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Effingham County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Effingham County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Effingham County are kept, see the [[Effingham County, Illinois Courthouse|Effingham County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Effingham County are kept, see the [[Effingham County, Illinois Courthouse|Effingham County Courthouse]] page.  
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'''Effingham County''' is named for {{wpd|Lord Effingham}} who is noted for resigning his commission as general in the British army in 1775 and refusing to serve in the war against the colonies.  
 
'''Effingham County''' is named for {{wpd|Lord Effingham}} who is noted for resigning his commission as general in the British army in 1775 and refusing to serve in the war against the colonies.  
  
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
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=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
  
*''Historical encyclopedia of Illinois'', also known as ''Effingham County, biographical ''; pub. '''1910''' {{FHL|691674|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6072262 (12 fiche)}} See the wiki page [[Historical_Encyclopedia_of_Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois ]]for more information about this book.  
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*''Historical encyclopedia of Illinois'', also known as ''Effingham County, biographical ''; pub. '''1910''' {{FHL|691674|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6072262 (12 fiche)}} See the wiki page [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois for]] more information about this book.  
 
*''Portrait and biographical record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland counties, Illinois'' pub. '''1893''' <ref>(Family History Archives http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH34,63155); {{FHL|277099|item|disp=FHL Film 934983 Item 2}} Note: Film 0825568 No circulation to family history centers.</ref>  
 
*''Portrait and biographical record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland counties, Illinois'' pub. '''1893''' <ref>(Family History Archives http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH34,63155); {{FHL|277099|item|disp=FHL Film 934983 Item 2}} Note: Film 0825568 No circulation to family history centers.</ref>  
 
*''Portrait and biographical record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland counties''; pub. '''1893''' {{FHL|726953|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 D3pn}}  
 
*''Portrait and biographical record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland counties''; pub. '''1893''' {{FHL|726953|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 D3pn}}  
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*1855, State Census {{FHL|271754|item|disp=FHL film 976181 Item 11}}  
 
*1855, State Census {{FHL|271754|item|disp=FHL film 976181 Item 11}}  
 
*1865, State Census {{FHL|259412|item|disp=FHL film 972746}}
 
*1865, State Census {{FHL|259412|item|disp=FHL film 972746}}
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=== Church Records ===
  
 
=== Correctional Institutions  ===
 
=== Correctional Institutions  ===
  
 
''Register of prisoners, 1898-1933''; also known as Effingham County (Illinois) County Jail {{FHL|576847|item|disp=FHL film 1689434}}  
 
''Register of prisoners, 1898-1933''; also known as Effingham County (Illinois) County Jail {{FHL|576847|item|disp=FHL film 1689434}}  
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=== Court Records ===
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Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Eastern_Illinois_University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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:*'''1833-1874''' Circuit Court Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1833-1882''' Circuit Court Execution Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1833-1925''' Circuit Court Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1864-1910''' Circuit Court Record, Chancery [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1868-1972''' Circuit Court Record, Criminal [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1874-1973''' Circuit Court Judgment and Execution Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1875-1919''' Circuit Court Record, Common Law [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1897-1901''' Circuit Court Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1958-1968''' Circuit Court Case Files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
  
 
=== Directories  ===
 
=== Directories  ===
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*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
 
*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
 
 
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
 
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf 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]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information.<br><br>'''1833-present''' The original land and property records for&nbsp;Effingham&nbsp;County are held by the County Recorder. See the info box above for contact information. The following copies are available:  
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Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, 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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Eastern_Illinois_University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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'''Copies of Originals'''
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:*'''1829-1895''' Effingham County (Illinois) Recorder, ''Land Book.'' {{FHL|267399|item|disp=FHL Film 1010042 item 3}}
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:*'''1833-1889 '''Deed Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1833-1936''' Deed Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1833-1945''' Effingham County (Illinois)Recorder, ''Deeds and Mortgages, 1833-1945; index 1833-1895.'' {{FHL|231419|item|disp=FHL Film 1008997 (first of 47 films)}}
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'''Abstracts'''
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:*'''1836-1899''' Effingham County Genealogical Society, ''Effingham County, Illinois public domain land sales, 1836-1899.'' {{FHL|538344|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 R2e}}; {{WorldCat|173315434|disp-Other Libraries}}
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:*'''1845-1855''' Arnetia Bannick Osborne, Eleanor Poe Bounds, Effingham County Genealogical Society (Effingham, Illinois), ''Delinquent tax records, 1845 through 1855, Effingham County, Illinois : these records include owner's names, parts of section, section nos., range, acres, valuation, year tax due, state revenue, state special tax, county tax, poor tax, and total amount due. {{WorldCat|34704826|disp=Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|753693|item|disp=FHL Film 1598433 item 19; Book 977.3796 R5o}};
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:*'''Family Maps.''' Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family Maps of Effingham County, Illinois.'' Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Pub. Co., c2007. {{Worldcat|145734468|disp=Other Libraries}}{{FHL|1373365|item|disp=FHL book 977.3796 E7b}}
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:*'''1986''' Rockford Map Publishers (Rockford, Illinois), ''Land Atlas and plat book, Effingham County, Illinois, 1986.'' {{WorldCat|17213717|Other Libraries}};  {{FHL|560504|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 E7e}}
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'''Online Resources'''
  
:*'''1833-1889 '''Deed Index&nbsp;[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for&nbsp;Effingham&nbsp;County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|Information about how to use IRAD]]
 
:*'''1833-1936''' Deed Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Effingham County records.&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
 
:*[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] ($)  
 
:*[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] ($)  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/effingham_map.html Effingham County Federal Township Plats]  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/effingham_map.html Effingham County Federal Township Plats]  
 
:*'''1800s – Present''' - Use the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index] to obtain original federal land transfer records, including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry [[Land Patent Search|patents]]. These records help a researcher establish location and lead to National Archives’ records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are at the National Archives.  
 
:*'''1800s – Present''' - Use the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index] to obtain original federal land transfer records, including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry [[Land Patent Search|patents]]. These records help a researcher establish location and lead to National Archives’ records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are at the National Archives.  
:*'''Family Maps.'''&nbsp; Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family Maps of Effingham County, Illinois.''&nbsp; Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Pub. Co., c2007. {{Worldcat|145734468}}{{FHL|1373365|item|disp=FHL book 977.3796 E7b}}
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=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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==== Civil War  ====
 
==== Civil War  ====
  
<span style="font-weight: bold">Regiment Information</span><br>
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<span style="font-weight: bold">Regiment Information</span><br>  
  
 
Civil War service men from Effingham 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 Effingham County.  
 
Civil War service men from Effingham 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 Effingham County.  
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:- [[62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
 
:- [[62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
 
:- [[71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.  
 
:- [[71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.  
:- [[98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and K.
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:- [[98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and K.  
 
:- [[154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.
 
:- [[154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.
  
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Organized in Effingham County, Illinois] Effingham Co ILGenWeb  
 
Organized in Effingham County, Illinois] Effingham Co ILGenWeb  
  
'''Military Records'''<br>
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'''Military Records'''<br>  
  
 
*The Adjutant General's Report of Effingham County, Illinois soldiers, 1831-32, 1846-48 and 1861-66, 1898-99 {{FHL|574457|item|disp=FHL 1697841 Item 10, book 977.3796 M2p}}
 
*The Adjutant General's Report of Effingham County, Illinois soldiers, 1831-32, 1846-48 and 1861-66, 1898-99 {{FHL|574457|item|disp=FHL 1697841 Item 10, book 977.3796 M2p}}
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information.<br><br>
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information.<br><br>  
  
:*Browse images of&nbsp;Effingham&nbsp;County probate records at {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}.<br>
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:*Browse images of&nbsp;Effingham&nbsp;County probate records at {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}.<br>  
:*Probate records, 1838-1920 {{FHL|269816|item|disp=FHL 12 films}}<br>Probate index 1838-1964 - 1009561<br>Probate records v. 1-2 1838-1854 - 1009562<br>Probate records v. A-C 1850-1864 - 1009563<br>Probate records v. D-E 1864-1871 - 1009564<br>Probate records v. F 1871-1877 - 1009565<br>Probate records v. G 1877-1883 - 1010155<br>Probate records v. H-I 1883-1893 - 1010156<br>Inventory record v. A 1890-1904 - 1010157<br>Bonds &amp; letters v. B 1877-1881 - 1010158<br>Guardian records v. A-D 1871-1897 (no v. C) - 1010159<br>Will record v. 1, A-C 1838-1895 - 1010160<br>Will record v. D-F 1895-1920 - 1010161<br>
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:*Probate records, 1838-1920 {{FHL|269816|item|disp=FHL 12 films}}<br>Probate index 1838-1964 - 1009561<br>Probate records v. 1-2 1838-1854 - 1009562<br>Probate records v. A-C 1850-1864 - 1009563<br>Probate records v. D-E 1864-1871 - 1009564<br>Probate records v. F 1871-1877 - 1009565<br>Probate records v. G 1877-1883 - 1010155<br>Probate records v. H-I 1883-1893 - 1010156<br>Inventory record v. A 1890-1904 - 1010157<br>Bonds &amp; letters v. B 1877-1881 - 1010158<br>Guardian records v. A-D 1871-1897 (no v. C) - 1010159<br>Will record v. 1, A-C 1838-1895 - 1010160<br>Will record v. D-F 1895-1920 - 1010161<br>  
 
:*Wills and estate settlements, 1836-1882 {{FHL|128749|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6048797 (2 fiches), book 977.3796 R2w}}  
 
:*Wills and estate settlements, 1836-1882 {{FHL|128749|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6048797 (2 fiches), book 977.3796 R2w}}  
 
:*Estate settlements &amp; genealogy {{FHL|1825383|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 P2g}}
 
:*Estate settlements &amp; genealogy {{FHL|1825383|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 P2g}}
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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;[http://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 Effingham&nbsp;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;[http://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 Effingham&nbsp;County, Illinois:  
  
'''Centralia Illinois Family History Center&nbsp;<br>'''Leafland &amp; 3rd Street<br>Centralia, Marion, Illinois<br>Phone: 618-532-3482<br>Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm<br>Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.<br><br>
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'''Centralia Illinois Family History Center&nbsp;<br>'''Leafland &amp; 3rd Street<br>Centralia, Marion, Illinois<br>Phone: 618-532-3482<br>Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm<br>Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.<br><br>  
  
'''Champaign Illinois''' '''Family History Center'''<br>604 W Windsor Rd<br>Champaign, Champaign, Illinois<br>Phone: 217-352-8063<br>Hours: Thur-Sat 9:30-12:30pm; Thur 7pm-9pm; or by appt<br><br>'''Terre Haute Indiana Family History Center&nbsp;'''<br>1845 N 6 1/2 St<br>Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-234-0269<br>Hours: Tue 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.<br>Closed: Mondays after 6:00 p.m., all major holidays, inclement weather, whenever Vigo schools are on delays or early dismissals.<br>Attention: The Center is also available by appointment.<br><br>Please note:&nbsp;Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
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'''Champaign Illinois''' '''Family History Center'''<br>604 W Windsor Rd<br>Champaign, Champaign, Illinois<br>Phone: 217-352-8063<br>Hours: Thur-Sat 9:30-12:30pm; Thur 7pm-9pm; or by appt<br><br>'''Terre Haute Indiana Family History Center&nbsp;'''<br>1845 N 6 1/2 St<br>Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-234-0269<br>Hours: Tue 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.<br>Closed: Mondays after 6:00 p.m., all major holidays, inclement weather, whenever Vigo schools are on delays or early dismissals.<br>Attention: The Center is also available by appointment.<br><br>Please note:&nbsp;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)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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==== Libraries  ====
 
==== Libraries  ====
  
[http://www.stelmolibrary.org/ Beecher City Branch Library ]<br>108 North James Street, Beecher City, IL 62414 <br>(618) 487-9400<br><br>‎ [http://www.altamontpubliclibrary.com/ Altamont Public Library]<br>121 West Washington<br>Altamont IL 62411<br>618-483-5457<br><br>
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[http://www.stelmolibrary.org/ Beecher City Branch Library ]<br>108 North James Street, Beecher City, IL 62414 <br>(618) 487-9400<br><br>‎ [http://www.altamontpubliclibrary.com/ Altamont Public Library]<br>121 West Washington<br>Altamont IL 62411<br>618-483-5457<br><br>  
  
[http://www.effinghamlibrary.org/ Helen Matthes Library]<br>100 E. Market Ave.<br>Effingham, IL 62401-3499<br>Phone: 217.342.2464<br>Fax: 217.342.2413<br>Email: hmlib@effinghamlibrary.org<br>
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[http://www.effinghamlibrary.org/ Helen Matthes Library]<br>100 E. Market Ave.<br>Effingham, IL 62401-3499<br>Phone: 217.342.2464<br>Fax: 217.342.2413<br>Email: hmlib@effinghamlibrary.org<br>  
  
 
=== Schools  ===
 
=== Schools  ===
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
Effingham County Genealogical &amp; Historical Society <br>P.O. Box 1166 <br>Effingham, Il 62401 <br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Effingham-County-Genealogical-and-Historical-Society/166955900009890 facebook]<br><br>
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Effingham County Genealogical &amp; Historical Society <br>P.O. Box 1166 <br>Effingham, Il 62401 <br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Effingham-County-Genealogical-and-Historical-Society/166955900009890 facebook]<br><br>  
  
Pioneer certificates issued by Effingham County Genealogical Society {{FHL|477605|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 D2d (4 vols)}}
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Pioneer certificates issued by Effingham County Genealogical Society {{FHL|477605|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 D2d (4 vols)}}  
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database] IRAD  
 
:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database] IRAD  
 
:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments] IRAD  
 
:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments] IRAD  
:*[http://effingham.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Effingham County, Illinois (ILGenWeb)
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:*[http://effingham.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Effingham County, Illinois (ILGenWeb)  
 
:*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Effingham/ Effingham&nbsp;County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
:*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Effingham/ Effingham&nbsp;County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  

Revision as of 19:48, 7 September 2011

Effingham County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Effingham County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 15, 1831
County Seat Effingham
Courthouse
Effingham County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Effingham County Courthouse
101 N. 4th Street
Effingham, Illinois 62401
Effingham County Website

 

United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Effingham County

County Organization

Effingham County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878* 1833 1878* 1840 1833 1838


*Incomplete birth and death before 1916

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

Historical Facts

Lordeffingham.jpg

Effingham County is named for Lord Effingham who is noted for resigning his commission as general in the British army in 1775 and refusing to serve in the war against the colonies.


Boundary Changes

  • 15 February 1831: Effingham County was created from Fayette and Crawford Counties. [1]; Effingham not fully organized, parts attached to Crawford and Fayette until "organized." (Ill. Laws 1830-1831, pp. 50-52)
  • 20 December 1832: Fully organized, detached from Crawford and Fayette. (Ill. Laws 1832-1833, pp. 22-23)
  • 26 February 1845: Legislature authorized Effingham to gain from Shelby the northern half of township 9 north, ranges 4 to 6 east, dependent on local referendum that failed [no change]. (Ill. Laws 1844-1845, p. 164) (source: Newberry Library)

See an interactive map of Effingham County boundary changes.

Places/Localities


To see a list of places in Effingham County, click on [Show], above. Localities listed in red have no wiki page yet. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Cemeteries for more information.

Gotoarrow.png Find A Grave, list of cemeteries. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)

Census

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

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190020,465
191020,055−2.0%
192019,556−2.5%
193019,013−2.8%
194022,03415.9%
195021,675−1.6%
196023,1076.6%
197024,6086.5%
198030,94425.7%
199031,7042.5%
200034,2648.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990

1840-1850
1840-1850 Effingham County census
FHL 977.3796 X2e 1840-1850

1840

1840 Pensioners
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. digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Effingham County on page 186.]; FHL Book973 X2pc 1840

1850
United States census 1850; pub. 1979 FHL Book 977.3796 X2p 1850

1860
1860 census of Effingham County, Illinois; pub. 1983 FHL 6103965 (3 fiche), Book 977.3796 X2c

1870
1870 Effingham County census; pub. 1984 FHL Book 977.3796 X2e 1870

1880
Effingham County, Illinois 1880; pub. 1990 FHL Book 977.3796 X2e 1880 (2 vols)
Vol. 1. Banner, Bishop, Douglas, Jackson, Liberty & Lucas townships
Vol. 2. Mason, Moccasin, Mound, St. Francis, Summit, Teutopolis, Union, Watson & West townships.

1900
1900 federal census; pub. 1999 FHL Film 1440430 Item 12, book 977.3796 X2o (2 vols)

State

Church Records

Correctional Institutions

Register of prisoners, 1898-1933; also known as Effingham County (Illinois) County Jail FHL film 1689434

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 Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1833-1874 Circuit Court Record IRAD-EIU
  • 1833-1882 Circuit Court Execution Dockets IRAD-EIU
  • 1833-1925 Circuit Court Index IRAD-EIU
  • 1864-1910 Circuit Court Record, Chancery IRAD-EIU
  • 1868-1972 Circuit Court Record, Criminal IRAD-EIU
  • 1874-1973 Circuit Court Judgment and Execution Dockets IRAD-EIU
  • 1875-1919 Circuit Court Record, Common Law IRAD-EIU
  • 1897-1901 Circuit Court Dockets IRAD-EIU
  • 1958-1968 Circuit Court Case Files IRAD-EIU

Directories

Effingham County, Illinois city and county directories, 1924 & 1925: each directory in alphabetical order, surname index in back; pub. 1990 FHL Book 977.3796/E2 E4ec

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

Periodicals

  • Crossroad trails FHL films
  • Effingham County Genealogical and Historical Society newsletter FHL See note.

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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of Originals

Abstracts

  • 1836-1899 Effingham County Genealogical Society, Effingham County, Illinois public domain land sales, 1836-1899. FHL Book 977.3796 R2e; WorldCat 173315434
  • 1845-1855 Arnetia Bannick Osborne, Eleanor Poe Bounds, Effingham County Genealogical Society (Effingham, Illinois), Delinquent tax records, 1845 through 1855, Effingham County, Illinois : these records include owner's names, parts of section, section nos., range, acres, valuation, year tax due, state revenue, state special tax, county tax, poor tax, and total amount due. Other Libraries; FHL Film 1598433 item 19; Book 977.3796 R5o;
  • Family Maps. Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Effingham County, Illinois. Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Pub. Co., c2007. Other LibrariesFHL book 977.3796 E7b
  • 1986 Rockford Map Publishers (Rockford, Illinois), Land Atlas and plat book, Effingham County, Illinois, 1986. WorldCat 17213717; FHL Book 977.3796 E7e

Online Resources


Maps

Military

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Effingham County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Effingham County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
  • Veteran burials, Effingham County, Illinois, 1862-1955 FHL Book 977.3796 M2v

Civil War

Regiment Information

Civil War service men from Effingham 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 Effingham County.

- 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A
- 35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and I.
- 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and K.
- 154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.

Organized in Effingham County, Illinois] Effingham Co ILGenWeb

Military Records

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers and Obituaries

Newspaper clippings and obituaries from Clay and Effingham counties, Illinois and Yakima County, Washington FHL film 396345

Probate Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Probate Records for more information.

  • Browse images of Effingham County probate records at Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970.
  • Probate records, 1838-1920 FHL 12 films
    Probate index 1838-1964 - 1009561
    Probate records v. 1-2 1838-1854 - 1009562
    Probate records v. A-C 1850-1864 - 1009563
    Probate records v. D-E 1864-1871 - 1009564
    Probate records v. F 1871-1877 - 1009565
    Probate records v. G 1877-1883 - 1010155
    Probate records v. H-I 1883-1893 - 1010156
    Inventory record v. A 1890-1904 - 1010157
    Bonds & letters v. B 1877-1881 - 1010158
    Guardian records v. A-D 1871-1897 (no v. C) - 1010159
    Will record v. 1, A-C 1838-1895 - 1010160
    Will record v. D-F 1895-1920 - 1010161
  • Wills and estate settlements, 1836-1882 FHL Fiche 6048797 (2 fiches), book 977.3796 R2w
  • Estate settlements & genealogy FHL Book 977.3796 P2g

Repositories

Archives

Inventory of the county archives of Illinois, no. 25, Effingham County (Effingham), pub. 1940 FHL film 908556 Item 1, book 977.3796 A5h

County Courthouse

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

Family History Centers

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 Effingham 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.

Champaign Illinois Family History Center
604 W Windsor Rd
Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
Phone: 217-352-8063
Hours: Thur-Sat 9:30-12:30pm; Thur 7pm-9pm; or by appt

Terre Haute Indiana Family History Center 
1845 N 6 1/2 St
Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana
Phone: 812-234-0269
Hours: Tue 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed: Mondays after 6:00 p.m., all major holidays, inclement weather, whenever Vigo schools are on delays or early dismissals.
Attention: The Center is also available by appointment.

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 Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage the archival records of local governments.  Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.  The records of Edwards County come under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) regional depository.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093

Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.

Libraries

Beecher City Branch Library
108 North James Street, Beecher City, IL 62414
(618) 487-9400

Altamont Public Library
121 West Washington
Altamont IL 62411
618-483-5457

Helen Matthes Library
100 E. Market Ave.
Effingham, IL 62401-3499
Phone: 217.342.2464
Fax: 217.342.2413
Email: hmlib@effinghamlibrary.org

Schools

Effingham County school history, centennial 1918 FHL Book 977.3796 J2e

Social Groups Online

Societies

Effingham County Genealogical & Historical Society
P.O. Box 1166
Effingham, Il 62401
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Pioneer certificates issued by Effingham County Genealogical Society FHL Book 977.3796 D2d (4 vols)

Taxation

Vital Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information.

Gotoarrow.png Effingham County Courthouse for information on obtaining records from the local offices.

Births

1877–present  The original Effingham County birth records 1877- present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1877-1916 Birth Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Effingham County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877-1915 Birth Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Effingham County records.
  • Birth records, 1877-1916, stillbirths are included. FHL films 1010043-1010045
    Index 1877-1915 - Film 1010043
    Vol. 1-2 1877-1901 - Film 1010043
    Vol. 3-4 1902-1914 - Film 1010044
    Vol. 5 1911-1916 - Film 1010045

Marriages

1839–present  The original Effingham County marriage records 1839-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • Marriage records, 1839-1920 FHL films 1010047-1010049
    Vol. A-B 1839-1877 - Film 1010047
    Vol.1-2 1878-1908 - Film 1010048
    Vol. 3 19908-19220 - Film 1010049
  • Effingham County, Illinois marriages FHL 6104306-6104310, 6110728, 6067339, Books 977.3796 V2e 9 vols
    Vol. 1-2 1833-1877 - 6104306
    Vol. 3 1878-1882 - 6104307
    Vol. 4 1889-1894 - 6104308
    Vol. 5 1895-1900 - 6104309
    Vol. 6 1901-1905 - 6104310
    Vol. 7 1906-1910 - 6110728
    Vol. 8 1911-1915 - 6067339
    Vol. 9 1916-1920 - not available on fiche

The following abstracts are available:

Deaths

1878–present  The original Effingham County death records 1878-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1878–1915 Death Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Effingham County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1878–1915 Death Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Effingham County records.
  • 1878-1901 Death Record, Stillbirths - IRAD-EIU Search for Effingham County records.

The following abstracts are available:

Websites

Databases pertinent to Effingham County

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  2. (Family History Archives http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH34,63155); FHL Film 934983 Item 2 Note: Film 0825568 No circulation to family history centers.