Richland County, Illinois

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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information.<br><br>'''1829-present''' The original land and property records for&nbsp;Richland&nbsp;County are held by the County Recorder. See the info box above for contact information. The following copies are available:<br><br>
 
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information.<br><br>'''1829-present''' The original land and property records for&nbsp;Richland&nbsp;County are held by the County Recorder. See the info box above for contact information. The following copies are available:<br><br>
  
:*'''1829-1974''' Deed Index&nbsp;[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Richland County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|Information about how to use IRAD]]
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:*'''1829-1974''' Deed Index&nbsp;[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Richland County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|Information about how to use IRAD]]  
:*'''1840–1863''' Grantor and grantee indexes {{FHL|1318166|item|disp=FHL film 1221741 Item 3 (first of 4 films)}}
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:*'''1840–1863''' Grantor and grantee indexes {{FHL|1318166|item|disp=FHL film 1221741 Item 3 (first of 4 films)}}  
:*'''1840–1901''' Deeds {{FHL|1318166|item|disp=FHL film 1221744 Item 5 (first of 19 films)}}
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:*'''1840–1901''' Deeds {{FHL|1318166|item|disp=FHL film 1221744 Item 5 (first of 19 films)}}  
 
:*'''1841-1975''' Deed Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Richland County records.&nbsp;&nbsp;  
 
:*'''1841-1975''' Deed Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Richland County records.&nbsp;&nbsp;  
 
:*[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/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] ($)  
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==== Additional Resources  ====
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
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 [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html 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 - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page]].
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Additional resources for Richland County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|373836|subject_id|disp=FHLC}} and {{FHL|1129856|subject_id|disp=FHLC–maps}}. 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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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1841–1917''' Probate records {{FHL|217294|item|disp=FHL film 1312960 (first of 9 films)}}
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:*'''1855–1938''' Will and guardian records {{FHL|246493|item|disp=FHL first film 1312968 Item 3 (first of 8 films)}}
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Additional resources for Richland County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|373836|subject_id|disp=FHLC}} and {{FHL|1129856|subject_id|disp=FHLC–maps}}. 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  ===
 
=== Maps  ===

Revision as of 23:26, 7 September 2011

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
 

United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Richland County

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

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

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Land and Property for more information.

1829-present The original land and property records for Richland County are held by the County Recorder. See the info box above for contact information. The following copies are available:

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

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.
- 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.

World War II

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Probate Records for more information.

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.

Taxation

Vital Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information.

Births

1877–present  The original Richland County birth records 1877- present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1889-1905 Birth Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Richland County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877-1916 Birth Record Index – IRAD-EIU Search for Richland County records.
  • 1859-1904 Birth Record, Delayed - IRAD-EIU Search for Richland County records.

Marriages

1841–present  The original Richland County marriage records 1841-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1841–1950 Marriage Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Richland County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1841-1950 Marriage Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Richland County records.

The following abstracts are available:

Deaths

1877–present  The original Richland County death records 1877-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1877–1950 Death Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Richland County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877–2003 Death Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Richland County records.
  • 1884-1904 Death Record, Stillbirths - IRAD-EIU Search for Richland County records.

The following abstracts are available:

Web Sites

Databases pertinent to Richland County


References

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