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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Wabash County'''
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Guide to '''Wabash County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| building address = '''Wabash County Courthouse'''<br>401 Market Street<br>P.O. Box 277<br>Mt. Carmel, IL 62863<br>(618) 262-4561
 
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Wabash County''
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== Wabash County Organization  ==
 
== Wabash County Organization  ==
  
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Wabash County's civil records start the following years:
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
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Wabash County is named for the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_River Wabash River] which is the English spelling of the French name "Ouabache." French traders named the river waapaahsiiki, a Miami Indian name for the river.<ref>''Wabash River'' www.wikipedia.org</ref>
  
 
=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
See an interactive map of Wabash County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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See an interactive map of Wabash County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].  
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
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For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:  
 
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:  
  
*[[Burned Counties Research]] <br>
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*[[Burned Counties Research]] <br>  
 
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424]
 
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
=== Biography ===  
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=== Biography ===
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*The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Wabash County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Wabash County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Cemeteries]] for more information.<br><br>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.
 
*[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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*''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 [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA188&lpg=PA188 Google Books]. [See Illinois, Wabash County on page 188.]
 
*''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 [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA188&lpg=PA188 Google Books]. [See Illinois, Wabash County on page 188.]
  
=== Church Records ===
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=== Church Records ===
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:*'''1819–1860''' Barney's Prairie Christia Church records {{FHL|259618|item|disp=FHL film 7694 }}
  
 
==== Catholic  ====
 
==== Catholic  ====
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FamilySearch has made parish records from two Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Wabash County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:  
 
FamilySearch has made parish records from two Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Wabash County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:  
  
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Mary Parish, Mount Carmel, Wabash County, Illinois 1840-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
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:*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Mary Parish, Mount Carmel, Wabash County, Illinois 1840-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Sebastian Parish, Mount Carmel, Wabash County, Illinois 1878-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
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:*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Sebastian Parish, Mount Carmel, Wabash County, Illinois 1878-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
  
=== Court Records ===
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==== Lutheran  ====
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:*[http://wabash.ilgenweb.org/jcc.html Jordan Creek (St. Peter's) Lutheran Church and Cemetery]
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=== Court Records ===
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:*[No court&nbsp;record holdings noted in [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County Listing.] Search for Wabash County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|Information about how to use IRAD]] <br>
  
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what&nbsp;records are&nbsp;at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
 
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what&nbsp;records are&nbsp;at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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=== Genealogy  ===
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=== History  ===
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:*The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Wabash County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Wabash County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information.<br><br>'''1857-present''' The original land and property records for&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County are held by the County Clerk. See the info box above for contact information. The following copies are available:<br><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.  
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:*[No land and property record holdings noted in [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County Listing.] Search for Wabash&nbsp;County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|Information about how to use IRAD]]<br>
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources and&nbsp;the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]
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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1865–1907''' Deed records {{FHL|12286|item|disp=FHL film 1398810(first of 7 films)}}
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'''Abstracts'''
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:*'''1970''' Land atlas and plat book, Edwards–Wabash County {{WorldCat|7792579|disp=At other Libraries(WorldCat)}} {{FHL|560501|item|disp=FHL book 977.37 E7e}}
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'''Online Resources'''
  
:*[No land and property record holdings noted in [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]&nbsp;Wabash County Listing.] Search for Wabash&nbsp;County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|Information about how to use IRAD]]
 
 
:*[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] ($)  
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/wabash_map.html Wabash County Federal Township Plats]  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/wabash_map.html Wabash County Federal Township Plats]  
 
:*'''1800s – Present''' - Use the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index] to obtain original federal land transfer records, including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry [[Land Patent Search|patents]]. These records help a researcher establish location and lead to National Archives’ records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are at the National Archives.
 
:*'''1800s – Present''' - Use the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index] to obtain original federal land transfer records, including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry [[Land Patent Search|patents]]. These records help a researcher establish location and lead to National Archives’ records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are at the National Archives.
  
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'''Additional Resources'''
  
=== History ===
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Additional resources for Wabash County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|524168|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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=== Land and Property  ===
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=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
 
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[[Image:Ilwabash.jpg|600px]]
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/wabash_map.html Wabash County Federal Township Plats]
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/wabash_map.html Wabash County Federal Township Plats]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Wabash 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 Wabash County.
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:*The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Shelby County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Shelby County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
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==== Civil War ====
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Civil War service men from Wabash 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 Wabash County.  
  
 
:- [[40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.  
 
:- [[40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.  
:- [[66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I. <br>
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:- [[66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I. <br>  
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:- [[115th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|115th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C.
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:- [[130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.
  
 
=== Naturalization  ===
 
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information.  
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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.
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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 Wabash County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page]].
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:*[No probate record holdings noted in [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County Listing.] Search for&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|Information about how to use IRAD]]<br><br>
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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1853–1937''' Will records {{FHL|1320811|item|disp=FHL first film 1416808 Item 2 (first of 2 films)}}
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:*'''1855–1913''' Estate records {{FHL|1320925|item|disp=FHL film 1416809 Item 3 (first of 2 films)}}
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:*'''1857–1935''' Index to probate {{FHL|1320811|item|disp=FHL film 1409335 Item 1}}
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:*'''1857–1925''' Probate records {{FHL|1320811|item|disp=FHL first film 1409335 Item 2–3 (first of 6 films)}}
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Additional resources for Wabash County probates may be found in the {{FHL|1080841|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wabash – Probate}}, and on the {{FHL|646408|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wabash – Probate newspapers}} topic pages 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  ===
 
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Wabash County are kept, see the [[Wabash County, Illinois Courthouse|Wabash County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Wabash County are kept, see the [[Wabash County, Illinois Courthouse|Wabash County Courthouse]] page.  
  
==== Family History Library ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) ====
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There are over 4500&nbsp;[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]&nbsp;worldwide which serve as&nbsp;branch facilities&nbsp;of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp;&nbsp;Volunteers provide research assistance to&nbsp;help patrons identify their ancestors.&nbsp;&nbsp;Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at&nbsp;a nominal cost.&nbsp;&nbsp;Locate&nbsp;your nearest Family History Center<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1313427430247_409" /> at the&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] website.&nbsp; Call&nbsp;ahead to verify operating hours.&nbsp; All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Wabash&nbsp;County, Illinois:<br><br>
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[[Evansville Indiana Family History Center|'''Evansville Indiana Family History Center''']]<br>8020 E Covert Ave<br>Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-471-0191<br>Hours: First Wednesday of every month 10:00 - 12:00, Tues &amp; Wed evening 6:00 - 8:00; other times by appointment<br>Closed: Closed Major Holidays<br><br>
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[[Vincennes Indiana Family History Center|'''Vincennes Indiana Family History Center''']]
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1940 N Old Hwy 41<br>Vincennes, Knox, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-882-4022<br>Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm<br>Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas <br><br>Please note:&nbsp;Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
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==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) ====
  
 
The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD)&nbsp;to manage the archival records of local governments.&nbsp; Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.&nbsp; The records of Wabash County&nbsp;come under the jurisdiction of&nbsp;the Eastern Illinois University (EIU)&nbsp;regional depository.  
 
The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD)&nbsp;to manage the archival records of local governments.&nbsp; Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.&nbsp; The records of Wabash County&nbsp;come under the jurisdiction of&nbsp;the Eastern Illinois University (EIU)&nbsp;regional depository.  
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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.  
 
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.  
  
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=== Social Groups Online ===
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[http://www.mtcarmel.lib.il.us/ Mt. Carmel Public Library]<br>727 Mulberry St.<br>Mt. Carmel, IL 62863<br>618-263-3531
  
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HOURS<br>Mon-Thu: 11am-7pm<br>Fri-Sat: 11am-5:30pm <br>Sun: 1pm-5:30pm
  
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==== Museums  ====
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| valign="top" width="35%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilgssi/index.html '''Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois''']<br>[http://www.jalc.edu/lrc/library/ John A. Logan College Library]<br>700 Logan College Road<br>Carterville, Illinois 62918<br>Telephone: 618-985-2828, Ext. 8338<br>Hours: vary by season, see [http://www.jalc.edu/lrc/library/library_hours.php website]
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[http://www.museum.wabash.il.us/ Wabash County Museum] (Burkett House)<br>Physical Address:<br>119 W. 3rd St (in the Burket House)<br>Mailing Address:<br>P.O. Box 512<br>Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
| valign="top" | The Society focuses on [[Alexander County, Illinois|Alexander]], [[Clay County, Illinois|Clay]], [[Clinton County, Illinois|Clinton]], [[Edwards County, Illinois|Edwards]], [[Franklin County, Illinois|Franklin]], [[Gallatin County, Illinois|Gallatin]], [[Hamilton County, Illinois|Hamilton]], [[Hardin County, Illinois|Hardin]], [[Jackson County, Illinois|Jackson]], [[Jefferson County, Illinois|Jefferson]], [[Johnson County, Illinois|Johnson]], [[Lawrence County, Illinois|Lawrence]], [[Marion County, Illinois|Marion]], [[Massac County, Illinois|Massac]], [[Monroe County, Illinois|Monroe]], [[Perry County, Illinois|Perry]], [[Pope County, Illinois|Pope]], [[Pulaski County, Illinois|Pulaski]], [[Randolph County, Illinois|Randolph]], [[Richland County, Illinois|Richland]], [[Saline County, Illinois|Saline]], [[St. Clair County, Illinois|St. Clair]], [[Union County, Illinois|Union]], [[Wabash_County,_Illinois|Wabash]], [[Washington County, Illinois|Washington]], [[Wayne County, Illinois|Wayne]], [[White County, Illinois|White]], and [[Williamson County, Illinois|Williamson]] counties. The Society's book and microfilm collection is housed at the John A. Logan College Library. The Society publishes a newsletter (click [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilgssi/Newsletter/index.html here] for recent issues) and a quarterly journal ''The Saga of Southern Illinois'' (click [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilgssi/saga.html here] for a topical index that breaks down what has been published county-by-county).
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:*'''[[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois]]''' <br>
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:*'''Wabash County Historical Society<br>'''P.O. Box 911<br>Mt. Carmel, IL 62863<br>
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:*'''Wabash Genealogical Society'''<br>Nancy Rayborn<br>102 Park Lane<br>Allendale, IL 62410<br>
  
 
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information.  
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Wabash County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm 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.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Wabash County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
 
==== Births  ====
 
==== Births  ====
  
'''1877–present'''&nbsp; The original&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County birth records 1877- present are housed in&nbsp;the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
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:*'''1877-1916'''&nbsp;Birth&nbsp;Record - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for&nbsp;Wabash County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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:*'''1857–1905''' Birth Record, Delayed [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–EIU]  
:*'''1877-1984''' Birth Record&nbsp;Index – [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County records.
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:*'''1870–1905''' Delayed birth record books {{FHL|1320645|item|disp=FHL film 1416918 Items 4 (first of 2 films)}}
:*'''1857-1905''' Birth Record, Delayed - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Wabash&nbsp;County records.
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:*'''1877–1905''' Birth Records {{FHL|1320645|item|disp=FHL film 1416918 Items 1–3}}
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:*'''1877–1905''' Stillbirths {{FHL|1320645|item|disp=FHL film 1416918 Items 3}}
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:*'''1877–1916''' Birth Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–EIU]  
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:*'''1877–1984''' Birth Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–EIU]
  
 
==== Marriages  ====
 
==== Marriages  ====
  
'''1857–present&nbsp;&nbsp;'''The original&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County marriage records 1857-present are housed in&nbsp;the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
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'''Copies of Original Records'''  
  
:*'''1857–1971 '''Marriage&nbsp;Record '''- '''[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County&nbsp;records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]  
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:*'''1857–1930''' Marriage records and index {{FHL|1320647|item|disp=FHL film 1416802 Item 3 (first of 2 films)}}
:*'''1857-1978'''&nbsp;Marriage Record Index - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search&nbsp;for&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County&nbsp;records.
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:*'''1857–1971''' Marriage Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–EIU]  
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:*'''1857–1978''' Marriage Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–EIU]
  
The following abstracts are available:
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'''Online Resources'''
  
:*'''1857–1900'''&nbsp;[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] (1857-1900 for&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County)
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
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:*'''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 ($)
  
 
==== Deaths  ====
 
==== Deaths  ====
  
'''1877–present'''&nbsp; The original&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County death records 1877-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
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'''Copies of Original Records'''  
  
:*'''1877–1955 '''Death&nbsp;Record -&nbsp;[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Wabash&nbsp;County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]  
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:*'''1860, 1870, 1880''' Mortality schedules {{FHL|87141|item|disp=FHL fiche 6048135 fiches 1-2 and book 977.37 X2m)}}
:*'''1877–1984 '''Death&nbsp;Record Index -&nbsp;[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Wabash&nbsp;County&nbsp;records.
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:*'''1877–1955''' Death Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–EIU]  
:*'''1912-1917 '''Death Record, Coroner's - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County&nbsp;records.
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:*'''1877–1984''' Death Record index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–EIU]  
:*'''1878-1915''' Death Record, Stillbirths&nbsp;-&nbsp;[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County&nbsp;records.
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:*'''1912–1917''' Death Record, Coroner's [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–EIU]  
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:*'''1878–1915''' Death Record, Stillbirths [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–EIU]
  
The following abstracts are available:
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'''Online Resources'''
  
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916] (Nov 1877-Oct 1915 for Wabash County)
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
:*'''1916–1950 '''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950] (1916-1950 for&nbsp;Wabash&nbsp;County)
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
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:*'''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 ($)
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==== Additional Resources  ====
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Additional resources for Wabash County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|751891|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wabash – Vital Records}}, 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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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Wabash|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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Databases pertinent to Wabash County
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Wabash/ Wabash County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database] IRAD
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:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments] IRAD
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:*[http://wabash.ilgenweb.org/ USGenWeb], Wabash County, Illinois (ILGenWeb)
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:*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Wabash|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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:*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Wabash/ Wabash County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Wabash County

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Illinois
Online Records


Wabash County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Wabash County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: December 27, 1824
County Seat Mt. Carmel
Courthouse
Wabash County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Wabash County Courthouse
401 Market Street
P.O. Box 277
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-4561

Contents

Wabash County Organization

Wabash County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Wabash County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1857
1877
1830
1857
1851

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

Historical Facts

Wabash County is named for the Wabash River which is the English spelling of the French name "Ouabache." French traders named the river waapaahsiiki, a Miami Indian name for the river.[1]

Parent County

  • 1824--Wabash County was created 27 December 1825 from Edwards County.  County seat:  Mount Carmel [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Wabash County boundary changes.

Record Loss

April 5, 1857 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Resources

Biography

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Wabash County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Wabash County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

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.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190012,583
191014,91318.5%
192014,034−5.9%
193013,197−6.0%
194013,7244.0%
195014,6516.8%
196014,047−4.1%
197012,841−8.6%
198013,7136.8%
199013,111−4.4%
200012,937−1.3%
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, Wabash County on page 188.]

Church Records

  • 1819–1860 Barney's Prairie Christia Church records FHL film 7694

Catholic

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

Lutheran

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Wabash County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Wabash County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

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 and the Family History Library.

Copies of original records

Abstracts

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Wabash 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.

Maps

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Military

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Shelby County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Shelby County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Civil War

Civil War service men from Wabash 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 Wabash County.

- 40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 115th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Periodicals

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 or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Wabash County records. For information on how to use IRAD see theEIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Wabash County probates may be found in the Illinois, Wabash – Probate, and on the Illinois, Wabash – Probate newspapers 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 Wabash County are kept, see the Wabash 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 Wabash County, Illinois:

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 Wabash 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.

Libraries

Mt. Carmel Public Library
727 Mulberry St.
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
618-263-3531

HOURS
Mon-Thu: 11am-7pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-5:30pm
Sun: 1pm-5:30pm

Museums

Wabash County Museum (Burkett House)
Physical Address:
119 W. 3rd St (in the Burket House)
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 512
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863

Social Groups Online

Societies

  • Wabash County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 911
    Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
  • Wabash Genealogical Society
    Nancy Rayborn
    102 Park Lane
    Allendale, IL 62410

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 Wabash 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 Wabash 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 Wabash County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Wabash – Vital Records, 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.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Web Sites

Databases pertinent to Wabash County

References

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