DeWitt County, Illinois Genealogy
|DeWitt County, Illinois|
Location in the state of Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||March 1, 1839|
|Address|| DeWitt County Building|
201 W. Washington Street
Clinton, Illinois 61727
DeWitt County Website
- 1 Quick Dates
- 2 Historical Facts
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 4.1 Archives and Libraries
- 4.2 African American
- 4.3 Biography
- 4.4 Cemeteries
- 4.5 Census
- 4.6 Church Records
- 4.7 History
- 4.8 Directories
- 4.9 Genealogy
- 4.10 Land and Property
- 4.11 Maps
- 4.12 Military History and Records
- 4.13 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 4.14 Newspapers
- 4.15 Probate Records
- 4.16 Vital Records
- 5 Societies with Libraries and Museums
- 6 Websites
- 7 References
|Beginning Dates for DeWitt County Records|
DeWitt County, like Clinton County, is named for DeWitt Clinton who was the Governor of New York and chief promoter of the Erie Canal.
To see a list of places in DeWitt County, click on [Show] in the bar, above. The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.
Archives and Libraries
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Illinois State Universtiy
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Normal, Illinois 61802
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County
- Inventory of the county archives of Illinois, no. 20, Historical Record Survey FHL film 908545 Item 4
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
- 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.
|IL Counties 1900-1990|
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.
- 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.]
- 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
Military History and 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.
Companies C, F and K.
Naturalization and Citizenship
Societies with Libraries and Museums
DeWitt County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 632
Clinton, Illinois 61717-0632
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.
- 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)