DeWitt County, Illinois Genealogy
Guide to DeWitt County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|DeWitt County, Illinois|
Location in the state of Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||March 1, 1839|
|Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives|
|Address|| DeWitt County Building|
201 W. Washington Street
Clinton, Illinois 61727
DeWitt County Website
- 1 County Organization
- 2 Records and Resources
- 2.1 Biography
- 2.2 Cemeteries
- 2.3 Census
- 2.4 Church Records
- 2.5 Court Records
- 2.6 Directories
- 2.7 Ethnic Research
- 2.8 Genealogy
- 2.9 History
- 2.10 Land and Property
- 2.11 Maps
- 2.12 Military History and Records
- 2.13 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.14 Newspapers
- 2.15 Obituaries
- 2.16 Probate Records
- 2.17 Repositories
- 2.18 Social Groups Online
- 2.19 Societies
- 2.20 Taxation
- 2.21 Vital Records
- 3 Websites
- 4 References
DeWitt County's civil records start the following years:
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for DeWitt County are kept, see the DeWitt County Courthouse page
Historical FactsDeWitt Clinton who was the Governor of New York and chief promoter of the Erie Canal.
- Interactive map of DeWitt County boundary changes.
Records and Resources
History of DeWitt County, Illinois. Pioneer Publishing Company, 1910 FHL film 825564-825565 another filming 934982 items 2-3
History of DeWitt County, Illinois. 1882. FHL film 934981 item 2 also a FHL Book 977.3585 H2b
Portrait and Biographical Album of DeWitt and Piatt Counties, Illinois. 1891. FHl film 934981 item 3 also a FHL Book 977.3 D3de
- witt.htm DeWitt Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.
- Illinois Cemeteries by county.
- Cemeteries of DeWitt County Illinois
- DeWitt County, Illinois, Cemetery Inscriptions. FHL book 977.3585 V3d
- DeWitt County, Illinois Cemetery Instriptions. Decatur Genealogical Society. FHL fiche 6100852-6100856 also book 977.3585 V3d Volume 1-5
- Family Cemetery Records of DeWitt County, Illinois FHL film 1302597 item 4
- Honor Roll, DeWitt County, State of Illinois. Illoinis Veterans' Commission. FHL film 1302597 Item 3
- DeWitt County, Illinois Cemetery Inscriptions. FHL film 1302598 tiems 5-10
- Memorial Park Cemetery Records. FHL films 1302594 items 2-3 and 13025595 itmes 1-4
- Death and Tombstone Records From Illinois. FHL Collection
For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.
|IL Counties 1900-1990|
- 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, DeWitt County on page 186.]
Church Records, 1834-1877 : in collection of Genevieve M. Dolle. Joseph A. Roof FHL Collection
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 have information concerning African American research.
- African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records
- Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
- African-American Resources for Illinois
- Portrait and Biographical Album of DeWitt and Piatt Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Chapman Brothers Publishing Company, 1891. FHL film 934981 Item 3
For DeWitt County portion only DeWitt Co. ILGenWeb
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.
Copies of original records are available:
- 1839-1875 Deed Records IRAD- ISU
Available through the Family History Library and Family History Centers
1868-1913 Deed Records. DeWitt County Recorder FHL film 1302589-1302592
- Beginning 1820 Land Patent Search See Illinois Land and Property for more information about this database.
- 1796–1907 U.S. General Land Office Records found at Ancestry.com ($)
- Illinois Public Land Purchase Records This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
- Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
- DeWitt County Federal Township Plats
Military History and Records
For information about using Military records see Illinois Military Records
Civil War service men from DeWitt 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 Dewitt County.
- - 20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E
- - 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K
- - 39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D and Company I.
- - 41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C, Company F, and Company K.
- - 46th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H
- - 68th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E
- - 107th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, Company B, Company D, Company F, and Company I
- - 140th Regiment, Illinois, Infantry, Company H
- - 145th Regiment, Illinois, Infantry, Company G
- 1865-1939 Military Discharge Record, Civil War. IRAD-ISU
World War I
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918DeWitt County (Source: Ancestry)
World War II
Casualties World War II - DeWitt County, Illinois (Source: Access Genealogy)
Naturalization and Citizenship
Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.
The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Illinois State University (ISU) - search for DeWitt County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.
- 1866-1903 Naturalization Records, County Court. IRAD-ISU
Available throught the Family History Library
- 1863-1898 Naturalization Records. DeWitt County Clerk FHL films 1312957 items 3-4 and 1312958 itme 1
DeWitt County (Source: Newspaper Abstracts)
Newspapers Published in De Witt County (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)
Cataloged Titles (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)
Chronicling America DeWitt County (Source: The Library of Congress)
Illinois Obituary Project (Source: USGenWeb Illinois Archives)
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 Illinois State University (ISU) - search for DeWitt County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.
- 1873-1894 Probate Administrator's Accounts IRAD-ISU
Available through the Family History Librar and Centers
1839-1950 Probate Listing DeWitt County, by George Wylder. FHL Book 977.3585 P22w
1850-1898 Wills and Letters. DeWitt County Clerk. FHL film 1301502 itmes 2-3
1862-1923 Records of Wills. DeWitt County Probate Court. FHL film 1295501 and 1301502
1866-1900 Adminstrative Records. DeWitt County Probate Court. FHL film 1301503 and 1301504
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. Illinois State University houses the records for DeWitt County.
- County Courthouse
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for DeWitt County are kept, see the DeWitt County Courthouse page.
- Family History Center
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in DeWitt County.
You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following centers are located in surrounding counties. Their wiki pages may supply hours and other information.
- Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Illinois State Universtiy
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Normal, Illinois 61802
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County
- Public Libraries
This library has extensive DeWitt County only extractions of many census. They have marriage index. They publish a quarterly Journal with extracts about people from old newspapers that include births, marriages and funerals. The also include little family notices about who was visiting who and who was at weddings and other family news items.
Social Groups Online
DeWitt County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 632
Clinton, Illinois 61717-0632
- 1845-1851 Taxable Land Lists. IRAD-ISU
- 1888-1897 Road Tax Lists, Delinquent IRAD-ISU
- 1894-1911 Road Tax List. IRAD-ISU
See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
DeWitt County Clerk
P.O. Box 439 Clinton,IL 61727-0439
- 1877-1905 Birth Records. IRAD-ISU
- 1880-1930 Birth Certificates, Delayed. IRAD-ISU
- 1924-1958 Cirth Certificates. IRAD-ISU
- 1860-1950 Birth Records Index, Delayed. IRAD-ISU
- 1877-1959 Birth Records Index. IRAD-ISU
- 1877-1885 - DeWitt County Birth Index 1877-1885 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free. Batch C731011.
Available through the Family History Library
1877-1906 Birth Records and Index 1871-1930 FHL Collection
- 1839-1955 Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU
- 1876-1935 Marriage License Applications. IRAD-ISU
- 1839-1949 Marriage Record Index. IRAD-ISU
- 1839-1928 - DeWitt County Marriage Index 1839-1928 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free. Batches M533791, M533792, M533793, and M732122.
Available through the Family History Library
1839-1928 Marriage Records and Index 1839-1901. FHL films 1295503, 1312955-1312957
- 1878-1917 - DeWitt County Death Index 1878-1917 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
- 1878-1917 Death Records. IRAD-ISU Also available through the Family History LibraryFHL film 1292957 item 2
- 1886-1957 Death Certificates. IRAD-ISU
- 1878-1962 Death Record Index. IRAD-ISU Also available through the Family History Library FHL film 1293528 itme 2
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- DeWitt County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
'Databases Pertinent to DeWitt County '
Local Governmental Records Database
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Federal Township Plats of Illinois
DeWitt County Coroner's Inquest Files Index (1924–1977)
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/9c/Igiillinoisd.pdf.