Wabash County, Illinois Genealogy

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Wabash County, Illinois
Boundary map of Wabash County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: December 27, 1824
County Seat Mt. Carmel
Address 401 Market Street
P.O. Box 277
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
Named for: Wabash River

United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Wabash County


Wabash County Information

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

County Courthouse


Parent County

  • 1824--Wabash County was created 27 December 1825 from Edwards County.  County seat:  Mount Carmel [1]

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:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


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.
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.]



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:


Land and Property

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Local Histories



  • 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.


Probate Records

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Vital Records

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

  • 1877-1916 Birth Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877-1984 Birth Record Index – IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records.
  • 1857-1905 Birth Record, Delayed - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records.


1857–present  The original Wabash County marriage records 1857-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1857–1971 Marriage Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1857-1978 Marriage Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records.

The following abstracts are available:


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

  • 1877–1955 Death Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877–1984 Death Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records.
  • 1912-1917 Death Record, Coroner's - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records.
  • 1878-1915 Death Record, Stillbirths - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records.

The following abstracts are available:

Archives, Libraries and Museums

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.


Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois
John A. Logan College Library
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
Telephone: 618-985-2828, Ext. 8338
Hours: vary by season, see website
The Society focuses on Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties. The Society's book and microfilm collection is housed at the John A. Logan College Library. The Society publishes a newsletter (click here for recent issues) and a quarterly journal The Saga of Southern Illinois (click here for a topical index that breaks down what has been published county-by-county).

Web Sites


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