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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Massac County'''
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| building address = '''Massac County Courthouse'''<br>P.O. Box 429<br>Metropolis, Illinois 62960<br>(618) 664-0449
 
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Massac County''
 
  
 
== Massac County Organization  ==
 
== Massac County Organization  ==
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==== Lutheran (Evangelical)  ====
 
==== Lutheran (Evangelical)  ====
  
*Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes et al. ''Massac County, Illinois Zion's Evangelical Church Records 1854-1927 and Cemetery''. Newburgh, Ind.: J.F. Lee, 1993. {{FHL|533955|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3997 V3f}}.<br>
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*Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes et al. ''Massac County, Illinois Zion's Evangelical Church Records 1854-1927 and Cemetery''. Newburgh, Ind.: J.F. Lee, 1993. {{FHL|533955|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3997 V3f}}.<br>  
 
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*Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes et al. ''Massac County, Illinois, St. John's Lutheran Church Records, 1860-1889 and Cemetery''. 1991. {{FHL|519742|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3997 K2f}}.<br>  
 
*Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes et al. ''Massac County, Illinois, St. John's Lutheran Church Records, 1860-1889 and Cemetery''. 1991. {{FHL|519742|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3997 K2f}}.<br>  
 
*Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes et al. ''Massac County, Illinois, St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church Records, 1865-1925, and Cemetery''. 1992. {{FHL|590426|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3997/M1 K2c}}.<br>  
 
*Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes et al. ''Massac County, Illinois, St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church Records, 1865-1925, and Cemetery''. 1992. {{FHL|590426|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3997/M1 K2c}}.<br>  
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=== 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.  
 
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]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Massac County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Massac County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1846–1894''' Probate index {{FHL|267230|item|disp=FHL film 960430}}  
 
:*'''1846–1894''' Probate index {{FHL|267230|item|disp=FHL film 960430}}  
 
:*'''1860–1894''' Will and index {{FHL|267230|item|disp=FHL film 960436}}; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1860–1894''' Will and index {{FHL|267230|item|disp=FHL film 960436}}; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1866–1885''' Probate journals {{FHL|267230|item|disp=FHL film 960432–5}}[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1866–1885''' Probate journals {{FHL|267230|item|disp=FHL film 960432–5}}[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
:*'''1871–1883''' Probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Massac County, and select the record type you are interested in.
 
 
:*'''1846–1964''' Probate case files index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
 
:*'''1846–1964''' Probate case files index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
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==== Online Resources  ====
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:*'''1871–1883''' Massac County Probate books 2-5 (1871-1883) are available digitally at {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on "browse through images" link, select Massac County, and select the record type you are interested in.
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
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===== Online Resources  =====
 
===== Online Resources  =====
  
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
:*'''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 ($)
 
:*'''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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===== Online Resources  =====
 
===== Online Resources  =====
  
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html 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]  
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
 
:*'''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 ($)
 
:*'''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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Online Records


Massac County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Massac County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: 1843
County Seat Metropolis
Courthouse
IL-massac-courthouse.jpg
Address Massac County Courthouse
P.O. Box 429
Metropolis, Illinois 62960
(618) 664-0449

Contents

Massac County Organization

Massac County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1843 1877 1850 1843 1843

County Courthouse

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

Historical Facts

Fort Massac Illinois.jpg
Fort Massac Massac County gets it's name from Fort Massac which was named in honor of the Marquis de Massiac who was a French Naval minister.

Boundary Changes

  • 1843--Massac County was created 8 February 1843 from Pope and Johnson Counties. [1]

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

One of the best places to start Massac County cemetery searches are the six volumes published by the Massac County Illinois Genealogical Society. Free surname indexes are available online, courtesy: ILGenWeb.

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

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


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190013,110
191014,2008.3%
192013,559−4.5%
193014,0813.8%
194014,9376.1%
195013,594−9.0%
196014,3415.5%
197013,889−3.2%
198014,9907.9%
199014,752−1.6%
200015,1612.8%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Church Records

A chapter on Massac County, Illinois religious history appears in a local history (1900), available online, beginning on page 100.

Baptist

Catholic

FamilySearch has made parish records from two Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Massac County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

Christian

Lutheran (Evangelical)

  • Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes et al. Massac County, Illinois Zion's Evangelical Church Records 1854-1927 and Cemetery. Newburgh, Ind.: J.F. Lee, 1993. FHL Book 977.3997 V3f.
  • Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes et al. Massac County, Illinois, St. John's Lutheran Church Records, 1860-1889 and Cemetery. 1991. FHL Book 977.3997 K2f.
  • Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes et al. Massac County, Illinois, St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church Records, 1865-1925, and Cemetery. 1992. FHL Book 977.3997/M1 K2c.
  • St. John Lutheran Church: Route 4, Metropolis, Illinois: 125th Anniversary. Metropolis, Ill.: The Church, 1986. WorldCat (Other Libraries)

Methodist

Reorganized LDS

  • Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Joppa Branch. Church Records, 1909-1919. MSS., RLDS Library Archives, Independence, Mo. Copy: FHL Film 1955525 Item 20.


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

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

The online Shawnee Community College Local History Project includes dozens of personal interviews and even a "Letter From the Birdman of Alcatraz," that give you a taste of historic Massac County. Was your relative one of the interviewed individuals?


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

Abstracts

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family maps of Massac County, Illinois: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads and more. Norman, Oklahoma : Arphax Pub. Co., c2008.Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.3997 E7b The publisher's bookstore includes a free online surname index.

Copies of original records

Online Resources

Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Massac 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 Massac County.

- 6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A.
- 15th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company B (Carmichael's Cavalry Company).
- 29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies H and K.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and D.
- 131st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C, D, and H.
- 136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company I.

Newspapers and Obituaries

Periodicals

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

Copies of original records

Online Resources

  • 1871–1883 Massac County Probate books 2-5 (1871-1883) are available digitally at Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on "browse through images" link, select Massac County, and select the record type you are interested in.

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 Massac County are kept, see the Massac 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. Southern Illinois University houses the records for Massac County.

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

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

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

Births

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriages

Abstracts of Marriage Records
Copies of original Marriage Records
Online Resources

Deaths

Abstracts of Death Records
Copies of original Death Records
Online Resources

Voter Registration

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 196. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.