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Monroe County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Monroe County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 6, 1816
County Seat Waterloo
Courthouse
Monroe County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Monroe County Courthouse
100 South Main Street
Waterloo, Illinois 62298
(618) 939-8681
Monroe County Website

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Contents

Monroe County Organization

Monroe County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Monroe County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1816
1878
1820
1816
1820

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

Historical Facts

James monroe.jpg
Monroe County is named for James Monroe who was the fifth president of the United States.

Parent County

  • 1816--Monroe County was created 6 January 1816 from Randolph and St. Clair Counties.  County seat:  Waterloo [1]

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has burial records for Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and other Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries around the country.

The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Monroe County resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
  Illinois Cemeteries  
  ILGenWeb  

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190013,847
191013,508−2.4%
192012,839−5.0%
193012,369−3.7%
194012,7543.1%
195013,2824.1%
196015,50716.8%
197018,83121.4%
198020,1176.8%
199022,42211.5%
200027,61923.2%
Est. 200631,87615.4%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

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, Monroe County on page 187.]

Church Records

Copies of Original records

  • 1875–1972 Yankeetown Presbyterian Church records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths. FHL film 1006673

Catholic

FamilySearch has made parish records from seven Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Monroe County available online (free registration is required). The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

Evangelical


Additional Resources

Additional resources for Monroe County church records may be found in the FHLC - church records. Histories of area churches may be found in the FHLC - church histories section. 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.

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 online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Monroe County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

General Abstracts

Abstracts from the Chancery Court

Abstracts from the Justice Court

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties: Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States, and the Governors of the State of Illinois. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1894. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive. FHL Film 825600 For additional access, see WeRelate.


Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Recorder. See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abtracts 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 Monroe County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Abstracts

  • 1848–1872 Miles, Stephen W., Pat Vseska, Elma Baumann, and Janet M. Flynn. S.W. Miles journal and land lease records. FHL book 977.391 U3m v. 1–2

Copies of original records are available

Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Monroe County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Monroe County.

- 22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 155th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Periodicals

Private Papers

Bertille Brand Klein kept a diary or "news book" of her daily life in Hecker, Illinois from January 1930 (age 15 1/2) until December 1939 (age 25). She mentions many local family names with some birth and death dates. Her granddaughter Angie Kelly is digitizing this valuable resource. Visit Tillie's Tales to read this interesting journal (work in progress).

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 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 Monroe County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Abstracts

Copies of original 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 Monroe County are kept, see the Monroe County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

There are many Family History Centers in or near Monroe County, please check here for one close to you. For more information on Family History Centers and how they can assist you in your research, check out this page

  • O’Fallon Illinois Family History Center
    255 Fairwood Hills Rd.
    O’Fallon,, IL
    Phone: 618-632-0210
  • Alton Illinois Family History Center
    6500 Humbert Rd
    Godfrey, IL
    Phone: 618-446-4352
  • St. Louis Missouri Family History Center
    10445 W. Clayton Rd.
    Frontenac, Missouri 63131
    Phone: 314-993-2328

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 Monroe County.

Public Libraries

Columbia Public Library
106 North Metter Avenue
Columbia, IL 62236
(618) 281-4237

Hecker Public Library
151 West Monroe
Hecker, IL 62248
(618) 473-3022

Morrison-Talbott Library
215 Park Street
Waterloo, IL 62298
(618)939-6232 Has genealogical resources

Valmeyer Public Library District
300 S. Cedar Bluff Drive
Valmeyer, IL 62295
(618) 935-2626

Social Groups Online

Rootsweb message board for Monroe county has many information threads about families that resided in that county. There is a search engine that allows you to search by surname and topic. You can also post inquiries into ancestors that lived there.

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 Monroe 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 vital 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 Monroe County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

General

  • Las Vegas Family History Center. Index, marriage, birth and death records for the surname of Heller thru Henfling, Monroe County, Illinois. Las Vegas, Nevada: Las Vegas Family History Center, 1986. FHL films 2243294 Item 12
  • Buecher, Robert. Salem Evangelical Church, Bluff Precinct, Monroe County, Illinois: baptism index, 1877–1932; confirmation index, 1878–1926; marriage index, 1877–1930, death index, 1877–1948. St. Louis, Missouri: R. Buecher, [2005?]. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.391 V22b

Birth

Abstracts

Copies of Original Records

Marriage

Online Resources

Abstracts

Copies of Original Records

Deaths:

Online Resources

Abstracts

Copies of Original Records

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 197. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.

 

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