DeWitt County, Illinois Genealogy
|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
- 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.
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.]
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
Copies of original records are available:
- 1839-1875 Deed Records IRAD- ISU
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.
- - 39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D and Company I.
- - 41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C, Company F and Company K.
- 1865-1939 Military Discharge Record, Civil War. IRAD-ISU
World War I
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 DeWitt County (Source: Ancestry)
Workd War II
Casualties World War II - DeWitt County, Illinois (Source: Access Genealogy)
Naturalization and Citizenship
- 1866-1903 Naturalization Records, County Court. IRAD-ISU
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)
- 1873-1894 Probate Administrator's Accounts IRAD-ISU
- 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
- 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
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
- 1839-1955 Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU
- 1876-1935 Marriage License Applications. IRAD-ISU
- '1839-1949 Marriage record Index. IRAD-ISU
- 1878-1917 Death Records. IRAD-ISU
- 1886-1957 Death Certificates. IRAD-ISU
- 1878-1962 Death Record Index. IRAD-ISU
- 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)