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{{Illinois-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] > [[Illinois|Illinois]] > Putnam County''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Putnam County'''  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Putnam County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== History  ==
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The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Putnam Israel Putnam] (1718-1790).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Illinois "Putnam County, Illinois,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
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== Putnam County Organization  ==
  
==== Parent County  ====
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Putnam County's civil records start the following years:
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1877<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1831<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830<br>
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Putnam County are kept, see the [[Putnam County, Illinois Courthouse|Putnam County Courthouse]] page.
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=== Historical Facts ===
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[[Image:Israel Putnam.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Israel Putnam.JPG]] The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Putnam Israel Putnam] (1718-1790).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Illinois "Putnam County, Illinois,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
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=== Parent County  ===
  
 
*'''1825--'''Putnam County was created 13 January 1825&nbsp;from [[Fulton County, Illinois|Fulton]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Hennepin <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
*'''1825--'''Putnam County was created 13 January 1825&nbsp;from [[Fulton County, Illinois|Fulton]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Hennepin <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
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See an interactive map of Putnam County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Record Loss  ===
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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*[http://illinois.hometownlocator.com/il/putnam/ Putnam County Gazetteer]&nbsp; (by Home Town Locator)
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Populated Places  ===
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
 
*[[LaSalle County, Illinois|LaSalle]]  
 
*[[LaSalle County, Illinois|LaSalle]]  
 
*[[Marshall County, Illinois|Marshall]]
 
*[[Marshall County, Illinois|Marshall]]
  
== Resources  ==
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== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Biography  ===
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=== Cemeteries  ===
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Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave. Completeness of these listings varies widely.<br>
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*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=767 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Putnam County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there. There is also a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/mapCems.cgi?countryer=4&stater=16&countyId=767 map of cemeteries in Putnam County]&nbsp; (may not be complete). You can click on map entries to get to a particular cemetery listing. <br>
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/putnam.htm Putnam Co.&nbsp;IL&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. <br>
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Putnam/cem/ Putnam County Cemetery Site links] by Linkpendium <br>
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/putnam/ Florid, Putnam, St Francis, Mount Palatine Cemeteries Transcriptions] by ''Illinois Genealogy Trails''&nbsp;
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*Search by name: Boyle Family Cemetery, Mount Palatine Cemetery, Putnam Cemetery, Saint Francis Cemetery by [http://www.interment.net/ Interment.net]<br>
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*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county (by ''Access Genealogy''''')'''
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*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|653551|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Putnam County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6592&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=12&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Putnam County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
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=== Census  ===
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{{USCensusPop
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| 1900= 4746
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| 1910= 7561
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| 1920= 7579
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| 1930= 5235
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| 1940= 5289
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| 1950= 4746
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| 1960= 4570
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| 1970= 5007
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| 1980= 6085
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| 1990= 5730
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| 2000= 6086
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| 2010= 6006
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| footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990]
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=== Church Records  ===
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Church records may give birth, death and marriage information. It is usually best to locate church records with a search at a local level such as the city, town, or village.
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'''Society of Friends (Quakers)'''
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*Franklin, Lucretia Smith, et al. ''150 Years in Review of Clear Creek Families and Friends, Putnam County, Illinois''. [Illinois]: Clear Creek Monthly Meeting, 1991. Includes minutes of the Society of Friends' (Quakers) Clear Creek Monthly Meeting beginning in 1841 and burials at Friends Cemetery.&nbsp; {{WorldCat|25956686|disp=Many libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|561570|item|disp=FHL book 977.3375 H2f}}
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=== Court Records  ===
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Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.
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'''[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/putnam/history/index.html#Government Putnam County Government]''' courtesy [http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogytrails.com.] Includes Township election results from 1872-1889, juror selection for 1858, delegates to the 1866 State Republican Convention, County officers for 1873 and more.
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=== Ethnic Research  ===
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Genealogy ===
  
Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
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=== History  ===
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave. Completeness of these listings varies widely.<br>
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=== Land and Property  ===
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=767 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Putnam County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there. There is also a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/mapCems.cgi?countryer=4&stater=16&countyId=767 map of cemeteries in Putnam County]&nbsp; (may not be complete). You can click on map entries to get to a particular cemetery listing. <br>
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Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.  
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/putnam.htm Putnam Co.&nbsp;IL&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.<br>
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online or through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Putnam/cem/ Putdnam County Cemetery Site links] by Linkpendium<br>
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/putnam/genealogy/index.html#CEMETERY Florid and Putnam Cemeteries Transcriptions] by ''Illinois Genealogy Trails''&nbsp;
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/il/putnam.htm Search by name] Boyle Family Cemetery, Mount Palatine Cemetery, Putnam Cemetery, Saint Francis Cemetery by name by ''Internment.net''<br>
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*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county (by ''Access ''''Genealogy'')'''.'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|653551|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Putnam County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*'''1800s-Present''' - Use the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index] to obtain original federal land transfer records including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry [[Land Patent Search|patents]]. These records help a research establish location and lead to National Archives' records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are housed at the National Archives.
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6592&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=12&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Putnam County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
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*'''1800s-Present''' - ''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales]'' from [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] also provides an index to federal land sales.
  
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*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 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. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
  
==== Land  ====
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/putnam.html Putnam County Federal Township Plats]
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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'''Additional Resources'''
  
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Additional resources for Putnam County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|489318|subject_id|disp=FHLC}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations 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 [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
  
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=== Maps ===
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[[Image:Ilputnam.jpg|600px]]
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*[http://putnam.ilgenweb.net/photos/1880plat.jpg Township map of Putnam County]
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*[http://illinois.hometownlocator.com/maps/countymap,cfips,155,c,putnam.cfm Outline of Putnam County Over Google Map]&nbsp; --&nbsp; by Home Town Locator
  
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=== Military ===
  
==== Probate ====
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==== Civil War ====
  
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Civil War service men from Putnam 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 Putnam County.<br>
  
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:- [[4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company E.
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:- [[20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.
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:- [[77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.
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:- [[123rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|123rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.
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:- [[139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company B.
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== County Courthouse  ====
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Putnam County are kept, see the [[Putnam County, Illinois Courthouse|Putnam County Courthouse]] page.
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==== Family History Center  ====
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[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|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.
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You may search your address for a center near you on the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] site. The following center serves Putnam County:
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:[[Ottawa Illinois Family History Center|Ottawa Illinois Family History Center]]<br>1377 Adams Street<br>Ottawa, Illinois<br>Telephone: (815) 431-0186
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==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories ([[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]]), managed by the Illinois State Archives, houses 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.
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The [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/niumap.html Northern Illinois University (IRAD-NIU)] holds the records for Putnam County. [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|Learn more]] about finding and using their records.
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:'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository'''<br>c/o Regional History Center<br>Founders Memorial Library, Room 400<br>Northern Illinois University<br>DeKalb, IL 60115<br>Telephone: (815) 753-1807
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==== Public Libraries  ====
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:'''Putnam County Public Library District'''<br>214 North Fourth St. Box 199<br>Hennepin, IL 61327<br>Telephone: (815) 925-7020
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=== Social Groups Online  ===
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=== Taxation  ===
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=== Vital Records  ===
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://il.putnam.accessliberty.com/ContactUs/tabid/518/Default.aspx Putnam County Clerk ]while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm 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.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Putnam County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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*'''1831-1844''' [http://putnam.ilgenweb.net/vitals/marriages.html Early Marriages in Putnam County] from [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
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*'''1850,1860,1870,1880''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8756 ''U. S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885''] at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) These include the deaths occurring twelve months before the census was taken.
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950] Index
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
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*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Putnam|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Putnam|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Putnam/ Putnam County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Putnam/ Putnam County Links, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
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*[http://putnam.ilgenweb.net/ IL Gen Web Putnam County Site]<br>
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/putnam/ Illinois Genealogy Trails Putnam County Site]<br>
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/putnam/putnam.htm USGenWeb Archives Putnam County Site]
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*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/IL/Putnam/ Rootsweb Putnam County Site]<br>
  
 
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Guide to Putnam County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Putnam County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Putnam County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 13, 1825
County Seat Hennepin
Courthouse
Putnam County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Putnam County Courthouse
120 N. 4th Street
Hennepin, Illinois 61327
(618) 664-0449

Contents

Putnam County Organization

Putnam County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Putnam County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1831
1877
1830
1831
1831

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

Historical Facts

Israel Putnam.JPG
The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790).[1]

Parent County

  • 1825--Putnam County was created 13 January 1825 from Fulton County.  County seat: Hennepin [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Putnam County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

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. Completeness of these listings varies widely.
  • Search by name: Boyle Family Cemetery, Mount Palatine Cemetery, Putnam Cemetery, Saint Francis Cemetery by Interment.net

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
19004,746
19107,56159.3%
19207,5790.2%
19305,235−30.9%
19405,2891.0%
19504,746−10.3%
19604,570−3.7%
19705,0079.6%
19806,08521.5%
19905,730−5.8%
20006,0866.2%
20106,006−1.3%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information. It is usually best to locate church records with a search at a local level such as the city, town, or village.

Society of Friends (Quakers)

  • Franklin, Lucretia Smith, et al. 150 Years in Review of Clear Creek Families and Friends, Putnam County, Illinois. [Illinois]: Clear Creek Monthly Meeting, 1991. Includes minutes of the Society of Friends' (Quakers) Clear Creek Monthly Meeting beginning in 1841 and burials at Friends Cemetery.  Many libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 977.3375 H2f

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.

Putnam County Government courtesy Genealogytrails.com. Includes Township election results from 1872-1889, juror selection for 1858, delegates to the 1866 State Republican Convention, County officers for 1873 and more.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

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

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online or through the Family History Library.

Online Resources

  • 1800s-Present - Use the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index to obtain original federal land transfer records including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry patents. These records help a research establish location and lead to National Archives' records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are housed at the National Archives.
  • 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. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Putnam County land and property may be found in the FHLC. 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.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Putnam 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 Putnam County.

- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company E.
- 20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 123rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B.

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 Putnam County are kept, see the Putnam 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.

You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following center serves Putnam County:

Ottawa Illinois Family History Center
1377 Adams Street
Ottawa, Illinois
Telephone: (815) 431-0186

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD), managed by the Illinois State Archives, houses 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 Northern Illinois University (IRAD-NIU) holds the records for Putnam County. Learn more about finding and using their records.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
c/o Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library, Room 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: (815) 753-1807

Public Libraries

Putnam County Public Library District
214 North Fourth St. Box 199
Hennepin, IL 61327
Telephone: (815) 925-7020

Social Groups Online

Societies

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 Putnam 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 Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Putnam County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Death Records

Web Sites

References

  1. "Putnam County, Illinois," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).