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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''White County'''
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Guide to '''White County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| building address = '''White County Courthouse'''<br>301 E. Main Street<br>P.O. Box 339<br>Carmi, IL 62821<br>(618) 382-7211<br>[http://www.whitecounty-il.gov/ White County Website]
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{{Illinois-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] White County''
 
  
 
== White County Organization  ==
 
== White County Organization  ==
  
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White County's civil records start the following years:
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
=== Parent County  ===
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The first white settlers came in about 1806. White County was organized within the Illinois Territory by an act of the Territorial Legislature of 7 December 1815. The land was split off from Gallatin County. The county was named after Leonard White, a prominent citizen of Gallatin County.<ref>''History of White County Illinois'' (1883; reprint, Carmi, Illinois: White County Historical Society, 1972), 221, 297.</ref>  
 
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The first white settlers came in about 1806. White County was organized within the Illinois Territory by an act of the Territorial Legislature of 7 December 1815. The land was split off from Gallatin County. The county was named after Leonard White, a prominent citizen of Gallatin County.<ref>''History of White County Illinois'' (1883; reprint, Carmi, Illinois: White County Historical Society, 1972), 221, 297.</ref><br>
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
Hamilton County was cut off from White County in 1821.<ref>Ibid., 297.</ref><br>
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Hamilton County was set off from White County in 1821.<ref>Ibid., 297.</ref>  
  
See an interactive map of White County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].  
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Interactive map of White County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].  
  
 
=== Townships and Election Precincts  ===
 
=== Townships and Election Precincts  ===
  
The County Court (county commissioners, county government) met for the first time on 12 February 1816. They divided the county into three '''townships''':<br>
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The County Court (county commissioners, county government) met for the first time on 12 February 1816. They divided the county into three '''townships''':  
  
 
*'''Prairie''', beginning at the mouth of the Little Wabash River, up that river to the line between Townships 4 and 5 South, and along that line to the (Big) Wabash River.  
 
*'''Prairie''', beginning at the mouth of the Little Wabash River, up that river to the line between Townships 4 and 5 South, and along that line to the (Big) Wabash River.  
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*'''West''', the part of the county west of the Little Wabash River.<ref>Ibid., 300, 301.</ref>
 
*'''West''', the part of the county west of the Little Wabash River.<ref>Ibid., 300, 301.</ref>
  
In December 1819, the County Court divided the county into two townships, East and West, separated by the line between Ranges 7 and 8 East.<ref>Ibid., 297.</ref><br>
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In December 1819, the County Court divided the county into two townships, East and West, separated by the line between Ranges 7 and 8 East.<ref>Ibid., 297.</ref>  
  
 
In 1830 there were four townships: Burnt Prairie, Mantua, Fox River, and Prairie. <ref>Ibid., 307.</ref>  
 
In 1830 there were four townships: Burnt Prairie, Mantua, Fox River, and Prairie. <ref>Ibid., 307.</ref>  
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*'''Herald's Prairie''', bounded on the north by Lick Creek, on the east by the Little Wabash River, on the south by the county line, and on the west by Indian Creek. <ref>Ibid., 298, 299.</ref>
 
*'''Herald's Prairie''', bounded on the north by Lick Creek, on the east by the Little Wabash River, on the south by the county line, and on the west by Indian Creek. <ref>Ibid., 298, 299.</ref>
  
Township government was approved by popular vote in the fall of 1871, and the following ten '''[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~4360~470082:Map-of-White-County---Union-Atlas-C?qvq=q:white+county,+illinois;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=2&trs=8 townships] '''were organized.&nbsp; These townships have not changed down to the present.  
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Township government was approved by popular vote in the fall of 1871, and the following ten '''[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~4360~470082:Map-of-White-County---Union-Atlas-C?qvq=q:white+county,+illinois;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=2&trs=8 townships] '''were organized. These townships have not changed down to the present.  
  
 
*'''Indian Creek''', same as the voting precinct.  
 
*'''Indian Creek''', same as the voting precinct.  
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
 
{{White County, Illinois}}
 
 
<br>'''To see a list of places in White County, click on [Show], in the bar above.''' The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.
 
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Illinois+White+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
 
| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Illinois+White+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
 
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/white.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
 
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| [http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries]  
 
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=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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For information and tips on accessing census records online, see [[Illinois Census]].
  
 
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==== 1840 Pensioners  ====
 
==== 1840 Pensioners  ====
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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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Information about early White County, Illinois churches may be found in the township histories section of a local history published in 1883, see: {{FHL|278156|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 977.396 H2h 1972}}.
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*Gifford, Linda Darlene Brown. ''Antioch Church Records, Mill Shoals, Il., White Co., Il.: ca. 1867-1935.'' Fairfield, Ill.: Bland Books, 1984. {{FHL|644298|item|disp=FHL Book 977.396/M1 K2g}}.<br>
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*Hopewell Congregation. ''Church Records, 1819-1868''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|3668|item|disp=FHL Film 977647 Item 7}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/52924250 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]. Contains bapts., 1819-1868 -- births, 1819-1851 -- marrs., 1819-1957 -- communicants; deaths, 1821-1867 -- and session minutes.<br>
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==== Baptist<br>  ====
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*[http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/churches/primbap/FamHist-White.html Church and Family History Research Assistance for Primitive Baptist Churches in White County, Illinois]
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*Lick Creek Primitive Baptist Church (Heralds Prairie Twp., Ill.). ''Church Records, 1820-1844''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|3827|item|disp=FHL Film 977647 Item 9}}.<br>
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*Little Wabash Primitive Baptist Church (Phillips Twp., Ill.). ''Membership Records, [1836]-1954''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|74413|item|disp=FHL Film 908929 Item 3}}.<br>
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*Mt. Hope Regular Baptist Church of Christ (Indian Creek Twp., Ill.). ''Church Records, 1846-1860''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|3823|item|disp=FHL Film 977647 Item 8}}.<br>
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*Mt. Sterling Predestinarian Baptist Church. ''Church Records, 1856-1888''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|3594|item|disp=FHL Film 977647 Item 15}}.<br>
  
 
==== Catholic  ====
 
==== Catholic  ====
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Polycarp Parish, Carmi, White County, Illinois 1870-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Polycarp Parish, Carmi, White County, Illinois 1870-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Polycarp (and Church of the Holy Name of Jesus) Parish, Carmi and Grayville, White County, Illinois 1888-1928}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Polycarp (and Church of the Holy Name of Jesus) Parish, Carmi and Grayville, White County, Illinois 1888-1928}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
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*''The History of St. Patrick's Parish, Enfield, Illinois 1839-1989'' is available [http://home.midwest.net/~cbconly/stpats.htm online].<br>
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==== Christian<br>  ====
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*Christian Church (Springerton, Ill.). ''Church History, 1855-1955''. Typescript. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|81140|item|disp=FHL Film 977647 Item 14}}.<br>
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*''White House Church or Pleasant Hill'' (Bridgeport, Ill.). WorldCat [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/740459699 (Other Libraries)]
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==== Evangelical<br>  ====
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*German Evangelical Church (Grayville, Ill.). ''Church Records, 1856-1919''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|420385|item|disp=FHL Film 1433524 Item 8}}.<br>
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==== Methodist<br>  ====
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*Big Prairie Methodist Church (Hawthorne Twp., Ill.). ''Church Records, 1881-1944''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|3652|item|disp=FHL Film 977648 Items 3-5}}.<br>
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*Concord United Methodist Church (Emma, Ill.). ''Concord United Methodist Church: Homecoming and Worship Celebration''. 2000. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/71342271 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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*First United Methodist Church (Carmi, Ill.). ''Church Records, 1898-1932''. MSS. Copy: FHL<br>
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*Frazier, William and C. William Fechtig. ''Maunie United Methodist Church: Homecoming and Worship Celebration, 100 Years Plus, October 29, 2000''. 2000?. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/48200858 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
  
 
==== Presbyterian  ====
 
==== Presbyterian  ====
  
*Delap, Sam L. and Harve E. Delap. ''History of Mount Oval Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1869-1969''. 1969. Free digital copy at [http://issuu.com/capotom/docs/mount_oval_church_history Issuu]. Includes transcript of 100s of burials at the church's cemetery.
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*Burnt Prairie Cumberland Presbyterian Church. ''Church Records, 1869-1945''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|773110|item|disp=FHL Film 2030582 Items 2-4}}.<br>
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*Delap, Sam L. and Harve E. Delap. ''History of Mount Oval Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1869-1969''. 1969. Free digital copy at [http://issuu.com/capotom/docs/mount_oval_church_history Issuu]. Includes transcript of 100s of burials at the church's cemetery.  
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*First Presbyterian Church (Enfield, Ill.). ''Church Records, 1868-1896''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|193411|item|disp=FHL Film 912119 Item 3}}.<br>
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*Land, Margaret D. et al. ''Presbyterianism in White County''. Typescript. Copy: {{FHL|51384|item|disp=FHL Film 977647 Item 11}}.<br>
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*Mt. Olive Cumberland Presbyterian Church historical statistics and information are available [http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/churches/MtOliveOmahaIL.htm online].
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*Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Burnt Prairie, Ill.). ''Church Records, 1823-1830''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|773863|item|disp=FHL Film 2031046 Item 13}}.<br>
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==== Quaker  ====
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*''Records: White Lick, Union Grove/Lamong, Chicago, Fairview and Beech Grove/Valley Mills Monthly Meetings''. WorldCat [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/84842670 (Other Libraries)]
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*Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Springerton Branch. ''Church Records, 1873-1918''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|755789|item|disp=FHL Film 1976398 Item 11}}.<br>
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=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court 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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for White County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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:*'''1816–1834; 1848–1855''' Vaught, Harriet B. ''Circuit Court index book A, B, 1816-1834; index book E, 1848-1855.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. {{FHL|84080|item|disp=FHL film 823710 Item 4}}
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:*'''1860–1888 '''Vaught, Harriet B. ''Index to White County court papers, White County, Illinois, 1860-1888.'' Carni, Illinois&nbsp;: H.B. Vaught, [198-?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11106460 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|360140|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P22i v. 1–2}}
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:*'''1842–1859 '''Vaught, Harriet B. ''White County, Illinois, records, 1842-1859.'' Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. {{FHL|258133|item|disp=FHL film 928262 Item 4}}
  
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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The following have information concerning African American research.  
 
The following have information concerning African American research.  
  
*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records  
 
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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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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://everynameindex.com/WhiteCoIL.html Every Name Index to History of White County, Illinois].&nbsp; Every Name Index compiled by Cathy L. O'Connor, 2010; original text by Inter-State Publishing Company, 1883; republished in 1954 just in time for Carmi's sesquicentennial celebration in 1966, subsequent reproduction was in 1973.&nbsp; [http://www.everynameindex.com EveryNameIndex.com]<br>
  
A variety of early White County genealogical records are transcribed in:<br>
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A variety of early White County genealogical records are transcribed in:  
  
 
*''McLean County, White County, Will County Genealogical Records''. Evanston, Ill.?: Illinois Society, D.A.R.?, 1945?. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27154 Ancestry] ($).
 
*''McLean County, White County, Will County Genealogical Records''. Evanston, Ill.?: Illinois Society, D.A.R.?, 1945?. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27154 Ancestry] ($).
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
  
:*'''1814–1970''' Deeds index; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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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.  
:*'''1816–1928''' Deed record; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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:*'''1853–1857''' Swamp land record; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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<br>''Family Maps of White County, Illinois'' (2005) plat the land of many White County settlers. The [http://www.arphax.com/ac/-P45.aspx publisher's bookstore] includes a free surname index. {{FHL|1284309|item|disp=FHL Book 977.396 R2b}}<br>
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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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for White County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
=== Maps ===
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:*'''1987''' Rockford Map Publishers. ''Land atlas and plat book, White County, Illinois, 1987.'' Rockford, Illinois: Rockford Map Publishers, c1987. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17731585 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|560930|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 E7w}}
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:*Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family maps of White County, Illinois: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads, and more; 3 maps per township, [1] homesteads and other land patents, [2] roads, [3] rivers, creeks and railroads [and cemeteries].'' Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Pub. Co., c2005. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/ 71649169 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1284309|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 R2b}} The [http://www.arphax.com/ac/-P45.aspx publisher's bookstore] includes a free surname index.
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'''Abstracts'''
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:*'''1814–1854''' Davis, Patricia S. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's Early land grants of White County, Illinois, 1814-1854 and probate index, 1818-1976.'' Marion, Illinois&nbsp;: Patricia S. Davis, c1995. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33039320 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|742456|item|disp=FHL film 1598393 Item 12}}
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:*'''1814–1854''' Vaught, Harriet B.''Early land grants of White County, Illinois, 1814-1854, probate index, 1818-1976.'' [Carmi, Ill.]: Vaught, [1980?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9472590 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|158130|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 R2v}}
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:*'''1816–1854''' Illinois. State Archives Division, and White County Historical Society. ''Original land grants, White County, Illinois.'' Carmi, Illinois: White County Historical Society (Illinois), 1992. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33039320 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1033082|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 R22o}}
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:*'''1871''' Westbrook, J. B. ''Map of White County, Illinois [1871]'' [S.l.]&nbsp;: J.B. Westbrook, 1871. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11815532 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|721573|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 E7w and fiche 6079370 }}
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:*'''1842–1859 '''Vaught, Harriet B. ''White County, Illinois, records, 1842-1859.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. {{FHL|258133|item|disp=FHL film 928262 Item 4}}
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'''Copies of Original Records'''
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:*'''1816–1886''' Grantee and grantor index {{FHL|232345|item|disp=FHL first film 977523–6)}}
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:*'''1816–1886''' Deeds {{FHL|232345|item|disp=FHL first films 977527 (first of 32 films)}}
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:*'''1814–1970''' Deeds index; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
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:*'''1816–1928''' Deed record; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
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:*'''1852–1957''' Land records {{FHL|566181|item|disp=FHL film 1688788 Item 2}}
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:*'''1853–1857''' Swamp land record; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
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'''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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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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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 ($)
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/white_map.html White County Federal Township Plats]
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=== Maps ===
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[[Image:Ilwhite.jpg|600px]]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from White 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 White County.<br>
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==== Civil War ====
  
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Civil War service men from White 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 White County.
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:- [[7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies E and G.
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:- [[14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company H.
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:- [[26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.
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:- [[29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B, D, and G
 
:- [[40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C.  
 
:- [[40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C.  
:- [[56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B and F.<br>
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:- [[56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B and F.  
 
:- [[62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.  
 
:- [[62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.  
 
:- [[87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B, C, F, G, I and K.  
 
:- [[87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B, C, F, G, I and K.  
:- [[98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.<br>
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:- [[98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.  
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:- [[120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.
  
=== Naturalization  ===
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
  
 
:*'''1860–1898 '''Some naturalization and citizenship records for White County are&nbsp;included in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select White County, and select Naturalization and Citizenship.
 
:*'''1860–1898 '''Some naturalization and citizenship records for White County are&nbsp;included in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select White County, and select Naturalization and Citizenship.
  
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
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=== Newspapers ===
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=== Obituaries  ===
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
:*'''1816–1914 '''Probate wills record; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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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.
  
:*'''1820–1885 '''The probate journals (1820–1885) and will records(1893–1914) for White County probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select White County, and select the record type you are interested in.
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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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for White County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
*Cyrus, Carol. [http://white.ilgenweb.net/probates2244.html White County, Illinois Probate Journal, Volume B, 1822-1844], courtesy: [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]  
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'''Abstracts'''
*Cyrus, Carol. [http://white.ilgenweb.net/probates4347.html White County, Illinois Probate Journal 1843-1847], courtesy: [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
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:*'''1818–1976''' Davis, Patricia S. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's Early land grants of White County, Illinois, 1814-1854 and probate index, 1818-1976.'' Marion, Illinois: Patricia S. Davis, c1995. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33039320 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|742456|item|disp=FHL film 1598393 Item 12}}
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:*'''1818–1976''' Vaught, Harriet B.''Early land grants of White County, Illinois, 1814-1854, probate index, 1818-1976. ''[Carmi, Ill.]: Vaught, [1980?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9472590 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|158130|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 R2v}}
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:*'''1976–1979; 1961–1981''' [probate index; wills index] Vaught, Harriet B. and Dorothy E. Wallace. ''Marriages from White County, Illinois.'' [Illinois?&nbsp;: s.n.], 1950-[198-?] [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9101561 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|595814|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V29m v. 1–4 and films 1059474 Items 5}}
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 +
:*'''1976–1979; 1961–1981''' Davis, Patricia S. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's marriages from White County, Illinois.'' Marion, Illinois: P.S. Davis, c1996. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/173611297 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|721587|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V29m index v. 2-4}}
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:*'''1816–1848''' White County Historical Society. ''Early White County, Illinois wills, 1816-1848.'' Carmi (Ill.): White County Historical Society, 1998. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/664451263 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|737750|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P2e}}
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:*'''1816–1916''' Davis, Patricia. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's White County, Ill. wills 1816-1916 and obituaries, naturalization papers, marriages in 1916.'' Marion, IL: P.S. Davis, pub. 1994. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36151596 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|730747|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P2v index and fiche 6117792 }}
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:*'''1816–1916''' Vaught, Harriet B. ''White County, Ill. wills, 1816-1916: also obituaries copied from Carmi Democrat-tribune. Other items also included: White County, Illinois, naturalization papers; marriages in 1916.'' S.l.: Vaught, [between 1970 and 1981]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8087965 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|612390|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P2v}}
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:*'''1822–1844''' Cyrus, Carol. [http://white.ilgenweb.net/probates2244.html White County, Illinois Probate Journal, Volume B, 1822-1844], courtesy: [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
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:*'''1843–1847''' Cyrus, Carol. [http://white.ilgenweb.net/probates4347.html White County, Illinois Probate Journal 1843-1847], courtesy: [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
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'''Copies of Original Records'''
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:*'''1816–1969''' Probate index {{FHL|272281|item|disp=FHL film 977756}}
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:*'''1816–1914''' Will Records {{FHL|272296|item|disp=FHL films 977757–977758 Item 1}}; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|How to use IRAD]]
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:*'''1820–1874''' Probate journals {{FHL|271855|item|disp=FHL first film 977073 (first of 12 films)}}
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:*'''1843–1848''' Probate records {{FHL|271951|item|disp=FHL film 977074 Item 1}}
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:*'''1820–1914 '''The probate journals (1820–1885) and will records(1893–1914) for White County probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select White County, and select the record type you are interested in.
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== 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 White County are kept, see the [[White County, Illinois Courthouse|White 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 White County are kept, see the [[White County, Illinois Courthouse|White County Courthouse]] page.  
  
==== Family History Library ====
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==== Family History Center ====
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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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 - Southern Illinois University|Southern Illinois University]] houses the records for White County.
  
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
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'''White County Historical Society'''<br>Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library<br>P.O. Box 121, 203 N. Church St.<br>Carmi, IL 62821-0121<br>phone:618-382-8425<br>email: w.c.h.s-genealogy@hotmail.com<br>Open Tue-Fri 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM<br>Read information published about the society's holdings in [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs.html ''The Carmi Times.'']; also [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs2.html ''The Carmi Times.''] [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs2.html Online Catalog]
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'''Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois''' has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.
  
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
{| class="FCK__ShowTableBorders" border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" width="100%"
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'''White County Historical Society'''<br>Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library<br>P.O. Box 121, 203 N. Church St.<br>Carmi, IL 62821-0121<br>phone:618-382-8425<br>email: w.c.h.s-genealogy@hotmail.com<br>Open Tue-Fri 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM<br>Read information published about the society's holdings in [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs.html ''The Carmi Times.'']; also [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs2.html ''The Carmi Times.''] [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs2.html Online Catalog]  
|-
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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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'''Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois''' has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.
| 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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=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
==== Birth  ====
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
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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 [http://www.whitecounty-il.gov/departments/countyclerk.asp White 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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[[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|Illinois Regional Archives Depository - Southern Illinois University]]&nbsp; (IRAD-SIU)
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==== General  ====
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:*'''1816–1916''' Davis, Patricia. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's White County, Ill. wills 1816-1916 and obituaries, naturalization papers, marriages in 1916.'' Marion, IL: P.S. Davis, ©1994. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36151596 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|730747|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P2v index; Fiche 6117792 }}
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:*Wheeler, Gertrude S. ''Genealogical records of McLean, White and Will Counties, Illinois.'' Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971. {{FHL|255178|item|disp=FHL film 873529 Item 8; and book 977.3 V2w}}
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:*'''1914–1920''' Hillyard, Clara Mae. ''Scrapbook of Clara Mae Hillyard, 1914-1920.'' Carmi, Illinois: Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library, c2001.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50266219 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1027297|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V4h}}
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==== Births  ====
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'''Copies of Birth Records'''
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:*'''1877–1916''' Birth index {{FHL|271991|item|disp=FHL film 977720 items 1-2}}
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:*'''1877–1916''' Birth records and still births {{FHL|271991|item|disp=FHL film 977721–3}}
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:*'''1865–1935''' Birth index {{FHL|272121|item|disp=FHL film 977720 Item 3}}
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:*'''1865–1915''' Births and delayed births {{FHL|272121|item|disp=FHL films 977724–50}}
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:*'''1856–1915''' Birth Certificates; IRAD-SIU
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:*'''1877–1916 '''Birth record; IRAD-SIU
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:*'''1856–1935 '''Birth record index; IRAD-SIU
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==== Marriages  ====
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'''Abstracts of Marriage Records'''
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:*'''1816–1916''' Davis, Patricia S. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's marriages from White County, Illinois.'' Marion, Illinois: P.S. Davis, c1996. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/173611297 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|721587|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V29m index v. 2-4 and films 1059474 Items 5 - 6, 2416417 Item 1}}
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:*'''1816–1916''' Vaught, Harriet B. ''Marriages from White County, Illinois.'' [Carmi, Ill.]: Vaught, [1980?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9101561 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|595814|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V29m v. 1,2,3,4}}
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:*'''1816–1840''' Bender, Lucy. ''Early settlers' records of White County, Illinois, marriages licences, 1816-1840.'' [S.l.]&nbsp;: Bender, 1936. {{FHL|270547|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V25b}}
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:*'''1816–1844''' Daughters of the American Revolution. ''Hopewell Congregation Church records, White County marriage records, 1816-1844.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. {{FHL|326752|item|disp=FHL book 848656 Item 1}}
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:*'''1816–1821''' Harrelson, Ralph S. ''Marriages, information taken from original marriage documents &amp; old marriage record books relative to marriages celebrated in Hamilton County, Illinois, 1821-1870: also a record of marriages celebrated in White County, Illinois, 1816 through 1821.'' Carterville, Illinois: Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, c1986. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/16882912 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|546346|item|disp=FHL book 977.39 V28h}}
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:*'''1816–1840''' Tindall, Emogene. ''White County, Illinois, marriages, 1816-1840.'' [S.l.: s.n.], 1983. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12023717 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|276064|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V2t}}
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:*'''1816–1880''' Davis, Patricia S. White County, Illinois marriages. Marion, Illinois&nbsp;: P.S. Davis, c1995. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/51990352 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|721582|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V2d 1816–1865, 1866–1880}}
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:*'''1816–1840''' Stephenson, James. Marriages from 1816 to 1840, [http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/white/vitals/marriages/marriag1.txt Surnames A-K], [http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/white/vitals/marriages/marriag2.txt Surnames L-Z], courtesy: ILGenWeb
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'''Copies of Marriage Records'''
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:*'''1816–1918''' Marriage records {{FHL|271847|item|disp=FHL films 977068–72}}
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:*'''1874–1924''' Index to Marriage records {{FHL|271847|item|disp=FHL film 977066–7}}
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:*'''1816–1917''' Marriage record; IRAD-SIU
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:*'''1874–1945''' Marriage record index; IRAD-SIU
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'''Online Resources'''
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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 ($)
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==== Deaths ====
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'''Abstracts of Death Records'''
  
:*'''1856–1915''' Birth Certificates; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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:*'''1877–1902''' Knotter, Janice Melton. ''White County Illinois death register: book 1– December 1877–September 1902: with lists of doctors and undertakers and explanation in medical terms.'' Carmi, Illinois: Genealogy Society of White County (IL), c2008. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/196286879 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|1463640|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V2k}}
:*'''1877–1916 '''Birth record; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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:*'''1856–1935'''Birth record index; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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==== Marriage  ====
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'''Copies Death Records'''
  
:*'''1816–1917''' Marriage record; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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:*'''1850–1880''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756 Mortality Schedules], courtesy: Ancestry ($)<br>
:*'''1874–1945''' Marriage record index; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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:*'''1878–1912''' Index to deaths {{FHL|271771|item|disp=FHL films 977065}}
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:*'''1878–1915''' Death register {{FHL|271771|item|disp=FHL films 977065}}
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:*'''1877–1915''' Death record; IRAD_SIU
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:*'''1877–1912''' Death record index; IRAD_SIU
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:*'''1877–1916''' Death record, stillbirths; IRAD_SIU
  
*Stephenson, James. Marriages from 1816 to 1840, [http://files.usgwarchives.org/il/white/vitals/marriages/marriag1.txt Surnames A-K], [http://files.usgwarchives.org/il/white/vitals/marriages/marriag2.txt Surnames L-Z], courtesy: ILGenWeb
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'''Online Resources'''
  
==== Death ====
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp 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]
  
:*'''1877–1915 '''Death record; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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:*'''1877–1912 '''Death record index;[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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:*'''1877–1916 '''Death record, stillbirths; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  Search for White records [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+White|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.everynameindex.com EveryNameIndex.com]&nbsp;&nbsp; Free online genealogy indexes for those big old county histories.
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/White/ White County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/White/ White County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png White County

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

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Online Records



White County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting White County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: December 9, 1815
County Seat Carmi
Courthouse
White County Courthouse.gif
Address White County Courthouse
301 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 339
Carmi, IL 62821
(618) 382-7211
White County Website

Contents

White County Organization

White County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1816 1877 1820 1816 1816

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

Historical Facts

The first white settlers came in about 1806. White County was organized within the Illinois Territory by an act of the Territorial Legislature of 7 December 1815. The land was split off from Gallatin County. The county was named after Leonard White, a prominent citizen of Gallatin County.[1]

Boundary Changes

Hamilton County was set off from White County in 1821.[2]

Interactive map of White County boundary changes.

Townships and Election Precincts

The County Court (county commissioners, county government) met for the first time on 12 February 1816. They divided the county into three townships:

  • Prairie, beginning at the mouth of the Little Wabash River, up that river to the line between Townships 4 and 5 South, and along that line to the (Big) Wabash River.
  • Fox River, the part of the county north of the line dividing Townships 4 and 5 South and east of the Little Wabash River.
  • West, the part of the county west of the Little Wabash River.[3]

In December 1819, the County Court divided the county into two townships, East and West, separated by the line between Ranges 7 and 8 East.[4]

In 1830 there were four townships: Burnt Prairie, Mantua, Fox River, and Prairie. [5]

Prior to 1871, the county had eight election precincts:

  • Indian Creek, comprising Township 6 South (T6S) Range 8 East (R8E) and the north half of T7S R8E.
  • Enfield, comprising the territory north of Indian Creek, south of the Skillet Fork, and west of Seven-Mile Creek.
  • Burnt Prairie, all the territory between the Skillet Fork and the Little Wabash River.
  • Carmi, east of Enfield, south of Skillet Fork on the west side of the Little Wabash River, and on the east side of the river south of Townships 27, 28, and 29 of T4S R10E, and extending south to Lick Creek, west of the river, and east of the river to the south line of Sections 27 and 30 of T5S R10E.
  • Grayville, east of Burnt Prairie, and south to the south line of Sections 9 and 12 of T4S R10E, the line extending eastward to the (Big) Wabash River.
  • Fox River, east of Carmi and south of Grayville to the south line of Sections 35 and 36 of T5S R14W.
  • Prairie, all south of Carmi and Fox River, and between the Little Wabash and (Big) Wabash Rivers.
  • Herald's Prairie, bounded on the north by Lick Creek, on the east by the Little Wabash River, on the south by the county line, and on the west by Indian Creek. [6]

Township government was approved by popular vote in the fall of 1871, and the following ten townships were organized. These townships have not changed down to the present.

  • Indian Creek, same as the voting precinct.
  • Enfield, T5S R8E.
  • Burnt Prairie, T4S R9E and the south half of T3S R9E.
  • Carmi, T5S R9E.
  • Gray, T3S R14W and the south halves of T3S R10E and T3S R11E.
  • Herald's Prairie, T6S R9E and the north half of T7S R9E.
  • Mill Shoals, T4S R8E and the south half of T3S R8E.
  • Phillips, T4S R10E and T4S R11E, and T4S R14W.
  • Hawthorne, T5S R10E and T5S R11E, and T5S R14W.
  • Emma, T6S R10E and T6S R11E, the north half of T7S R10E and T7S R11E, and a small part of T8S R10E and T8S R11E.[7]

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

One of the best places to start White County cemetery searches are the two volumes of cemetery transcriptions published back in the 1950s.[8]

The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online White County resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project
Illinois Cemeteries
USGenWeb Archives Illinois

Census

For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190025,386
191023,052−9.2%
192020,081−12.9%
193018,149−9.6%
194020,02710.3%
195020,9354.5%
196019,373−7.5%
197017,312−10.6%
198017,8643.2%
199016,522−7.5%
200015,371−7.0%
201014,665−4.6%
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, White County on page 188.]

Church Records

Information about early White County, Illinois churches may be found in the township histories section of a local history published in 1883, see: FHL Book 977.396 H2h 1972.


  • Gifford, Linda Darlene Brown. Antioch Church Records, Mill Shoals, Il., White Co., Il.: ca. 1867-1935. Fairfield, Ill.: Bland Books, 1984. FHL Book 977.396/M1 K2g.
  • Hopewell Congregation. Church Records, 1819-1868. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 977647 Item 7. WorldCat (Other Libraries). Contains bapts., 1819-1868 -- births, 1819-1851 -- marrs., 1819-1957 -- communicants; deaths, 1821-1867 -- and session minutes.

Baptist

Catholic

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


  • The History of St. Patrick's Parish, Enfield, Illinois 1839-1989 is available online.

Christian

Evangelical

Methodist

  • Big Prairie Methodist Church (Hawthorne Twp., Ill.). Church Records, 1881-1944. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 977648 Items 3-5.
  • Concord United Methodist Church (Emma, Ill.). Concord United Methodist Church: Homecoming and Worship Celebration. 2000. WorldCat (Other Libraries)
  • First United Methodist Church (Carmi, Ill.). Church Records, 1898-1932. MSS. Copy: FHL
  • Frazier, William and C. William Fechtig. Maunie United Methodist Church: Homecoming and Worship Celebration, 100 Years Plus, October 29, 2000. 2000?. WorldCat (Other Libraries)

Presbyterian

  • Burnt Prairie Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Church Records, 1869-1945. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 2030582 Items 2-4.
  • Delap, Sam L. and Harve E. Delap. History of Mount Oval Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1869-1969. 1969. Free digital copy at Issuu. Includes transcript of 100s of burials at the church's cemetery.
  • First Presbyterian Church (Enfield, Ill.). Church Records, 1868-1896. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 912119 Item 3.
  • Land, Margaret D. et al. Presbyterianism in White County. Typescript. Copy: FHL Film 977647 Item 11.
  • Mt. Olive Cumberland Presbyterian Church historical statistics and information are available online.
  • Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Burnt Prairie, Ill.). Church Records, 1823-1830. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 2031046 Item 13.

Quaker

  • Records: White Lick, Union Grove/Lamong, Chicago, Fairview and Beech Grove/Valley Mills Monthly Meetings. WorldCat (Other Libraries)

Reorganized LDS

  • Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Springerton Branch. Church Records, 1873-1918. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 1976398 Item 11.


Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court 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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for White County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1816–1834; 1848–1855 Vaught, Harriet B. Circuit Court index book A, B, 1816-1834; index book E, 1848-1855. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. FHL film 823710 Item 4
  • 1860–1888 Vaught, Harriet B. Index to White County court papers, White County, Illinois, 1860-1888. Carni, Illinois : H.B. Vaught, [198-?]. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.396 P22i v. 1–2
  • 1842–1859 Vaught, Harriet B. White County, Illinois, records, 1842-1859. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. FHL film 928262 Item 4

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

  • Rudolph, C.F. (Mrs.) Illinois White County Genealogical Records: Jacob Christopher Rudolph -- Stokes and Allied Families 1201-1946. n.p.: Illinois D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Another digital version at Ancestry ($).

History

A variety of early White County genealogical records are transcribed in:

  • McLean County, White County, Will County Genealogical Records. Evanston, Ill.?: Illinois Society, D.A.R.?, 1945?. 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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for White County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

General

Abstracts

Copies of Original Records

Online Resources

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from White 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 White County.

- 7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies E and G.
- 14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company H.
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, D, and G
- 40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and F.
- 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, C, F, G, I and K.
- 98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.

Naturalization and Citizenship

  • 1860–1898 Some naturalization and citizenship records for White County are included in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select White County, and select Naturalization and Citizenship.

Newspapers

Obituaries

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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for White County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Abstracts

  • 1816–1916 Vaught, Harriet B. White County, Ill. wills, 1816-1916: also obituaries copied from Carmi Democrat-tribune. Other items also included: White County, Illinois, naturalization papers; marriages in 1916. S.l.: Vaught, [between 1970 and 1981]. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.396 P2v

Copies of Original Records

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

Family History Center

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. Southern Illinois University houses the records for White County.

Public Libraries

White County Historical Society
Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library
P.O. Box 121, 203 N. Church St.
Carmi, IL 62821-0121
phone:618-382-8425
email: w.c.h.s-genealogy@hotmail.com
Open Tue-Fri 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Read information published about the society's holdings in The Carmi Times.; also The Carmi Times. Online Catalog

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

Social Groups Online

Societies

White County Historical Society
Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library
P.O. Box 121, 203 N. Church St.
Carmi, IL 62821-0121
phone:618-382-8425
email: w.c.h.s-genealogy@hotmail.com
Open Tue-Fri 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Read information published about the society's holdings in The Carmi Times.; also The Carmi Times. Online Catalog

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

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 White 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.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository - Southern Illinois University  (IRAD-SIU)

General

Births

Copies of Birth Records

Marriages

Abstracts of Marriage Records

  • 1816–1840 Bender, Lucy. Early settlers' records of White County, Illinois, marriages licences, 1816-1840. [S.l.] : Bender, 1936. FHL book 977.396 V25b
  • 1816–1844 Daughters of the American Revolution. Hopewell Congregation Church records, White County marriage records, 1816-1844. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. FHL book 848656 Item 1
  • 1816–1821 Harrelson, Ralph S. Marriages, information taken from original marriage documents & old marriage record books relative to marriages celebrated in Hamilton County, Illinois, 1821-1870: also a record of marriages celebrated in White County, Illinois, 1816 through 1821. Carterville, Illinois: Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, c1986. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.39 V28h

Copies of Marriage Records

Online Resources

Deaths

Abstracts of Death Records

  • 1877–1902 Knotter, Janice Melton. White County Illinois death register: book 1– December 1877–September 1902: with lists of doctors and undertakers and explanation in medical terms. Carmi, Illinois: Genealogy Society of White County (IL), c2008. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.396 V2k

Copies Death Records

  • 1850–1880 Mortality Schedules, courtesy: Ancestry ($)
  • 1878–1912 Index to deaths FHL films 977065
  • 1878–1915 Death register FHL films 977065
  • 1877–1915 Death record; IRAD_SIU
  • 1877–1912 Death record index; IRAD_SIU
  • 1877–1916 Death record, stillbirths; IRAD_SIU

Online Resources


Web Sites

References

  1. History of White County Illinois (1883; reprint, Carmi, Illinois: White County Historical Society, 1972), 221, 297.
  2. Ibid., 297.
  3. Ibid., 300, 301.
  4. Ibid., 297.
  5. Ibid., 307.
  6. Ibid., 298, 299.
  7. Ibid., 299.
  8. White County, Illinois: A Part of the ILGenWeb Project, accessed 10 August 2011.