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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Williamson_County,_Illinois|Williamson County]]''
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Williamson_County,_Illinois|Williamson County]]''
 
  
 
== Williamson County Organization  ==
 
== Williamson County Organization  ==
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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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A chapter on early Williamson County, Illinois church history appears in an 1887 local history, available for free [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofgallati00chic online], beginning on page 515.
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Histories of early churches in the county appear in:<br>
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*Parks, Nannie Gray. ''Williamson Co., Illinois, Pioneer Families''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|51186|item|disp=FHL Films 966140-966148}}.<br>
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See also:<br>
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*Grisham, Violet Lee Carter. ''Williamson County Churches''. Marion, Ill.: Williamson County Historical Society, 1997. {{FHL|673242|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3993 K2g}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36424574 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/39222499 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]<br>
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*Crain, Hazel Edith. ''Hurricane Church Begins a New Life''. 1996. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/63537433 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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*Harris, Wilma. ''Shake Rag Church''. MSS. Copy: {{FHL|49512|item|disp=FHL Film 966139 Item 12}}.<br>
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*''History of Mt. Pleasant "Shed" Church''. 1990s. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/713688476 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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==== Baptist  ====
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*[http://www.arnoldview.org/aboutus.html The History of ArnoldView FreeWill Baptist Church]
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*Bethel Old School or Predestinarian Baptist Association et al. ''Minutes of the Bethel Association of Old School or Predestinarian Baptists, 1932-1954: Volume 3A''. 1932-1954. {{FHL|1183661|item|disp=}}.<br>
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*Boyd, Harry C. ''Second in Name Only: A Recounting of the First Ninety Years of Marion Second Baptist Church''. Marion, Ill.: Second Baptist Church, 2000. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/44911917 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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*Center Baptist Church (Marion, Ill.). ''Records, 1887-1950''. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/133465103 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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*[http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/churches/primbap/FamHist-Williamson.html Church and Family History Research Assistance for Primitive Baptist Churches in Williamson County, Illinois]
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*Crenshaw Baptist Church (Energy, Ill.). ''Records, 1914-1964''. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/289032432 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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*''Early and Present Day History of Williamson County Baptist Association''. Marion, Ill.: Williamson County Baptist Association, 1965. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/46568069 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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*First Baptist Church (Marion, Ill.). ''Records 1865-1980''. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/123960140 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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*Harrelson, Ralph S. ''Lake Creek Baptist Church: Williamson County, Illinois''. 1993. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/35230112 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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*Howard, Charles M. ''The Blood Over Williamson: The Heritage of Williamson County Baptist Association''. Carbondale, Ill.: Paraklete Press, 1980. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17103855 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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*Spring Hill Baptist Church. ''Church Records, 1849-1878''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|461625|item|disp=FHL Film 966139 Item 8}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/300050828 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]<br>
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*Tanner, Delores and Springhill Missionary Baptist Church (Stonefort, Ill.). ''From Sweet Gum Trees on Sugar Creek to Pine Trees on a Hill with a Spring: A 150-year History of Springhill Missionary Baptist Church and Gum Springs and Pleasant Hill''. Ill.: D. Tanner, 1999. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/191854745 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
  
 
==== Catholic  ====
 
==== Catholic  ====
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Joseph and U.S. Penitentiary Parish, Marion, Williamson County, Illinois 1927-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Joseph and U.S. Penitentiary Parish, Marion, Williamson County, Illinois 1927-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Paul Parish, Johnston City, Williamson County, Illinois 1904-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Paul Parish, Johnston City, Williamson County, Illinois 1904-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
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==== Christian  ====
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*Abney, Ella Lorine Rogers et al. ''Membership and Friends, First Christian Church: Disciples of Christ''. Marion, Ill.: First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ, Marion, Ill.), 1999. {{FHL|838285|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3993/M1 K2ae}}.<br>
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*Lake Creek Christian Church. ''Church Records, 1892-1897''. MSS. Copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|461610|item|disp=FHL Film 966139 Item 9}}.<br>
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==== Church of Christ  ====
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*[http://www.zucc.org/p/addpage.php?id=2 History of Zion United Church of Christ]
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==== Disciples of Christ  ====
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*[http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofdiscipl00hayn#page/440/mode/2up ''History of the Disciples of Christ in Illinois''], Williamson County section begins on page 441, courtesy: Internet Archive.
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==== Methodist  ====
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*''Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church''. 1984. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/14292887 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]
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=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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The 1876 local history is also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16148 Ancestry] ($).  
 
The 1876 local history is also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16148 Ancestry] ($).  
  
*''History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois: From the Earliest Time to the Present, Together with Sundry and Interesting Biographical Sketches, Notes, Reminiscences, etc., etc.'' Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28157 Ancestry] ($) (1967 reprint); [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofgallati00chic Internet Archive].
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*''History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois: From the Earliest Time to the Present, Together with Sundry and Interesting Biographical Sketches, Notes, Reminiscences, etc., etc.'' Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28157 Ancestry] ($) (1967 reprint); [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofgallati00chic Internet Archive].
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*''Centennial History of McKendree College''. 1928. Digital version at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilstclai/history.htm The USGenWeb Project]. Includes chapters on St. Clair's history under French rule, under British rule, under American rule, and information about early settlers.
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information.  
 
See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information.  
  
'''1836-present''' The original land and property records for Williamson County are held by the County Recorder. See the [[Williamson_County,_Illinois_Courthouse|Williamson County Courthouse]] page for contact information. The following copies are available:<br>  
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'''1836-present''' The original land and property records for Williamson County are held by the County Recorder. See the [[Williamson County, Illinois Courthouse|Williamson County Courthouse]] page for contact information. The following copies are available:<br>  
  
 
:*'''1814–1860''' Original Entry {{FHL|261479|item|disp=FHL Film 965457 Item 1}}  
 
:*'''1814–1860''' Original Entry {{FHL|261479|item|disp=FHL Film 965457 Item 1}}  
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:*'''1836–1928''' Deed Record Index {{FHL|232491|item|disp=FHL Film 965428–965435}}  
 
:*'''1836–1928''' Deed Record Index {{FHL|232491|item|disp=FHL Film 965428–965435}}  
 
:*'''1859–1906 '''Certificates of Levy, Sales and Redemption, vol. B, includes index {{FHL|261539|item|disp=FHL Film 965457 Item 2}}  
 
:*'''1859–1906 '''Certificates of Levy, Sales and Redemption, vol. B, includes index {{FHL|261539|item|disp=FHL Film 965457 Item 2}}  
:*'''1865–1909 '''Sheriff's Deed Record, Vol A {{FHL|261559|item|FHL Film 965457 Item 3}}  
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:*'''1865–1909 '''Sheriff's Deed Record, Vol A {{FHL|261559|item|FHL Film 965457 Item 3}}
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database. Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Ancestry] ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/williamson_map.html Williamson County Federal Township Plats]
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The following abstracts are available:  
 
The following abstracts are available:  
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:*Lind, Helen Sutt and Charla S. Murphy. ''Chancery Partition, Dower &amp; Deed Records Index Circuit Clerk's Office, Williamson County, IL. ''Johnston City, Illinois&nbsp;: H.S. Lind, 2006. {{Worldcat|191823850}} {{FHL|1453228|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3993 R22s}}  
 
:*Lind, Helen Sutt and Charla S. Murphy. ''Chancery Partition, Dower &amp; Deed Records Index Circuit Clerk's Office, Williamson County, IL. ''Johnston City, Illinois&nbsp;: H.S. Lind, 2006. {{Worldcat|191823850}} {{FHL|1453228|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3993 R22s}}  
 
:*Rockford Map Publishers. ''Land Atlas and Plat Book, Williamson County, Illinois, 1985.&nbsp;&nbsp;''Rockford, Illinois&nbsp;: Rockford Map Publishers, 1985. {{Worldcat|13456961}} {{FHL|560943|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3993 E7w}}
 
:*Rockford Map Publishers. ''Land Atlas and Plat Book, Williamson County, Illinois, 1985.&nbsp;&nbsp;''Rockford, Illinois&nbsp;: Rockford Map Publishers, 1985. {{Worldcat|13456961}} {{FHL|560943|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3993 E7w}}
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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/williamson_map.html Williamson County Federal Township Plats]
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
==== Revolutionary War  ====
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==== ''Revolutionary War'' ====
  
 
Veterans of the Revolutionary War settled in Williamson County.  
 
Veterans of the Revolutionary War settled in Williamson County.  
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[Williamson County, Illinois#Census|Census]]  
 
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[Williamson County, Illinois#Census|Census]]  
  
==== War of 1812  ====
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==== ''War of 1812'' ====
  
 
Veterans of the War of 1812 settled in Williamson County.  
 
Veterans of the War of 1812 settled in Williamson County.  
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*''List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance...'' Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. {{FHL|286899|item|disp=FHL Book 973 M2Lp v. 3}}; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=17kqAAAAMAAJ&oe=UTF-8 Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso00buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 3, Illinois, Williamson County, pp. 640-642. Identifies War of 1812 and other veterans living in the county in 1883.]
 
*''List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance...'' Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. {{FHL|286899|item|disp=FHL Book 973 M2Lp v. 3}}; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=17kqAAAAMAAJ&oe=UTF-8 Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso00buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 3, Illinois, Williamson County, pp. 640-642. Identifies War of 1812 and other veterans living in the county in 1883.]
  
==== Civil War  ====
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==== ''Civil War'' ====
  
 
Civil War service men from Williamson 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 Williamson County.<br>  
 
Civil War service men from Williamson 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 Williamson County.<br>  
  
:- [[29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E  
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:- [[9th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|9th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.
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:- [[29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.
 
:- [[31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and E.  
 
:- [[31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and E.  
 
:- [[56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.<br>  
 
:- [[56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.<br>  
 
:- [[60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.  
 
:- [[60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.  
:- [[81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies E, G and H.
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:- [[81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies E, G and H.
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:- [[107th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|107th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.
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:- [[110th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|110th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C.
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:- [[120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.
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:- [[128th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|128th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and I.
  
==== World War I  ====
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==== ''World War I'' ====
  
 
*Baird, S. S. ''Williamson County, Illinois, in the World War: Containing a Brief Review of the World War, Complete History of Williamson County's Activities, Photographs and Service Records of Williamson County's Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Industrial Review of Business and Professional Firms Who Have Made This History Possible.'' Marion: Williamson County War History Society, c1919. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29308 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/williamsoncounty00bair Internet Archive].
 
*Baird, S. S. ''Williamson County, Illinois, in the World War: Containing a Brief Review of the World War, Complete History of Williamson County's Activities, Photographs and Service Records of Williamson County's Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Industrial Review of Business and Professional Firms Who Have Made This History Possible.'' Marion: Williamson County War History Society, c1919. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29308 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/williamsoncounty00bair Internet Archive].
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=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
  
==== Newspapers and Obituaries  ====
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=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
  
 
Information about the following newspapers is available through the [http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/index.html Illinios Newspapers Project]:  
 
Information about the following newspapers is available through the [http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/index.html Illinios Newspapers Project]:  
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*1862-1947 [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/williamson/newspaper.htm Abstracts of obituaries and other newspaper articles ]from multiple papers. Courtesy of Illinois Trails.
 
*1862-1947 [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/williamson/newspaper.htm Abstracts of obituaries and other newspaper articles ]from multiple papers. Courtesy of Illinois Trails.
  
==== Probate Records  ====
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=== Probate Records  ===
  
 
For more information about probate records see [[Illinois Probate Records|Illinois Probate Records]].  
 
For more information about probate records see [[Illinois Probate Records|Illinois Probate Records]].  
  
 
'''1840–present '''The original probate records for Williamson County are held by the [http://www.state.il.us/court/circuitcourt/circuitcourtjudges/ccc_county.asp Circuit Court Clerk.]&nbsp; See the [[Williamson County, Illinois Courthouse|Williamson County Courthouse]] page for contact information. The following copies are available:  
 
'''1840–present '''The original probate records for Williamson County are held by the [http://www.state.il.us/court/circuitcourt/circuitcourtjudges/ccc_county.asp Circuit Court Clerk.]&nbsp; See the [[Williamson County, Illinois Courthouse|Williamson County Courthouse]] page for contact information. The following copies are available:  
 
An unspecified number of Williamson County probate records are available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}.
 
  
 
:*'''1851–1971''' Probate Case Files Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-SIU] Search for Williamson records. [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|How to use IRAD]]. {{RecordSearch|1834344}}  
 
:*'''1851–1971''' Probate Case Files Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-SIU] Search for Williamson records. [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|How to use IRAD]]. {{RecordSearch|1834344}}  
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:*'''1898–1911 '''Murphy, Charla Schroeder. ''Probate Book C, Circuit Clerk's Office: Administrators Book A, County Clerk's Office, Williamson County, Illinois. ''S.l: C.S. Murphy, 2004.[http://www.worldcat.org/title/probate-book-c-circuit-clerks-office-and-administrators-book-a-county-clerks-office-williamson-county-illinois/oclc/56999571&referer=brief_results Worldcat] {{FHL|1410592|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3993 P2mc}}
 
:*'''1898–1911 '''Murphy, Charla Schroeder. ''Probate Book C, Circuit Clerk's Office: Administrators Book A, County Clerk's Office, Williamson County, Illinois. ''S.l: C.S. Murphy, 2004.[http://www.worldcat.org/title/probate-book-c-circuit-clerks-office-and-administrators-book-a-county-clerks-office-williamson-county-illinois/oclc/56999571&referer=brief_results Worldcat] {{FHL|1410592|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3993 P2mc}}
  
'''Online Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''1853–1919''' Probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Massac County, and select the record type you are interested in.
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:*'''1853–1919''' Probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select&nbsp;Williamson County, and select the record type you are interested in.
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Foxcroft Illinois Family History Center]] (Johnston City)
 
*[[Foxcroft Illinois Family History Center]] (Johnston City)
 
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==== 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 Williamson County.
  
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
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| width="35%" valign="top" | '''[http://www.marioncarnegielibrary.org/ Marion Carnegie Library]'''<br>206 South Market Street<br>Marion, IL 62959<br>(618) 993-5935  
 
| valign="top" | [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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| width="35%" valign="top" | '''[http://www.thewchs.com/ Williamson County, IL Historical Society Museum]'''<br>Marion, IL 62959
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| valign="top" | Nannie Gray Parks' map of the early settlers of Williamson County is for sale at the book shop.
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [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>(618) 985-2828, Ext. 8338<br>Hours: vary by season, see [http://www.jalc.edu/lrc/library/library_hours.php website]  
 
| 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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:*'''1830–1850 '''An index to marriages in [http://files.usgwarchives.org/il/williamson/vitals/marriages/1830-50.txt Williamson County, 1830-1850] is available on the USGenWeb Archives.  
 
:*'''1830–1850 '''An index to marriages in [http://files.usgwarchives.org/il/williamson/vitals/marriages/1830-50.txt Williamson County, 1830-1850] is available on the USGenWeb Archives.  
 
:*'''1839–1916 '''Marriage record {{FHL|261472|item|disp=FHL film 965414 first film of 16}} Indexes at beginning of volumes.  
 
:*'''1839–1916 '''Marriage record {{FHL|261472|item|disp=FHL film 965414 first film of 16}} Indexes at beginning of volumes.  
:*'''1840–1900&nbsp;''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index].  
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:*'''1840–1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index].  
 
:*'''1865-1885''' Index to marriages {{FHL|261472|item|disp=FHL film 965414 first film of 16}}  
 
:*'''1865-1885''' Index to marriages {{FHL|261472|item|disp=FHL film 965414 first film of 16}}  
 
:*'''1839–1850 '''County marriage records at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 Ancestry ($)]
 
:*'''1839–1850 '''County marriage records at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 Ancestry ($)]
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:*'''1880''' Lind, Helen Sutt.&nbsp; ''1880 Williamson County, Illinois Mortality Schedule.''[Johnston City, Illinois]&nbsp;: H.S. Lind, 1998. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/1880-williamson-county-illinois-mortality-schedule/oclc/44910859&referer=brief_results Worldcat] {{FHL|815878|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3993 X2L 1880}}  
 
:*'''1880''' Lind, Helen Sutt.&nbsp; ''1880 Williamson County, Illinois Mortality Schedule.''[Johnston City, Illinois]&nbsp;: H.S. Lind, 1998. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/1880-williamson-county-illinois-mortality-schedule/oclc/44910859&referer=brief_results Worldcat] {{FHL|815878|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3993 X2L 1880}}  
 
:*'''1914–1929''' [http://www.usgwarchives.org/il/williamson/vitals/death/williamsdea.htm Albert Storme Funeral Home Records,] Courtesey of USGen Web  
 
:*'''1914–1929''' [http://www.usgwarchives.org/il/williamson/vitals/death/williamsdea.htm Albert Storme Funeral Home Records,] Courtesey of USGen Web  
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
 
:*'''1916–1947 '''{{RecordSearch|1438856|Deaths and Stillbirths}}  
 
:*'''1916–1947 '''{{RecordSearch|1438856|Deaths and Stillbirths}}  
:*'''1916-1950 '''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950]  
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
 
:*'''1916–1950 '''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilwillia/ildeaths-split.htm Williamson County deaths ]abstracted from the Illinois Statewide Death Index, Courtesy of the The American History and Genealogy Project. (Scroll to the screen bottom for alphbetical links.)  
 
:*'''1916–1950 '''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilwillia/ildeaths-split.htm Williamson County deaths ]abstracted from the Illinois Statewide Death Index, Courtesy of the The American History and Genealogy Project. (Scroll to the screen bottom for alphbetical links.)  
 
:*'''Pre-1916''' As of March 2011, the Illinois State Archive database [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916] does NOT&nbsp;include any Williamson County deaths.  
 
:*'''Pre-1916''' As of March 2011, the Illinois State Archive database [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916] does NOT&nbsp;include any Williamson County deaths.  
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United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Williamson County

Hand and keyboard.jpg Illinois
Online Records

Coordinates: 37.73°0′N 88.93°0′W / 37.73°N 88.93°W / 37.73; -88.93

Williamson County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Williamson County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 28, 1839
County Seat Marion
Courthouse
Williamson County Courthouse.gif
Address Williamson County Courthouse
200 West Jefferson Street
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-1301
Williamson County Website

Contents

Williamson County Organization

Williamson County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1839 1877 1840 1818 1839

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

1910 Panorama View of Public Square, Marion, Illinois

Historical Facts

Williamson County, Illinois is named for Williamson County, Tennessee because of the many settlers who originated from that area.

1839--Williamson County was created 28 February 1839 from Franklin County.
County seat: Marion [1]

Boundary Changes

The present area of Williamson County, or parts of it, were at one time included in the following counties[2]:

1818–1839 Franklin
1816–1818 Jackson
1812–1818 Gallatin
1812–1816 Johnson
1795–1816 Randolph
1790–1801 Knox, Northwest Territory

See an interactive map of Williamson County boundary changes.

Record Loss

30 May 1875: - Courthouse burned and some records were lost or damaged.

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

Places/Localities


To see a list of places in Williamson 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. Localities listed in red have no wiki page yet. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

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

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project The American History and Genealogy Project
  Illinois Cemeteries  
  USGenWeb Archives  
  I Dream of Genealogy  

Many Confederate veterans were buried in Williamson County, for a list visit Genealogy Trails. A few politicians were also buried in the county, see Political Graveyard.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18404,457
18507,21661.9%
186012,20569.1%
187017,32942.0%
188019,32411.5%
189022,22615.0%
190027,79625.1%
191045,09862.2%
192061,09235.5%
193053,880−11.8%
194051,424−4.6%
195048,621−5.5%
196046,117−5.2%
197049,0216.3%
198056,53815.3%
199057,7332.1%
200061,2966.2%
201066,3578.3%


Illinois Counties 1900-1990[3]

1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Williamson County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

See Williamson County, IL census assignments, including links to transcribed files. [The USGenWeb Census Project].

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, Williamson County on page 188.]

Church Records

A chapter on early Williamson County, Illinois church history appears in an 1887 local history, available for free online, beginning on page 515.

Histories of early churches in the county appear in:

See also:

Baptist

Catholic

FamilySearch has made parish records from four Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Williamson County available online (free registration is required). The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

Christian

  • Abney, Ella Lorine Rogers et al. Membership and Friends, First Christian Church: Disciples of Christ. Marion, Ill.: First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ, Marion, Ill.), 1999. FHL Book 977.3993/M1 K2ae.
  • Lake Creek Christian Church. Church Records, 1892-1897. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 966139 Item 9.

Church of Christ

Disciples of Christ

Methodist


Court Records

1840–Present Original Court records are available at the Williamson County, Illinois Courthouse. See Illinois Court Records for information about how to use county court records.

The following records are abstracted:

Ethnic Research

African American

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Illinois African Americans

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

Message Boards

General

As of March 2011, a query for persons born in Williamson (County), Illinois at World Connect, results in more than 30,000 entries.

Parks' collection is a great place to learn if genealogists have studied your Williamson County family in the past:

The following collections contain genealogies about many families in the county:

  • Crain, Charles L. and Barbara Crain. Whose Family Line Is It ... Anyway: A Brief History of the Crain, Snider, Burkitt, Plumlee, Shingleton and Isom Families in Franklin, Williamson and Surrounding Counties in Southern Illinois. n.p.: C.L. Crain, 2001. FHL CD-ROM no. 772.
  • Grisham, Violet Lee Carter. My Williamson County Pioneer Kinfolks and Descendants. Marion, Ill.: V.L.C. Grisham, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 G919gva.
  • Lind, Helen Sutt, Charla Schroeder Murphy, et al. The Barham Connection: Barham Cemetery Inscriptions and Family Genealogy. 1997? FHL Book 977.3993/M1 V3L.
  • Malone, Daisy Hearne Roberts. A Group of Family Trees of the Early Settlers of Corinth Township, Williamson County, Illinois and Allied Families. Pueblo, Colo.: Rocky Mountain Bank Note Co., 1939. FHL Book 977.3993/C1 D2m

Bibliography

  • [Bohannan] Cotton, Yvonne Bohannan. The Bohannan Family: Ancestors and Descendants of John Ervin and Sarah Bohannan. Glen Rose, Texas: Y.B. Cotton, n.d. FHL Book 929.273 B634c.
  • [Carter] Grisham, Violet Lee Carter. Charles T. Carter, Revolutionary Soldier Whose Children Came to Southern Illinois: Their Related Families, Cunningham, Owens, Croslin, Aikin, Gregory. Marion, Ill.: Violet Grisham, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 C245g
  • [Childers]. Cast a Long Shadow: A Saga of Three Generations of a Southern Illinois Family, Reaching from Williamson County to Belgaum, India. Wilmore, Ky.: R. Seamands, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 C437sr; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Cox] Cox, Avis E. and Marion R. Cox. From the Banks of the Dan, a Cox Family Genealogy. Winona, Minn.: A.E. and M.R. Cox, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 C839fc.
  • [Culbreath] Green, John Stinson. Leroy Culbreath and Mary Fulk of Williamson County, Illinois and Stafford County, Kansas. Wichita, Kan.: J.S. Green, 199-?. FHL Fiche 6004641; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [DeBose], Donald F. Descendants of Isaiah Debose. Carterville, Ill.: D.F. Shrake, 2005. FHL CD-ROM no. 2442.
  • [Duncan] "Descendants of James Frank Duncan," in Effie Maria McFarland Genealogical Collection. MSS. Microfilmed 2002. FHL VAULT Film 1574106 Item 1.
  • [Goddard] Moore, Mary Jo. The Goddard, Spiller, Goodall Connection. Marion, Ill.: M.J. Moore, 1997. FHL Book 929.273 G541m.
  • [Grove] Grisham, Violet Lee Carter. Pioneers to Williamson County, Illinois, George Zacharias and Isaac Groves and Their Descendants. Marion, Ill.: V.L.C. Grisham, 199-?. FHL Book 929.273 Z11c.
  • [Groves] Grisham, Violet Lee Carter. Legends in the New World - The Beginnings. Marion, Ill.: V. Grisham, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 G887g.
  • [Groves] Grisham, Violet Lee Carter and Edward Dean Grisham. Time Traveler. Marion, Ill.: V. Grisham, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 G919gv.
  • [Howell] Howell, Frank R. Historical Sketch of the Howell Family and Biography of William Marion Howell, 1845-1927. Typescript, 1946. FHL Film 960427 Item 9.
  • [Jeter] Jeter, Loren E. and Jeanette Feltl Jeter. Who Am I? A Jeter Family Saga. Cottonwood, Ariz.: L.E. Jeter, Sr., 1989. FHL Book 921.73 J511j.
  • [Klope] Grisham, Violet Lee Carter. Legends in the New World - The Beginnings. Marion, Ill.: V. Grisham, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 G887g.
  • [Potter] Moore, Mary Jo. The Potter Family Tragedy. Marion, Ill.: Williamson County Historical Society & Museum, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 P851m.
  • [Pritchett] "John & Amelia (Mosley) Prichett, TN-Williamson Co., IL," in Doris Melissa Pritchett Horlacher, Pritchett in America, Waller, Pritchard, Prickett, Phelan, 1987. Orem, Utah: Horlacher & Sons, 1987. FHL Film 1421821 Item 9.
  • [Pritchett] Stephens-Dewey, Wanda Dolores. Pritchett Family, 1827-1999: Including Ramsey, Franklin, Coffman, Pryor, Stephens. [Fort Wayne, Texas: W.D. Stephens-Dewey, 1999?]. FHL Book 929.273 P939sd.
  • [Rich] Abney, Ella Lorine Rogers. William Rich and His Descendants of Southern Illinois. Marion, Ill.: E.L. Abney, 2000. FHL Book 929.273 R379a.
  • [Spiller] Gottschalk, Kathrine Cox. The Spiller Family of Prince William County, Virginia; Robertson County, Tennessee; Williamson County, Illinois. Typescript. Microfilmed 1972. FHL Film 896608 Item 2
  • [Spiller] Moore, Mary Jo. The Goddard, Spiller, Goodall Connection. Marion, Ill.: M.J. Moore, 1997. FHL Book 929.273 G541m
  • [Stilley] Stilley, William Douglas. The William Davis Stilley and Nancy Swofford-Stilley Family History and Genealogy. Raytown, Mo.: W.D. Stilley, 1980. FHL Book 929.273 St54sti.
  • [Tanner] Tanner, John W. Six James Tanners. Typescript, Williamson County Historical Society, Ill. Microfilmed 1974. FHL Film 966149 Item 2.
  • [Walker] Keyser, Helen Walker Linsenmeyer. Illinois Pioneer, Matthew Moore Walker, and Descendants. Mountain, Home, Ark.: H.W.L. Keyser, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 W153k; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Ward] Abney, Ella Lorine Rogers. The Ward Family. Marion, Ill.: E. Abney, 1985. FHL Book 929.273 W21a.
  • [Zacharias] Grisham, Violet Lee Carter. Pioneers to Williamson County, Illinois, George Zacharias and Isaac Groves and Their Descendants. Marion, Ill.: V.L.C. Grisham, 199-?. FHL Book 929.273 Z11c.

History

Local Histories

The 1876 local history is also available at Ancestry ($).

  • History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois: From the Earliest Time to the Present, Together with Sundry and Interesting Biographical Sketches, Notes, Reminiscences, etc., etc. Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887. Digital versions at Ancestry ($) (1967 reprint); Internet Archive.
  • Centennial History of McKendree College. 1928. Digital version at The USGenWeb Project. Includes chapters on St. Clair's history under French rule, under British rule, under American rule, and information about early settlers.

Land and Property

See Illinois Land and Property for more information.

1836-present The original land and property records for Williamson County are held by the County Recorder. See the Williamson County Courthouse page for contact information. The following copies are available:

The following abstracts are available:

Online Resources

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

Veterans of the Revolutionary War settled in Williamson County.

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War of 1812

Veterans of the War of 1812 settled in Williamson County.

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Book 973 M2Lp v. 3; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 3, Illinois, Williamson County, pp. 640-642. Identifies War of 1812 and other veterans living in the county in 1883.]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Williamson 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 Williamson County.

- 9th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and E.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies E, G and H.
- 107th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 110th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 128th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and I.

World War I

  • Baird, S. S. Williamson County, Illinois, in the World War: Containing a Brief Review of the World War, Complete History of Williamson County's Activities, Photographs and Service Records of Williamson County's Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Industrial Review of Business and Professional Firms Who Have Made This History Possible. Marion: Williamson County War History Society, c1919. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Information about the following newspapers is available through the Illinios Newspapers Project:

Probate Records

For more information about probate records see Illinois Probate Records.

1840–present The original probate records for Williamson County are held by the Circuit Court Clerk.  See the Williamson County Courthouse page for contact information. The following copies are available:

The following abstracts are available:

  • 1847–1872 Grisham, Violet Lee Carter. Williamson County, Il. Wills, Book A.(Marion, Illinois):V.L.C.Grisham, 1998. WorldcatFHL Book 977.3993 P2g
  • 1898–1911 Murphy, Charla Schroeder. Probate Book C, Circuit Clerk's Office: Administrators Book A, County Clerk's Office, Williamson County, Illinois. S.l: C.S. Murphy, 2004.Worldcat FHL Book 977.3993 P2mc

Online Resources

  • 1853–1919 Probate records are also available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Williamson County, and select the record type you are interested in.

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

Family History Centers

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 Williamson County.

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Marion Carnegie Library
206 South Market Street
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 993-5935
Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois
John A. Logan College Library
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
Telephone: 618-985-2828, Ext. 8338
Hours: vary by season, see website
Williamson County, IL Historical Society Museum
Marion, IL 62959
Nannie Gray Parks' map of the early settlers of Williamson County is for sale at the book shop.
Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois
John A. Logan College Library
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
(618) 985-2828, Ext. 8338
Hours: vary by season, see website
The Society focuses on Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties. The Society's book and microfilm collection is housed at the John A. Logan College Library. The Society publishes a newsletter (click here for recent issues) and a quarterly journal The Saga of Southern Illinois (click here for a topical index that breaks down what has been published county-by-county).

Taxation

Vital Records

Births

1877–present - The original Williamson County birth records 1877-present are housed at the County Clerk's office. The following copies are available:

The following abstracts are available:

Marriage

1839–present - The original Williamson County marriage records 1877-present are housed at the County Clerk's office.
Copies of marriage licenses and other marriage records are available through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository system at Southern Illinois University. How to use IRAD

  • 1839–1870 Marriage Licenses, 1839- 1870 IRAD-SIU 6/0325/09
  • 1839–1916 Marriage Record, 1839-1916 IRAD-SIU 6/0325/07
  • 1865–1885 Marriage Record Index 1865-1885 IRAD-SIU 6/0325/06

Other copies of marriage records:

The following abstracts are available:

  • 1830–1850 Illinois USGenWeb Archives
  • 1839–1853, 1865  Winget, Judy Walley. Williamson County, Illinois marriages, 1839 to 1853 and 1865; Pope County, Illinois marriages, 1826 to 1845; Johnson County, Illinois marriages, 1857 to 1860. S.P.: Saline County Genealogical Society (Illinois), 1984. Worldcat FHL Book 977.399 V2w
  • 1839–1902 Hoffard, Gay Roberson and Joyce Stephens Smith.Marriages on Record in Marion, Williamson County, Illinois Courthouse. Marion, Illinois: Williamson County Historical Society [Illinois], 1988. WorldcatFHL Book 977.3993 V2h Vol. 1-5

The Williamson County Marriage Project is a user-contributed listing of about 600 Williamson County marriages. Many listings include e-mail contact information for the individual who contributed the information.

Deaths

1877–present The original Williamson County death records 1877–present are housed at the County Clerk's office. The following copies are available:

The following abstracts are available:

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. "Williamson County Fact Sheet." The Official Web site for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2011. http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/williamson.html
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