Jefferson County, Illinois

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*Cindy Ford compiled an extensive list of [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/jefferson/land/alphaindex.html Jefferson County Illinois Early Land Sales], which is available online, courtesy: [http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogy Trails].  
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=== Local Histories  ===
 
=== Local Histories  ===

Revision as of 18:28, 2 August 2011

Jefferson County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Jefferson County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: March 26, 1819
County Seat Mt. Vernon
Courthouse
IL-jefferson-courthouse.jpg
Address Jefferson County Courthouse
100 S. 10th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
618-244-8020
Jefferson County Website
  United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Jefferson County

Contents

Jefferson County Organization

                                     Beginning Dates for Jefferson County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878
1819
1877
1820
1816
1820


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

Historical Facts

Jefferson-thomas.jpg

Jefferson County is named for Thomas Jefferson who was the author of the Declaration of Independence and also the third president of the United States.

Parent County

  • 1819--Jefferson County was created 26 March 1819 from Edwards and White Counties.

County seat:  Mount Vernon [1]

Boundary Changes

Places / Localities

To see a list of places in Jefferson 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.

Records and Resources

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Cemeteries

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

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


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190028,133
191029,1113.5%
192028,480−2.2%
193031,0349.0%
194034,37510.8%
195035,8924.4%
196032,315−10.0%
197031,446−2.7%
198036,55216.2%
199037,0201.3%
200040,0458.2%
IL Counties 1900-1990

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, Jefferson County on page 187.]

Church

Catholic

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

Court

Jefferson County Courthouse
100 South 10th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL
Phone: (618) 244-8020

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

Land

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 the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Jefferson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1822-1904 Deeds FHL Film 1003250First of 32 films.
  • 1822-1927 Deed IndexIRAD-EIU Search for Jefferson records.
  • 1822-1922 Deed Records IRAD-EIU Search for Jefferson records.
  • 1857-1861 Mortgage Record IRAD (SIU) Search for Jefferson records.
  • 1874-1905 Mortgage Index IRAD (SIU)


Online Resources

Local Histories

Maps

Military

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Jefferson 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 Jefferson County.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C, D, G, and I.
- 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.

Newspapers

Probate

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.

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

Family History Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois
John A. Logan College Library
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
Telephone: 618-985-2828, Ext. 8338
Hours: vary by season, see website
The Society focuses on Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties. The Society's book and microfilm collection is housed at the John A. Logan College Library. The Society publishes a newsletter (click here for recent issues) and a quarterly journal The Saga of Southern Illinois (click here for a topical index that breaks down what has been published county-by-county).

Jefferson County Historical Society
1411 N 27th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: (618) 246-0033
E-mail: jchsvip@mvn.net

Jefferson County Genealogical Society
c/o C.E. Brehm Memorial Library
101 S. 7th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

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 Jefferson 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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Jefferson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births

Marriages

There are several marriage collections at ILGenWeb.

Deaths

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.