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Henry County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Henry County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 13, 1825
County Seat Cambridge
Courthouse
Henry County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Henry County Courthouse
100 S. Main
Cambridge, Illinois 61238
309-937-3481
Henry County Website
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Contents

County Organization

Henry County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Henry County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1837
1877
1830
1836
1839

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

Historical Facts

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Henry County is named for Patrick Henry who was an orator and statesman of the Revolutionary War period.

Parent County

  • 1825--Henry County was created 13 January 1825 from Fulton County.  County seat:Cambridge [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Henry County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

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.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190040,049
191041,7364.2%
192045,1628.2%
193043,851−2.9%
194043,798−0.1%
195046,4926.2%
196049,3176.1%
197053,2177.9%
198057,9688.9%
199051,159−11.7%
200051,020−0.3%
201050,486−1.0%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

  • 1857–1887 Gifford, B.R. Clergyman's private register. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. FHL film 1290170 Item 2

Court Records

Copies of original records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Land and Property

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Henry County land and property may be found in the FHLC and FHLC–maps. 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

  • The History of Henry County, Illinois: Its Tax-payers and Voters: Containing also a Biographical Directory, a Condensed History of the State, Map of the County, a Business Directory, an Abstract of Every-day Laws, War Record of Henry County, Officers of Societies, Lodges, etc., etc.. Chicago: H.F. Kett & Co., 1877. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive; Internet Archive.
  • Kiner, Henry L. History of Henry County, Illinois. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co., 1910. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Google Books; Internet Archive.
  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Illinois: Containing Full-page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, Together with Portraits and Biographies of All the Governors of Illinois, and of the Presidents of the United States: Also Containing a History of the County, from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1885. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Henry 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 Henry County.

- 17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 27th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 42nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and B.
- 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and H.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Company D.
- 83rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.

Naturalization

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 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 Henry County records. For information on how to use IRAD see theWIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources An unspecified number of Henry County probate records are available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Henry County probates may be found in the Illinois, Henry – 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 Henry County are kept, see the Henry County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

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 Henry County.

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

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 Henry 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 Henry County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

The website of the Henry County Clerk/Recorder explains how to order birth, marriage, civil union, and death records. Downloadable Vital Records Forms.

Births

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriages

Copies of original Marriage Records

Deaths

Copies of original Death Records

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.

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