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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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Revision as of 00:32, 3 September 2011

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
United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Menard County

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.

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
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

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

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 Ancestry.com $:

  • "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 http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.
  • 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.

Maps

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.
- 28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and K
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry[2]

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

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

Petersburg Public Library

220 South 6th street
Phone - (217) 632-2807
Fax - (217) 632-2833

http://petersburgil.org/library.htm

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

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Available at Ancestry.com $:

  • 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

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.