Hamilton County, Illinois

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*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Hamilton 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 Hamilton County.<br>
 
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Hamilton 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 Hamilton County.<br>
 
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:- [[40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and G.  
 
:- [[40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and G.  
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The following copies of original records may be accessed 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 the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Hamilton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
The following copies of original records may be accessed 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 the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Hamilton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
:*'''1824-1860''' Circuit Court Naturalization records [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for Hamilton records [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|How to use IRAD]]
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The following copies of original records may be accessed 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 the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Hamilton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
The following copies of original records may be accessed 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 the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Hamilton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
:*'''1823-1855''' Probate Case Files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
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:*'''1823-1969''' Probate Case Files Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1823-1969''' Probate Case Files Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
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:*'''1838-1923''' Probate Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1838-1923''' Probate Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
:*'''1865-1923''' Probate Guardian's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
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:*'''1868-1925''' Probate Record, Decrees [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for Hamilton records  
 
:*'''1868-1925''' Probate Record, Decrees [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for Hamilton records  
 
:*'''1871-1875''' Probate Guardian's Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
 
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See [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.  
 
See [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[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 until the year 1916 are kept by the Hamilton County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health.] a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Hamilton County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health.] a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases and the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases and the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]  
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:*'''1821–1870 '''Harrelson, Ralph S. ''Marriages, information taken from original marriage documents old marriage record books relative to marriages celebrated in Hamilton County, Illinois, 1821-1870 also a record of marriages celebrated in White County, Illinois, 1816 through 1821.'' Carterville, Illinois: Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, c1986.''{{WorldCat|16882912}} {{FHL|546346|item|disp=FHL book 977.39 V28h}}''  
 
:*'''1821–1870 '''Harrelson, Ralph S. ''Marriages, information taken from original marriage documents old marriage record books relative to marriages celebrated in Hamilton County, Illinois, 1821-1870 also a record of marriages celebrated in White County, Illinois, 1816 through 1821.'' Carterville, Illinois: Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, c1986.''{{WorldCat|16882912}} {{FHL|546346|item|disp=FHL book 977.39 V28h}}''  
 
:*'''1821–1854 '''Felty, Harold G. ''Marriage records and related notes'', Hamilton County, Illinois 1821-1854.Owensboro, Kentucky: Cook McDowell Publications, 1981. {{WorldCat|7564747}} {{FHL|2526|item|disp=FHL book 977.395 V2f}}  
 
:*'''1821–1854 '''Felty, Harold G. ''Marriage records and related notes'', Hamilton County, Illinois 1821-1854.Owensboro, Kentucky: Cook McDowell Publications, 1981. {{WorldCat|7564747}} {{FHL|2526|item|disp=FHL book 977.395 V2f}}  
:*'''1858-1992''' Legacy of kin, Hamilton County, Illinois&nbsp;: relationships, vital statistics, marriages, abstracted from obituaries and notices in Hamilton County newspapers, 1858-1992 {{FHL|704676|item|disp=FHL book 977.395 V48f volume 1 and 2}}  
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:*'''1858-1992''' Legacy of kin, Hamilton County, Illinois: relationships, vital statistics, marriages, abstracted from obituaries and notices in Hamilton County newspapers, 1858-1992 {{FHL|704676|item|disp=FHL book 977.395 V48f volume 1 and 2}}  
 
:*'''1899-1929''' (with additional notices for 1930-1931) Grandma Deem's marriage notices: Hamilton County, Illinois [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/314845972 Other Libraries (WorldCat)] and {{FHL|1410745|item|disp=FHL book 977.395 B38g}}
 
:*'''1899-1929''' (with additional notices for 1930-1931) Grandma Deem's marriage notices: Hamilton County, Illinois [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/314845972 Other Libraries (WorldCat)] and {{FHL|1410745|item|disp=FHL book 977.395 B38g}}
  

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Hamilton County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Hamilton County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 8, 1821
County Seat McLeansboro
Courthouse
Hamilton County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Hamilton County Courthouse
100 S. Jackson Street
McLeansboro, Illinois 62859-1489
618-643-2721
 

United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Hamilton County

Contents

County Organization

Hamilton County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Hamilton County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878
1821
1878
1830
1823
1821

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

Historical Facts

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Hamilton County is named for Alexander Hamilton who was the first Secretary of Treasury (1789–1795), and Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army in 1799.

Parent County

  • 1821--Hamilton County was created 8 February 1821 from White County. County seat: McLeansboro.

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Records and Resources

Biographies

Cemeteries

The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Hamilton County resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
  Illinois Cemeteries  

The surname index to Harriet Vaught's Hamilton County, Illinois Cemetery Inscriptions (Vol. 1) is available for free online, courtesy: USGenWeb Archives.

A volunteer through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is willing to provide names and dates from tombstones at three Catholic churches in Hamilton County: St. John the Baptist, Pinopolis; St. John Nepomucene, Dahlgren; and St. Clement's, McLeansboro. Click here to learn more.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190020,197
191018,227−9.8%
192015,920−12.7%
193012,995−18.4%
194013,4543.5%
195012,256−8.9%
196010,010−18.3%
19708,665−13.4%
19809,1725.9%
19908,499−7.3%
20008,6211.4%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Church Records

Catholic

FamilySearch has made parish records from three Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Hamilton County available online (requires free registration). The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

A volunteer is available to do cemetery look-ups at these Catholic church cemeteries, see Cemeteries.

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 copies of records may be accessed through the Family History Library

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following copies of records may be accessed through the Family History Library:

  • 1818–1954 Davis, Patricia S. Index to Harriet Vaught's Early land grants of White County, Illinois, 1814-1854 and probate index, 1818-1976. Marion, Illinois: Patricia S. Davis, c1995. WorldCat 33039320  FHL film 1598393 Item 12; book 977.396 R2
  • 1818–1954 Vaught, Harriet B. Early land grants of White County, Illinois, 1814-1854, probate index, 1818-1976. Carmi, Ill. : Vaught, 1980? WorldCat 9472590 FHL book 977.396 R2v
  • Rockford Map Publishers (Rockford, Illinois). Land atlas and plat book, Hamilton County, Illinois, 1986. Rockford, Illinois: Rockford Map Publishers, c1986. WorldCat 14271381 FHL book 977.395 E7h
  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family maps of Hamilton County, Illinois.Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Pub. Co., c2007. WorldCat 180941793 FHL book 977.395 E7b This book plats the land of many nineteenth-century Hamilton County residents. The publisher's bookstore includes a free online surname listing.

Online Resources

Maps

Military Records

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Hamilton 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 Hamilton County.
- 40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and G.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C, F and G.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and G.
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and E.

Naturalization

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Hamilton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts are available through the Family History Library:

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Hamilton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

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 Hamilton County are kept, see the Hamilton County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers

Illinois Regional Archives Depostitories

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

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

Taxation

Vital Records

See Gotoarrow.png 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 until the year 1916 are kept by the Hamilton County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health. a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases and the Family History Library.

Online Resources

Marriage

  • 1821–1870 Harrelson, Ralph S. Marriages, information taken from original marriage documents old marriage record books relative to marriages celebrated in Hamilton County, Illinois, 1821-1870 also a record of marriages celebrated in White County, Illinois, 1816 through 1821. Carterville, Illinois: Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, c1986.WorldCat 16882912 FHL book 977.39 V28h
  • 1821–1854 Felty, Harold G. Marriage records and related notes, Hamilton County, Illinois 1821-1854.Owensboro, Kentucky: Cook McDowell Publications, 1981. WorldCat 7564747 FHL book 977.395 V2f
  • 1858-1992 Legacy of kin, Hamilton County, Illinois: relationships, vital statistics, marriages, abstracted from obituaries and notices in Hamilton County newspapers, 1858-1992 FHL book 977.395 V48f volume 1 and 2
  • 1899-1929 (with additional notices for 1930-1931) Grandma Deem's marriage notices: Hamilton County, Illinois Other Libraries (WorldCat) and FHL book 977.395 B38g

Death

  • 1852–1930 Hatton, Charles E and Ralph S. Harrelson.A history of Mary's Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church, 1852-1967 and school, 1882-1950 in Hamilton County, Illinois including a section giving Mary's Chapel cemetery headstone inscriptions and burial records. Danville, Illinois : Hatton House, 1973. WorldCat 10834674 FHL film 988626 item 5; book 977.3 A1 no. 132
  • 1871–1920 Harrelson, Dessie Hunt. Record of deaths. Vol 1 and 2, Carterville, Illinois: Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, c1983, c1985. WorldCat 52362479 FHL book 977.395 V48

Places/Localities


To see a list of places in Hamilton 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.


Web Sites

  • The Yesterdays of Hamilton County, Illinois. Bible records, biographies, cemeteries, census records, churches, deeds, family records & essays, government/court/crime, histories, old letters, the lighter side, lists/directories, maps, marriages, military, miscellanous, news clippings, obituaries, old photos, wills, queries/researchers, books for sale, links, recent updates, area announcements, site search, lost and found. Carol Lee Yarbough is the branchild behind this valuable resource. It is one of the best places to start Hamilton County, Illinois genealogy searches.
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog
  • Hamilton County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)

References