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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Menard County'''
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Guide to '''Menard County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Illinois-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Menard County''
 
  
 
== Menard County Organization  ==
 
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Menard County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Menard County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. See the [[Illinois Cemeteries|Illinois Cemeteries]] state wiki page for more information.  
  
*[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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'''Published Records'''
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=754 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Menard County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*The [[Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] lists {{FHL|343445|subject-id|disp=records of cemeteries in Macoupin County}}.&nbsp;&nbsp;Cemetery books&nbsp;may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*Books about Macoupin County cemeteries are located at many libraries ([http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Macoupin+county+Illinois+cemeteries WorldCat]). Explore the wiki page about [[Worldcat Online Catalog|how to search WorldCat]].
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*[http://www.archive.org/stream/westernillinoisr_fall1991west#page/34/mode/2up Oakland Cemetery In Petersburg]. Internet Archive. Online digital book.
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/menard.htm Menard 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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'''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*[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://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/menard.htm Menard 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://menard.ilgenweb.net/gravestone-more/index.html Menard GenWeb Find a Gravestone]. Courtesy of USGenWeb.
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/rebelsoldiersh-m.html#MENARD Confederate Soldiers Buried in Menard County.]&nbsp; Courtesy of Genealogy Trails.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/cemetery/cem_irish_a_d.html Irish Grove Cemetery]
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*[http://illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/menard/ Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project].
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|343445|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Menard 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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'''Cemetery Gazetteers'''
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6422&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=33&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Menard 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.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
*Irish Grove Cemetery http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/cemetery/cem_irish_a_d.html
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*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=754 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Menard County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-mz/menard.html Cemetery Location Project]. Courtesy of the Illinois State Genealogical Society.
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6422&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=33&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Menard 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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Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indictate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]] for more ideas about how to use church records in your research. [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=menard+county+Illinois+church+ Many libraries( WorldCat)] and the {{FHL|473165|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} hold abstracts of church records for Menard County. Learn more about how to search [[Worldcat Online Catalog|WorldCat]].
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'''Baptists'''
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New Salem<br>The church appears to one of the first churches in the area. It was actually organized in 1829 prior to Menard County being formed. The church was known as Salem until 1832, then it was listed as "New Salem." More information can be found at [http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/churches/primbap/FamHist-Menard.html Church and Family History Research Assistance for Menard County, Illinois.]
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:*'''1823–1837''' [http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/churches/primbap/SangamonMinutes.html Minutes of the Sangamon United (later Regular) Baptist Association]
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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[http://www.lincolnsnewsalem.com/ http://www.lincolnsnewsalem.com/]&nbsp; &nbsp;Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, about 2 miles South of Petersburg, is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood.
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
  
[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx BLM GLO Records]. Search original land patents for Menard 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.  
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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 Menard County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|UIS IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
IRAD holdings include school land sales, swamp land accounts, and taxable land lists.
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'''Online Resources'''
  
Land records that include Bond County at Ancestry.com $:
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx BLM GLO Records]. Search original land patents for Menard 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.
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*[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.
*"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].
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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/menard.html Menard County Federal Township Plats]
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<br>'''Copies of original records'''
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*'''1822–1844''' Deed records index {{FHL|114077|item|disp=FHL film 1311592 Items 1-2}}
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*'''1824-1866''' Taxable Lands Lists [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-UIS]
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*'''1827–1900''' Deeds records {{FHL|114077|item|disp=FHL film 1311595 Items 2-3(first of 2 films)}}
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*'''1838–1898''' Deed records index {{FHL|114102|item|disp=FHL film 1311592 Items 3-4 (first of 4 films}}
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*'''1838–1934''' Deed records {{FHL|114102|item|disp=FHL film 1311596 Item 3 (first of 22 films}}
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*'''1861-1867''' Swamp Land Account Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-UIS]
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*'''1861-1870''' Swamp Land Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-UIS]
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<br>'''Additional Resources'''
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Additional resources for Menard County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|435613|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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=== Maps ===
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[[Image:Ilmenard.jpg|400px|right]]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Menard County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments&nbsp;that were formed from men of Menard County.
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==== ''Civil War'' ====
  
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Civil War service men from Menard 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 Menard County.
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:- [[10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company A.
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:- [[14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.
 
:- [[28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies F and K  
 
:- [[28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies F and K  
:- [[71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.<br>
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:- [[71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.<br>  
:- [[85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]]<ref>[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/menard/military/milindex.html Menard County Military and Veterans], ''Illinois Ancestors Presents Menard County.''</ref>
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:- [[85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]]<ref>[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/menard/military/milindex.html Menard County Military and Veterans], ''Illinois Ancestors Presents Menard County.''</ref>
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:- [[106th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|106th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.
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:- [[114th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|114th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies F and K.
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:- [[133rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|133rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company I.
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:- [[152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)|152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)]], Company A.<br>
  
 
=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
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Menard County naturalization records on file in the Menard County Courthouse are in delicate physical condition. &nbsp;Coverage is also not complete and consistent. &nbsp;Fortunately these records have been microfilmed. &nbsp;For preservation of the records and greater ease in using them, it is better to research using the microfilms ordered at your closest Family History Center. &nbsp;
  
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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Original probate records are held by the [[Menard County, Illinois Courthouse|circuit court clerk]]. Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. Copies of 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 at IRAD–UIS and in the Family History Library Catalog:<br>
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:*'''1839–1924'''Probate Record [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS] {{FHL|114889|item|disp=FHL Film 1311556 (first of 9 films)}}
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:*'''1839–1891'''Probate Record {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Menard records.
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:*'''1849–1884'''Probate Will Record [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS]
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:*'''1849–1864''' Probate Administrator's and Executor's Reports[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS]
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:*'''1849–1858'''Probate Records {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Menard records.
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:*'''1859–1881'''Probate Dockets [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS]
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:*'''1859–1875'''Probate Judgment Dockets [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS]
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:*'''1859–1864'''Probate Ledgers [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS]
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:*'''1868–1937'''Probate Administrator's Record [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS] {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Menard records. {{FHL|114889|item|disp=FHL Film 1311568 (first of 4 films)}}
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:*'''1868–1923'''Probate Executor's and Will Record [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradholdings.htm IRAD–UIS] {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Menard records.
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:*'''1859–1860'''Record of Letters and Wills {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Menard records. {{FHL|114889|item|disp=FHL Film 1311556 (first of 15 films)}}{{FHL|114889|item|disp=FHL Film 1311564 (first of 4 films)}}
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:*'''1860–1884'''Will Record v. A {{RecordSearch|1834344}} Online images. Browse for Menard records.
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The following index is abstracted from Menard County probate records:
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:*'''1839–1963''' Weaver, Jeanine Crain. ''Menard County, Illinois, Index to Probate Records.''Petersburg, Illinois: Weaver Genealogical Publications, 1987. {{WorldCat|19253263|disp=Other Libraries (WorldCat)}}{{FHL|559841|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3555 P22m}}
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
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==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
  
Petersburg Public Library
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Libraries in Menard County belong to a consortiam of libraies known as the [http://www.librarylearning.info/about.aspx Illinois Heartland Library System] (IHLS) which covers the southern part of the state.&nbsp; The system includes academic, public, school, special, and system libraries
  
220 South 6th street<br>Phone - (217) 632-2807<br>Fax - (217) 632-2833
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Petersburg Public Library<br>220 South 6th street<br>Phone - (217) 632-2807<br>Fax - (217) 632-2833<br>Website: http://petersburgil.org/library.htm
  
http://petersburgil.org/library.htm
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Athens Municipal Library<br>410 East Hargrave Street<br>Athens, IL 62613<br>Phone: (217) 636-8047<br>Website: [http://www.athens.lib.il.us/ http://www.athens.lib.il.us/]<br>
  
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
Menard County Historical society
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Menard County Historical society  
  
125 S 7th St<br>Petersburg, IL 62675<br>Hours
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125 S 7th St<br>Petersburg, IL 62675<br>Hours  
  
Mo-Fr 9-12; except holidays<br>Jun-Aug: also Mo-Fr 1-4
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Mo-Fr 9-12; except holidays<br>Jun-Aug: also Mo-Fr 1-4  
  
 
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
==== Birth 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 (1877) and death (1877) records are kept by the [[Menard County, Illinois Courthouse|Menard 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.
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/births/1_index.html Menard County Birth Records November 1878 thru December 1887], courtesy: Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois
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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 Menard County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database&nbsp;. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|IRAD–UIS]] Wiki page.
  
==== Marriage Records  ====
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{{FHL|418184|subject-id|disp=Explore Menard County vital records}} and {{FHL|427416|subject-id|disp=Menard County vital records indexes}}found in the Family History Library Catalog. [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=menard+county+illinois+marriage+records Other libraries(at WorldCat)] also hold copies of abstracted Menard County vital records. [[Worldcat Online Catalog|(How to explore WorldCat).]]
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/marriages/groom.html Menard County Illinois Marriages 1926 - 1932 Groom Index], courtesy: Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois
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==== Birth  ====
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/marriages/bride.html Menard County Illinois Marriages 1926 - 1932 Bride Index], courtesy: Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois
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Available at Ancestry.com $:  
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:*'''1877–1903''' Birth Record [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-UIS]. [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|How to Use IRAD]] search for Menard County records. {{FHL|114270|item|disp=FHL Film 1311614–1311615}} Includes index.
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:*'''1878–1887 '''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/births/1_index.html Menard County Birth Records]. Courtesy: Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois.
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==== Marriage Records  ====
  
*Menard county marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1790 to 1860." The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection  
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:*'''1839–1925''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] search for Menard County records.
*Menard 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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:*'''1839–1907''' Marriage records index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-UIS]. [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|How to Use IRAD]] search for Menard County records. {{FHL|114270|item|disp=FHL Film 1311614}}
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:*'''1839–1932''' Marriage Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-UIS]. [[IRAD - University of Illinois at Springfield|How to Use IRAD]] search for Menard County records. {{FHL|114270|item|disp=FHL Film 1311614}}
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:*'''1839–1850''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 Illinois Marriages 1790 to 1860]. Search for Menard county records.Ancestry ($). The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's&nbsp;collection  
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:*'''1839–1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7857 Illinois Marriages 1851 to 1900]. Search for Menard county records.Ancestry ($)The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection  
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:*'''1926–1932''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/marriages/groom.html Menard County Illinois Marriages Groom Index]. Courtesy: Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois
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:*'''1926–1932''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/marriages/bride.html Menard County Illinois Marriages Bride Index]. Courtesy: Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois
  
 
==== Death Records  ====
 
==== Death Records  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/deaths/1_index.html Menard County Death Records December 1877 thru April 1910], courtesy:&nbsp;Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois  
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:*'''1877–1910''' Death Record. Available at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf UIS IRAD Region] Search for Menard county. {{FHL|114270|item|disp=FHL Film 1311614}} Includes index.
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/dthcrts/1_index.html Menard County, Illinois Death Certificates] (incomplete, but very good), courtesy: Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois  
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/ww2deaths.html WWII Deaths from Menard County, Illinois], courtesy: Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois  
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/dea_sh.html Menard County Patient Deaths at the Illinois State Hospital] (1910s-1930s)
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:*'''1877–1910''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/deaths/1_index.html Menard County Death Records]. Courtesy:Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois  
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/dthcrts/1_index.html Menard County, Illinois Death Certificates] (incomplete, but very good), Courtesy: Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois  
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/ww2deaths.html WWII Deaths from Menard County, Illinois], Courtesy: Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois  
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilmaga/menard/dea_sh.html Menard County Patient Deaths at the Illinois State Hospital] (1910s-1930s)
  
 
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Guide to Menard County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Menard County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Menard County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 15, 1839
County Seat Petersburg
Courthouse
Menard County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Menard County Courthouse
P.O. Box 465
Petersburg, Illinois 62675
(217) 632-3201
Menard County Website

Contents

Menard County Organization

Menard County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Menard County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1839
1877
1840
1821
1839

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

Historical Facts

Menard County is named for Pierre Menard who was the first Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.

Parent County

  • 1839--Menard County was created 15 February 1839 from Sangamon County.  County seat: Petersburg [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Menard County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

  • Athens (city)
  • Greenview (village)
  • Oakford (village)
  • Petersburg (city)
  • Tallula (village)

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. See the Illinois Cemeteries state wiki page for more information.

Published Records

Online Gravestone Transcriptions

Cemetery Gazetteers

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190014,336
191012,796−10.7%
192011,694−8.6%
193010,575−9.6%
194010,6630.8%
19509,639−9.6%
19609,248−4.1%
19709,6854.7%
198011,70020.8%
199011,164−4.6%
200012,48611.8%
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, Menard County on page 187.]

Church Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indictate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article Church Records for more ideas about how to use church records in your research. Many libraries( WorldCat) and the Family History Library hold abstracts of church records for Menard County. Learn more about how to search WorldCat.

Baptists

New Salem
The church appears to one of the first churches in the area. It was actually organized in 1829 prior to Menard County being formed. The church was known as Salem until 1832, then it was listed as "New Salem." More information can be found at Church and Family History Research Assistance for Menard County, Illinois.

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

http://www.lincolnsnewsalem.com/   Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, about 2 miles South of Petersburg, is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent his early adulthood.

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 online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Menard 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 Menard 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 Domain Land Tract Sales. The Illinois State Archives has an online index 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.
  • 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 ($)


Copies of original records

  • 1861-1867 Swamp Land Account Record IRAD-UIS
  • 1861-1870 Swamp Land Record IRAD-UIS


Additional Resources

Additional resources for Menard 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 Menard 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 Menard County.

- 10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A.
- 14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and K
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry[2]
- 106th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 114th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and K.
- 133rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company I.
- 152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company A.

Naturalization

Menard County naturalization records on file in the Menard County Courthouse are in delicate physical condition.  Coverage is also not complete and consistent.  Fortunately these records have been microfilmed.  For preservation of the records and greater ease in using them, it is better to research using the microfilms ordered at your closest Family History Center.  

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Original probate records are held by the circuit court clerk. Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. Copies of probate records are held at IRAD. Explore how to search IRAD–UIS. The following copies are available at IRAD–UIS and in the Family History Library Catalog:

The following index is abstracted from Menard County 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 Menard County are kept, see the Menard County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.

Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Menard County. The center in Springfield is the closest. The wiki page may supply hours and other information.

Springfield Illinois Family History Center
3601 Buckeye Dr.
Springfield, Illinois 62707
217-529-7930

You may search for other centers on the FamilySearch site.

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 Menard 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

Libraries in Menard County belong to a consortiam of libraies known as the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) which covers the southern part of the state.  The system includes academic, public, school, special, and system libraries

Petersburg Public Library
220 South 6th street
Phone - (217) 632-2807
Fax - (217) 632-2833
Website: http://petersburgil.org/library.htm

Athens Municipal Library
410 East Hargrave Street
Athens, IL 62613
Phone: (217) 636-8047
Website: http://www.athens.lib.il.us/

Social Groups Online

Societies

Menard County Historical society

125 S 7th St
Petersburg, IL 62675
Hours

Mo-Fr 9-12; except holidays
Jun-Aug: also Mo-Fr 1-4


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 (1877) and death (1877) records are kept by the Menard 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 Menard County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database . For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD–UIS Wiki page.

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

Birth

Marriage Records

Death Records

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.
  2. Menard County Military and Veterans, Illinois Ancestors Presents Menard County.