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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Putnam County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Genealogy|Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Putnam County'''  
  
Guide to '''Putnam County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Putnam 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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== Putnam County Organization  ==
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=== Putnam County Organization  ===
  
 
Putnam County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Putnam County's civil records start the following years:  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Death_Records|Death]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Israel Putnam.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Israel Putnam.JPG]] The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Putnam Israel Putnam] (1718-1790).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Illinois "Putnam County, Illinois,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
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[[Image:Israel Putnam.JPG|thumb|right|200px]] The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Putnam Israel Putnam] (1718-1790).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Illinois "Putnam County, Illinois,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
  
 
=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1825--'''Putnam County was created 13 January 1825&nbsp;from [[Fulton County, Illinois|Fulton]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Hennepin <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1825--'''Putnam County was created 13 January 1825&nbsp;from [[Fulton County, Illinois Genealogy|Fulton]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Hennepin <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
See an interactive map of Putnam 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.  
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record 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  ===
  
*[[LaSalle County, Illinois|LaSalle]]  
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*[[LaSalle County, Illinois Genealogy|LaSalle]]  
*[[Marshall County, Illinois|Marshall]]
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*[[Marshall County, Illinois Genealogy|Marshall]]
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Putnam}}
  
Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Putnam, Illinois''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave. Completeness of these listings varies widely.<br>
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*[http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=16&GScnty=767&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=767 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Putnam County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there. There is also a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/mapCems.cgi?countryer=4&stater=16&countyId=767 map of cemeteries in Putnam County]&nbsp; (may not be complete). You can click on map entries to get to a particular cemetery listing. <br>
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*[http://putnam.illinoisgenweb.org/cemeteries.htm ILGenWeb]
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/putnam.htm Putnam Co.&nbsp;IL&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. <br>
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/putnam/putnamcem.htm ILGenWeb Archives]
  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Putnam/cem/ Putnam County Cemetery Site links] by Linkpendium <br>
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/putnam.htm Tombstone Project]
  
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/putnam/ Florid, Putnam, St Francis, Mount Palatine Cemeteries Transcriptions] by ''Illinois Genealogy Trails''&nbsp;
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*Search by name: Boyle Family Cemetery, Mount Palatine Cemetery, Putnam Cemetery, Saint Francis Cemetery by [http://www.interment.net/ Interment.net]<br>
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*{{FHL|653551|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county (by ''Access Genealogy''''')'''
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Putnam+Illinois&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|653551|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Putnam 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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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=767 Findagrave.com]
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6592&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=12&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Putnam 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.
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Putnam&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Putnam Graveyards of Illinois]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Illinois Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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The following web sites have additional information on Putnam county cemeteries.
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Putnam/cem/ Putnam County Cemetery Site links]. by Linkpendium
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/putnam/ Illinois Genealogy Trails]. Florid, Putnam, St Francis, Mount Palatine Cemeteries Transcriptions
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*[http://www.interment.net/ Interment.net Putnam County]. Search by name: Boyle Family Cemetery, Mount Palatine Cemetery, Putnam Cemetery, Saint Francis Cemetery
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6592&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=12&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Putnam 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.
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
  
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/putnam.html Putnam County Federal Township Plats]
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*[http://landplats.ilsos.net/Putnam.html Putnam County Federal Township Plats]
  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Putnam County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|489318|subject_id|disp=FHLC}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
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Additional resources for Putnam County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|489318|subject_id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
[[Image:Ilputnam.jpg|600px]]
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*[http://putnam.ilgenweb.net/photos/1880plat.jpg Township map of Putnam County]  
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[[Image:Ilputnam.jpg|600px|Ilputnam.jpg]]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]  
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*[http://landplats.ilsos.net/Putnam.html Township map of Putnam County]  
 
*[http://illinois.hometownlocator.com/maps/countymap,cfips,155,c,putnam.cfm Outline of Putnam County Over Google Map]&nbsp; --&nbsp; by Home Town Locator
 
*[http://illinois.hometownlocator.com/maps/countymap,cfips,155,c,putnam.cfm Outline of Putnam County Over Google Map]&nbsp; --&nbsp; by Home Town Locator
  
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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
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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==== Family History Center  ====
 
==== Family History Center  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.  
 
[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.  
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=== Societies  ===
 
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'''Putnam County Historical Society'''<br>327 Old Highway 26<br>1050 N<br>PO Box 74<br>Hennepin, IL 61327-0074<br>Telephone Number: 815-925-7560<br>E-mail:[mailto:pchs61327@yahoo.com pchs61327@yahoo.com]<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilpchs/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Putnam County Historical Society'''<br>Village Hall<br> 627 E. High St.<br> Hennepin, IL 61327<br>Telephone Number: 815-925-7138<br>[http://www.villageofhennepin.com/2013/04/putnam-county-historical-society-to.html 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://il.putnam.accessliberty.com/ContactUs/tabid/518/Default.aspx Putnam 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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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.co.putnam.il.us/county-offices/county-clerk-recorder-office Putnam 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.  
  
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 Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Putnam County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
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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.ulib.niu.edu/reghist/IRAD.cfm Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Putnam County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
 
==== Birth Records  ====
 
==== Birth Records  ====
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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]
 
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:*'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1831-1844''' [http://putnam.ilgenweb.net/vitals/marriages.html Early Marriages in Putnam County] from [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
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:*'''1810-1934''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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:*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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:*'''1831-1844''' [http://putnam.illinoisgenweb.org/records/marriages.htm Early Marriages in Putnam County] from [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
  
 
==== Death Records  ====
 
==== Death Records  ====
  
*'''1850,1860,1870,1880''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8756 ''U. S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885''] at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) These include the deaths occurring twelve months before the census was taken.
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:*'''1850,1860,1870,1880''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8756 ''U. S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885''] at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) These include the deaths occurring twelve months before the census was taken.
  
 
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
 
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
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== Web Sites  ==
 
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*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Putnam|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/putnam-county/ Putnam County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Putnam-County.htm Putnam 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+Putnam|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Putnam/ Putnam County Links, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Putnam/ Putnam County Links, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://putnam.ilgenweb.net/ IL Gen Web Putnam County Site]<br>  
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*[http://illinoisgenweb.org/ IL Gen Web Putnam County Site]<br>  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/putnam/ Illinois Genealogy Trails Putnam County Site]<br>  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/putnam/ Illinois Genealogy Trails Putnam County Site]<br>  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/putnam/putnam.htm USGenWeb Archives Putnam County Site]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/putnam/putnam.htm USGenWeb Archives Putnam County Site]  
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Guide to Putnam County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Putnam County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Putnam County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 13, 1825
County Seat Hennepin
Courthouse
Putnam County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Putnam County Courthouse
120 N. 4th Street
Hennepin, Illinois 61327
(618) 664-0449


Putnam County Organization

Putnam County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Putnam County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1831
1877
1830
1831
1831

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

Historical Facts

Israel Putnam.JPG
The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790).[1]

Parent County

  • 1825--Putnam County was created 13 January 1825 from Fulton County.  County seat: Hennepin [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Putnam, 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 Putnam county cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
19004,746
19107,56159.3%
19207,5790.2%
19305,235−30.9%
19405,2891.0%
19504,746−10.3%
19604,570−3.7%
19705,0079.6%
19806,08521.5%
19905,730−5.8%
20006,0866.2%
20106,006−1.3%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information. It is usually best to locate church records with a search at a local level such as the city, town, or village.

Society of Friends (Quakers)

  • Franklin, Lucretia Smith, et al. 150 Years in Review of Clear Creek Families and Friends, Putnam County, Illinois. [Illinois]: Clear Creek Monthly Meeting, 1991. Includes minutes of the Society of Friends' (Quakers) Clear Creek Monthly Meeting beginning in 1841 and burials at Friends Cemetery.  Many libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 977.3375 H2f

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.

Putnam County Government courtesy Genealogytrails.com. Includes Township election results from 1872-1889, juror selection for 1858, delegates to the 1866 State Republican Convention, County officers for 1873 and more.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

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 online or through the Family History Library.

Online Resources

  • 1800s-Present - Use the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index to obtain original federal land transfer records including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry patents. These records help a research establish location and lead to National Archives' records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are housed at the National Archives.
  • Illinois Public Land Purchase Records This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Putnam County land and property may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Putnam 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 Putnam County.

- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company E.
- 20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 123rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Online 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 Putnam County are kept, see the Putnam 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.

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.

You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following center serves Putnam County:

Ottawa Illinois Family History Center
1377 Adams Street
Ottawa, Illinois
Telephone: (815) 431-0186

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD), managed by the Illinois State Archives, houses 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.

The Northern Illinois University (IRAD-NIU) holds the records for Putnam County. Learn more about finding and using their records.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
c/o Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library, Room 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: (815) 753-1807

Public Libraries

Putnam County Public Library District
214 North Fourth St. Box 199
Hennepin, IL 61327
Telephone: (815) 925-7020

Social Groups Online

Societies

Putnam County Historical Society
327 Old Highway 26
1050 N
PO Box 74
Hennepin, IL 61327-0074
Telephone Number: 815-925-7560
E-mail:pchs61327@yahoo.com
Website

Putnam County Historical Society
Village Hall
627 E. High St.
Hennepin, IL 61327
Telephone Number: 815-925-7138
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 Putnam 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 Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Putnam County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Death Records

Web Sites

References

  1. "Putnam County, Illinois," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).