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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Edwards County'''  
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Guide to '''Edwards 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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{{Click|Image:IL_ORP.png|Illinois Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Edwards County
 
| county = Edwards County
 
| county_map = Il-edwards.png
 
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| founded year = 1814
 
| founded year = 1814
 
| founded date = November 28
 
| founded date = November 28
| seat wl = Albion
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| seat = Albion
 
| building image = Edwards County Courthouse.gif
 
| building image = Edwards County Courthouse.gif
 
| building address = '''Edwards County Courthouse'''<br>50 E. Main Street<br>Albion, Illinois 62806<br>(618) 445-2115
 
| building address = '''Edwards County Courthouse'''<br>50 E. Main Street<br>Albion, Illinois 62806<br>(618) 445-2115
 
   
 
   
 
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== County Organization  ==
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=== County Organization  ===
  
 
Edwards County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Edwards County's civil records start the following years:  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Edwards County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Edwards County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Edwards County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Edwards County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Edwards County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Edwards County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Edwards County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Edwards County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Ninian Edwards.png|thumb|right|180px]] Edwards County is named for {{wpd|Ninian Edwards}} who was the Governor of the Illinois Territory (1809-1818) and third Governor of the State of Illinois (1826-1830). His son Ninian Edwards Jr., is married to Elizabeth Todd, sister of {{wpd|Mary Todd Lincoln}}, wife of Abraham Lincoln.  
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[[Image:Ninian Edwards.png|thumb|right|180px|Ninian Edwards.png]] Edwards County is named for {{wpd|Ninian Edwards}} who was the Governor of the Illinois Territory (1809-1818) and third Governor of the State of Illinois (1826-1830). His son Ninian Edwards Jr., is married to Elizabeth Todd, sister of {{wpd|Mary Todd Lincoln}}, wife of Abraham Lincoln.  
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
*'''28 November 1814:''' -- Edwards County was created 28 November 1814 from [[Madison County, Illinois|Madison]] and [[Gallatin County, Illinois|Gallatin ]]Counties. <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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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.  
  
*Interactive map of Edwards County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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*'''28 November 1814:''' -- Edwards County was created 28 November 1814 from [[Madison County, Illinois Genealogy|Madison]] and [[Gallatin County, Illinois Genealogy|Gallatin ]]Counties. <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL}} ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Cemeteries]] for more information.
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Edwards}}
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%; "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Edwards, 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.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=16&GScnty=713&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=713 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)
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*[http://edwards.illinoisgenweb.org/cemeteries.htm ILGenWeb]
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/edwards.htm Edwards 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.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwards.htm ILGenWeb Archives]
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*''[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/edwards/deaths.html 1842–1929 Burial records for St. John Episcopal Church]''
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/edwards.htm Tombstone Project]
*''[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=131346729X9CL.19062&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!307900~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County%2C+Illinois%2C+cemetery+inscriptions%2C&index=TL Edwards County, Illinois, cemetery inscriptions]''; pub. 1969, Janet Schonert and Wanda Shelby / Decatur Genealogical Society; {{FHL|274508|item|disp=FHL 848586 Item 2, Book 977.3791 V22s}}  
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*''Cemetery inscriptions of Edwards County, Il.''; 1900-1951, pub. 19??. Old Albion Cemetery {{FHL|830067|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3791 V3ci}}
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*[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=20 Illinois Gravestones]
*''Edwards Co., Illinois graves registration of veterans, 1865-1961''; pub. 1975 {{FHL|31358|item|disp=FHL Film 983671 Item 2}}
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*''Edwards County, Illinois, cemeteries''; pub.&nbsp;? - transcript {{FHL|32409|item|disp=FHL Film 983670}}
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Edwards#/ Billion Graves]
*''Pinhook Cemetery (also known as Mills Prairie or Robinsons' Graveyard)''; pub. 199?; Currie, Bill P. {{FHL|771637|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3791 V3c}}  
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*''[http://usgwarchives.net/il/edwards/edwardscem.html USGenWeb Archives]''
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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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* {{FHL|495158|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Edwards+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://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=713 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Edwards&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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* [https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Edwards Illinois Graveyards]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Illinois Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/edwards/deaths.html GenealogyTrails 1842–1929 Burial records for St. John Episcopal Church]
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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The following have information concerning African American research.  
 
The following have information concerning African American research.  
  
*'''1815–1860''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/servant.html Database of Servitude and Emancipation Records]. &nbsp;Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3749 Ancestry ($).]  
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*'''1815–1860''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/servant.html Database of Servitude and Emancipation Records]. &nbsp;Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3749 Ancestry ($).]  
 
*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
 
*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
  
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*[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] ($)  
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database. Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Ancestry] ($)  
 
:*[http://landplats.ilsos.net/Edwards.html 1804-1891 Edwards County Federal Township Plats] (Called Road Districts in Edwards)
 
:*[http://landplats.ilsos.net/Edwards.html 1804-1891 Edwards County Federal Township Plats] (Called Road Districts in Edwards)
  
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=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Iledwards.jpg|right|400px|Iledwards.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/edwards_map.html Edwards County Federal Township Plats]  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/edwards_map.html Edwards County Federal Township Plats]  
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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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 '''$'''
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*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information.  
 
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information.  
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'''1817–present''' — The original Edwards county probate records are housed at the [[Edwards County, Illinois Courthouse|County Courthouse]].  
 
'''1817–present''' — The original Edwards county probate records are housed at the [[Edwards County, Illinois Courthouse|County Courthouse]].  
  
:*'''1815–1916''' Probate Will Record; IRAD-EIU  
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*'''1815–1916''' Probate Will Record; IRAD-EIU  
:*'''1815–1871''' Probate Case Files; IRAD-EIU  
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*'''1815–1871''' Probate Case Files; IRAD-EIU  
:*'''1831–1885''' Probate Record; IRAD-EIU
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*'''1831–1885''' Probate Record; IRAD-EIU
  
 
*'''1815–1922''' Will Records{{FHL|272388|item|disp= FHL Film 977995}}  
 
*'''1815–1922''' Will Records{{FHL|272388|item|disp= FHL Film 977995}}  
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
There are over 4500&nbsp;[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]&nbsp;worldwide which serve as&nbsp;branch facilities&nbsp;of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp;&nbsp;Volunteers provide research assistance to&nbsp;help patrons identify their ancestors.&nbsp;&nbsp;Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at&nbsp;a nominal cost.&nbsp;&nbsp;Locate&nbsp;your nearest Family History Center<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1313427430247_409" /> at the&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] website.&nbsp; Call&nbsp;ahead to verify operating hours.&nbsp; All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Edwards County, Illinois:  
 
There are over 4500&nbsp;[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]&nbsp;worldwide which serve as&nbsp;branch facilities&nbsp;of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp;&nbsp;Volunteers provide research assistance to&nbsp;help patrons identify their ancestors.&nbsp;&nbsp;Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at&nbsp;a nominal cost.&nbsp;&nbsp;Locate&nbsp;your nearest Family History Center<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1313427430247_409" /> at the&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] website.&nbsp; Call&nbsp;ahead to verify operating hours.&nbsp; All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Edwards County, Illinois:  
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*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=L313B6X273156.17338&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!1409092~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=2&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County+Historical+Society&index=TL Edwards County Historical Society quarterly]&nbsp; periodical (different libraries)<br>
 
*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=L313B6X273156.17338&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!1409092~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=2&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County+Historical+Society&index=TL Edwards County Historical Society quarterly]&nbsp; periodical (different libraries)<br>
 
*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=L313B6X273156.17338&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!1409092~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=2&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County+Historical+Society+journal&index=TL Edwards County Historical Society quarterly]&nbsp; periodical (different libraries)<br>
 
 
*[http://ipac.shawls.lib.il.us:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=L313B6X273156.17338&profile=shwipac&uri=link=1100002~!1409092~!1100001~!1100002&aspect=subtab35&menu=search&ri=2&source=~!dial13&term=Edwards+County+Historical+Society+quarterly.&index=TL Edwards County Historical Society quarterly]&nbsp; periodical (different libraries)<br>
 
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information.  
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information. 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].
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==== Births  ====
 
==== Births  ====
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:*'''1815–1968''' Index; IRAD-EIU
 
:*'''1815–1968''' Index; IRAD-EIU
  
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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
 
*'''1815–1900 '''Edwards County Marriages Index [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/edwards/land.htm A–G], [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/edwards/marriages2.html H–Z] ''(Genealogy Trails)''  
 
*'''1815–1900 '''Edwards County Marriages Index [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/edwards/land.htm A–G], [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/edwards/marriages2.html H–Z] ''(Genealogy Trails)''  
 
*'''1815–1820 '''Oldest county marriage records {{FHL|272802|item|disp=FHL film 982051 Item 11}}  
 
*'''1815–1820 '''Oldest county marriage records {{FHL|272802|item|disp=FHL film 982051 Item 11}}  
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*'''1815–1926''' ''[http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry]'' ($) Indexed  
 
*'''1815–1926''' ''[http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry]'' ($) Indexed  
 
*'''1832–1910''' Index – {{FHL|167045|item|disp=FHL Film 1401778 Item 5}}
 
*'''1832–1910''' Index – {{FHL|167045|item|disp=FHL Film 1401778 Item 5}}
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*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
The following abstracts are available:  
 
The following abstracts are available:  
  
:*'''1815–1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illiniois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] (1815-1900 for Edwards County); IRAD
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:*'''1815–1900''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html Illiniois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] (1815-1900 for Edwards County); IRAD
  
 
*'''1815–1844''' Early marriages, includes index to 1831, and bride's index to 1844 {{FHL|583023|item|disp=FHL book 977.3791 V29}}  
 
*'''1815–1844''' Early marriages, includes index to 1831, and bride's index to 1844 {{FHL|583023|item|disp=FHL book 977.3791 V29}}  
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The following abstracts are available at state IRAD site:  
 
The following abstracts are available at state IRAD site:  
  
*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916] (No data for Edwards County as of Aug 2011. Check back again as records are being added.)  
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*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916] (No data for Edwards County as of Aug 2011. Check back again as records are being added.)  
*'''1916–1950 '''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950] (1916-1950 for Edwards County)
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*'''1916–1950 '''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950] (1916-1950 for Edwards County)
  
 
=== Voting Registers  ===
 
=== Voting Registers  ===
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== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
:*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Edwards/ Edwards County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/edwards-county/ Edwards County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Edwards-County.htm Edwards County IL Genealogy]
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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]
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Edwards/ Edwards County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 20:02, 10 February 2017

United States
Illinois


Edwards County

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

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Edwards County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Edwards County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: November 28, 1814
County Seat Albion
Courthouse
Edwards County Courthouse.gif
Address Edwards County Courthouse
50 E. Main Street
Albion, Illinois 62806
(618) 445-2115


County Organization

Edwards County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Edwards County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1815 1877 1820 1815 1815

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

Historical Facts

Ninian Edwards.png
Edwards County is named for Ninian Edwards who was the Governor of the Illinois Territory (1809-1818) and third Governor of the State of Illinois (1826-1830). His son Ninian Edwards Jr., is married to Elizabeth Todd, sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln.

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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Edwards, 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 accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190010,345
191010,049−2.9%
19209,431−6.1%
19308,303−12.0%
19408,9748.1%
19509,0560.9%
19607,940−12.3%
19707,090−10.7%
19807,96112.3%
19907,440−6.5%
20006,971−6.3%
20106,721−3.6%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Federal

1830

1880

State

1825

Centennial Celebrations, etc

Edwards County sesquicentennial 1814-1964; pub. 1964?; Edwards County Historical Society FHL Book 977.3791 H2e

Church History

Churches of Edwards County; pub. 19??; WorldCat 38125327, FHL Book 977.3 A1 no. 127, FHL film 983673 Item 3

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Funeral Homes

Ingram Funeral Home records, 1939-1971, Albion, Illinois; filmed 2005 FHL Film 1426344-1426345
note: the records were filmed in Wayne County, Illinois courthouse.

Genealogy

A History of Edwards County, Illinois; pub. 1980, 1993 FHL Books 977.3791 H2h v. 1 and 2

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

Periodicals

History

Periodicals

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 online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at Eastern Illinois University - search for Edwards County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Unlike most Illinois counties, Edwards is divided into Road Districts, as opposed to Townships found in other counties.

Copies of Original Records

  • 1815–1888 Deed Indexes, Deed Record 1815-1890 FHL 16 films
    Grantees
    Grantors
    Deed records
    Warranty deeds
  • 1815-1978 Deed Record IRAD-EIU
  • 1888–1900 Grantee and Grantor Index FHL film 1418412 Items 2-3
  • 1888-1899 Deed Index IRAD-EIU
  • 1890-1902 Land and Deed Records FHL films 1418412-1418414
    Grantees
    Grantors
    Deed records
  • 1855–1874 Land Records, 1855-1874 FHL film 1688788 Item 1 Record of swamp and overflow lands
  • 1874 Plat Record, Original Survey IRAD-EIU

Abstracts

Online Resources

Maps

Iledwards.jpg

Military History and Records

War of 1812

Some Military Land Grants USGenWeb Archives

Blackhawk War

Detachment of Capt. Hunter's Company, Detachment of Capt. Champion S. Mading's Company, Captain Solomon Hunter's Detachment USGenWeb Archives

Indian Wars

Some Military Land Grants USGenWeb Archives

Civil War

Civil War service men from Edwards 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 Edwards County.

- 6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company E.
- 7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company E.
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and H.
- 136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H.
- 152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company F.

World War II

Army Enlistment Records USGenWeb Archives

Pensions

1883 Pension Roll USGenWeb Archives

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Photographs and Post Cards

Probate Records

Online Probate Records


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For information and tips about records, see IRAD-EIU

1817–present — The original Edwards county probate records are housed at the County Courthouse.

Guardianships

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

Family History Centers

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 worldwide which serve as branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Volunteers provide research assistance to help patrons identify their ancestors.  Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at a nominal cost.  Locate your nearest Family History Center at the FamilySearch website.  Call ahead to verify operating hours.  All are welcome.

The following centers are accessible to residents of Edwards County, Illinois:

Centralia Illinois Family History Center 
Leafland & 3rd Street
Centralia, Marion, Illinois
Phone: 618-532-3482
Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm
Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.

Eldorado Illinois Family History Center
103 Grayson Rd
Eldorado, Saline, Illinois
Phone: 618-273-8172
Hours: By appointment. Please call 618-276-4283

Evansville Indiana Family History Center
8020 E Covert Ave
Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana
Phone: 812-471-0191
Hours: First Wednesday of every month 10:00 - 12:00, Tues & Wed evening 6:00 - 8:00; other times by appointment
Closed: Closed Major Holidays 

Vincennes Indiana Family History Center
1940 N Old Hwy 41
Vincennes, Knox, Indiana
Phone: 812-882-4022
Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm
Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas

Please note: Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Eastern Illinois Regional Archives Depository is located at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. See the IRAD–EIU wiki page for more about this depository and its holdings.

Public Libraries

Albion Public Library
6 North 4th Street
Albion, IL 62806
Phone: (618) 445-3314
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West Salem Public Library
112 West South Street
West Salem, IL 62476
Phone: (618) 456-8970

SILNET (Southern Illinois Library Network)

The following libraries are outside of Edwards County, containing genealogical collections pertaining to the county.

Schools

Social Groups Online

Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.


Births

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

Marriages

For information and tips about records, see IRAD-EIU

1815–present — The original Edwards County marriage records 1815-present are housed at the County Clerk's office. The following copies are available:

  • 1815–1968 Marriage Record; IRAD-EIU
  • 1815–1968 Index; IRAD-EIU

The following abstracts are available:

Deaths

For information and tips about records, see IRAD-EIU

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

The following abstracts are available at state IRAD site:

Voting Registers

Websites

References

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