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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
IL-menard-courthouse.jpg
Address P.O. Box 465
Petersburg, IL 62675
217-632-3201
Website: menardcountyil.com
Named for: Pierre Menard
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Contents

Menard County Organization

                                     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

Parent County

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

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

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

Court

Land

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.

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.

History

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

Newspapers

Probate

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 Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

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.

 

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