;<br>'''Leafland &amp; 3rd Street<br>Centralia, Marion, Illinois<br>Phone: 618-532-3482<br>Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm<br>Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.<br><br>  
  
'''Eldorado Illinois <br>'''103 Grayson Rd<br>Eldorado, Saline, Illinois<br>Phone: 618-273-8172<br>Hours: By appointment. Please call 618-276-4283 <br><br>'''Evansville Indiana''' '''Family History Center'''<br>8020 E Covert Ave<br>Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-471-0191<br>Hours: First Wednesday of every month 10:00 - 12:00, Tues &amp; Wed evening 6:00 - 8:00; other times by appointment<br>Closed: Closed Major Holidays&nbsp;<br><br>'''Vincennes Indiana Family History Center'''<br>1940 N Old Hwy 41<br>Vincennes, Knox, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-882-4022<br>Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm<br>Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas <br><br>Please note:&nbsp;Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.  
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'''[[Eldorado Illinois Family History Center]]<br>'''103 Grayson Rd<br>Eldorado, Saline, Illinois<br>Phone: 618-273-8172<br>Hours: By appointment. Please call 618-276-4283 <br><br>  
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'''[[Evansville Indiana Family History Center]]'''<br>8020 E Covert Ave<br>Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-471-0191<br>Hours: First Wednesday of every month 10:00 - 12:00, Tues &amp; Wed evening 6:00 - 8:00; other times by appointment<br>Closed: Closed Major Holidays&nbsp;<br><br>  
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'''[[Vincennes Indiana Family History Center]]'''<br>1940 N Old Hwy 41<br>Vincennes, Knox, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-882-4022<br>Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm<br>Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas <br><br>Please note:&nbsp;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)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=L313B6X273156.17338&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!1409092~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=2&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County+Historical+Society&index=TL Edwards County Historical Society quarterly]&nbsp; periodical (different libraries)<br>
 
*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=L313B6X273156.17338&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!1409092~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=2&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County+Historical+Society&index=TL Edwards County Historical Society quarterly]&nbsp; periodical (different libraries)<br>
 
*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=L313B6X273156.17338&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!1409092~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=2&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County+Historical+Society+journal&index=TL Edwards County Historical Society quarterly]&nbsp; periodical (different libraries)<br>
 
 
*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=L313B6X273156.17338&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!1409092~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=2&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County+Historical+Society+quarterly.&index=TL Edwards County Historical Society quarterly]&nbsp; periodical (different libraries)<br>
 
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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==== Marriages  ====
 
==== Marriages  ====
  
For information and tips about records, see [[IRAD_-_Eastern_Illinois_University|IRAD-EIU]]  
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For information and tips about records, see [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|IRAD-EIU]]  
  
'''1815–present''' — The original Edwards County marriage records 1815-present are housed at the [[Edwards_County,_Illinois_Courthouse|County Clerk's]] office. The following copies are available:  
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'''1815–present''' — The original Edwards County marriage records 1815-present are housed at the [[Edwards County, Illinois Courthouse|County Clerk's]] office. The following copies are available:  
  
 
:*'''1815–1968''' Marriage Record; IRAD-EIU  
 
:*'''1815–1968''' Marriage Record; IRAD-EIU  
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The following abstracts are available:  
 
The following abstracts are available:  
  
:*'''1815–1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illiniois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] (1815-1900 for Edwards County); IRAD
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:*'''1815–1900''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html Illiniois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] (1815-1900 for Edwards County); IRAD
  
 
*'''1815–1844''' Early marriages, includes index to 1831, and bride's index to 1844 {{FHL|583023|item|disp=FHL book 977.3791 V29}}  
 
*'''1815–1844''' Early marriages, includes index to 1831, and bride's index to 1844 {{FHL|583023|item|disp=FHL book 977.3791 V29}}  
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*'''1916–1947''' {{RecordSearch|1438856|Deaths and Stillbirths}} ''(Historical Records Collection)''  
 
*'''1916–1947''' {{RecordSearch|1438856|Deaths and Stillbirths}} ''(Historical Records Collection)''  
*'''1880''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/edwards/deaths.html Mortality Schedule Index] listed by Road District ''(Genealogy Trails)''
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*'''1880''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/edwards/deaths.html Mortality Schedule Index] listed by Road District ''(Genealogy Trails)''  
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/vitals/deaths/edwarddeaths.html USGenWeb Archives]''
 
*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/vitals/deaths/edwarddeaths.html USGenWeb Archives]''
  
 
The following abstracts are available at state IRAD site:  
 
The following abstracts are available at state IRAD site:  
  
*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916] (No data for Edwards County as of Aug 2011. Check back again as records are being added.)  
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*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916] (No data for Edwards County as of Aug 2011. Check back again as records are being added.)  
*'''1916–1950 '''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950] (1916-1950 for Edwards County)
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*'''1916–1950 '''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950] (1916-1950 for Edwards County)
  
 
=== Voting Registers  ===
 
=== Voting Registers  ===

Revision as of 17:07, 9 February 2013

United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Edwards County

Hand and keyboard.jpg Illinois
Online Records

Coordinates: 38.42°0′N 88.06°0′W / 38.42°N 88.06°W / 38.42; -88.06

Edwards County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Edwards County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: November 28, 1814
County Seat Albion
Courthouse
Edwards County Courthouse.gif
Address Edwards County Courthouse
50 E. Main Street
Albion, Illinois 62806
(618) 445-2115

Contents

County Organization

Edwards County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Edwards County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1815 1877 1820 1815 1815

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

Historical Facts

Ninian Edwards.png
Edwards County is named for Ninian Edwards who was the Governor of the Illinois Territory (1809-1818) and third Governor of the State of Illinois (1826-1830). His son Ninian Edwards Jr., is married to Elizabeth Todd, sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln.

Boundary Changes

  • 28 November 1814: -- Edwards County was created 28 November 1814 from Madison and Gallatin Counties. [1]

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Biography

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 accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190010,345
191010,049−2.9%
19209,431−6.1%
19308,303−12.0%
19408,9748.1%
19509,0560.9%
19607,940−12.3%
19707,090−10.7%
19807,96112.3%
19907,440−6.5%
20006,971−6.3%
20106,721−3.6%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Federal

1830

1880

  • 1880 census by the United States of America of Edwards County Illinois, pub. 1981 WorldCat 8343939

State

1825

Centennial Celebrations, etc

Edwards County sesquicentennial 1814-1964; pub. 1964?; Edwards County Historical Society FHL Book 977.3791 H2e

Church History

Churches of Edwards County; pub. 19??; WorldCat 38125327, FHL Book 977.3 A1 no. 127, FHL film 983673 Item 3

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Funeral Homes

Ingram Funeral Home records, 1939-1971, Albion, Illinois; filmed 2005 FHL Film 1426344-1426345
note: the records were filmed in Wayne County, Illinois courthouse.

Genealogy

A History of Edwards County, Illinois; pub. 1980, 1993 FHL Books 977.3791 H2h v. 1 and 2

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

Periodicals

History

Periodicals

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

Unlike most Illinois counties, Edwards is divided into Road Districts, as opposed to Townships found in other counties.

Copies of Original Records

  • 1815–1888 Deed Indexes, Deed Record 1815-1890 FHL 16 films
    Grantees
    Grantors
    Deed records
    Warranty deeds
  • 1815-1978 Deed Record IRAD-EIU
  • 1888–1900 Grantee and Grantor Index FHL film 1418412 Items 2-3
  • 1888-1899 Deed Index IRAD-EIU
  • 1890-1902 Land and Deed Records FHL films 1418412-1418414
    Grantees
    Grantors
    Deed records
  • 1855–1874 Land Records, 1855-1874 FHL film 1688788 Item 1 Record of swamp and overflow lands
  • 1874 Plat Record, Original Survey IRAD-EIU

Abstracts

  • 1814 Edwards County Historical Society. Original Land Sales, Edwards County, Illinois, beginning 1814. Albion, Illinois: Edwards County Historical Society (IL), 1983. WorldCat 13860466, FHL book 977.3791 R2

Online Resources

  • 1816–1865 Deed Grantee Index Genealogy Trails
  • 1800s – Present - Use the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index to obtain original federal land transfer records, including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry patents. These records help a researcher establish location and lead to National Archives’ records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are at the National Archives.

Maps

Military History and Records

War of 1812

Some Military Land Grants USGenWeb Archives

Blackhawk War

Detachment of Capt. Hunter's Company, Detachment of Capt. Champion S. Mading's Company, Captain Solomon Hunter's Detachment USGenWeb Archives

Indian Wars

Some Military Land Grants USGenWeb Archives

Civil War

Civil War service men from Edwards 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 Edwards County.

- 6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company E.
- 7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company E.
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and H.
- 136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H.
- 152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company F.

World War II

Army Enlistment Records USGenWeb Archives

Pensions

1883 Pension Roll USGenWeb Archives

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

  • Index to the newspapers, Albion Journal and Albion Pioneer, 1869-1906, filmed 1975 FHL film 983671 Item 1
  • Gleanings of old newspapers, pub. 2009 WorldCat 672352608
    Newspaper clippings from various newspapers in Clay, Richland, Edwards, Lawrence, Wabash and Wayne Counties in Illinois. Include obituaries, birth announcements, weddings, court news and articles of general interest on those counties.
  • USGenWeb Archives

Obituaries

Photographs and Post Cards

Probate Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Probate Records for more information.

For information and tips about records, see IRAD-EIU

1817–present — The original Edwards county probate records are housed at the County Courthouse.

  • 1815–1916 Probate Will Record; IRAD-EIU
  • 1815–1871 Probate Case Files; IRAD-EIU
  • 1831–1885 Probate Record; IRAD-EIU

Guardianships

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

Centralia Illinois Family History Center 
Leafland & 3rd Street
Centralia, Marion, Illinois
Phone: 618-532-3482
Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm
Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.

Eldorado Illinois Family History Center
103 Grayson Rd
Eldorado, Saline, Illinois
Phone: 618-273-8172
Hours: By appointment. Please call 618-276-4283

Evansville Indiana Family History Center
8020 E Covert Ave
Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana
Phone: 812-471-0191
Hours: First Wednesday of every month 10:00 - 12:00, Tues & Wed evening 6:00 - 8:00; other times by appointment
Closed: Closed Major Holidays 

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 Eastern Illinois Regional Archives Depository is located at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. See the IRAD–EIU wiki page for more about this depository and its holdings.

Public Libraries

Albion Public Library
6 North 4th Street
Albion, IL 62806
Phone: (618) 445-3314
Facebook

West Salem Public Library
112 West South Street
West Salem, IL 62476
Phone: (618) 456-8970

SILNET (Southern Illinois Library Network)

The following libraries are outside of Edwards County, containing genealogical collections pertaining to the county.

Schools

Social Groups Online

Societies

  • Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

Taxation

Vital Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information.

Births

1877–present - The original Edwards County birth records 1877-present are housed at the County Clerk's office. The following copies are available:

Marriages

For information and tips about records, see IRAD-EIU

1815–present — The original Edwards County marriage records 1815-present are housed at the County Clerk's office. The following copies are available:

  • 1815–1968 Marriage Record; IRAD-EIU
  • 1815–1968 Index; IRAD-EIU

The following abstracts are available:

  • 1815–1844 Early marriages, includes index to 1831, and bride's index to 1844 FHL book 977.3791 V29
  • 1845–1855 Goodson, Lois Jean. Marriage Book B, Edwards County Illinois, 1845–1855: Complete Alphabetical Listing of Males and Females. Albion, Illinois: Edwards County Historical Society, 1992. FHL book 911.3791 V29
  • USGenWeb Archives

Deaths

For information and tips about records, see IRAD-EIU

1877–present - The original Edwards County death records 1877-present are housed at the County Clerk's office. The following copies are available:

The following abstracts are available at state IRAD site:

Voting Registers

Websites

References

  1. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)