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Guide to Richland County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records


Richland County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Richland County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 24, 1841
County Seat Olney
Courthouse
Richland County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Richland County Courthouse
103 W. Main Street
Olney, Illinois 62450
(618) 392-3111

Contents

Richland County Organization

Richland County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Richland County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1841
1877
1850
1836
1841

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

Historical Facts

Richland County is named for Richland County, Ohio which is where many of the settlers of this area originated.

Parent County

  • 1841--Richland County was created 24 February 1841 from Clay and Lawrence Counties.  County seat:  Olney [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Richland County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities


To see a list of places in Richland 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.

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Cemeteries for more information.

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.
  • USGenWeb, Richland County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), cemetery location, by township

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190016,391
191015,970−2.6%
192014,044−12.1%
193014,0530.1%
194017,13721.9%
195016,889−1.4%
196016,299−3.5%
197016,8293.3%
198017,5874.5%
199016,545−5.9%
200016,149−2.4%
IL Counties 1900-1990


Church Records

Abstracts

Catholic

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

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

Abstracts

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

  • Biographical and Reminiscent History of Richland, Clay and Marion Counties, Illinois. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1909. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive. FHL Film 825601

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

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Richland County land and property may be found in the FHLC and FHLC–maps. 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 Richland 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 Richland County.

- 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company F.
- 6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company E.
- 8th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company D.
- 8th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 13th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company E.
- 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C, E, and I.
- 98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, G and H.
- 130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies C and G.

World War II

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.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Richland County probates may be found in the Illinois, Richland – Probate topic pages of the Family History Library catalog (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.

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

Family History Centers

There are over 4500 Family History Centers worldwide which serve as branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Volunteers provide research assistance to help patrons identify their ancestors.  Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at a nominal cost.  Locate your nearest Family History Center at the FamilySearch website.  Call ahead to verify operating hours.  All are welcome.

The following centers are accessible to residents of Richland County, Illinois:

Centralia Illinois Family History Center
Leafland & 3rd Street
Centralia, Marion, Illinois
Phone: 618-532-3482
Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm
Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.

Evansville Indiana Family History Center
8020 E Covert Ave
Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana
Phone: 812-471-0191
Hours: First Wednesday of every month 10:00 - 12:00, Tues & Wed evening 6:00 - 8:00; other times by appointment
Closed: Closed Major Holidays 

Vincennes Indiana Family History Center
1940 N Old Hwy 41
Vincennes, Knox, Indiana
Phone: 812-882-4022
Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm
Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas

Please note: Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage the archival records of local governments.  Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.  The records of Richland County come under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) regional depository.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093

Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.

Public Libraries

Olney Public Library
400 West Main
Olney, IL 62450
618-392-3711

HOURS
Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm
Fri-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun- Closed

Social Groups Online

Societies

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

Richland County Genealogical and Historical Society
305 North West St.
Olney, IL 62450
Phone: 618-395-7777
Fax: 618-392-3293
Email: jdoan40@hotmail.com
http://www.iecc.edu/occ/lrc/genealogy.html
Located in the Olney Central College Library
Publication: Foot Prints Past and Present

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 Richland 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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Richland County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births

Copies of original Records

Marriages

Copies of original Records

Online Resources

Deaths

Copies of original Records

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Richland County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Richland – Vital Records, the topic page of the Family History Library catalog (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.

Web Sites

Databases pertinent to Richland County


References

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