White County, Illinois Genealogy

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{{Illinois-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] White County''  
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[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[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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=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
== 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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The [[Illinois Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Illinois Cemeteries]] page provides general explanations of the following online White County resources:  
 
The [[Illinois Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Illinois Cemeteries]] page provides general explanations of the following online White County 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]  
 
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/white.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
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| [http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries]  
 
| [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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}}For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Illinois Census]].
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==== 1840 Pensioners  ====
 
==== 1840 Pensioners  ====
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=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
==== The following abstracts are available:  ====
 
  
:*'''1816–1834; 1848–1855''' Vaught, Harriet B. ''Circuit Court index book A, B, 1816-1834; index book E, 1848-1855.'' Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. {{FHL|84080|item|disp=FHL film 823710 Item 4}}
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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}}
  
 
:*'''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}}
 
:*'''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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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
  
 
*[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.  
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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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A variety of early White County genealogical records are transcribed in:  
 
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A variety of early White County genealogical records are transcribed in:<br>
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*''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] ($).
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
====The following abstracts are available: ====
 
  
 
:*'''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}}
 
:*'''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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:*'''1987''' Rockford Map Publishers. ''Land atlas and plat book, White County, Illinois, 1987.'' Rockford, Illinois&nbsp;: Rockford Map Publishers, c1987. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/ 17731585 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|560930|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 E7w}}
 
:*'''1987''' Rockford Map Publishers. ''Land atlas and plat book, White County, Illinois, 1987.'' Rockford, Illinois&nbsp;: Rockford Map Publishers, c1987. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/ 17731585 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|560930|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 E7w}}
  
:*Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family maps of White County, Illinois&nbsp;: 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&nbsp;: 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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:*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&nbsp;: 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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====The following copies of original records are available: ====
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:*'''1816–1886''' Grantee and grantor index {{FHL|232345|item|disp=FHL first film 977523–6)}}  
 
:*'''1816–1886''' Grantee and grantor index {{FHL|232345|item|disp=FHL first film 977523–6)}}  
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=== 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'''<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.
  
 
:- [[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.
  
=== 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  ===
  
==== The following abstracts of the records are available:  ====
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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''' 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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:*'''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}}
 
:*'''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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:*'''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}}
 
:*'''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}}
  
:*'''1816–1916''' Davis, Patricia. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's White County, Ill. wills 1816-1916 and obituaries, naturalization papers, marriages in 1916.'' Marion, IL&nbsp;: P.S. Davis, ©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''' 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&nbsp;: also obituaries copied from Carmi Democrat-tribune. Other items also included: White County, Illinois, naturalization papers; marriages in 1916.'' S.l.&nbsp;: 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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:*'''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}}
  
:*''' 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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:*'''1822–1844''' Cyrus, Carol. [http://white.ilgenweb.net/probates2244.html White County, Illinois Probate Journal, Volume B, 1822-1844], courtesy: [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
  
==== The following copies of original records are available: ====
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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]
  
 
:*'''1816–1969''' Probate index {{FHL|272281|item|disp=FHL film 977756}}  
 
:*'''1816–1969''' Probate index {{FHL|272281|item|disp=FHL film 977756}}  
:*'''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 [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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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 [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]  
:*'''1820–1874''' Probate journals {{FHL|271855|item|disp=FHL first film 977073 (first of 12 films)}}
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:*'''1820–1874''' Probate journals {{FHL|271855|item|disp=FHL first film 977073 (first of 12 films)}}  
 
:*'''1843–1848''' Probate records {{FHL|271951|item|disp=FHL film 977074 Item 1}}  
 
:*'''1843–1848''' Probate records {{FHL|271951|item|disp=FHL film 977074 Item 1}}  
 
:*'''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.
 
:*'''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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=== Repositories  ===
 
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==== County Courthouse ====
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*'''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, 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 Center ====
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*'''Family History Center'''
  
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) ====
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*'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)'''
  
==== Public Libraries ====
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=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.  
 
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&nbsp;[http://www.whitecounty-il.gov/departments/countyclerk.asp White County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [[Illinois Vital Records#Birth_Records|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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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 [[Illinois Vital Records#Birth_Records|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 [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and 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 [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for White County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|IRAD Wiki page.]]  
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==== General  ====
 
==== General  ====
  
:*'''1816–1916''' Davis, Patricia. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's White County, Ill. wills 1816-1916 and obituaries, naturalization papers, marriages in 1916.'' Marion, IL&nbsp;: 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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:*'''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 }}
  
:*Wheeler, Gertrude S. ''Genealogical records of McLean, White and Will Counties, Illinois.'' Salt Lake City&nbsp;: 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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:*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}}
  
 
:*'''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}}
 
:*'''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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:*'''1877–1916''' Birth index {{FHL|271991|item|disp=FHL film 977720 items 1-2}}  
 
:*'''1877–1916''' Birth index {{FHL|271991|item|disp=FHL film 977720 items 1-2}}  
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==== Marriage  ====
 
==== Marriage  ====
  
'''Abstracts of Marriage Records'''
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'''Abstracts of Marriage Records'''  
  
 
:*'''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}}
 
:*'''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}}
  
:*'''1816–1916''' Vaught, Harriet B. ''Marriages from White County, Illinois.'' [Carmi, Ill.]&nbsp;: 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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:*'''1816–1916''' 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}}
  
 
:*'''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}}
 
:*'''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}}
 
:*'''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}}
  
:*'''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&nbsp;: 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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:*'''1816–1821''' 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}}
  
 
:*'''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}}
 
:*'''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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:*'''1816–1840''' 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
 
:*'''1816–1840''' 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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:*'''1816–1918''' Marriage records {{FHL|271847|item|disp=FHL films 977068–72}}  
 
:*'''1816–1918''' Marriage records {{FHL|271847|item|disp=FHL films 977068–72}}  
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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&nbsp;: 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}}
 
:*'''1877–1902''' 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&nbsp;: 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}}
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Revision as of 04:39, 12 August 2011

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
IL-white-courthouse.jpg
Address 301 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 339
Carmi, IL 62821
618-382-7211
Website: www.whitecounty-il.gov
Named for: Leonard White
United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png White County

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

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

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:

Presbyterian

  • 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.

Court Records

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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. 71649169 Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.396 R2b The publisher's bookstore includes a free surname index.

Maps

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.
- 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.

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

  • 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

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)
  • Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

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.

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

General

Birth

Copies of Birth Records

Marriage

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

Death

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

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.