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Pulaski County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Pulaski County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: March 3, 1843
County Seat Mound City
Courthouse
Pulaski County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Pulaski County Courthouse
P.O. Box 218
Mound City, Illinois 62963
(618) 748-9360
Pulaski County Website
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Contents

Pulaski County Organization

Pulaski County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Pulaski County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1882
1861
1882
1850
1843
1862

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

Historical Facts

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Pulaski county was named for Count Casimir Pulaski who emigrated from Poland and was killed fighting on the side of the patriots in the American Revolution. He saved the life of George Washington and is one of only seven people awarded honorary United States citizenship.

Parent County

  • 1843--Pulaski County was created 3 March 1843 from Johnson County.  County seat:  Mound City [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Pulaski County boundary changes.

Record Loss

November 22, 1879 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities


To see a list of places in Pulaski County, click on [Show], in the bar above. The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

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

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190014,554
191015,6507.5%
192014,629−6.5%
193014,8341.4%
194015,8757.0%
195013,639−14.1%
196010,490−23.1%
19708,741−16.7%
19808,8401.1%
19907,523−14.9%
20007,348−2.3%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Church Records

Catholic

FamilySearch has made parish records from three Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Pulaski County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Mound

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

The online Shawnee Community College Local History Project includes dozens of personal interviews, newspaper clippings, and even a Jackson Family Bible to give you a taste of historic Pulaski County. Was your relative one of the interviewed individuals?

  • Wall, J. L. Moyers' Brief History of Pulaski County: 1843-1943. Mound City, Ill.: The Pulaski Enterprise, 1990. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Land and Property

Copies of original records

Maps

Military

Civil War service men from Pulaski 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 Pulaski County.

- 31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

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 abstracts and 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 Pulaski County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

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 Pulaski County are kept, see the Pulaski County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

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

Birth

Abstracts

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriage

Copies of original Marriage Records

Death

Abstracts

Copies of original Death Records

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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