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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Jersey County'''
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Guide to '''Jersey County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Illinois-stub}}nbsp;''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Jersey County'' <br>
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== County Organization  ==
 
== County Organization  ==
  
Jersey County's civil records start the following years:
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Jersey County's civil records start the following years:  
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'''Beginning Dates for Jersey County Records'''  
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1839--'''Jersey County was created 28 February 1839&nbsp;from [[Greene County, Illinois|Greene]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Jerseyville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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*'''1839--'''Jersey County was created 28 February 1839 from [[Greene County, Illinois|Greene]] County. '''County seat:''' Jerseyville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
  
 
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== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
  
=== Biography ===
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=== Biography ===
  
 
=== 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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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& 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.
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=731 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Jersey County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=731 list of cemeteries in Jersey County] and links to the information for the individuals buried there.
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/jersey.htm Jersey 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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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/jersey.htm Jersey Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.  
  
 
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
 
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|413118|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Jersey 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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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|413118|subject-id|disp=some records of cemeteries in Jersey 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://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6287&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=55&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Jackson 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://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6287&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=55&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of Jackson 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.
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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Jersey County has many religious denominations represented.Major denominations include Evangelical Denominations, Catholic Church, American Baptist Churches, Assemblies of God, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church. To find more about these denominations and their resources by county, [http://www.faithclipart.com/guide/church-directory/illinois/jersey-county/index.html Click here]. Few records of churches have have been found in print or online. <br>
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court 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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:*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}}
  
 
=== Directories  ===
 
=== Directories  ===
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iljersey/Directories/Farm%20Directory%201947.pdf 1947 ]Farm Directory
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iljersey/Directories/Farm%20Directory%201947.pdf 1947 ]Farm Directory
  
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=== Ethnic Research ===
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=== Ethnic Research ===
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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The following have information concerning African American research.  
 
The following have information concerning African American research.  
  
*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*[[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]]
  
=== Genealogy ===
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=== Genealogy ===
  
=== History ===
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=== History ===
  
 
=== Land Records  ===
 
=== Land Records  ===
  
[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx BLM GLO Records]. Search original land patents for Jersey 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.&nbsp; The GLO&nbsp;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.  
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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.  
  
[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales]. The Illinois State Archives has an online index&nbsp;to the records of Public land sales held by the State Archives. The indexes are by purchasers name and by legal description. This is a statewide collection with nearly 550,000 land sales fro 54740 square miles.  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online, 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 University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Jersey County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|UIS IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf IRAD] holdings
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'''Online Resources'''
  
*Deed Index 1832 to 1855
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx BLM GLO Records]. Search original land patents for Jersey 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.
*Entry books 1821 to 1875
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Land records that include Bond County at Ancestry.com $:  
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*[http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/landsrch.jsp Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
  
*"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.  
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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 ($)
*"U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907:" Records of Illinois are among the 13 states included in this set. It includes images of the land patents which contain the information necessary for ordering the complete case files from the National Archives. This appears to be the same information that is online at the Federal Land Office site [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/].
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*Sheldon, Theodore. ''Land registration in Illinois''. Chicago: Callaghan Co., 1901. Digital book. Expains the laws regarding land and the land systems used in Illinois. Includes court cases involving land issues. In addition to being on Ancestry, this book is available online at no cost at [http://www.archive.org/details/landregistration00sheliala Internet Archives] and [http://books.google.com/ Google Books].==== Land ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/jersey.html Jersey County Federal Township Plats]
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*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 [http://www.archive.org/details/landregistration00sheliala Internet Archives] and [http://books.google.com/ Google Books].
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'''Copies of original records'''
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*Deed Index 1832 to 1855 [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-UIS]
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*Entry books 1821 to 1875 [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-UIS]
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*'''1822–1924''' Land records and indexes {{FHL|429598|item|disp=FHL film 1317904 Items 3-4 (first of 28 films)}}
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'''Additional Resources'''
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Additional resources for Jersey County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|450492|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]].
  
 
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[[Image:Iljersey.jpg|600px|Iljersey.jpg]]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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==== ''Civil War''  ====
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Civil War service men from Jersey 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 Jersey County.
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:- [[14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.
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:- [[27th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|27th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.
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:- [[61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and D.
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:- [[97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies H and K.
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:- [[122nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|122nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C.
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:- [[124th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|124th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C.
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:- [[133rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|133rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company H.
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:- [[144th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65)|144th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65)]], Companies F, G and H.
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:- [[154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.
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==== ''World War I''  ====
  
 
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*Military discharge records index 1918 to 1967
 
*Military discharge records index 1918 to 1967
  
'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Jersey 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 Jersey County.<br>
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
  
:- [[61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and D.
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=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
:- [[97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies H and K.
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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=== Probate Records ===
  
=== Newspapers and Obituaries ===
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Original probate records are held by the [[Jersey County, Illinois Courthouse|circuit court clerk]]. Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. Some probate records are held at [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]]. [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|Explore how to search IRAD]]–UIS. The following copies are available in the Family History Library Catalog:<br>
  
=== Probate Records ===
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:*'''1839–1888'''Index to Estate Papers {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Jersey records.
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:*'''1839–1933'''Probate Records {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Jersey records.
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:*'''1839–1964''' Probate Will Record[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS]
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:*'''1839–1940''' Probate Records {{FHL|162065|item|1310661|disp=FHL Film 1310661 (first of 16 films)}}
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:*'''1839–1847'''Wills,Bonds,Inventories {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Jersey records.
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:*'''1852–1931'''Will Record {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Jersey records.
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:*'''1873–1898'''Guardian Records {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Jersey records.
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:*'''1874–1966''' Probate Inventory Record[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS]
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:*'''1875–1879'''Inventory Record {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Jersey records.
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:*'''1879–1922''' Probate Inventory Record, Guardians[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS]
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:*'''1882–1914'''Estate Inventory and Appraisement {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Jersey records.
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:*'''1882–1914''' Probate Inventory and Appraisement Record[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS]
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:*'''1894–1933'''Order Book {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Jersey records.
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:*'''1898–1940'''Administrators' Record {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Jersey records.
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Jersey County are kept, see the [[Jersey County, Illinois Courthouse|Jersey County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Jersey County are kept, see the [[Jersey County, Illinois Courthouse|Jersey County Courthouse]] page.  
  
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Jersey County has no [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history centers]]. The nearest center seems to be:<br>
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[[Alton Illinois Family History Center]]<br>6500 Humbert Rd<br>Godfrey, Illinois <br>Contact: (618) 466-4352<br>Hours: The center has limited hours in Tuesdays, Thursdays, the first Saturday of the month, and on Wednesdays by appointment.
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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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.
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The [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS)]] houses the records for Cass County. The link will help you find and use the records. There address is:
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[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/uismap.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository]<br>LIB144<br>University of Illinois at Springfield Region<br>One University Plaza, MS BRK 140<br>Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407<br>217-206-6520
  
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
  
=== Social Groups Online ===
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Jerseyville Public Library<br>105 North Liberty Street<br>Jerseyville, IL 62052<br>Phone: (618) 498-9514<br>[http://www.jerseyvillelibrary.org/ Website]<br>
  
=== Societies ===
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The Jerseyville Library has a genealogical collection, some of whichincludes microfilmed copies of censuses for Jersey County and local newspapers. Their Genealogy links contain several links specific to Jersey County.<br>
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=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth (1878) and death (1878) records are kept by the [[Jersey County, Illinois Courthouse|Jersey 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 kept by the County Clerk from 1839 to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.
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Copies of original records may be accessed through 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 Universtiy of Illinois–Springfield(UIS). Search Jersey County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database . For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|IRAD–UIS]] Wiki page.
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{{FHL|494483|subject-id|disp=Explore Jersey County vital records}} found in the Family History Library Catalog. [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=jersey+county+illinois+marriage+records Other libraries(at WorldCat)] also hold copies of abstracted Jersey County vital records. [[Worldcat Online Catalog|(How to explore WorldCat).]]
  
 
==== Birth  ====
 
==== Birth  ====
  
IRAD's holdings
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:*'''1838–1910''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iljersey/Births/Jerseyearlybirths.pdf Early Birth Index]. Courtesy of USGenWeb. Appears to be incomplete.
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:*'''1857–1967''' Birth Records index available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Jersey County.
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:*'''1867–1956''' Birth Records index {{FHL|429292|item|disp=FHL Film 1317903}}
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:*'''1878–1932''' Birth Records available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Jersey County.
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:*'''1878–1900''' Birth Register {{FHL|429292|item|disp=FHL Film 1317904 items 1 and 2}}
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:*'''1845–1866''' Birth Record, Proof of available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Jersey County. {{FHL|429292|item|disp=FHL Film 1317903}}
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:*'''1905–1932''' Stillbirths available at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region] search for Jersey County.
  
*Birth records 1878 to 1932
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<br>For help with using the above IRAD links, click here for h[[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|ow to Use IRAD]]
*Birth records index 1857 to 1967
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*Birth records, proof of 1845 to 1866
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*Stillbirths 1905 to 1932
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==== Marriage  ====
 
==== Marriage  ====
  
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:*'''1839–1967''' ''Marriage Record Index'' at [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html UIS IRAD Region]search for Jersey records.
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iljersey/Marriage/Marriageold.htm Jersey County Marriages]. Courtesy of USGenWeb.
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:*'''1839–1876, 1878–1901''' Marriage register {{FHL|429292|item|disp=FHL Films 131790–3}}
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:*'''1837–1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index]. Search for Jersey records.
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:*'''1835–1850 '''Illinois Marriages at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry ($)]
  
*Marriage records 1839 to 1967
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<br>For help with using the above IRAD links, click here for h[[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|ow to Use IRAD]]
  
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*Jersey County marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1851 to 1900." The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection
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==== Death  ====
 
==== Death  ====
  
IRAD's holdings
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:*'''1878–1983''' Death Records Index. Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region] Search for Jersey county. {{FHL|429292|item|disp=FHL Film 1317902}}
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:*'''1916–1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index] Search for Jersey County.
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:*'''Pre-1916'''<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">[http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Death Index]</span>
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:*'''1878–1900''' Death Record. Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region] Search for Jersey county. {{FHL|429292|item|disp=FHL Films 1317903–1317904 items 1 and 2}}
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:*'''1905–1932''' Death Record,Stillbirths. Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region] Search for Jersey county.
  
*Death records 1878 to 1900
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<br>Jersey County deaths are ''not'' in the statewide pre-1916 death index. <br>For help with using the above IRAD links, click here for[[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|how to use IRAD]]
*Death records index 1878 to 1983
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== Web Sites  ==
 
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Jersey|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Jersey|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
*&nbsp;[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Jersey/ Jersey County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Jersey/ Jersey County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/jersey/ Illinois Genealogy Trails]. Jersey County Website. This site contains transcriptions of a number of records of genealogical value grouped by category. Not all categories are populated. <br>
  
 
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Revision as of 04:06, 13 September 2013

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

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Jersey County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Jersey County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 28, 1839
County Seat Jerseyville
Courthouse
Jersey County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Jersey County Courthouse
200 N. LaFayette
Jerseyville, Illinois 62052
618-498-5571
Jersey County Website

Contents

County Organization

Jersey County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Jersey County Records

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878
1839
1877
1840
1822
1839

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

Historical Facts

Jersey County is named for the state of New Jersey.

Parent County

  • 1839--Jersey County was created 28 February 1839 from Greene County. County seat: Jerseyville [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Jersey County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

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.
18404,535
18507,35462.2%
186012,05163.9%
187015,05424.9%
188015,5423.2%
189014,810−4.7%
190014,612−1.3%
191013,954−4.5%
192012,682−9.1%
193012,556−1.0%
194013,6368.6%
195015,26411.9%
196017,02311.5%
197018,4928.6%
198020,53811.1%
199020,5390%
200021,6685.5%
Est. 200822,6224.4%
Decennial US Census

Church Records

Jersey County has many religious denominations represented.Major denominations include Evangelical Denominations, Catholic Church, American Baptist Churches, Assemblies of God, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church. To find more about these denominations and their resources by county, Click here. Few records of churches have have been found in print or online.

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.

Directories


Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Land Records

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 online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Jersey County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the UIS IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • BLM GLO Records. Search original land patents for Jersey 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.
  • 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 ($)
  • 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.


Copies of original records


Additional Resources

Additional resources for Jersey 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.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Jersey 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 Jersey County.

- 14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 27th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and D.
- 97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies H and K.
- 122nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 124th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 133rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H.
- 144th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65), Companies F, G and H.
- 154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.

World War I

IRAD holdings:

  • Military discharge records 1918 to 1965
  • Military discharge records index 1918 to 1967

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Original probate records are held by the circuit court clerk. Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. Some probate records are held at IRAD. Explore how to search IRAD–UIS. The following copies are available in the Family History Library 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 Jersey County are kept, see the Jersey County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Jersey County has no family history centers. The nearest center seems to be:

Alton Illinois Family History Center
6500 Humbert Rd
Godfrey, Illinois
Contact: (618) 466-4352
Hours: The center has limited hours in Tuesdays, Thursdays, the first Saturday of the month, and on Wednesdays by appointment.

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.

The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) houses the records for Cass County. The link will help you find and use the records. There address is:

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
LIB144
University of Illinois at Springfield Region
One University Plaza, MS BRK 140
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
217-206-6520

Public Libraries

Jerseyville Public Library
105 North Liberty Street
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: (618) 498-9514
Website

The Jerseyville Library has a genealogical collection, some of whichincludes microfilmed copies of censuses for Jersey County and local newspapers. Their Genealogy links contain several links specific to Jersey County.

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 (1878) and death (1878) records are kept by the Jersey 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 1839 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 Jersey County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database . For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD–UIS Wiki page.

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

Birth


For help with using the above IRAD links, click here for how to Use IRAD

Marriage


For help with using the above IRAD links, click here for how to Use IRAD


Death


Jersey County deaths are not in the statewide pre-1916 death index.
For help with using the above IRAD links, click here forhow to use IRAD

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.