Greene County, Illinois

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Greene County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Greene County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 20, 1821
County Seat Carrollton
Courthouse
Greene County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Greene County Courthouse
519 N. Main Street
Carrollton, Illinois 62016
(217) 942-5443
Greene County Website
   United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Greene County

Contents

County Organization

Greene County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Greene County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1821
1877
1830
1821
1821

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

Historical Facts

Nathanael Greene.JPG

Greene County was named for Nathanael Greene who was a major general during the American Revolution, becoming Washington's most dependable officer.

Parent County

  • 1821--Greene County was created 20 January 1821 from Madison [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Greene County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • ePodunk list of Greene County cemeteries gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
  • Cemetery Location Project of the Illinoise State Genealogical Society lists Green County cemeteries with their locations and notations about their status and condition. It also links to a site with cemetery transcriptions made in the 1970s by Florence Hutchison.
  • Cemetery transcriptions compiled in the 1970s by Florence Hutchison. Each cemetery included its location and some include images. Not all cemeteries on the page incude links to transcriptions.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190023,402
191022,363−4.4%
192022,8832.3%
193020,417−10.8%
194020,292−0.6%
195018,852−7.1%
196017,460−7.4%
197017,014−2.6%
198016,661−2.1%
199015,317−8.1%
200014,761−3.6%
IL Counties 1900-1990

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

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, Greene County on page 187.]

Church Records

Churches of many denominations abound in Greene County

Court Records

IRAD Holdings:

  • Circuit Court execution dockets 1821 to 1840
  • Jail registers 1836 to 1972

How to use IRAD

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

History of Greene County -- Its Past and Present by Clement L. Capp can be viewed for no charge online at the Internet Archive. "The book is dated 1879, so it includes the history of the county and its residents from the beginning of the county up to 1879. This is a wonderful resource for a genealogist if they have family that lived in Greene County before 1879. The book has 784 pages and contains detailed information on the history of the county, including the history of the towns within Greene County. There are illustrations of farms, pioneer dwellings, companies, and Indians and their impact on the history of the county. Portraits are also included of some of the early pioneers. The book also contains maps, War Records, Directories, and an abstract of Illinois State Law." It can also be downloaded to view on a Kindle.

Land and Property

IRAD Holdings

  • Deed records1824 to 1887
  • Entry books 1821 to 1853
  • Estray papers 1831 to 1971
  • Estray records 1866 to 1904
  • School land sale records 1834 to 1859

BLM GLO Records. Search original land patents for Greene County from the Govenment Land Office (GLO) or Eastern States Office. Some searches include images of the original warrants. All search results include the patant details needed for requesting copies of the land entry files at the National Archives.  The GLO is the custodian of millions of land title documents. The General Land Office Automated Records Project is responsible for making these important documents available to the public.

Land records that include Bond County at Ancestry.com $:

  • "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.
  • "U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907:" Records of Illinois are among the 13 states included in this set. It includes images of the land patents which contain the information necessary for ordering the complete case files from the National Archives. This appears to be the same information that is online at the Federal Land Office site http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.
  • Sheldon, Theodore. Land registration in Illinois. Chicago: Callaghan Co., 1901. Digital book. Expains the laws regarding land and the land systems used in Illinois. Includes court cases involving land issues. In addition to being on Ancestry, this book is available online at no cost at Internet Archives and Google Books.

Land records at Family History Library

Maps

Military

IRAD Holdings

  • Military Discharge records 1863 to 1801
  • Military Dicharge records index 1862 to 1981
  • Military Discharge records, Civil War 1865 to 1891
  • Militia roll records 1861 to 1862

Civil War
Civil War service men from Greene 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 Greene County.

- 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, E, and G.
- 91st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies G, H, I, and K.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Repositories

County Courthouse

Greene County Courthouse
519 N. Main Street
Carrollton, IL 62016-1033

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

Family History Center

Greene county does not have a family history center. Denter addresses are not mailing addresses. Some of the nearest centers are:

  • Alton Illinois Family History Center
    6500 Humbert Rd
    Godfrey, Illinois
    Telephone: 618-466-4352
  • Jacksonville Illinois Family History Center
    1053 E. Vandalia Rd
    Jacksonville Illinois
    Telephone: 217-245-8113

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Archives hold many records for Greene County. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
LIB144
University of Illinois at Springfield Region
One University Plaza, MS BRK 140
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
217-206-6520

Public Libraries

Carrollton Public Library
509 South Main Street
Carrollton, IL 62016-1251
(217) 942-6715

Societies

Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 137
Carrollton, Illinois 62016
(217) 942-6013

The Greene County Historical & Genealogical Society is located in the Lee-Baker-Hodges House on North Main Street on the northwest corner of the square in Carrollton, Illinois. The Society Library and Museum hours are currently Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The entrance is at the side door at the top of the ramp. For more information, see their website

The genealogical society has a file folder for each surname. The folders contain summaries of newspaper articles, burial locations (including some unmarked graves) and extractions of marriage and probate records.

The courthouse is located across the street and the County Clerk's office is open on Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The courthouse has birth, marriage and death records that they will search for a fee.  There are originals of wills that you can see and copy for a minimal cost.

Taxation

Vital Records

Marriages 1821 to 1891 with indexes 1821 to 1981; Birth records 1877 to 1901 with index to delayed births ca. 1860 to 1972; Death records 1877  to 1901 with indexes 1877 to 1901 FHL films 1310035–1310040

Many of these records are available at the IRAD-UIS. How to Use IRAD

Births

IRAD holdings:

  • Birth records 1877 to 1901
  • Birth records Index 1877 to 1981
  • Birth recods index, delayed 1862 to 1972

Marriages

IRAD holdings:

  • Marriage records 1821 to 1901
  • Marriage records index 1821 to 1981

Available through Ancestry.com $:

  • Greene county marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1790 to 1860." The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection
  • Greene County marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1851 to 1900." The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection

Deaths

Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois offers the following online free death indexes:

IRAD holdings:

  • Death records 1877 to 1901
  • Death records index 1877 to 1981

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 194. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.