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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Massac County'''
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Guide to '''Massac County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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| building address = '''Massac County Courthouse'''<br>P.O. Box 429<br>Metropolis, Illinois 62960<br>(618) 664-0449
 
| 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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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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A chapter on Massac County, Illinois religious history appears in a local history (1900), available [http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924028805740 online], beginning on page 100.
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==== Baptist  ====
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*First Baptist Church (Metropolis, Ill.). ''Church History, 1841-1939''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|63048|item|disp=FHL Film 960427 Item 13}}.<br>
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*Macadonia Baptist Church. ''Church Minutes, 1851-1868''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|75033|item|disp=FHL Film 960427 Item 1}}.<br>
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*New Hope Baptist Church (New Columbia, Ill.). ''Church Roll (Alphabetical)''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|75021|item|disp=FHL Film 960427 Item 4}}.<br>
  
 
==== Catholic  ====
 
==== Catholic  ====
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Rose Parish, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 1893-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Rose Parish, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 1893-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 1911-1955}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois 1911-1955}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
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==== Christian  ====
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*First Christian Church (Metropolis, Ill.). ''Church History, 1912-1968''. Copy: {{FHL|63037|item|disp=FHL Film 960427 Item 18}}.<br>
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*McMahan, Abbie Deegan. ''The Early Years of the Christian Church of Brookport, Illinois''. 1957. {{FHL|17670|item|disp=FHL Film 960428 Item 1}}.<br>
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==== Lutheran (Evangelical)  ====
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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>
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*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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*''St. John Lutheran Church: Route 4, Metropolis, Illinois: 125th Anniversary''. Metropolis, Ill.: The Church, 1986. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50264516 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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==== Methodist  ====
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*First Methodist Church (Metropolis, Ill.). ''Church Records, 1839-1884''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|63041|item|disp=FHL Film 960427 Items 10-12}}.<br>
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*''100th Anniversary, Powers United Methodist Church, June 23, 1974''. {{FHL|14591|item|disp=FHL Film 960428 Item 2}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/49993920 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]<br>
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*''Powers United Methodist Church: Historical Perspective, 1874-1992''. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/48591064 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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==== Reorganized LDS  ====
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*Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Joppa Branch. ''Church Records, 1909-1919''. MSS., RLDS Library Archives, Independence, Mo. Copy: {{FHL|783944|item|disp=FHL Film 1955525 Item 20}}.<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.  
  
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.]]
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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.]]  
  
 
:*'''1843–1849''' Order book, A {{FHL|90218|item|disp=FHL film 960431 }}
 
:*'''1843–1849''' Order book, A {{FHL|90218|item|disp=FHL film 960431 }}
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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.  
 
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 [[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.]]
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, 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.]]  
  
 
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==== Abstracts ====
'''Abstracts'''
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:*'''1816–1878''' Massac County Genealogical Society. ''Massac County, Il. land entries and swamp land sales, 1816-1878.'' Metropolis, Illinois&nbsp;: Massac County Genealogical Society (Illinois), 1998.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/42725134 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|961136|item|disp=FHL book 977.3997 R2mc}}
 
:*'''1816–1878''' Massac County Genealogical Society. ''Massac County, Il. land entries and swamp land sales, 1816-1878.'' Metropolis, Illinois&nbsp;: Massac County Genealogical Society (Illinois), 1998.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/42725134 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|961136|item|disp=FHL book 977.3997 R2mc}}
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:*Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family maps of Massac County, Illinois: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads and more.'' Norman, Oklahoma&nbsp;: Arphax Pub. Co., c2008.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/252044663 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1506564|item|disp=FHL book 977.3997 E7b}} The publisher's [http://www.arphax.com/ac/-P742.aspx bookstore] includes a free online surname index.
 
:*Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family maps of Massac County, Illinois: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads and more.'' Norman, Oklahoma&nbsp;: Arphax Pub. Co., c2008.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/252044663 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1506564|item|disp=FHL book 977.3997 E7b}} The publisher's [http://www.arphax.com/ac/-P742.aspx bookstore] includes a free online surname index.
  
'''Copies of original records'''
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==== Copies of original records ====
  
 
:*'''1843–1900''' Grantee index {{FHL|232824|item|disp=FHL film 961384–7}}  
 
:*'''1843–1900''' Grantee index {{FHL|232824|item|disp=FHL film 961384–7}}  
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:*'''St. John Lutheran church, old cemetery plat''' {{FHL|328583|item|disp=FHL film 960427 Item 14}}  
 
:*'''St. John Lutheran church, old cemetery plat''' {{FHL|328583|item|disp=FHL film 960427 Item 14}}  
 
:*'''Plat of L.W. Smith &amp; Salem Trustees addition of Salem Cemetery''' {{FHL|328587|item|disp=FHL film 960427 Item 16}}
 
:*'''Plat of L.W. Smith &amp; Salem Trustees addition of Salem Cemetery''' {{FHL|328587|item|disp=FHL film 960427 Item 16}}
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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.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html 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/massac_map.html Massac County Federal Township Plats]
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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=== Military Records  ===
 
=== Military Records  ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>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.<br>
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==== Civil War ====
  
:- [[29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies H and K  
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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.<br>
:- [[56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and D
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:- [[6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company A.
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:- [[15th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|15th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company B (Carmichael's Cavalry Company).
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:- [[29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies H and K.
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:- [[56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and D.
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:- [[131st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|131st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A, C, D, and H.
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:- [[136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company I.
  
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
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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.  
 
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 [[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.]]
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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.]]  
  
'''Copies of original records'''
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==== Copies of original records ====
  
 
:*'''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  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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==== 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. [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|Southern Illinois University]] houses the records for Massac County.
  
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
 
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.  
 
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 Vital Records#Birth_Records|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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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 [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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for&nbsp;Massac County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page.]]
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==== General  ====
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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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Massac County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
 
:*'''1849–1869''' Fellows, Paul E. ''Massac County memories.'' Metropolis, Illinois: Massac Print., 1992. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/27353937Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|587314|item|disp=FHL book 977.3997 H2f v. 1-2}}
 
:*'''1849–1869''' Fellows, Paul E. ''Massac County memories.'' Metropolis, Illinois: Massac Print., 1992. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/27353937Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|587314|item|disp=FHL book 977.3997 H2f v. 1-2}}
  
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==== Births  ====
  
 
'''Copies of Original Birth Records'''  
 
'''Copies of Original Birth Records'''  
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:*'''1864–1877''' Birth record delayed [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
 
:*'''1864–1877''' Birth record delayed [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
  
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==== Marriages  ====
  
'''Abstracts of Marriage Records'''
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===== Abstracts of Marriage Records =====
  
 
:*'''1843–1900''' Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes and Judy Foreman Lee. ''Massac County, Illinois early marriage records.'' [Newburgh, IN] (6688 Outer Gray St., Newburgh 47630): J.F. Lee, 1991-&lt;1993&gt;. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25247388 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|555359|item|disp=FHL 977.3997 V2f v. 1–4}}
 
:*'''1843–1900''' Foss, Carolyn Cromeenes and Judy Foreman Lee. ''Massac County, Illinois early marriage records.'' [Newburgh, IN] (6688 Outer Gray St., Newburgh 47630): J.F. Lee, 1991-&lt;1993&gt;. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25247388 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|555359|item|disp=FHL 977.3997 V2f v. 1–4}}
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:*'''18–18''' [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/51990352 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|721582|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V2d 1816–1865, 1866–1880}}
 
:*'''18–18''' [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/51990352 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|721582|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V2d 1816–1865, 1866–1880}}
  
'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''
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===== Copies of original Marriage Records =====
  
 
:*'''1854–1923''' Marriage records and index {{FHL|263990|item|disp=FHL first film 961837 (first of 6 films)}}  
 
:*'''1854–1923''' Marriage records and index {{FHL|263990|item|disp=FHL first film 961837 (first of 6 films)}}  
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:*'''1854–1901''' Marriage record index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
 
:*'''1854–1901''' Marriage record index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
  
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===== Online Resources =====
  
'''Abstracts of Death Records'''
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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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==== Deaths  ====
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===== Abstracts of Death Records =====
  
 
:*'''1906–1908; 1913–1917''' Ferrell, Ed. Index to obituaries and death notices which appeared in the Metropolis Herald, Massac County, Illinois, 1906-1908; 1913-1917. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28493129 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|638867|item|disp=FHL book 977.3997 V42f}}
 
:*'''1906–1908; 1913–1917''' Ferrell, Ed. Index to obituaries and death notices which appeared in the Metropolis Herald, Massac County, Illinois, 1906-1908; 1913-1917. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28493129 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|638867|item|disp=FHL book 977.3997 V42f}}
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:*'''1896–1914''' Coles, James E. and Brenda Jenkins. ''Massac County, Illinois coroner's reports&nbsp;: volume one (Book A 1869-1914).'' [Metropolis, Illinois]: Massac County Geneal. Society, 1992. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/31020335 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|636936|item|disp=FHL book 977.3997 V2c}}
 
:*'''1896–1914''' Coles, James E. and Brenda Jenkins. ''Massac County, Illinois coroner's reports&nbsp;: volume one (Book A 1869-1914).'' [Metropolis, Illinois]: Massac County Geneal. Society, 1992. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/31020335 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|636936|item|disp=FHL book 977.3997 V2c}}
  
'''Copies of original Death Records'''
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===== Copies of original Death Records =====
  
 
:*'''1878–1971''' Deaths {{FHL|263742|item|disp=FHL film 961836}}  
 
:*'''1878–1971''' Deaths {{FHL|263742|item|disp=FHL film 961836}}  
 
:*'''1878–1915''' Death record[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1878–1915''' Death record[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1878–1971''' Death record index[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
 
:*'''1878–1971''' Death record index[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp 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]
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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 ($)
  
 
=== Voter Registration  ===
 
=== Voter Registration  ===

Revision as of 19:32, 12 April 2013

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

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Massac County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Massac County
Location in the state of Illinois
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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

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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.