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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Brown County'''
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Guide to '''Brown County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Brown County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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== Brown County Organization  ==
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=== Brown County Organization  ===
  
 
Brown County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Brown County's civil records start the following years:  
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Brown County, Illinois#Probate|Probate]]'''
 
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Jacob Jennings Brown.jpg|thumb|right|175px]]  
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[[Image:Jacob Jennings Brown.jpg|thumb|right|175px|Jacob Jennings Brown.jpg]]  
  
 
Brown County is named for {{wpd|Jacob Brown|Maj. Gen. Jacob Brown}} who was a Commander-in-Chief of the Army in the early 1800's.  
 
Brown County is named for {{wpd|Jacob Brown|Maj. Gen. Jacob Brown}} who was a Commander-in-Chief of the Army in the early 1800's.  
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
*'''1 February 1839:''' -- Brown County was created from [[Schuyler County, Illinois|Schuyler]] County.'''<ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL}} ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>'''
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*'''1 February 1839:''' -- Brown County was created from [[Schuyler County, Illinois Genealogy|Schuyler]] County.'''<ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL}} ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>'''
  
*Interactive map of Brown County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
  
'''8 March 1939:''' Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
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'''1939''' Some records were lost or damaged when a fire burned the courthouse on March 8.
 
 
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
 
  
*[[Burned Counties Research]]
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{{Fire+}}
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Brown}}
  
'''Published Records'''  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Brown, Illinois''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/206118 Cemetery Records of Brown County, Illinois].&nbsp;''&nbsp;Volumes 1-4 available on FHL microfilm {{FHL|928144}}
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=16&GScnty=694&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
*''The Cemeteries of Brown County, Illinois,'' 1825-1972 {{worldcat|2611750}}
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*[http://brown.illinoisgenweb.org/ ILGenWeb]
  
<br>'''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/brown/brncem.htm ILGenWeb Archives]
  
*[http://brown.ilgenweb.net/ Brown County ILGenWeb]. See the "Permanent Resident Index" and "List of Cemeteries" links for further information.
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/brown.htm Tombstone Project]
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave.com] has burial information for nearly 100 Brown County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=694 Here].
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Brown#/ Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ GenealogyTrails.com]. Find or add headstone transcriptions for [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/brown/cemeteries.html Brown County Cemeteries].
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* {{FHL|495637|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
  
*[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/main.php Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project]. Find or submit [http://illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/brown/ Brown County] tombstone photos.
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Brown+Illinois&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/illinois.html Illinois Tombstone Transcription Project].&nbsp;Get accesss to&nbsp;online cemetery transcriptions&nbsp;for several [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/brown.htm Brown County Cemeteries].
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=694 Findagrave.com]
  
*[http://www.interment.net Interment.net] has&nbsp;some&nbsp;[http://www.interment.net/us/il/brown.htm Brown County Cemetery Records] available online.
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Brown&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com Linkpendium]. Has links to several [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Brown/cem/ Brown County Cemetery] related websites.
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* [https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Adams Graveyards of Illinois]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148142 Becum Cemetery, SW of Damon] BillionGraves
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ GenealogyTrails.com]. Find or add headstone transcriptions for [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/brown/cemeteries.html Brown County Cemeteries].
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=123133 Fargo Cemetery, Mt. Sterling] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.interment.net Interment.net] has&nbsp;some&nbsp;[http://www.interment.net/us/il/brown.htm Brown County Cemetery Records] available online.
  
<br>'''Cemetery Gazetters'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com Linkpendium]. Has links to several [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Brown/cem/ Brown County Cemetery] related websites.
  
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/ Epodunk] has a list of [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=5946&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=73&stateAbbv=&stateName= Brown County Cemeteries]. The website provides&nbsp;name of&nbsp;cemetery,&nbsp;address and telephone number when available,&nbsp;Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/ Epodunk] has a list of [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=5946&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=73&stateAbbv=&stateName= Brown County Cemeteries]. The website provides&nbsp;name of&nbsp;cemetery,&nbsp;address and telephone number when available,&nbsp;Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.
 
*The [http://www.ilgensoc.org/ Illinois State Genealogical Society's] "Cemetery Location Project" has identified many [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-al/brown.html Brown County Cemeteries].
 
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
  
*''Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Pioneers and Leading Citizens''. Chicago: Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1892. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29314 Ancestry] ($); [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/schuyler/BioReviewofCassSchuylerBrownCoIL1892.html Genealogy Trails]; [http://www.archive.org/details/biographicalrev00illi Internet Archive]; [http://schuyler.ilgenweb.net/BiosCassSchuyler/Biogs.html USGenWeb] (partial).
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*''Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Pioneers and Leading Citizens''. Chicago: Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1892. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29314 Ancestry] ($); [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/schuyler/BioReviewofCassSchuylerBrownCoIL1892.html Genealogy Trails]; [http://www.archive.org/details/biographicalrev00illi Internet Archive]; [http://schuyler.illinoisgenweb.org/BiosCassSchuyler/BIOs/roudebushline.html USGenWeb] (partial).
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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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 ($)  
 
:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
 
:*[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 ($)  
 
:*[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 ($)  
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/brown_map.html Brown County Federal Township Plats]
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:*[http://landplats.ilsos.net/FTP_Illinois.html Brown County Federal Township Plats]
  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
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[[Image:Ilbrown.jpg|right|400px|Ilbrown.jpg]]  
 
[[Image:Ilbrown.jpg|right|400px|Ilbrown.jpg]]  
  
:*'''Birds eye view of Mount Sterling, Brown County, Illinois 1869.''' Drawn by A. Ruger. &nbsp;[http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?gmd:1:./temp/~ammem_mBbF:: memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
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:*[http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?ammem/gmd:@field(NUMBER+@band(g4104m+pm001720)) ''Birds eye view of Mount Sterling, Brown County, Illinois 1869.''' Drawn by A. Ruger.]
  
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
 
=== Military History and Records  ===
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=== Poorhouses  ===
 
=== Poorhouses  ===
  
[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/brown.html Brown County Almshouse Registers Index, 1882-1963], courtesy: Illinois State Archives  
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[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/brown.html Brown County Almshouse Registers Index, 1882-1963], courtesy: Illinois State Archives  
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
'''Online Resources'''  
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'''Online Probate Records'''  
  
:*'''1817-1936''' An unspecified number of {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}} are available at the Family Search Records online database. The collection does not have an every name index, but the images are available to browse and may have indexes within each volume.  
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*'''1772 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9048 Illinois Wills and Probate Records 1772-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
:*[http://www.sampubco.com/wills/il/ilbrown01.htm SAMPUBCO] - Index of testators of wills.
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*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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*'''1817-1936''' An unspecified number of {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}} are available at the Family Search Records online database. The collection does not have an every name index, but the images are available to browse and may have indexes within each volume.  
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*[http://www.sampubco.com/wills/oh/ohbrown.htm SAMPUBCO] - Index of testators of wills.
  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
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'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Brown County probates may be found in the [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=764644 Illinois,Brown– Probate records ]topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [[Family History Centers]]. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
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Additional resources for Brown County probates may be found in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1426361?availability=Family%20History%20Library Illinois,Brown– Probate records ]topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [[Family History Centers]]. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
=== Public Records  ===
 
=== Public Records  ===
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==== Family History Center  ====
 
==== Family History Center  ====
  
There are over 4500 [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Brown County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations Family Search Centers] page on the [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch.org] website.  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}} There are over 4500 [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Brown County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations Family Search Centers] page on the [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch.org] website.  
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD-WIU)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD-WIU)  ====
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==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
  
'''Brown County Public Library District<br>'''143 West Main Street<br>Mt. Sterling, IL 62353<br>Tel: 217-773-4723  
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'''Brown County Public Library District<br>'''143 West Main Street<br>Mt. Sterling, IL 62353<br>Telephone: 217-773-4723  
  
'''Versailles Branch Library<br>'''112 West 2nd Street<br>Versailles, IL 62378<br>Tel: 217-225-3102  
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'''Versailles Branch Library<br>'''112 West 2nd Street<br>Versailles, IL 62378<br>Telephone: 217-225-3102  
  
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
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'''Brown County Historical Society'''<br>200 South Congress<br>Rushville, IL 62681<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brown-County-Historical-Society/191981644187132#!/pages/Brown-County-Historical-Society/191981644187132?sk=info Facebook]  
 
'''Brown County Historical Society'''<br>200 South Congress<br>Rushville, IL 62681<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brown-County-Historical-Society/191981644187132#!/pages/Brown-County-Historical-Society/191981644187132?sk=info Facebook]  
  
'''[http://vaghs.tripod.com/ Versailles Area Genealogical &amp; Historical Society]<br>'''113 W. First Street<br>Versailles, IL 62378<br>Tel: 217-225-3401<br>Email: [mailto:vaghs83@yahoo.com vaghs83@yahoo.com]  
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'''Versailles Area Genealogical and Historical Society'''<br>113 W. First Street<br>Versailles, IL 62378<br>Telephone Number: 217-225-3401<br>E-mail: [mailto:vaghs83@yahoo.com vaghs83@yahoo.com]<br>[http://vaghs.tripod.com/ Website]<br><br>
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.  
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-vital-records/ How to order Illinois Vital Records] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online].  
  
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.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Illinois&county=Brown Brown County Clerk]&nbsp;while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the[http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health]. with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
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<br> 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.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=Illinois&county=Brown Brown County Clerk]&nbsp;while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health]. with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
  
 
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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
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==== Marriages  ====
 
==== Marriages  ====
  
:*Hoffman, Laurie. [http://brown.ilgenweb.net/Marriages/Brown_Co_Early_Marriages.html Early Marriages -- Brown County Illinois 1839 - 1850], courtesy: ILGenWeb
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:*Hoffman, Laurie. [http://brown.illinoisgenweb.org/Marriages/Brown_Co_Early_Marriages.html Early Marriages -- Brown County Illinois 1839 - 1850], courtesy: ILGenWeb
  
 
'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''  
 
'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''  
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
 
:*Some of the Family History Library's Collection of Brown County marriages have been digitized: {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934}}.
 
 
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)  
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)  
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:*'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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:*'''1810–1934''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images. :
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:*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
:*'''1839''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/brown/vitals/marriages/gesford.txt Brown County, IL 1839 Marriages] found at USGenWeb Archives Illinois.  
 
:*'''1839''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/brown/vitals/marriages/gesford.txt Brown County, IL 1839 Marriages] found at USGenWeb Archives Illinois.  
 
:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/brown/vitals/marriages/brownmarr.htm Brown County Marriage Records] found at USGenWeb Archives Illinois.
 
:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/brown/vitals/marriages/brownmarr.htm Brown County Marriage Records] found at USGenWeb Archives Illinois.
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
 
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
 
:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com (free)
 
:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com (free)
  
 
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==== Additional Resources  ====
  
Additional resources for Brown births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|550111|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Brown – Vital Records}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [[Family History Centers]]. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered&nbsp;from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
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Additional resources for Brown births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|550111|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Brown – Vital Records}} topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [[Family History Centers]]. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered&nbsp;from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://brown.illinoisgenweb.org/ Brown County ILGenWeb<br>]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104195621376697101310 Illinois Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]<br>
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Brown-County.htm Brown County IL Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Brown/ Brown County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Brown/ Brown County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 22:30, 9 February 2017

United States
Illinois


Brown County

Guide to Brown County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Brown County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Brown County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 1, 1839
County Seat Mount Sterling
Courthouse
Brown county courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Brown County Courthouse
200 West Court
Mt. Sterling, Illinois 62353
(217) 773-2011
Brown County Website


Brown County Organization

Brown County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Brown County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878 1839 1878 1840 1817 1839

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

Historical Facts

Jacob Jennings Brown.jpg

Brown County is named for Maj. Gen. Jacob Brown who was a Commander-in-Chief of the Army in the early 1800's.

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1939 Some records were lost or damaged when a fire burned the courthouse on March 8.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Brown, Illinois online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Illinois Cemeteries for more information

Census

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

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190011,557
191010,397−10.0%
19209,336−10.2%
19307,892−15.5%
19408,0532.0%
19507,132−11.4%
19606,210−12.9%
19705,586−10.0%
19805,411−3.1%
19905,8367.9%
20006,95019.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990

State

1840 Pensioners

Church History and Records

Some additional resources for Brown County, Illinois church records can be found in the WorldCat library which can be ordered through interlibrary loan at your local library. Explore how to search the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.


Copies of original records

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

History

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Abstracts

Copies of original records

Maps

Ilbrown.jpg

Military History and Records

  • 1943–1950 Military Discharge Record Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1901–1951 Military Discharge Record IRAD–WIU

Civil War

Civil War service men from Brown 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 Brown County.

- 3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company G.
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company K.
- 16th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 50th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 119th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and E.
- 137th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For local newspapers, please check local town.

Obituaries

Occupations

Poorhouses

Brown County Almshouse Registers Index, 1882-1963, courtesy: Illinois State Archives

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Probate Records

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Brown County probates may be found in the Illinois,Brown– Probate records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Public Records

Repositories

Inventory of the county archives of Illinois, no. 5, Brown County (Mt. Sterling), Historical Records Survey; pub. 1938 FHL Book 977.347 A5h, film 908545 Item 2

County Courthouse

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

Family History Center

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center. There are over 4500 Family History Centers in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Brown County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the Family Search Centers page on the FamilySearch.org website.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD-WIU)

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.Western Illinois University houses the records for Brown County.

Public Libraries

Brown County Public Library District
143 West Main Street
Mt. Sterling, IL 62353
Telephone: 217-773-4723

Versailles Branch Library
112 West 2nd Street
Versailles, IL 62378
Telephone: 217-225-3102

Social Groups Online

Societies

Brown County Historical Society
200 South Congress
Rushville, IL 62681
Facebook

Versailles Area Genealogical and Historical Society
113 W. First Street
Versailles, IL 62378
Telephone Number: 217-225-3401
E-mail: vaghs83@yahoo.com
Website

Taxation

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.


Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Brown 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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Brown County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

General

Births

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriages

Copies of original Marriage Records

Online Resources

Deaths

Copies of original Death Records

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Brown births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Brown – Vital Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Websites

References

  1. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
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