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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Jefferson County'' <br>
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Genealogy|Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Jefferson County'''
  
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Guide to '''Jefferson 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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== Jefferson County Organization  ==
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=== Jefferson County Organization  ===
  
 
Jefferson County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Jefferson County's civil records start the following years:  
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'''Beginning Dates for Jefferson County Records'''  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Jefferson-thomas.jpg|thumb|right|180px|Jefferson-thomas.jpg]]  
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Jefferson County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson Thomas Jefferson] who was the author of the Declaration of Independence and also the third president of the United States.  
 
Jefferson County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson Thomas Jefferson] who was the author of the Declaration of Independence and also the third president of the United States.  
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1819--'''Jefferson County was created 26 March 1819&nbsp;from [[Edwards County, Illinois|Edwards]] and [[White County, Illinois|White]] Counties.
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*'''1819--'''Jefferson County was created 26 March 1819 from [[Edwards County, Illinois Genealogy|Edwards]] and [[White County, Illinois Genealogy|White]] Counties.
  
'''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Mount Vernon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
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'''County seat:''' Mount Vernon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
See an interactive map of Jefferson County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].  
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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.  
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==== Records Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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The [[Illinois Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Illinois Cemeteries]] page provides general explanations of the following online Jefferson County resources:  
 
The [[Illinois Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Illinois Cemeteries]] page provides general explanations of the following online Jefferson County resources:  
  
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| Find A Grave &#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& national search] &#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=730 county list]  
 
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| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Illinois+Jefferson+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
 
| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Illinois+Jefferson+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
 
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/jefferson.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
 
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/jefferson.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
| [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-al/jefferson.html Cemetery Location Project&nbsp;]
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=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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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&nbsp;records are&nbsp;at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
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*[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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*'''1796-1907'''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 ''U.S General Land Office Records''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($)  
 
*'''1796-1907'''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 ''U.S General Land Office Records''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($)  
 
*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 ''Illinois Public Land Purchase Records'' ]at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($)  
 
*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 ''Illinois Public Land Purchase Records'' ]at [http://www.ancestry.com/ 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.  
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*[http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/landsrch.jsp Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.  
 
*Cindy Ford compiled an extensive list of [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/jefferson/land/alphaindex.html Jefferson County Illinois Early Land Sales], which is available online, courtesy: [http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogy Trails].  
 
*Cindy Ford compiled an extensive list of [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/jefferson/land/alphaindex.html Jefferson County Illinois Early Land Sales], which is available online, courtesy: [http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogy Trails].  
 
*Jefferson County, Illinois Early Land Sales and Land Grants available through [http://jefferson.ilgenweb.net/land/alphaindex.html USGENWEB]  
 
*Jefferson County, Illinois Early Land Sales and Land Grants available through [http://jefferson.ilgenweb.net/land/alphaindex.html USGENWEB]  
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=== Local Histories  ===
 
=== Local Histories  ===
  
*Continental Historical Bureau. ''History of Jefferson County, Illinois, 1810-1962''. Mt. Vernon, Ill.: Continental Historical Bureau, 1962. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18485 Ancestry]&nbsp;($). {{FHL|1191242|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Fiche 6078617}}  
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*Continental Historical Bureau. ''History of Jefferson County, Illinois, 1810-1962''. Mt. Vernon, Ill.: Continental Historical Bureau, 1962. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18485 Ancestry] ($). {{FHL|1191242|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6078617}}  
*Perrin, William Henry. ''History of Jefferson County, Illinois''. Chicago: Globe Pub. Co., 1883. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18482 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofjeffers00perr Internet Archive]. {{FHL|310927|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Film 825579}}  
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*Perrin, William Henry. ''History of Jefferson County, Illinois''. Chicago: Globe Pub. Co., 1883. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18482 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofjeffers00perr Internet Archive]. {{FHL|310927|item|disp=FHL Film 825579}}  
*Wall, John A. ''Wall's History of Jefferson County, Illinois''. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen &amp; Co., 1909. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18484 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/wallshistoryofje00wall Internet Archive]. Reprint: {{FHL|1017425|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 977.3793 H2w}}
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*Wall, John A. ''Wall's History of Jefferson County, Illinois''. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen &amp; Co., 1909. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18484 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/wallshistoryofje00wall Internet Archive]. Reprint: {{FHL|1017425|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3793 H2w}}
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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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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Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
 
Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}} [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.  
 
Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.  
  
[http://jchs.mvn.net/index.html '''Jefferson County Historical Society''']'''<br>'''1411 N 27th St.<br>Mt. Vernon, IL 62864<br>Phone: (618) 246-0033<br>E-mail: jchsvip@mvn.net  
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'''Jefferson County Historical Society'''<br>1411 N 27th St.<br>Mt. Vernon, IL 62864<br>Telephone Number: 618-246-0033<br>E-mail:[mailto:jchsvip@mvn.net jchsvip@mvn.net]<br>[http://jchs.mvn.net/index.html Website]<br><br>
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'''Jefferson Cou
  
[http://jefferson.ilgenweb.net/gensociety.htm '''Jefferson County Genealogical Society''']'''<br>'''c/o C.E. Brehm Memorial Library<br>101 S. 7th Street<br>Mt. Vernon, IL 62864  
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'''Jefferson County Genealogical Society'''<br>c/o C.E. Brehm Memorial Library<br>101 S. 7th Street<br>Mt. Vernon, IL 62864<br>[http://jefferson.ilgenweb.net/gensociety.htm Website]<br><br>
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.  
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. 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].  
  
Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://www.jeffil.us/ Jefferson County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [[Illinois Vital Records#Birth_Records|Illinois Department of Public Health.]] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
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<br> Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://www.jeffil.us/ Jefferson County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [[Illinois Vital Records#Birth_Records|Illinois Department of Public Health.]] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Jefferson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Jefferson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|IRAD Wiki page.]]  
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==== Marriages  ====
 
==== Marriages  ====
 
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:*'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
:*'''1819-1850''' [http://files.usgwarchives.org/il/jefferson/vitals/marriages/marriag2.txt Jefferson County, Illinois marriages]  
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:*'''1810–1934''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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:*'''1819-1850''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/jefferson/vitals/marriages/marriag2.txt Jefferson County, Illinois marriages]
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:*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
:*'''1891-1916 Index''' - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1891-1916 Index''' - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1819-1916''' - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
:*'''1819-1916''' - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
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:*'''1851-1900 '''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 ''Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($);Index, INCOMPLETE  
 
:*'''1851-1900 '''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 ''Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($);Index, INCOMPLETE  
 
:*'''1790-1860 '''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 ''Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($);Index, INCOMPLETE  
 
:*'''1790-1860 '''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 ''Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($);Index, INCOMPLETE  
:*[http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
  
There are several marriage collections at [http://jefferson.ilgenweb.net/marriage/index.htm ILGenWeb].  
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There are several marriage collections at [http://jefferson.ilgenweb.net/marriage/index.htm ILGenWeb].
  
 
==== Deaths  ====
 
==== Deaths  ====
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== Web Sites  ==
 
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/jefferson-county/ Jefferson County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Jefferson-County.htm Jefferson 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]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Jefferson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Jefferson|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Jefferson/ Jefferson County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History]&nbsp;(Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Jefferson/ Jefferson County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Guide to Jefferson County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Jefferson County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Jefferson County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: March 26, 1819
County Seat Mt. Vernon
Courthouse
IL-jefferson-courthouse.jpg
Address Jefferson County Courthouse
100 S. 10th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
618-244-8020
Jefferson County Website


Jefferson County Organization

Jefferson County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Jefferson County Records

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878
1819
1877
1820
1816
1820


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

Historical Facts

Jefferson-thomas.jpg

Jefferson County is named for Thomas Jefferson who was the author of the Declaration of Independence and also the third president of the United States.

Parent County

  • 1819--Jefferson County was created 26 March 1819 from Edwards and White Counties.

County seat: Mount Vernon [1]

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.

Records Loss

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

Places / Localities

To see a list of places in Jefferson 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.

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

One of the best places to start Jefferson County cemetery searches is at the Jefferson County Illinois Cemeteries page (available online, courtesy: ILGenWeb). Information, photographs, and transcripts from more than 100 cemeteries may be found on this site.

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

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FamilySearch Catalog Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project Cemetery Location Project
GraveYards.com
Gravestones
Jefferson Co. Cemeteries Genealogytrails.com
Illinois Ancestor Tombstone Project
Jefferson Co. Cemeteries Rootsweb.com


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190028,133
191029,1113.5%
192028,480−2.2%
193031,0349.0%
194034,37510.8%
195035,8924.4%
196032,315−10.0%
197031,446−2.7%
198036,55216.2%
199037,0201.3%
200040,0458.2%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

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. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Jefferson County on page 187.]

Church Records

Abstracts

Copies of Original records

Catholic

FamilySearch has made parish records from two Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Jefferson County available online (free registration is required). The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

Court Records

Jefferson County Courthouse
100 South 10th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL
Phone: (618) 244-8020

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library:

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

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 the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Jefferson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of Original Records

Online Resources

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Jefferson 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 Jefferson County.

- 18th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C, D, G, and I.
- 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 110th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and G.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Online Probate Records


Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Jefferson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Abstracts

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 Jefferson County are kept, see the Jefferson 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. Introduction to LDS Family History Centers

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Southern Illinois University houses the records for Jefferson County.

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

Jefferson County Historical Society
1411 N 27th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Telephone Number: 618-246-0033
E-mail:jchsvip@mvn.net
Website

Jefferson Cou

Jefferson County Genealogical Society
c/o C.E. Brehm Memorial Library
101 S. 7th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Website

Taxation

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.


Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Jefferson County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health. with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Jefferson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births

Marriages

There are several marriage collections at ILGenWeb.

Deaths

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.