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Guide to '''Mercer 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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== Mercer County Organization  ==
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=== Mercer County Organization  ===
  
 
Mercer County's civil records start the following years:  
 
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Mercer County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Mercer County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1825--'''Mercer County was created 13 January 1825&nbsp;from unorganized territory and [[Pike County, Illinois|Pike]] County.&nbsp;'''County seat: '''Aledo <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 196. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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*'''1825--'''Mercer County was created 13 January 1825&nbsp;from unorganized territory and [[Pike County, Illinois Genealogy|Pike]] County.&nbsp;'''County seat: '''Aledo <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 196. ({{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 Mercer 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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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
*[[Des Moines County, Iowa|Des Moines County, Iowa]]  
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*[[Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy|Des Moines County, Iowa]]  
*[[Henderson County, Illinois|Henderson]]  
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*[[Henderson County, Illinois Genealogy|Henderson]]  
*[[Henry County, Illinois|Henry]]  
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*[[Henry County, Illinois Genealogy|Henry]]  
*[[Knox County, Illinois|Knox]]  
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*[[Knox County, Illinois Genealogy|Knox]]  
*[[Louisa County, Iowa|Louisa County, Iowa]]  
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*[[Louisa County, Iowa Genealogy|Louisa County, Iowa]]  
*[[Muscatine County, Iowa|Muscatine County, Iowa]]  
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*[[Muscatine County, Iowa Genealogy|Muscatine County, Iowa]]  
*[[Rock Island County, Illinois|Rock Island]]  
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*[[Rock Island County, Illinois Genealogy|Rock Island]]  
*[[Warren County, Illinois|Warren]]
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*[[Warren County, Illinois Genealogy|Warren]]
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Mercer}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Mercer, 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://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=16&GScnty=755&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://mercer.genwebsite.org/ ILGenWeb]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/mercer/mercercem.htm ILGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/mercer.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=66 Illinois Gravestones]
  
'''Published Records'''  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|491246|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Mercer County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*{{FHL|491246|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
  
<br>'''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''  
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Mercer+Illinois&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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*[http://mercer.genwebsite.org/ Mercer County ILGenWeb]. See the Cemeteries, Cemetery Index &amp; Reference Material, and Cemetery Index Volume Guide folders for more information about Mercer County cemeteries and tombstone transcriptions.
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=755 Findagrave.com]
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave.com] has burial information for nearly 70 Mercer County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=755 Here].
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Mercer&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ GenealogyTrails.com]. Has a list of [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/mercer/cemeteries.html Mercer County Cemeteries].
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*[https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Mercer Graveyards of Illinois]
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*[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/main.php Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project]. Find or submit [http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/mercer/ Mercer County] tombstone photos.
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The following web sites have additional information on Mercer county cemeteries.
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/illinois.html Illinois Tombstone Transcription Project].&nbsp;Get accesss to&nbsp;online cemetery transcriptions&nbsp;for [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/mercer.htm Mercer County Cemeteries].
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/mercer/cemeteries.html Mercer County Cemeteries by GenealogyTrails.com] is a list of cemeteries in Mercer county.
  
*[http://www.interment.net Interment.net]. Has a link to [http://www.interment.net/us/il/mercer.htm Mercer County Cemetery Records] available online.
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*[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/mercer Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project].  
  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com Linkpendium]. Has links to several [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Mercer/cem/ Mercer County Cemetery] related websites.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/il/mercer.htm Mercer County Cemetery Records]. Interment.com has a cemetery records available online.
  
<br>'''Cemetery Gazetters'''
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Mercer/cem/ Mercer County Cemetery] by Linkpendium.com has links to several related websites.
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/ Epodunk] has a list of [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6425&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=45&stateAbbv=&stateName= Mercer County Cemeteries]. The website provides&nbsp;name of&nbsp;cemetery,&nbsp;address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6425&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=45&stateAbbv=&stateName= Mercer County Cemeteries] by Epodunk.com has a list of cemeteries.  
  
*The [http://www.ilgensoc.org/ Illinois State Genealogical Society's] "Cemetery Location Project" has identified many [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-mz/mercer.html Mercer County Cemeteries].
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*The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-mz/mercer.html Mercer County Cemeteries] by Illinois State Genealogical Society's "Cemetery Location Project" has identified many cemeteries.
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/mercer_map.html Mercer County Federal Township Plats]
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/mercer_map.html Mercer County Federal Township Plats]
  
=== Maps ===
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[[Image:Ilmercer.jpg|right|400px|Ilmercer.jpg]]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== 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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'''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.
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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==== Family History Center  ====
 
==== Family History Center  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
There are over 4500 [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in&nbsp;Mercer County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations Family Search Centers] page on the [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] website.  
 
There are over 4500 [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in&nbsp;Mercer County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations Family Search Centers] page on the [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] website.  
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==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
  
[http://mercercarnegielibrary.webs.com/ '''Aledo Mercer Carnegie Public Library District''']'''<br>'''200 N. College Av.<br>Aledo, IL 61231<br>Tel: 309-582-2032<br>Fax: 309-582-5155<br>Email: [mailto:mercer.carnegie@mchsi.com mercer.carnegie@mchsi.com]  
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[http://mercercarnegielibrary.webs.com/ '''Aledo Mercer Carnegie Public Library District''']'''<br>'''200 N. College Av.<br>Aledo, IL 61231<br>Telephone: 309-582-2032<br>Fax: 309-582-5155<br>Email: [mailto:mercer.carnegie@mchsi.com mercer.carnegie@mchsi.com]  
  
'''New Windsor Public Library District'''<br>412 Main Street<br>New Windsor, IL 61465<br>Tel: 309-667-2515<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Windsor-Public-Library-District/141127522594901 Facebook]  
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'''New Windsor Public Library District'''<br>412 Main Street<br>New Windsor, IL 61465<br>Telephone: 309-667-2515<br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Windsor-Public-Library-District/141127522594901 Facebook]  
  
[http://sherrardlibrary.org/ '''Sherrard Library District''']<br>200 5th Avenue<br>Sherrard, IL 61281<br>Tel: 309-593-2178<br>Fax: 309-593-2179<br>[http://www.facebook.com/SherrardLibrary Facebook]  
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[http://sherrardlibrary.org/ '''Sherrard Library District''']<br>200 5th Avenue<br>Sherrard, IL 61281<br>Telephone: 309-593-2178<br>Fax: 309-593-2179<br>[http://www.facebook.com/SherrardLibrary Facebook]  
  
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
[http://mchsil.org/ '''Essley-Noble Museum &amp; Mercer County Historical Society''']<br>1406 SE 2nd Avenue<br>Aledo, IL 61231<br>Tel: 309-582-2280<br>Email: [mailto:mcmuseum@frontier.com mcmuseum@frontier.com]<br>  
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'''Mercer County Historical Society'''<br>1406 Se 2nd Avenue<br>Aledo 61231-2504<br>Telephone Number:309-582-2280<br>[http://mchsil.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Mercer County Genealogical and Historical Society'''<br>RR 2<br>Aledo 61231<br><br>
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'''Essley-Noble Museum and Mercer County Historical Society'''<br>1406 SE 2nd Avenue<br>Aledo, IL 61231<br>Telephone Number: 309-582-2280<br>E-mail: [mailto:mcmuseum@frontier.com mcmuseum@frontier.com]<br> [http://mchsil.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
 
The Essley-Noble Museum in Aledo Illinois is a friendly and well staffed genealogy resource for those researching Mercer County. They specialize in having an INDEXED cross-referenced obituary collection going back to the early publication dates for the local papers. They also have microfilms available for these papers. They just completed (2010) a project for all the cemeteries in the county which contains GPS locations, which is particularly useful when trying to locate the small and hidden cemeteries in the townships. Currently the museum is collecting civil war veteran photos, biographies, histories from Illinois, specifically in Mercer County.<br>  
 
The Essley-Noble Museum in Aledo Illinois is a friendly and well staffed genealogy resource for those researching Mercer County. They specialize in having an INDEXED cross-referenced obituary collection going back to the early publication dates for the local papers. They also have microfilms available for these papers. They just completed (2010) a project for all the cemeteries in the county which contains GPS locations, which is particularly useful when trying to locate the small and hidden cemeteries in the townships. Currently the museum is collecting civil war veteran photos, biographies, histories from Illinois, specifically in Mercer County.<br>  
  
Although the genealogy section is in a corner of the Museum it is well worth the visit. The majority of the building is devoted to collections of period attire, house wares and other antiques.<br>  
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Although the genealogy section is in a corner of the Museum it is well worth the visit. The majority of the building is devoted to collections of period attire, house wares and other antiques.<br>
 
 
Visit their web site at http://mchsil.org/for current hours (the volunteers currently staff the facility three days a week) and other details. The mailing address is PO Box 269 Aledo, IL 81231.
 
  
 
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. 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.mercercountyil.org/index.php/departments/county-clerk Mercer County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm 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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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].
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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.mercercountyil.org/index.php/departments/county-clerk Mercer County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm 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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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
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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/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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:*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
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== Web Sites  ==
 
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*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Mercer|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/mercer-county/ Mercer County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Mercer-County.htm Mercer 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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*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Mercer|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Mercer/ Mercer County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Mercer/ Mercer County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 21:03, 10 February 2017

United States
Illinois


Mercer County

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

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Mercer County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Mercer County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 13, 1825
County Seat Aledo
Courthouse
Mercer County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Mercer County Courthouse
P.O. Box 66
Aledo, IL 61231
309-582-7021
Mercer County Website


Mercer County Organization

Mercer County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Mercer County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1835
1877
1830
1834
1837

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

Historical Facts

Hugh Mercer, Jr.jpg
Mercer County is named for Hugh Mercer who was a General of the Revolution and a close friend to George Washington. He died as a result of wounds received in battle during the Battle of Princeton. [1]

Parent County

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

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Mercer, 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

The following web sites have additional information on Mercer county cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190020,945
191019,723−5.8%
192018,800−4.7%
193016,641−11.5%
194017,7016.4%
195017,374−1.8%
196017,149−1.3%
197017,2940.8%
198019,28611.5%
199017,290−10.3%
200016,957−1.9%
201016,434−3.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990

1840 Pensioners

Church Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indictate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article Church Records for more ideas about how to use church records in your research.

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.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Mercer County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Abstracts

Copies of original records

Online Resources

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Mercer 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 Mercer County.

- 9th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 27th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 30th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and G.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Company B.
- 83rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 102nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C, E, G and K.
- 124th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 126th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 140th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F.

Naturalization

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

Newspapers and Obituaries

Poorhouse

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.

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

Family History Center

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 in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Mercer County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the Family Search Centers page on the FamilySearch.org website.

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. Western Illinois University houses the records for Mercer County.

Public Libraries

Aledo Mercer Carnegie Public Library District
200 N. College Av.
Aledo, IL 61231
Telephone: 309-582-2032
Fax: 309-582-5155
Email: mercer.carnegie@mchsi.com

New Windsor Public Library District
412 Main Street
New Windsor, IL 61465
Telephone: 309-667-2515
Facebook

Sherrard Library District
200 5th Avenue
Sherrard, IL 61281
Telephone: 309-593-2178
Fax: 309-593-2179
Facebook

Social Groups Online

Societies

Mercer County Historical Society
1406 Se 2nd Avenue
Aledo 61231-2504
Telephone Number:309-582-2280
Website

Mercer County Genealogical and Historical Society
RR 2
Aledo 61231

Essley-Noble Museum and Mercer County Historical Society
1406 SE 2nd Avenue
Aledo, IL 61231
Telephone Number: 309-582-2280
E-mail: mcmuseum@frontier.com
Website

The Essley-Noble Museum in Aledo Illinois is a friendly and well staffed genealogy resource for those researching Mercer County. They specialize in having an INDEXED cross-referenced obituary collection going back to the early publication dates for the local papers. They also have microfilms available for these papers. They just completed (2010) a project for all the cemeteries in the county which contains GPS locations, which is particularly useful when trying to locate the small and hidden cemeteries in the townships. Currently the museum is collecting civil war veteran photos, biographies, histories from Illinois, specifically in Mercer County.

Although the genealogy section is in a corner of the Museum it is well worth the visit. The majority of the building is devoted to collections of period attire, house wares and other antiques.

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 Mercer 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.

Births

Marriages

Online Resources

Deaths

Online Resources

Web Sites

References

  1. Hugh Mercer www.wikipedia.org
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 196. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
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