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==== Cemeteries  ====
==== Cemeteries  ====
Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
The [[Illinois Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Illinois Cemeteries]] page provides general explanations of the following online Hardin County resources:
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=724 list of cemeteries in Hardin County] and links to the  information for the individuals buried there.
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''Bibliography'''
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/hardin.htm Hardin 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. 
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''Cemetery Gazetteers'''
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
| {{FHL|533270|subject-id|disp=FHLC}}
| Find A Grave | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& national search] | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=724 county list]  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|533270|subject-id|disp=some records of cemeteries in Hardin County}}.  Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
| [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6222&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=54&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk]
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6222&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=54&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of Hardin County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Illinois+Hardin+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/hardin.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
| [http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries]
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Revision as of 00:50, 16 July 2011

Hardin County, Illinois
Boundary map of Hardin County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: March 2, 1839
County Seat Elizabethtown
Address P.O. Box 187
Elizabethtown, IL 62931
Named for: Hardin County, Kentucky

Template:Illinois-stub  United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Hardin County

Quick Dates

                                     Beginning Dates for Hardin County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate


Large numbers of Kentuckians settled in frontier Hardin County, Illinois. Names of the county (Hardin) and the county seat (Elizabethtown) are reminiscent of Hardin County, Kentucky - the previous residence of many pioneer settlers.[1]

Parent County

  • 1839--Hardin County was created 2 March 1839 from Pope County.  County seat:  Elizabethtown [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

May 19, 1884 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities

To see a list of places in Hardin 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.


African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Hardin County resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
  Illinois Cemeteries  


Historical populations
Census Pop.
IL Counties 1900-1990



FamilySearch has made parish records from a Belleville Diocese Catholic church in Hardin County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:



Local Histories






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois
John A. Logan College Library
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
Telephone: 618-985-2828, Ext. 8338
Hours: vary by season, see website
The Society focuses on Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties. The Society's book and microfilm collection is housed at the John A. Logan College Library. The Society publishes a newsletter (click here for recent issues) and a quarterly journal The Saga of Southern Illinois (click here for a topical index that breaks down what has been published county-by-county).

Web Sites


  1. Hardin County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives, accessed May 28, 2011.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 194. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.