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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Randolph_County,_Illinois|Randolph County]]''
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== Randolph County Organization  ==
 
== Randolph County Organization  ==
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Edmund Randolph.jpg|thumb|right|180px]]  
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[[Image:Edmund Randolph.jpg|thumb|right|180px|Edmund Randolph.jpg]]  
  
 
Randolph County was named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Randolph Edmund Jennings Randolph] who was the first United States Attorney General and served under George Washington. He was also a Governor of Virginia and the second Secretary of State.  
 
Randolph County was named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Randolph Edmund Jennings Randolph] who was the first United States Attorney General and served under George Washington. He was also a Governor of Virginia and the second Secretary of State.  
  
The first European settlement in the area that is now called Randolph County, [[Illinois|Illinois]], was [[Kaskaskia, Illinois|Kaskaskia]] in 1703. The town was originally settled by the [[France|French]] and [[Illinois Native Races|Native Americans]]. The French also settled Prairie du Rocher and Cahokia (the latter in nearby [[St. Clair County, Illinois|St. Clair County]]). Kaskaskia was the largest of these settlements throughout its early existance.&nbsp; Randolph County (and all of Illinois) was part of [[Quebec|Quebec]] until 1717, when it was officially annexed into [[Louisiana|Louisiana]].<br>  
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The first European settlement in the area that is now called Randolph County, [[Illinois|Illinois]], was [[Kaskaskia, Illinois|Kaskaskia]] in 1703. The town was originally settled by the [[France|French]] and [[Illinois Native Races|Native Americans]]. The French also settled Prairie du Rocher and Cahokia (the latter in nearby [[St. Clair County, Illinois|St. Clair County]]). Kaskaskia was the largest of these settlements throughout its early existence. Randolph County (and all of Illinois) was part of [[Quebec|Quebec]] until 1717, when it was officially annexed into [[Louisiana|Louisiana]].<br>  
  
As a result of the [[French and Indian War, 1754-1763|French and Indian War]], France lost its North American holdings east of the Mississippi River, including Kaskaskia. Although the [[United Kingdom|British]] had the rights to Kaskaskia on paper, they did not arrive until 1766. The British ruled the area until it was conquered by the American colonies during the American Revolution.&nbsp; The Americans took Kaskaskia on July 4, 1778, but the Northwest Territory was not clearly in American hands until the conclusion of the Battle of [[Knox County, Indiana|Vincennes]] on 23 February 1779.  
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As a result of the [[French and Indian War, 1754-1763|French and Indian War]], France lost its North American holdings east of the Mississippi River, including Kaskaskia. Although the [[United Kingdom|British]] had the rights to Kaskaskia on paper, they did not arrive until 1766. The British ruled the area until it was conquered by the American colonies during the American Revolution. The Americans took Kaskaskia on July 4, 1778, but the Northwest Territory was not clearly in American hands until the conclusion of the Battle of [[Knox County, Indiana|Vincennes]] on 23 February 1779.  
  
Americans started arriving in Randolph County in the late 1770's, many of them [[Virginia|Virginians]] who had been part of the army that took Kaskaskia. Within 20 years, Americans outnumbered the French and the Mississippi River area of Randolph County and the surrounding area was called the American Bottom (a name it still retains today).&nbsp; Most French settlers migrated across the river to [[Missouri|Missouri]], which at the time was controled by [[Spain|Spain]] and later France.<br>  
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Americans started arriving in Randolph County in the late 1770's, many of them [[Virginia|Virginians]] who had been part of the army that took Kaskaskia. Within 20 years, Americans outnumbered the French and the Mississippi River area of Randolph County and the surrounding area was called the American Bottom (a name it still retains today). Most French settlers migrated across the river to [[Missouri|Missouri]], which at the time was controled by [[Spain|Spain]] and later France.<br>  
  
''[[Image:Kaskaskia 1850.jpg|frame|left]]''  
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''[[Image:Kaskaskia 1850.jpg|frame|left|Kaskaskia 1850.jpg]]''  
  
 
Kaskaskia was made the capital of Illinois Territory in 1809.&nbsp; When Illinois became a state in 1818, Kaskaskia was the state capital.&nbsp; The capital was moved, however, in [[Fayette County, Illinois|Vandalia]], in 1820, which ended Randolph County's prominence in Illinois history. The county seat was also moved from Kaskaskia to Chester in 1844.<br>  
 
Kaskaskia was made the capital of Illinois Territory in 1809.&nbsp; When Illinois became a state in 1818, Kaskaskia was the state capital.&nbsp; The capital was moved, however, in [[Fayette County, Illinois|Vandalia]], in 1820, which ended Randolph County's prominence in Illinois history. The county seat was also moved from Kaskaskia to Chester in 1844.<br>  
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=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
  
The Catholic parish register for Kaskaskia survives in fragments only. Christenings/Baptisms are lost from mid-1721 to 1759.<ref>Mason, Edward Gay. (1881). ''Kaskaskia and its Parish Records.'' Chicago: Fergus Printing Company, p. 19</ref>&nbsp; No marriage records before 1724 or from mid-1729 to 1740 are extant, nor are burial records before 1721 or from late 1727 to mid-1764.<ref>Mason, Edward Gay. (1881). ''Kaskaskia and its Parish Records.'' Chicago: Fergus Printing Company, p. 11, 14, 15, 19.</ref>  
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The Catholic parish register for Kaskaskia survives in fragments only. Christenings/Baptisms are lost from mid-1721 to 1759.<ref>Mason, Edward Gay. (1881). ''Kaskaskia and its Parish Records.'' Chicago: Fergus Printing Company, p. 19</ref> No marriage records before 1724 or from mid-1729 to 1740 are extant, nor are burial records before 1721 or from late 1727 to mid-1764.<ref>Mason, Edward Gay. (1881). ''Kaskaskia and its Parish Records.'' Chicago: Fergus Printing Company, p. 11, 14, 15, 19.</ref>  
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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'''Copies of Original records'''
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:*'''1743–1765''' Catholic Church. Ste. Anne-du-Fort-de-Chartres - parish registers {{FHL|73458|item|disp=FHL film 1026607 Item 4}}
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:*'''1821–1971''' First Presbyterian Church {{FHL|11975|item|disp=FHL film 967478 Item 7}}
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:*'''1838–1947''' Records of St. Marcus Church, Round Prairie, [in German] {{FHL|330615|item|disp=FHL film 975735 Items 2–3}}
  
 
==== Catholic  ====
 
==== Catholic  ====
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Mary of Divine Maternity Parish, Ellis Grove, Randolph County, Illinois 1934-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Mary of Divine Maternity Parish, Ellis Grove, Randolph County, Illinois 1934-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Patrick (formerly St. Mary) Parish, Ruma, Randolph County, Illinois 1832-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Patrick (formerly St. Mary) Parish, Ruma, Randolph County, Illinois 1832-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
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==== '''Additional Resources'''  ====
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Additional resources for Randolph County church records may be found in the {{FHL|397212|subject_id|disp=FHLC - church records}}. 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]].
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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:*'''1768–1773''' Territorial court of judicatory record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1768–1773''' Territorial court of judicatory record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1801–1814''' Territorial court of common pleas record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]&nbsp;  
 
:*'''1801–1814''' Territorial court of common pleas record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]&nbsp;  
:*'''1802–1809''' Territorial court of general quarter sessions record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
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:*'''1802–1809''' Territorial court of general quarter sessions record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1808–1810''' Territorial court of Oyer and Terminer record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1808–1810''' Territorial court of Oyer and Terminer record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1810–1813''' Territorial general court record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] <br>  
 
:*'''1810–1813''' Territorial general court record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] <br>  
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*[http://books.google.com/books?id=dTAptDpexbAC&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0 A Directory, Business Mirror, and Historical Sketches of Randolph County] by E. J. Montague - the first history of Randolph County, Illinois, published in 1859. It includes biographical sketches of early settlers of Randolph County (mostly Americans) and a directory listing the head of household and occupation of every 1859 resident of Randolph County.  
 
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=dTAptDpexbAC&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0 A Directory, Business Mirror, and Historical Sketches of Randolph County] by E. J. Montague - the first history of Randolph County, Illinois, published in 1859. It includes biographical sketches of early settlers of Randolph County (mostly Americans) and a directory listing the head of household and occupation of every 1859 resident of Randolph County.  
*''Kaskaskia Under the French Regime'' by Natalia Maree Belting, published in the 1940's and still one of the authoritative sources on French colonial life in Randolph County (especially Kaskaskia).  
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*''Kaskaskia Records, 1778-1790'', by Clarence Walworth Alvord, 1909. This is a compilation of civil records during the beginning of American rule in Kaskaskia. Includes a mix of court records, petitions to the American government, military records, and censuses. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=19764 Ancestry] ($).
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*''Kaskaskia Under the French Regime'' by Natalia Maree Belting, published in the 1940's and still one of the authoritative sources on French colonial life in Randolph County (especially Kaskaskia). [http://www.archive.org/stream/kaskaskiaunderfr00belt#page/n7/mode/2up Internet Archive]. &nbsp;{{FHL|274257|title-id|disp=FHL book 977.392/K1 H2b}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2823117 Other libraries (WorldCat]).  
 
*[http://sites.google.com/site/creelygenealogy/kaskaskia The History of Kaskaskia, Illinois, in a Family History Context]  
 
*[http://sites.google.com/site/creelygenealogy/kaskaskia The History of Kaskaskia, Illinois, in a Family History Context]  
 
*''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 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=24665 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/portraitbiographi00biograp Internet Archive]. {{FHL|313874|item|disp=FHL Film 825600}} For additional access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Portrait_and_Biographical_Record_of_Randolph%2C_Jackson%2C_Perry_and_Monroe_Counties%2C_Illinois WeRelate].  
 
*''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 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=24665 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/portraitbiographi00biograp Internet Archive]. {{FHL|313874|item|disp=FHL Film 825600}} For additional access, see [http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Source:Portrait_and_Biographical_Record_of_Randolph%2C_Jackson%2C_Perry_and_Monroe_Counties%2C_Illinois WeRelate].  
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:*'''1847–1852''' Sapp, Peggy Lathrop. ''Kaskaskia land warrants, military certificates, Randolph County, Illinois.'' Springfield, Illinois: Allers and Gochanour, 1986. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17803156 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|483636|item|disp=FHL book 977.392 R2s}}
 
:*'''1847–1852''' Sapp, Peggy Lathrop. ''Kaskaskia land warrants, military certificates, Randolph County, Illinois.'' Springfield, Illinois: Allers and Gochanour, 1986. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17803156 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|483636|item|disp=FHL book 977.392 R2s}}
  
:*'''1875''' Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society (Marissa, Illinois). ''Illustrated historical atlas of Randolph Co., Illinois.''Dallas, Texas: Taylor Pub. Co., 1990.[http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?gmd:2:./temp/~ammem_xYA5:: Online Copy] [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/23721302 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1112381|item|disp=FHL book 977.392 R2i}}  
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:*'''1875''' Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society (Marissa, Illinois). ''Illustrated historical atlas of Randolph Co., Illinois.''Dallas, Texas: Taylor Pub. Co., 1990.[http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?gmd:2:./temp/~ammem_xYA5:: Online Copy] [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/23721302 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1112381|item|disp=FHL book 977.392 R2i}}
  
 
:*Boyd, Gregory Alan. ''Family maps of Randolph County, Illinois&nbsp;: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads, and more.'' Norman, Oklahoma&nbsp;: Arphax Pub. Co., 2008. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/276295831 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1540028|item|disp=FHL book 977.392 E7b}}
 
:*Boyd, Gregory Alan. ''Family maps of Randolph County, Illinois&nbsp;: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads, and more.'' Norman, Oklahoma&nbsp;: Arphax Pub. Co., 2008. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/276295831 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1540028|item|disp=FHL book 977.392 E7b}}
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database. Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Ancestry] ($)
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/randolph_map.html Randolph County Federal Township Plats]
 
 
:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.  
 
:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.  
:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
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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 ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/randolph_map.html Randolph County Federal Township Plats]
  
 
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=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
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==== ''Civil War'' ====
  
 
Civil War service men from Randolph County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments&nbsp;that were formed from men of Randolph County.  
 
Civil War service men from Randolph County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments&nbsp;that were formed from men of Randolph County.  
  
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:- [[5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company K.
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:- [[7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company M.
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:- [[9th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|9th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.
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:- [[10th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|10th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.
 
:- [[22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies H and I.  
 
:- [[22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies H and I.  
 
:- [[30th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|30th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and E.  
 
:- [[30th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|30th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and E.  
:- [[34th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|34th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.
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:- [[34th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|34th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
 
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:- [[142nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|142nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Companies H and K.  
*''Kaskaskia Records, 1778-1790'', by Clarence Walworth Alvord, 1909. This is a compilation of civil records during the beginning of American rule in Kaskaskia.&nbsp; Includes a mix of court records, petitions to the American government, military records, and censuses. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=19764 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:- [[154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.
  
 
=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
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==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
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'''Central Public Library District<br>'''701 Oak St#A<br>Evansville, IL 62242<br>(618)853-4081
  
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://www.chester.lib.il.us/ '''Chester Public Library''']<br>733 State Street<br>Chester, IL&nbsp; <br>(618) 826-3711<br><br>The Chester Library in Chester, (Randolph County) Illinois has a digitized copy of [http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/ William Morrison's Ledger Book] on their website.&nbsp; The William Morrison Ledger is a handwritten ledger listing the transactions conducted at his Kaskaskia Store between 1805 and 1831. The ledger includes the customer's name, items purchased, and amount owed. The 655-page ledger offers glimpses of early merchandising methods. It lists over 1200 early settlers who pioneered or traveled through Kaskaskia (now Randolph County, Illinois).<br><br>In a separate book, presumably one of Morrison’s clerks compiled a handwritten index of the ledger. The ledger was also digitized as part of the project. However, it is in very fragile condition and several pages have sections missing.<br><br>Morrison’s descendant, another William Morrison, gave the ledger and many other Kaskaskia Store account books to the Chester Public Library.<br><br>The FHL has a copy of the index, which is included in the ledger.&nbsp; The ledger can be accessed at: [http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/ http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/] to see information about the ledger or at [http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/search.php http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/search.php] to actually search the ledger.
 
| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://www.chester.lib.il.us/ '''Chester Public Library''']<br>733 State Street<br>Chester, IL&nbsp; <br>(618) 826-3711<br><br>The Chester Library in Chester, (Randolph County) Illinois has a digitized copy of [http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/ William Morrison's Ledger Book] on their website.&nbsp; The William Morrison Ledger is a handwritten ledger listing the transactions conducted at his Kaskaskia Store between 1805 and 1831. The ledger includes the customer's name, items purchased, and amount owed. The 655-page ledger offers glimpses of early merchandising methods. It lists over 1200 early settlers who pioneered or traveled through Kaskaskia (now Randolph County, Illinois).<br><br>In a separate book, presumably one of Morrison’s clerks compiled a handwritten index of the ledger. The ledger was also digitized as part of the project. However, it is in very fragile condition and several pages have sections missing.<br><br>Morrison’s descendant, another William Morrison, gave the ledger and many other Kaskaskia Store account books to the Chester Public Library.<br><br>The FHL has a copy of the index, which is included in the ledger.&nbsp; The ledger can be accessed at: [http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/ http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/] to see information about the ledger or at [http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/search.php http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/search.php] to actually search the ledger.
 
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'''Coulterville Public Library'''<br>103 S 4th Street<br>Coulterville,IL 62237<br>(618)758-3013
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'''Evansville Public Library'''<br>602 Public St<br>Evansville, IL 62242<br>(618)853-4067
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'''Red Bud Public Library<br>'''112 Bloom St.<br>Red Bud, IL 62278<br>(618)282-2255
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[http://www.sparta.lib.il.us/ '''Sparta Public Library''']<br>211 West Broadway<br>Sparta, IL 62286<br>(618)443-5014 Offers genealogical research for hire.
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[http://www.steelevillelibrary.org/ '''Steeleville Area Public Library&nbsp;''']<br>107 West Broadway<br>Steeleville, IL 62288<br>(618) 965-9732 Genealogical Materials available
  
 
=== Research Guides  ===
 
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:*'''1870–1915''' Delayed births {{FHL|259549|item|disp=FHL film 973999–975004}}  
 
:*'''1870–1915''' Delayed births {{FHL|259549|item|disp=FHL film 973999–975004}}  
 
:*'''1877–1915''' Birth index {{FHL|259549|item|disp=FHL film 973995}}  
 
:*'''1877–1915''' Birth index {{FHL|259549|item|disp=FHL film 973995}}  
:*'''1877–1915''' Birth record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]<span style="text-decoration: underline;">;</span> {{FHL|259549|item|disp=FHL films 973995–8}}  
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:*'''1877–1915''' Birth record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]<span style="text-decoration: underline">;</span> {{FHL|259549|item|disp=FHL films 973995–8}}  
 
:*'''1877–1930''' Birth record index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
 
:*'''1877–1930''' Birth record index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
  
 
==== Marriages  ====
 
==== Marriages  ====
  
'''Online Resources'''&nbsp;
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
  
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
 
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Online Records


Randolph County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Randolph County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 5 October, 1795
County Seat Chester
Courthouse
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Address Randolph County Court House
1 Taylor Street
Chester, Illinois 62233
(618) 826-5000
Randolph County Website

Contents

Randolph County Organization

Randolph County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Randolph County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1724
1877
1800
1724
1722

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

Historical Facts

Edmund Randolph.jpg

Randolph County was named for Edmund Jennings Randolph who was the first United States Attorney General and served under George Washington. He was also a Governor of Virginia and the second Secretary of State.

The first European settlement in the area that is now called Randolph County, Illinois, was Kaskaskia in 1703. The town was originally settled by the French and Native Americans. The French also settled Prairie du Rocher and Cahokia (the latter in nearby St. Clair County). Kaskaskia was the largest of these settlements throughout its early existence. Randolph County (and all of Illinois) was part of Quebec until 1717, when it was officially annexed into Louisiana.

As a result of the French and Indian War, France lost its North American holdings east of the Mississippi River, including Kaskaskia. Although the British had the rights to Kaskaskia on paper, they did not arrive until 1766. The British ruled the area until it was conquered by the American colonies during the American Revolution. The Americans took Kaskaskia on July 4, 1778, but the Northwest Territory was not clearly in American hands until the conclusion of the Battle of Vincennes on 23 February 1779.

Americans started arriving in Randolph County in the late 1770's, many of them Virginians who had been part of the army that took Kaskaskia. Within 20 years, Americans outnumbered the French and the Mississippi River area of Randolph County and the surrounding area was called the American Bottom (a name it still retains today). Most French settlers migrated across the river to Missouri, which at the time was controled by Spain and later France.

Kaskaskia 1850.jpg

Kaskaskia was made the capital of Illinois Territory in 1809.  When Illinois became a state in 1818, Kaskaskia was the state capital.  The capital was moved, however, in Vandalia, in 1820, which ended Randolph County's prominence in Illinois history. The county seat was also moved from Kaskaskia to Chester in 1844.

  • Parent County
  • 1795--Randolph County was created 5 October 1795 from the Northwest Territory and St. Clair County.
  • County seat: Chester [1]

Boundary Changes

  • 1816-- Jackson County was formed with the southeastern portion of Randolph County and part of Johnson County.
  • 1816-- Monroe County was formed with the northwest portion of Randolph County and part of St. Clair County.
  • 1827-- Perry County was formed with the eastern portion of Randolph County and part of Jackson County.

See an interactive map of Randolph County boundary changes.

Record Loss

The Catholic parish register for Kaskaskia survives in fragments only. Christenings/Baptisms are lost from mid-1721 to 1759.[2] No marriage records before 1724 or from mid-1729 to 1740 are extant, nor are burial records before 1721 or from late 1727 to mid-1764.[3]

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Randolph 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 Cemetery Index  


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190028,001
191029,1204.0%
192029,1090%
193029,3130.7%
194033,60814.7%
195031,673−5.8%
196029,988−5.3%
197031,3794.6%
198035,65213.6%
199034,583−3.0%
200033,893−2.0%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Censuses during the colonial period were irregular, but several exist.  Like early American censuses, these only give the names of the head of household and the number of people in the household, but the information they contain is still of great use.

  • 1726 French census: The Census Tables for the French Colony of Louisiana from 1699 Through 1732, by Charles R. Maduell, Jr. Genealogical Publishing Company: Baltimore, MD, 1972, p. 50-60.
  • 1732 French census: The Census Tables for the French Colony of Louisiana from 1699 Through 1732, by Charles R. Maduell, Jr. Genealogical Publishing Company: Baltimore, MD, 1972, p.150-153.
  • 1752 French census: Kaskaskia Under the French Regime, by Natalia Maree Belting. Polyanthos: New Orleans, 1948, p. 86-98. Belting includes a genealogical commentary on each entry in the census.
  • 1787 American census: Kaskaskia Records, 1778-1790, by Clarence Walworth Alvord. Illinois State Historical Library: Springfield, IL, 1909, p. 414-419. Alvord also includes a commentary that contains some genealogical information, although not all of it is accurate. This census only has French names on it. A (perhaps non-comprehensive) list of American men in Illinois (not just Kaskaskia) can be found at Alvord, p. 421-423, 443-445. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

For tips on accessing U.S. federal and state 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, Randolph County on page 188.]

Church Records

Copies of Original records

Catholic

The Church of the Immaculate Conception was a Catholic parish established originally as a Jesuit mission among the Indians in 1695 that had moved to the current site of Kaskaskia in 1703. It became a full parish in 1719.[4] The parish register is the best available record for genealogical information before the early 1790's and the arrival of a large influx of Americans.  The parish register is available (in French only) in the following sources:

  1. La population des forts français d'Amérique (XVIIIe siècle) by Marthe F. Beauregard.  Kaskaskia's parish record is in volume 2.  (Note: Beauregard only compiled records through 1799, even though the parish register goes well into the 19th century.)
  2. LDS Family History Library microfilm #1026607, Item 3. This record has been digitized, see below.
  3. The Drouin Collection at ancestry.com.

FamilySearch has made parish records from 12 Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Randolph County available online (free registration is required). The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Randolph County church records may be found in the FHLC - church records. 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 the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Randolph County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Abstracts

  • 1737–1885 Randolph County, Illinois court records, justice of the peace records, early notarial records, etc., 1737-1885 [Springfield, Illinois]: Ill. State Library, Records Management Div., Central Microfilm Unit, Secretary of State's Office, 1961. FHL films 1688924–39
  • starting 1804 Randolph County Genealogical Society (Illinois). Early court records of Randolph County, Illinois : beginning in 1804 - census, court cases, marriages, probates & wills, relocation of county seat, roads and bridges. [Chester, Ill.]: Randolph County Genealogical Society, 2009. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.392 P2rce
  • Kaskaskia Records, 1778-1790, by Clarence Walworth Alvord, 1909. This is a compilation of civil records during the beginning of American rule in Kaskaskia.  Includes a mix of court records, petitions to the American government, military records, and censuses. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Copies of Original Records

  • 1708–1816 Territorial Kaskaskin Manuscripts IRAD (SIU)
  • 1722–1784 Territorial French court papers IRAD (SIU)
  • 1768–1773 Territorial court of judicatory record IRAD (SIU)
  • 1801–1814 Territorial court of common pleas record IRAD (SIU) 
  • 1802–1809 Territorial court of general quarter sessions record IRAD (SIU)
  • 1808–1810 Territorial court of Oyer and Terminer record IRAD (SIU)
  • 1810–1813 Territorial general court record IRAD (SIU)
  • 1810–1813 Territorial general court record, Indiana IRAD (SIU)
  • 1815–1851 Circuit court record IRAD (SIU)
  • 1818–1819 Territorial Justice court minutes IRAD (SIU)
  • 1824–1836 Record FHL film 975014 Item 6

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Record Book 1, 1736–1782
Deed Record J-M, 1797–1815
Servitude and Emancipation Registers, 1809–1863
Kaskaskia Manuscripts, 1714–1816

Genealogy

[Campbell, Crozier, Flack, Milligan, Steele, Thompson, Crawford] Robertson, Robert Crawford,. Pioneer families of Randolph and Perry Counties, Illinois : notes on the Campbell, Crozier, Flack, Milligan, Steele and Thompson families : the Crawfords of Ballynease, Londonderry, Ireland, with descendants in the U.S.A., and their descendants in the Elsey, Garven, Matthews and Robertson families. Chattanooga, Tenn.: R.C. Robertson, 1960. Ancestry ($)

History

Local Histories

  • A Directory, Business Mirror, and Historical Sketches of Randolph County by E. J. Montague - the first history of Randolph County, Illinois, published in 1859. It includes biographical sketches of early settlers of Randolph County (mostly Americans) and a directory listing the head of household and occupation of every 1859 resident of Randolph County.
  • Kaskaskia Records, 1778-1790, by Clarence Walworth Alvord, 1909. This is a compilation of civil records during the beginning of American rule in Kaskaskia. Includes a mix of court records, petitions to the American government, military records, and censuses. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Kaskaskia Under the French Regime by Natalia Maree Belting, published in the 1940's and still one of the authoritative sources on French colonial life in Randolph County (especially Kaskaskia). Internet Archive.  FHL book 977.392/K1 H2b. Other libraries (WorldCat).
  • The History of Kaskaskia, Illinois, in a Family History Context
  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties: Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States, and the Governors of the State of Illinois. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1894. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive. FHL Film 825600 For additional access, see WeRelate.
  • Robertson, Robert Crawford. Pioneer Families of Randolph and Perry Counties, Illinois: Notes on the Campbell, Crozier, Flack, Milligan, Steele and Thompson Families: The Crawfords of Ballynease, Londonderry, Ireland, with Descendants in the U.S.A., and Their Descendants in the Elsey, Garven, Matthews and Robertson Families. Chattanooga, Tenn.: R.C. Robertson, 1960. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

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

Abstracts

  • Boyd, Gregory Alan. Family maps of Randolph County, Illinois : with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads, and more. Norman, Oklahoma : Arphax Pub. Co., 2008. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.392 E7b

Copies of original records

Online Resources

Maps

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Randolph 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 Randolph County.

- 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company K.
- 7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company M.
- 9th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies H and I.
- 30th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and E.
- 34th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 142nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies H and K.
- 154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

  • Early Kaskaskia, Illinois Newspapers, 1814-1832, by Lola Frazer Crowder: Frontier Press, 1994.

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

Online Resources

  • 1844–1848 The Administrator's Records for Randolph County probate records are available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Randolph County, and select the record type you are interested in.

Abstracts

  • 1796–1973 Geerling, Carrol, Lucille Wittenborn Wiechens, and Randolph County Genealogical Society. Randolph County, Illinois probate records : county court house [sic], Chester, Illinois. Chester, Illinois : Randolph County Genealogical Society (Illinois), [19--]Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.392 P22g
  • starting 1804 Randolph County Genealogical Society (Illinois). Early court records of Randolph County, Illinois : beginning in 1804 - census, court cases, marriages, probates & wills, relocation of county seat, roads and bridges. [Chester, Ill.] : Randolph County Genealogical Society, 2009. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.392 P2rce
  • 1827–1869 Torrens, Mrs. Frank S. Death records (data filed at office of city clerk at person's death from Jan. 1918 to Aug. 1953), hospital records of births (1878-93, 1940-49, Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois), wills and administration, guardianship papers, etc. (1827-1869, Randolph County, Illinois). [S.l. : s.n., 19--?]. FHL book 977.392 V2t
  • 1832–1835 Sapp, Peggy Lathrop. Randolph County, Illinois, probate court estate inventories & sales, Nov . 5, 1832 - Aug. 7, 1835. Springfield, Illinois : Allers and Gochanour, 1986. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.392 P2s
  • Crowder, Lola Frazer. Randolph County, Illinois probate records, 24 Apr. 1832-20 Sep. 1834. [S.l.] : L.F. Crowder, 1999. FHL book 977.392 P2cL
  • Sapp, Peggy Lathrop. Randolph County, Illinois probate records, bonds, executors, administrators, April 2, 1829-Aug. 5, 1835 : and abstracts of administrations, 1844-1849 and abstracts of guardianships, April 2, 1833-Nov. 6, 1849. Springfield, Illinois: Wanda Warkins Allers and Eileen Lynch Gochanour, 1986. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.392 P2rg

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

Family History Center

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers

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 Randolph County.

Public Libraries

Central Public Library District
701 Oak St#A
Evansville, IL 62242
(618)853-4081

Chester Public Library
733 State Street
Chester, IL 
(618) 826-3711

The Chester Library in Chester, (Randolph County) Illinois has a digitized copy of William Morrison's Ledger Book on their website.  The William Morrison Ledger is a handwritten ledger listing the transactions conducted at his Kaskaskia Store between 1805 and 1831. The ledger includes the customer's name, items purchased, and amount owed. The 655-page ledger offers glimpses of early merchandising methods. It lists over 1200 early settlers who pioneered or traveled through Kaskaskia (now Randolph County, Illinois).

In a separate book, presumably one of Morrison’s clerks compiled a handwritten index of the ledger. The ledger was also digitized as part of the project. However, it is in very fragile condition and several pages have sections missing.

Morrison’s descendant, another William Morrison, gave the ledger and many other Kaskaskia Store account books to the Chester Public Library.

The FHL has a copy of the index, which is included in the ledger.  The ledger can be accessed at: http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/ to see information about the ledger or at http://digsrvr.shawls.lib.il.us/cht/search.php to actually search the ledger.

Coulterville Public Library
103 S 4th Street
Coulterville,IL 62237
(618)758-3013

Evansville Public Library
602 Public St
Evansville, IL 62242
(618)853-4067

Red Bud Public Library
112 Bloom St.
Red Bud, IL 62278
(618)282-2255

Sparta Public Library
211 West Broadway
Sparta, IL 62286
(618)443-5014 Offers genealogical research for hire.

Steeleville Area Public Library 
107 West Broadway
Steeleville, IL 62288
(618) 965-9732 Genealogical Materials available

Research Guides

Social Groups Online

Societies

*Randolph County Genealogical Society
13 Westwood Drive
Steeleville, IL 62288
Phone: (618) 965-3705
Email: rcgs@egyptian.net
Visit our revamped website. The site includes databases and research references to help researchers locate and acquire needed documents in genealogy. The RCGS office recently moved to a larger facility. Our new offices enables researchers to visit the society and more easily access our extensive library of data. If you can not visit personally, you may contact us to request research lookups. Our collection includes a vast number of transcribed records and local history books. We also have a list of publications available for purchase. The society also offers courthouse lookup requests for a small fee. Don't miss our membership application form on the website. Please stop by the office in Steeleville, Illinois or contact us at Vel_chick@frontier.com for research requests.
  • 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 Randolph 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 Randolph County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

General

  • 1695–1799 Catholic Church. Illinois register, 1695-1799. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1967. FHL film 1026607 Item 2
  • 1809–1870 Myer, Lois C. Vital records of Randolph and Washington counties, Illinois, 1809–1870. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. FHL film 599051 Item 1

Births

Abstracts of Birth Records

Copies of Birth Records

Marriages

Online Resources

Abstracts of Marriage Records

  • 1800–1850 Myer, Lois C. Randolph Co., Illinois, women marriages, 1800–1850. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968. FHL film 547590 Item 3
  • starting 1804 Randolph County Genealogical Society (Illinois). Early court records of Randolph County, Illinois: beginning in 1804 - census, court cases, marriages, probates and wills, relocation of county seat, roads and bridges. [Chester, Ill.] : Randolph County Genealogical Society, 2009. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.392 P2rce
  • 1809–1870 Paulus, Bernadine. Women's index to marriage records of Randolph Co., Illinois, 1809-1870. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. FHL film 967474 Item 1

Copies of Marriage Records

Deaths:

Online Resources

Abstracts of Death Records

  • Torrens, Mrs. Frank S. Death records (data filed at office of city clerk at person's death from Jan. 1918 to Aug. 1953), hospital records of births (1878-93, 1940-49, Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois), wills and administration, guardianship papers, etc. (1827-1869, Randolph County, Illinois). [S.l. : s.n., 19--?]. FHL book 977.392 V2t

Copies of Death Records

Places / Localities


To see a list of places in Randolph 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.

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Mason, Edward Gay. (1881). Kaskaskia and its Parish Records. Chicago: Fergus Printing Company, p. 19
  3. Mason, Edward Gay. (1881). Kaskaskia and its Parish Records. Chicago: Fergus Printing Company, p. 11, 14, 15, 19.
  4. Belting, Natalia Maree. (1948). Kaskaskia Under the French Regime. Polyanthos: New Orleans, p. 10-12.