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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Henderson County'''
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Guide to '''Henderson County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Henderson County'' <br>
 
  
 
== County Organization  ==
 
== County Organization  ==
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Henderson County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Henderson County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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'''Beginning Dates for Henderson County Records'''
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Henderson County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Henderson County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Henderson County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Henderson County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1850<br>  
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1841--'''Henderson County was created 20 January 1841&nbsp;from [[Warren County, Illinois|Warren]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Oquawka <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 194. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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*'''1841--'''Henderson County was created 20 January 1841 from [[Warren County, Illinois|Warren]] County. '''County seat:''' Oquawka <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 194. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
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== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
  
=== Biography ===
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=== Biography ===
  
 
*The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Henderson County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Henderson County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
 
*The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Henderson County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Henderson County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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'''Published Records'''
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=725 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Henderson County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|379188|subject-id|disp=some records of cemeteries in Henderson County}}. Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/henderson.htm Henderson Co.&nbsp;IL&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;
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<br>'''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*[http://henderson.ilgenweb.net/ Henderson County ILGenWeb]. Click the [http://henderson.ilgenweb.net/cemeteries/cemeteriesmain.html Cemeteries] tab to access a listing of Henderson County Cemeteries. The administrator is adding maps, transcriptions, and photos as time permits.
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|379188|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Henderson County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave.com] has burial information for over 40 Henderson County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=725 Here].
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6239&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=26&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Henderson 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.
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ GenealogyTrails.com]. Provides listing of for [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/henderson/cemeteries.html Henderson County Cemeteries].
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*[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/main.php Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project]. Find or submit [http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/henderson/ Henderson County] tombstone photos.
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/illinois.html Illinois Tombstone Transcription Project]. Volunteers are needed to add tombstone transcriptions for [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/henderson.htm Henderson County Cemeteries].
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com Linkpendium]. Has links to several [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Henderson/cem/ Henderson County Cemetery] related websites.
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<br>'''Cemetery Gazetters'''
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/ Epodunk] has a list of [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6239&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=26&stateAbbv=&stateName= Henderson County Cemeteries]. The website provides name of cemetery, address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.
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*The [http://www.ilgensoc.org/ Illinois State Genealogical Society's] "Cemetery Location Project" has identified many [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-al/henderson.html Henderson County Cemeteries].
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]
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:*'''1834–1861''' Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of South Henderson minutes {{FHL|526471|item|disp=FHL film 1823061 Items 1-4}}
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:*'''1846–1884''' Marriages performed by Rev. W.S. Campbell {{FHL|224283|item|disp=FHL film 1035833 Item 1}}
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:*'''1865–1900''' Parsons, Mary Lou and Ethel Ketchum Trego. ''Smith Creek United Presbyterian Church, Henderson County, Illinois, 17 June 1865-1900.'' [S.l.: s.n., 1996?]. {{FHL|689303|item|disp=FHL film 2055532 Item 15 and book 977.3413 K2p}}
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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'''Abstracts'''
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:*'''1841–1853''' Warren County, Illinois Genealogical Society. ''Early court commissioner's records of Henderson County, IL: 1841-1853.'' [S.l.]: Warren County, Illinois Genealogical Society, 1992. Digital version at {{FSbook|85041}} {{FHL|438268|item|disp=FHL book 977.3413 P2w}}
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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1843–1928''' Probate records and index {{FHL|52044|item|disp=FHL first film 1434879 Item 4 (first of 5 films)}}
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:*'''1856–1944''' Naturalization records {{FHL|255812|item|disp=FHL first film 1434879 Item 5 (first of 2 films)}}
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:*'''1859–1939''' Miscellaneous probate records and bonds {{FHL|255824|item|disp=FHL first film 1434881 Item 4 (first of 4 films)}}
  
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
 
*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
  
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what&nbsp;records are&nbsp;at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
  
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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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 through online sources or the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]
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:*'''1841–1886''' Grantee index {{FHL|442417|item|disp=FHL first film 1377851 (first of 3 films)}}
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:*'''1841–1887''' Grantor index {{FHL|442417|item|disp=FHL films 1377850–1}}
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:*'''1841–1902''' Deed records {{FHL|442417|item|disp=FHL first film 1434976 Items 3-4 (first of 66 films}}
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:*'''1982–1983''' Land atlas and plat book [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/10349565 Many libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|560544|item|disp=FHL book 977.3413 E7h}}
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.
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:*[http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/landsrch.jsp Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/henderson_map.html Henderson County Federal Township Plats]
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'''Additional Resources'''
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Additional resources for Henderson County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|518341|subject_id|disp=FHLC}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
  
 
=== Local Histories  ===
 
=== Local Histories  ===
  
*''History of Mercer and Henderson Counties Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.'' Chicago, Illinois: H.H. Hill and Company, 1882. {{FHL|673380|item|disp=FHL fiche 6071026}}; digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16139 Ancestry] ($), and&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofmercerh00merc#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive] (free)
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*''History of Mercer and Henderson Counties Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.'' Chicago, Illinois: H.H. Hill and Company, 1882. {{FHL|673380|item|disp=FHL fiche 6071026}}; digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16139 Ancestry] ($), and [http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofmercerh00merc#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive] (free)
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Ilhenderson.jpg|right|400px|Ilhenderson.jpg]]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Henderson County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments&nbsp;that were formed from men of Henderson County.
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==== Civil War ====
  
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*Civil War service men from Henderson 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 Henderson County.
  
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:- [[10th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|10th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies E and G.
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:- [[16th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|16th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.
 
:- [[65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)|65th Reigment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A.  
 
:- [[65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)|65th Reigment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A.  
 
:- [[84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies G and K.  
 
:- [[84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies G and K.  
:- [[91st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|91st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B and C.
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:- [[91st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|91st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B and C.  
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:- [[118th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|118th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.
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:- [[138th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|138th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company D.
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*Despite the destruction of the 1890 Federal Census, a few 1890 Census Veterans Schedules for Henderson County survived. They are available on roll 118 of "Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War" (NARA M123). The schedules list veterans and their widows who served as Union soldiers in the Civil War. For more information on the 1890 Veterans Schedules see [[Union Census Records|Union Census Records]].
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=== Naturalization  ===
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Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.
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The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]
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:*'''1856–1944''' Naturalization records {{FHL|255812|item|disp=FHL first film 1434879 Item 5 (first of 2 films)}}
  
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
 
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
An unspecified number of Henderson County probate records are available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}.  
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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.
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The following abstracts and 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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Henderson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page]].
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''1841–1939 '''Probate records, wills, administratiors' records, executors' records, guardianship records, and widows relinquishment records for Henderson County probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Henderson County, and select the record type you are interested in.
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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1841–1923''' Probate Record {{FHL|166313|item|disp=FHL first film 1377925 (first of 3 films)}}
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:*'''1843–1928''' Probate records and index {{FHL|52044|item|disp=FHL first film 1434879 Item 4 (first of 5 films)}}
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:*'''1859–1939''' Miscellaneous probate records and bonds {{FHL|255824|item|disp=FHL first film 1434881 Item 4 (first of 4 films)}}
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'''Additional Resources'''
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Additional resources for Henderson County probates may be found in the {{FHL|381879|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Henderson – Probate}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
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==== Family History Center  ====
 
==== Family History Center  ====
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There are over 4500 [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Henderson County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations Family Search Centers] page on the [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch.org] website.
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
  
[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]] is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. [[IRAD_-_Western_Illinois_University|Western Illinois University]] houses the records for Henderson County.  
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[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]] is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|Western Illinois University]] houses the records for Henderson County.  
  
==== Public Libraries ====
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==== Public Libraries ====
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[http://www.hendersoncounty.lib.il.us/library/index.html '''Henderson County Public Library District'''] <br>110 Hill Crest Drive<br>Biggsville, IL 61418<br>Tel: 309-627-2830<br>Fax: 309-627-2830<br>Email: [mailto:hcp161418@hotmail.com hcp161418@hotmail.com] <br>
  
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
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'''Henderson County Genealogical Society<br>'''110 Hill Crest Drive<br>Biggsville, IL 61418<br>Email: [mailto:hencogen@hotmail.com hencogen@hotmail.com] 
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The Henderson County Genealogical Society meets in the Henderson County Public Library in Biggsville.
  
 
=== Societies  ===
 
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
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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 Henderson 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] with 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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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Henderson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].
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==== Births  ====
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'''Copies of Original Birth Records'''
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:*'''1877–1901''' Birth register [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|89087|item|disp=FHL film 1377857 Items 2-3}}
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:*'''1877–1915''' Birth Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1878–1887''' Index to births {{FHL|89087|item|disp=FHL film 1377857 Items 2-3}}
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/henderson/vitals/births/births.txt Miscellaneous Births]''' From Henderson County Register of Births, courtesy [http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/ilfiles.htm USGenWeb Archives.]
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==== Marriages  ====
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'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''
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:*'''1841–1934''' Index to Marriages [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|81255|item|disp=FHL first film 1377856 (first of 2 films)}}
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:*'''1841–1901''' Marriage register [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|81255|item|disp=FHL first film 1377856 (first of 2 films)}}
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/henderson/vitals/marriages/hendmarr.htm Henderson County, Illinois Marriage Records,] courtesy [http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/ilfiles.htm USGenWeb Archives Illinois.]
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==== Deaths  ====
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'''Copies of Original Death Records'''
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:*'''1878–1915''' Death Record index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1878–1900''' Death index {{FHL|124791|item|disp=FHL film 1377857 Items 4-5}}
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:*'''1878–1902''' Register of deaths, v. 1 [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] and {{FHL|124791|item|disp=FHL film 1377857 Items 4-5}}
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
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:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*'''1999,''' [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/il-henderson1.htm Stronghurst, Henderson County, Illinois Deaths] listed in the Hancock-Henderson Quill, courtesy genealogybuff.com
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:*'''2000,''' [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/il-henderson2.htm Stronghurst, Henderson County, Illinois Deaths] listed in the Hancock-Henderson Quill, courtesy genealogybuff.com
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:*'''2001,''' [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/il-henderson3.htm Stronghurst, Henderson County, Illinois Deaths] listed in the Hancock-Henderson Quill, courtesy genealogybuff.com
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:*'''2002,''' [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/il-henderson4.htm Stronghurst, Henderson County, Illinois Deaths] listed in the Hancock-Henderson Quill, courtesy genealogybuff.com
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:*'''2003,''' [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/il-henderson5.htm Stronghurst, Henderson County, Illinois Deaths] listed in the Hancock-Henderson Quill, courtesy genealogybuff.com
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:*'''2004,''' [http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/il-henderson6.htm Stronghurst, Henderson County, Illinois Deaths] listed in the Hancock-Henderson Quill, courtesy genealogybuff.com
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==== Additional Resources  ====
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Additional resources for Henderson County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|435400|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Henderson – Vital Records}} and the {{FHL|478272|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Henderson – Vital Records - indexes}} topic page topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
  
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Henderson County

Guide to Henderson County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records


Henderson County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Henderson County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 20, 1841
County Seat Oquawka
Courthouse
Henderson County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Henderson County Courthouse
P.O. Box 308
Oquawka, Illinois 61469
309-867-2911

Contents

County Organization

Henderson County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Henderson County Records

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1841
1878
1850
1818
1839

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

Historical Facts

Large numbers of Kentuckians settled in frontier Henderson County, Illinois. The name of the county (Henderson) is reminiscent of Henderson County, Kentucky - the previous residence of many pioneer settlers.[1]

Parent County

  • 1841--Henderson County was created 20 January 1841 from Warren County. County seat: Oquawka [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Henderson County boundary changes.

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

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

Cemeteries

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

Published Records


Online Gravestone Transcriptions

  • Henderson County ILGenWeb. Click the Cemeteries tab to access a listing of Henderson County Cemeteries. The administrator is adding maps, transcriptions, and photos as time permits.
  • Find A Grave.com has burial information for over 40 Henderson County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click Here.


Cemetery Gazetters

  • Epodunk has a list of Henderson County Cemeteries. The website provides name of cemetery, address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190010,836
19109,724−10.3%
19209,7700.5%
19308,778−10.2%
19408,9491.9%
19508,416−6.0%
19608,237−2.1%
19708,4512.6%
19809,1147.8%
19908,096−11.2%
20008,2131.4%
IL Counties 1900-1990


















Church 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.

Court Records

Abstracts

  • 1841–1853 Warren County, Illinois Genealogical Society. Early court commissioner's records of Henderson County, IL: 1841-1853. [S.l.]: Warren County, Illinois Genealogical Society, 1992. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online FHL book 977.3413 P2w

Copies of original records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

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 through online sources or the Family History Library.

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Henderson County land and property may be found in the FHLC. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Local Histories

  • History of Mercer and Henderson Counties Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc. Chicago, Illinois: H.H. Hill and Company, 1882. FHL fiche 6071026; digital versions at Ancestry ($), and Internet Archive (free)

Maps

Ilhenderson.jpg

Military

Civil War

  • Civil War service men from Henderson 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 Henderson County.
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies E and G.
- 16th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 65th Reigment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies G and K.
- 91st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and C.
- 118th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 138th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D.


  • Despite the destruction of the 1890 Federal Census, a few 1890 Census Veterans Schedules for Henderson County survived. They are available on roll 118 of "Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War" (NARA M123). The schedules list veterans and their widows who served as Union soldiers in the Civil War. For more information on the 1890 Veterans Schedules see Union Census Records.

Naturalization

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

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

Newspapers and Obituaries

  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Burlington, Iowa newspapers dating back to the mid 1800's that may have included Henderson County residents. This database is free at some libraries.

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 and copies of original records may be accessed through, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Henderson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see theWIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1841–1939 Probate records, wills, administratiors' records, executors' records, guardianship records, and widows relinquishment records for Henderson County probate records are also available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Henderson County, and select the record type you are interested in.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Henderson County probates may be found in the Illinois, Henderson – Probate topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

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

Family History Center

There are over 4500 Family History Centers in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Henderson County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the Family Search Centers page on the FamilySearch.org website.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Western Illinois University houses the records for Henderson County.

Public Libraries

Henderson County Public Library District
110 Hill Crest Drive
Biggsville, IL 61418
Tel: 309-627-2830
Fax: 309-627-2830
Email: hcp161418@hotmail.com

Social Groups Online

Henderson County Genealogical Society
110 Hill Crest Drive
Biggsville, IL 61418
Email: hencogen@hotmail.com

The Henderson County Genealogical Society meets in the Henderson County Public Library in Biggsville.

Societies

Taxation

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 until the year 1916 are kept by the Henderson 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 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, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Henderson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births

Copies of Original Birth Records

Online Resources

Marriages

Copies of original Marriage Records

Online Resources

Deaths

Copies of Original Death Records

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Henderson County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Henderson – Vital Records and the Illinois, Henderson – Vital Records - indexes topic page topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Web Sites

References

  1. Hardin County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives, accessed May 28, 2011.
  2. 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.