Menard County, Illinois Genealogy

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Revision as of 18:59, 11 August 2011

Menard County, Illinois
Boundary map of Menard County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: February 15, 1839
County Seat Petersburg
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
United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Menard County


Menard County Organization

Menard County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Menard County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

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

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources



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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
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

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.



Land and Property

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.

IRAD holdings include school land sales, swamp land accounts, and taxable land lists.

Land records that include Bond County at $:

  • "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.
  • "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
  • 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.



  • 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.
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry[2]


Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records


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

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online



Vital Records

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Available at $:

  • Menard county marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1790 to 1860." The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection
  • Menard County marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1851 to 1900." The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection

Death Records

Web Sites


  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.