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Vermilion County, Illinois
Boundary map of Vermilion County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 18, 1826
County Seat Danville
Vermilion County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Vermilion County Courthouse
6 N. Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832
(217) 431-2607
Vermilion County Website
United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Vermilion County


Vermilion County Organization

Vermilion County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Vermilion County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

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

Historical Facts

Vermilion County was named after the Vermilion River of which the branches have a presence in the county.

Parent County

  • 1826--Vermilion County was created 18 January 1826 from unorganized territory and Edgar County.County seat: Danville [1]

Boundary Changes

1823-1826 Edgar
1819-1823 Clark
1816-1819 Crawford
1815-1816 Edwards
1812-1815 madison
1801-1812 St. Clair
1790-1803 Knox, Northwest Territory

See an interactive map of Vermilion County boundary changes.

Record Loss

1872 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Records and Resources


Portrait andd Biographical Album of Vermillion and Edgar Counties, Illinois 1889  Internet Archives


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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.

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, Vermilion County on page 188.]
  • 1892 Rossville City Census - USGenWeb

Church Records

Elwood Quaker Monthly Meeting Minutes 

Georgetown, Quaker Monthly Meeting Minutes

Court Records

Coroner's Inquest Files Index, 1908-1956   Illinois StateArchives

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.



Land and Property


Military Records

  • Revolutionary War

1835 Revolutionary War Pensioners

Veteran Burials

  • War of 1812

Military Land Grants in Vermillion Coutny Illinois for Soldiers of the War of 1812 - USGenWeb

  • Blackhawk War

Captain Robert Griffin's Company - USGenWeb

Captain John B. Thomas' Company - USGenWeb

Captain Eliakem Ashton's Company - USGenWeb

Captain Morgan L. Payne's Company - USGenWeb

Captain James Palmer's Company - USGenWeb

Captain I.M. Gillispie's Company - USGenWeb

Captain Jacob M. Earley's Company- USGenWeb

  • Indian Wars

Military Land Grnats in Vermillion County Illinois for Soldiers of the Indian Wars - USGenWeb

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Vermilion 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 Vermilion County.


-4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company F


- 12th Regiment,(3 months),  Illinois Infantry, Company C
- 12th Regiment,(3  years),  Illinois Infantry, Company C
- 25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B
-28th Regiment, (Consolidated), Illinois Infantry, Company G
- 35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D, Company E, Company F, and Company I.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 73rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C, and Company E.  
- 79th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
-125th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, Company B, Company C, Company D, Company G, Company I, and Company K
- 133rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K
- 135th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D, Company E, and Company K
- 149th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E
- 150th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E, and Company K

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)

A list of GAR Post for Illinios, additional site for post list,Library of Congress

Charles A. Clark Post, Ridge Farm 1913 - USGenWeb

General T.J. Hendrson Post, 1913 - USGenWeb

Harmon Post, Hoopeston 1913 - USGenWeb

Kenesaw Post, Danville 1913 - USGenWeb

Kyger Post, Georgetown 1913 - USGenWeb

Lawton Post, Danville 1913 - USGenWeb

Trisler Post, Sidewll 1913 - USGenWeb


1883 Federal Pension - USGenWeb

  • World War I

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918  Danville

  • World War II

Army Casualties Part 1 U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Army Casualties Part 2  U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

  • Korean War

Veterans of Korea

  • Vietnam War

Veterans of Vietnam

  • Gulf War

Veterans of Desert Storm


Newspapers and Obituaries

Newspapers Published in Vermilion County      Illinois Newspaper Project

Probate Records

1826-1860 Probate Case Files -IRAD-ISU


County Courthouse

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

Family History Centers

Illinois Regional Archives Repository

Illinois State Universtiy
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Box 1520
Normal, Illinois 61802
Phone: 309-452-6027

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County

Public Libraries

Vermilion County Public Lobraries



School Records

1912-1938 School Student Permanent Record, High School - IRAD-ISU

Social Groups Online


Vital Records

The website of the Vermilion County Clerk explains how to order copies of birth, marriage, and death records.

Birth Records

1877-1901 Birth Record Index - IRAD-ISU

1877-1903 Birth Record - IRAD-ISU

1906-1907 Birth Records for the city of Indianola - IRAD-ISU

Marriage Records

1826-1903 Marriage Record Index - IRAD-ISU

1826-1858 Marriage Licenses - IRAD-ISU

1826-1900 Marriage Record - IRAD-ISU

1833-1852 Marriage Licenses, Minors - IRAD-ISU

Death Records

1877-1907 Death Record Index - IRAD-ISU

1877-1903 Death Records- IRAD-ISU

1878-1917 Death Records, Stillbirths - IRAD-ISU

Index to Death Register Volume 1 - USGenWeb

Pape Funeral Homes Obiturary Records for Vermilion County, Illinois

Pape Mortuary, 10 E. Williams Street, Danville, Illinois this site has 275,000 records, list of death records from 1800's to the pressent. The records included surrounding areas including some near by Indiana counties.

Places / Localities

Populated Places


Neighboring Counties

Web Sites

Databases Pertinent to Vermilion County
Local Governmental Records Database
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Federal Township Plats of Illinois
Vermilion County Coroner's Inquest Files Index (1908–1956)


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


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