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== Stark County Organization  ==
 
== Stark County Organization  ==
  
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Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
 
Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
*[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.
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'''Published Records'''
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=777 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Stark County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*The [[Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] lists {{FHL|970495|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Stark 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.
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/stark.htm Stark 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.&nbsp;
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<br>'''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave.com] has burial information for 35 Stark County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=777 Here].
  
*The [[Family_History_Library_Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] lists {{FHL|970495|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Stark 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://genealogytrails.com/ill/ GenealogyTrails.com]. Has a list of [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/stark/cemeteries.html Stark County Cemeteries].
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6694&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=27&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Stark 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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*[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/main.php Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project]. Find or submit [http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/stark/ Stark County] tombstone photos.
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/illinois.html Illinois Tombstone Transcription Project].&nbsp;Get accesss to&nbsp;online cemetery transcriptions&nbsp;for [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/stark.htm Stark County Cemeteries].
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com Linkpendium]. Has links to several [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Stark/cem/ Stark County Cemetery] related websites.
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<br>'''Cemetery Gazetters'''
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/ Epodunk] has a list of [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6694&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=27&stateAbbv=&stateName= Stark County Cemeteries]. The website provides&nbsp;name of&nbsp;cemetery,&nbsp;address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.
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*The [http://www.ilgensoc.org/ Illinois State Genealogical Society's] "Cemetery Location Project" has identified many [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-mz/stark.html Stark County Cemeteries].
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*Leeson, M. A. ''Documents and biography pertaining to the settlement and progress of Stark County, Illinois&nbsp;: containing an authentic summary of records, documents, historical works and newspapers relating to Indian history, original settlement, organization and politics, courts and bar, citizen soldiers, military societies, marriages, churches, schools, secret, benevolent and literary societies, etc.&nbsp;: together with biography of representative men of the past and present''. Chicago: M.A. Leeson &amp; Co., 1887. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22367 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*Leeson, M. A. ''Documents and biography pertaining to the settlement and progress of Stark County, Illinois&nbsp;: containing an authentic summary of records, documents, historical works and newspapers relating to Indian history, original settlement, organization and politics, courts and bar, citizen soldiers, military societies, marriages, churches, schools, secret, benevolent and literary societies, etc.&nbsp;: together with biography of representative men of the past and present''. Chicago: M.A. Leeson &amp; Co., 1887. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22367 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
*''Stark County, Illinois and its people&nbsp;: a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement''. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co., 1916. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28241 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*''Stark County, Illinois and its people&nbsp;: a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement''. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co., 1916. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28241 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
 
*Shallenberger, E. H. ''Stark County and Its Pioneers''. Cambridge, Ill.: B.W. Seaton, Prairie Chief Office, book and job printer, 1989. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18514 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 
*Shallenberger, E. H. ''Stark County and Its Pioneers''. Cambridge, Ill.: B.W. Seaton, Prairie Chief Office, book and job printer, 1989. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18514 Ancestry] ($).<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.  
 
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 [[The_Family_History_Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Stark County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Western_Illinois_University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, 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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Stark County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
 
:*'''1817–1851''' Fuller book {{FHL|218768|item|disp=FHL film 1401977}}  
 
:*'''1817–1851''' Fuller book {{FHL|218768|item|disp=FHL film 1401977}}  
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:*'''1882–1891''' Deed record&nbsp; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
 
:*'''1882–1891''' Deed record&nbsp; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
'''Additional Resources'''
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'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Stark County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|583002|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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Additional resources for Stark County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|583002|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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<br> '''Online Resources'''  
'''Online Resources'''
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*'''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.
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:*'''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 ($)
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/stark_map.html Stark County Federal Township Plats]
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/stark_map.html Stark County Federal Township Plats]
  
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==== Civil War  ====
 
==== Civil War  ====
  
Civil War service men from Stark 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 Stark County.  
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Civil War service men from Stark 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 Stark County.  
  
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:- [[7th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|7th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C.
 
:- [[19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
 
:- [[19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
 
:- [[37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
 
:- [[37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
:- [[65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)|65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)]], Companies A and I.<br>
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:- [[65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)|65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)]], Companies A and I.<br>
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:- [[112th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|112th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B, E and F.
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:- [[139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company H.
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:- [[151st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)|151st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)]], Company I.<br>
  
 
=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
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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.  
 
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 copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]
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The following copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]  
  
:'''1840–1911''' Probate records (and index) {{FHL|10023|item|disp=FHL film 1401887 and 1401888 Items 1-3}}  
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:'''1840–1911''' Probate records (and index) {{FHL|10023|item|disp=FHL film 1401887 and 1401888 Items 1-3}}
  
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
  
Additional resources for Stark County probates may be found in the {{FHL|523618|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Stark – Probate}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (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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Additional resources for Stark County probates may be found in the {{FHL|523618|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Stark – Probate}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (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]].  
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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==== Family History Center  ====
 
==== Family History Center  ====
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There are over 4500 [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Stark County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations Family Search Centers] page on the [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] website.
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
  
[[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. [[IRAD_-_Western_Illinois_University|Western Illinois University]] houses the records for Stark County.  
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[[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. [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|Western Illinois University]] houses the records for Stark County.  
  
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
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'''Ira C. Reed Public Library'''<br>302 Commercial Street<br>Lafayette, IL 61449<br>Tel: 309-995-3042<br>Emai: [mailto:irclibrary@winco.net irclibrary@winco.net] <br>[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=350128748609 Facebook]
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[http://www.toulonpld.org/ '''Toulon Public Library District''']'''<br>'''306 W. Jefferson Street<br>Toulon, IL 61483 <br>Tel: 309-286-5791<br>Fax: 309-286-4481<br>Email: [mailto:toulon.library@gmail.com toulon.library@gmail.com] <br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toulon-Public-Library-District/9020640659 Facebook]
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[http://www.wyomingpubliclibrary.com/ '''Wyoming Public Library District''']<br>119 N. Seventh St.<br>Wyoming, IL 61491 <br>Tel: 309-695-2241<br>Fax: 309-695-2241<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wyoming-Public-Library/115650245124456 Facebook]
  
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
  
 
=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilscgs/ '''Stark County Genealogical Society''']'''<br>'''207 W. Main Street<br>Toulon, IL 61483-0083<br>Email: [mailto:starkcogene@yahoo.com starkcogene@yahoo.com] &nbsp;
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'''Stark County Historical Society'''<br>318 W. Jefferson Street<br>Toulon, IL 61483<br>Tel: 309-286-7079
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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:*'''1839–1982''' Marriage Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
 
:*'''1839–1982''' Marriage Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
'''Online Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''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 ($)
 
:*'''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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:*'''1877–1901''' Death Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]{{FHL|215316|item|disp=FHL film 1403415 Item 3}}
 
:*'''1877–1901''' Death Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]{{FHL|215316|item|disp=FHL film 1403415 Item 3}}
  
'''Online Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html 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]  
 
:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com ($)
 
:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
  
Additional resources for Stark births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|460981|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Stark – Vital Records}} topic page and the {{FHL|764376|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Stark – Vital Records - Newspapers}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (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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Additional resources for Stark births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|460981|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Stark – Vital Records}} topic page and the {{FHL|764376|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Stark – Vital Records - Newspapers}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (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]].  
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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Online Records


Stark County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Stark County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 4, 1817
County Seat Toulon
Courthouse
Stark county courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Stark County Courthouse
130 West Main Street
Toulon, Illinois 61483
(309) 286-5911
Stark County Website

Contents

Stark County Organization

                                     Beginning Dates for Stark County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1839
1877
1840
1817
1839

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

Historical Facts

John stark.jpg
Stark County was named for John Stark who was an officer during the American Revolution and was known as the "Hero of Bennington" because of his exemplary service at the Battle of Bennington.[1]

Parent County

  • 1839--Stark County was created 2 March 1839 from Knox and Putnam Counties.  County seat:  Toulon [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Stark County boundary changes.

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Published Records


Online Gravestone Transcriptions

  • Find A Grave.com has burial information for 35 Stark County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click Here.


Cemetery Gazetters

  • Epodunk has a list of Stark County Cemeteries. The website provides name of cemetery, address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190010,186
191010,098−0.9%
19209,693−4.0%
19309,184−5.3%
19408,881−3.3%
19508,721−1.8%
19608,152−6.5%
19707,510−7.9%
19807,389−1.6%
19906,534−11.6%
20006,332−3.1%
20105,994−5.3%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

  • Leeson, M. A. Documents and biography pertaining to the settlement and progress of Stark County, Illinois : containing an authentic summary of records, documents, historical works and newspapers relating to Indian history, original settlement, organization and politics, courts and bar, citizen soldiers, military societies, marriages, churches, schools, secret, benevolent and literary societies, etc. : together with biography of representative men of the past and present. Chicago: M.A. Leeson & Co., 1887. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Stark County, Illinois and its people : a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co., 1916. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Shallenberger, E. H. Stark County and Its Pioneers. Cambridge, Ill.: B.W. Seaton, Prairie Chief Office, book and job printer, 1989. 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 online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Stark County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Stark 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.


Online Resources

Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Stark 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 Stark County.

- 7th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Companies A and I.
- 112th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, E and F.
- 139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H.
- 151st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company I.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Poorhouse

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 copies of original records may be accessed through, the Family History Library.

1840–1911 Probate records (and index) FHL film 1401887 and 1401888 Items 1-3

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Stark County probates may be found in the Illinois, Stark – Probate 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.

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

Family History Center

There are over 4500 Family History Centers in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Stark County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the Family Search Centers page on the FamilySearch.org website.

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. Western Illinois University houses the records for Stark County.

Public Libraries

Ira C. Reed Public Library
302 Commercial Street
Lafayette, IL 61449
Tel: 309-995-3042
Emai: irclibrary@winco.net
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Toulon Public Library District
306 W. Jefferson Street
Toulon, IL 61483
Tel: 309-286-5791
Fax: 309-286-4481
Email: toulon.library@gmail.com
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Wyoming Public Library District
119 N. Seventh St.
Wyoming, IL 61491
Tel: 309-695-2241
Fax: 309-695-2241
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Social Groups Online

Societies

Stark County Genealogical Society
207 W. Main Street
Toulon, IL 61483-0083
Email: starkcogene@yahoo.com  

Stark County Historical Society
318 W. Jefferson Street
Toulon, IL 61483
Tel: 309-286-7079

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 Stark County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by theIllinois 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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Stark County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births

Marriages

Online Resources

Deaths

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Stark births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Stark – Vital Records topic page and the Illinois, Stark – Vital Records - Newspapers 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

References

  1. John Stark www.wikipedia.org
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).