Greene County, Illinois Genealogy

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=== Court Records  ===
=== Court Records  ===
[ IRAD] Holdings:
Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.
*Circuit Court execution dockets 1821 to 1840
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The_Family_History_Library|Family History Library]] or the [ Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Greene County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_University of Illinois at Springfield|UIS IRAD Wiki page.]]
*Jail registers 1836 to 1972<br>
[[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|How to use IRAD]]<br>
'''Copies of Original Records'''
:*'''1821-1840''' Circuit Court execution dockets 1821 to 1840
:*'''1836-1972''' Jail registers
:*Maire, Jean M. ''Early records of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois'' (Springfield, Illinois:Allers and Gochanour, 1986) {{WorldCat|16880764|Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|483629|item|disp=FHL Book 977.38 H2ma}}
=== Ethnic Research  ===
=== Ethnic Research  ===

Revision as of 19:06, 8 September 2011

Greene County, Illinois
Boundary map of Greene County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 20, 1821
County Seat Carrollton
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
   United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Greene County


County Organization

Greene County's civil records start the following years:

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

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



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 Illinois 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.
  • WorldCat lists several books of Greene County cemetery records. See what libraries near you have Green County cemetery records.
  • Linkpendium has many links to cemetery records and cemetery projects in Greene County. Some are transcriptions, others contain photos of headstones. The source of many of the links is the Morgan Area Genealogical Association.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
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. The leading denominations in oyder of membership are currently Evangelical denominations, Catholic, American Baptist churches, Assemblies of God, Christian (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian, and Methodist. For a guide to Greene County churches on the internet Click Here.

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.

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 University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Greene County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the UIS IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of Original Records

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


Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.



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 $:

  • "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
  • 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



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.


Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Original probate records are held by the circuit court clerk. Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. No probate records are held at IRAD. Explore how to search IRAD–UIS. The following copies are available in the Family History Library Catalog:


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

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.

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

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
University of Illinois at Springfield Region
One University Plaza, MS BRK 140
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407

Public Libraries

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

Greenfield Public Library
515 Chestnut Street
Greenfield, IL 62044
Phone: (217) 368-2613
Fax: (217)368-2613

Roodhouse Public Library
220 West Franklin Street
Roodhouse, IL 62082
Phone: (217) 589-5123

White Hall Township Public Library
119 East Sherman Street
White Hall, IL 62092
Phone: (217) 374-6014
Fax: (217) 374-6554

The White Hall Libraryhas a genealogy file, which contains dates of birth, death, and marriages, which have appeared in the local newspaper, dating 1869 to present time. These newspapers are on microfilm, and are used in the library by people throughout the U.S. We also have other local history information available for use in the library.


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.


Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded since 1877 are kept by the Greene County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health. with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are kept by the County Clerk from 1877 to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

Copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Universtiy of Illinois–Springfield(UIS). Search Greene County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database . For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD–UIS Wiki page.

Explore Greene County vital records found in the Family History Library Catalog. Other libraries(at WorldCat) also hold copies of abstracted Greene County vital records. (How to explore WorldCat).




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

Web Sites


  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.