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Scott County, Illinois
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Boundary map of Scott County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 16, 1839
County Seat Winchester
Courthouse
IL-scott-courthouse.jpg
Address 101 E. Market Street
Winchester, IL 62694
217-742-3178
Named for: Scott County, Kentucky
United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Scott County

Contents

Scott County Organization

                                     Beginning Dates for Scott County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1839
1877
1840
1823
1839

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

Historical Facts

Scott County was established on February 16, 1839 from a portion of Morgan County. It's territory was first part of Illinois County, created by Virginia in 1783. In 1787 this sparsely settled county became part of the Territory Northwest of the Ohio River. In 1790 present day Scott became part of St. Clair County which was one of the initial counties located in Indiana Territory when it was formed in 1800. In 1809, that county became part of the new Illinois Territory and Scott county's territory moved through several county organizations as the population of Illinois began to expand rapidly: first Madison in 1812; next Greene in 1821; and as the last step before becoming its own county it became part of Morgan in 1823. This very rural county retains much the look it had during it's early days. See the diagram of the county's derivation at www.pikecoilgenweb.org/comments.php

  • Scott County was formed 16 February 1839 from Morgan County.
  • Named after Scott County, Kentucky through influence of emigrants from that county.

Parent County

  • 1839--Scott County was created 16 February 1839 from Morgan County.  County seat:  Winchester [1]

Boundary Changes

  • No known changes

See an interactive map of Illinois boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities: Winchester

Towns: Naples Villages: Alsey . Bluffs . Exeter . Glasgow . Manchester

Precincts: Alsey . Bloomfield . East Winchester . Exeter . Glasglow . Manchester . Merritt . Naples . North Bluff . North Winchester . Oxville . Point Pleasant . Sandy . South Bluffs . South Winchester

Unincorporated Community: Riggston

Neighboring Counties

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.
  • Scott County Cemeteries in the Rootsweb site has many cemeteries listed and some have a list of people buried in those cemeteries. The give coordinates, section, township, and range. If there is a township name, that is also listed.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190010,455
191010,067−3.7%
19209,489−5.7%
19308,539−10.0%
19408,176−4.3%
19507,245−11.4%
19606,377−12.0%
19706,096−4.4%
19806,1420.8%
19905,644−8.1%
20005,537−1.9%
IL Counties 1900-1990
  • 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, Scott County on page 188.]
  • 1850 Census
Index: 1850 Census of Scott County, IL at Rootsweb – Free; index
  • 1850 Mortality Schedule
1850 Scott County Mortality Schedule at Rootsweb – Free; alphabetical
  • 1860 Census
1860 Census of Scott County, IL at Rootsweb – Free; index
  • 1860 Mortality Schedule
1860 Scott County Mortality Schedule at Rootsweb – Free; Alphabetical
  • 1870 Census
1870 Census of Scott County, IL at Rootsweb – Free; Index
  • 1870 Mortality Schedule
1870 Scott County IL Mortality Schedule at Rootsweb – Free; Alphabetical
  • 1880 Mortality Schedule
1880 Scott County IL Mortality Schedule at Rootsweb — Free; Alphabetical

Church Records

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

BLM GLO Records. Search original land patents for Scott County from the Govenment Land Office (GLO) or Eastern States Office. Some searches include images of the original warrants. All search results include the patant details needed for requesting copies of the land entry files at the National Archives.  The GLO is the custodian of millions of land title documents. The General Land Office Automated Records Project is responsible for making these important documents available to the public.

Land records that include Bond County at Ancestry.com $:

  • "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.
  • "U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907:" Records of Illinois are among the 13 states included in this set. It includes images of the land patents which contain the information necessary for ordering the complete case files from the National Archives. This appears to be the same information that is online at the Federal Land Office site http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.
  • Sheldon, Theodore. Land registration in Illinois. Chicago: Callaghan Co., 1901. Digital book. Expains the laws regarding land and the land systems used in Illinois. Includes court cases involving land issues. In addition to being on Ancestry, this book is available online at no cost at Internet Archives and Google Books.

Maps

Military

  • Civil War 1861–1865
    Civil War service men from Scott 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 Scott County.
- 33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 91st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
Other Civil War records may be locate to help you with your ancestors.
– Civil War Discharge Papers at RootsWeb – Free; Alphabetical
  • Spanish-American War 1898
– Volunteer Soldiers of '98 and '99 at Rootsweb – Free; History, biographical sketches.

Naturalization and Citizenship

IRAD Holdings

  • Natutalization Records, Circuit Court  1859 to 1904 
  • Naturalization Records, County Court 1864 to1906 

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate

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

Family History Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Marriages were first recorded in Scott County in 1839--when the county was organized. The early marriage records may or may not contain the marriage application (which would contain parent names).  Birth records were first recorded in Scott County in 1860; deaths were first recorded in 1877. It was not until 1916 that the recording of births and deaths became mandatory.  These vital records are available through the Scott County Clerk/Recorder, 35 East Market St., Winchester, IL 62694.  Phone: 217.742.3178.

Birth Records

IRAD Holdings

  • Birth Certificates  1880 to 1900
  • Birth Records  1877 to 1903
  • Birth Records Index  1877 to 1903
  • Birth Afftdavit Records, Chidren of Civil War Casualties  1861 to 1875

Published abstracts:

Marriage Records

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, for Scott County 1839 to 1900

IRAD Holdings

  • Marriage License Applications  1876 to 1900
  • Marriage Licenses 1876 to 1927
  • Marriage Records 1839 to 1914
  • Marriage Record Index 1839 to1945

Published abstracts:

Death Records

Index to Illinois Death Certificates, 1916–1950

IRAD Holdings

  • Death Records 1877 to 1913
  • Death Record Index 1877 to 1913

Published abstracts:

Web Sites

References

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

 

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