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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Richland County'''
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Guide to '''Richland 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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== Richland County Organization  ==
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=== Richland County Organization  ===
  
 
Richland County's civil records start the following years:  
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Richland County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Richland County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1841--'''Richland County was created 24 February 1841&nbsp;from [[Clay County, Illinois|Clay]] and [[Lawrence County, Illinois|Lawrence]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:'''&nbsp;&nbsp;Olney <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1841--'''Richland County was created 24 February 1841&nbsp;from [[Clay County, Illinois Genealogy|Clay]] and [[Lawrence County, Illinois Genealogy|Lawrence]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:'''&nbsp;&nbsp;Olney <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Description ====
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The county seat is Olney and the county was organized on 1841. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Perry County, Illinois Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ill/richland/ accessed 04/19/2017.</ref>
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
See an interactive map of Richland 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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=== 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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{{Richland County, Illinois}}  
 
{{Richland County, Illinois}}  
  
<br>'''To see a list of places in Richland 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.  
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<br>'''To see a list of places in Richland 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 websites. 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.  
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Cemeteries]] for more information.<br><br>Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Richland}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Richland, 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=769&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://richland.illinoisgenweb.org/cemetery-records.htm ILGenWeb]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/richland/richcem.htm ILGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/richland.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=80 Illinois Gravestones]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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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.
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*{{FHL|495122|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=769 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Richland County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Richland+Illinois&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/richland.htm Richland 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.&nbsp;
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=769 Findagrave.com]
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Richland&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|495122|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Richland 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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*[https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Richland Graveyards of Illinois]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6602&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=53&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Richland 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.
 
  
*[[LDS Cemetery Records|LDS Cemetery Records]]<br>Vol. 1 page 5 - Gallagher Family
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The following web site has additional information on Richland county cemeteries.
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilrichla/cem.htm USGenWeb], Richland County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), cemetery&nbsp;location, by township
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6602&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=53&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Richland 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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'''Abstracts'''  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
  
:*'''1841–1852''' Richland County Genealogical and Historical Society. ''Richland County, Ill. board minutes.'' Olney, Illinois: Richland County Genealogical Historical Society, [1985?]. {{WorldCat|12595367|disp=At other Libraries(WorldCat)}} {{FHL|266351|item|disp=FHL book 977.377 P2r}}
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:*'''1841–1852''' Richland County Genealogical&nbsp;&amp; Historical Society. ''Richland County, Ill. board minutes.'' Olney, Illinois: Richland County Genealogical &amp;&nbsp;Historical Society, [1985?]. {{WorldCat|12595367|disp=At other Libraries(WorldCat)}} {{FHL|266351|item|disp=FHL book 977.377 P2r}}
  
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Richland County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|373836|subject_id|disp=FHLC}} and {{FHL|1129856|subject_id|disp=FHLC–maps}}. 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 Richland County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|373836|subject_id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} and {{FHL|1129856|subject_id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog–maps}}. 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:Ilrichland.jpg|400px|right]]  
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[[Image:Ilrichland.jpg|right|400px|Ilrichland.jpg]]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/richland_map.html Richland County Federal Township Plats]  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/richland_map.html Richland County Federal Township Plats]  
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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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'''Copies of original records'''  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
  
:*'''1841–1917''' Probate records {{FHL|217294|item|disp=FHL film 1312960 (first of 9 films)}}  
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*'''1841–1917''' Probate records {{FHL|217294|item|disp=FHL film 1312960 (first of 9 films)}}  
:*'''1855–1938''' Will and guardian records {{FHL|246493|item|disp=FHL first film 1312968 Item 3 (first of 8 films)}}
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*'''1855–1938''' Will and guardian records {{FHL|246493|item|disp=FHL first film 1312968 Item 3 (first of 8 films)}}
  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Richland County probates may be found in the {{FHL|373835|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Richland – Probate}} topic pages of the Family History Library catalog (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 Richland County probates may be found in the {{FHL|373835|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Richland – Probate}} topic pages of the 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]].
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
There are over 4500&nbsp;[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]&nbsp;worldwide which serve as&nbsp;branch facilities&nbsp;of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp;&nbsp;Volunteers provide research assistance to&nbsp;help patrons identify their ancestors.&nbsp;&nbsp;Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at&nbsp;a nominal cost.&nbsp;&nbsp;Locate&nbsp;your nearest Family History Center<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1313427430247_409" /> at the&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] website.&nbsp; Call&nbsp;ahead to verify operating hours.&nbsp; All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Richland&nbsp;County, Illinois:  
 
There are over 4500&nbsp;[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]&nbsp;worldwide which serve as&nbsp;branch facilities&nbsp;of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp;&nbsp;Volunteers provide research assistance to&nbsp;help patrons identify their ancestors.&nbsp;&nbsp;Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at&nbsp;a nominal cost.&nbsp;&nbsp;Locate&nbsp;your nearest Family History Center<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1313427430247_409" /> at the&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] website.&nbsp; Call&nbsp;ahead to verify operating hours.&nbsp; All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Richland&nbsp;County, Illinois:  
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Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.  
 
Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.  
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==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
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[http://www.olney.lib.il.us/ Olney Public Library] <br>400 West Main<br>Olney, IL 62450<br>618-392-3711 <br><br>HOURS<br>Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm<br>Fri-Sat 10am-5pm<br>Sun- Closed<br>  
 
[http://www.olney.lib.il.us/ Olney Public Library] <br>400 West Main<br>Olney, IL 62450<br>618-392-3711 <br><br>HOURS<br>Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm<br>Fri-Sat 10am-5pm<br>Sun- Closed<br>  
  
=== Social Groups Online ===
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
'''Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois''' has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.<br><br>  
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'''Richland County Genealogical and Historical Society]'''<br> PO Box 202<br> Olney IL 62450 <br>E-mail:[mailto:richlandcogensoc@hotmail.com richlandcogensoc@hotmail.com]<br>[http://www.rcgen.org/ Website]<br><br>
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[http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/participant_results.php?location=Richland+County+Genealogical+and+Historical+Society Illinois Newspaper Project]<br><br>Located in the Olney Central College Library
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Richland County Genealogy Society
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==== 2016 Society Officers  ====
  
[http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/participant_results.php?location=Richland+County+Genealogical+and+Historical+Society Richland County Genealogical and Historical Society]<br>305 North West St. <br>Olney, IL 62450<br>Phone: 618-395-7777 <br>Fax: 618-392-3293 <br>Email: jdoan40@hotmail.com <br>http://www.iecc.edu/occ/lrc/genealogy.html <br>Located in the Olney Central College Library <br>Publication: ''Foot Prints Past and Present''
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*President - Kathy Hursta
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*Vice-President - Jan Crites
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*Secretary - Shelley Steber
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*Treasurer - Becky Pipher
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*Footprints Editor - Teresa Hunt
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*Genealogist/Archivist - Barb Bromm
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*Trustees - Jan Crites, Sandy McGregor, Bobbi Eck
  
=== 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 Richland 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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<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 Richland 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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Richland County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Richland County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html 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 ($)
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:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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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
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:*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Deaths  ====
 
==== Deaths  ====
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==== Additional Resources  ====
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
  
Additional resources for Richland County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|495787|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Richland – Vital Records}}, the topic page of the Family History Library catalog (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 Richland County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|495787|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Richland – Vital Records}}, the topic page of the 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]].  
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== Websites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/richland-county/ Richland County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Richland-County.htm Richland 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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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/richlandcogensoc/ Richland County Network Group on Facebook]
  
Databases pertinent to Richland County  
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<br> Databases pertinent to Richland County  
  
 
:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database] IRAD  
 
:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database] IRAD  
 
:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments] IRAD  
 
:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments] IRAD  
 
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilrichla/ USGenWeb], Richland County, Illinois (ILGenWeb)  
 
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilrichla/ USGenWeb], Richland County, Illinois (ILGenWeb)  
:*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Richland|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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:*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Richland|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
:*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Richland/ Richland County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
 
:*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Richland/ Richland County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
  
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== References  ==
 
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[[Category:Richland_County,_Illinois]]
 
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Latest revision as of 14:40, 21 June 2017

United States
Illinois
Richland County

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

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Richland County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Richland County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 24, 1841
County Seat Olney
Courthouse
Richland County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Richland County Courthouse
103 W. Main Street
Olney, Illinois 62450
(618) 392-3111


Richland County Organization

Richland County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Richland County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1841
1877
1850
1836
1841

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

Historical Facts

Richland County is named for Richland County, Ohio which is where many of the settlers of this area originated.

Parent County

  • 1841--Richland County was created 24 February 1841 from Clay and Lawrence Counties.  County seat:  Olney [1]

Description

The county seat is Olney and the county was organized on 1841. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[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


To see a list of places in Richland 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 websites. 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.

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Richland, 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 site has additional information on Richland county cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190016,391
191015,970−2.6%
192014,044−12.1%
193014,0530.1%
194017,13721.9%
195016,889−1.4%
196016,299−3.5%
197016,8293.3%
198017,5874.5%
199016,545−5.9%
200016,149−2.4%
IL Counties 1900-1990


Church Records

Abstracts

Catholic

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

Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

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

Abstracts

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

  • Biographical and Reminiscent History of Richland, Clay and Marion Counties, Illinois. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1909. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive. FHL Film 825601

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

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

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Richland County land and property may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog and FamilySearch Catalog–maps. 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 Richland 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 Richland County.

- 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company F.
- 6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company E.
- 8th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company D.
- 8th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 13th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company E.
- 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C, E, and I.
- 98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, G and H.
- 130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies C and G.

World War II

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.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Richland County probates may be found in the Illinois, Richland – Probate topic pages of 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.

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 Richland County are kept, see the Richland 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.

There are over 4500 Family History Centers worldwide which serve as branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Volunteers provide research assistance to help patrons identify their ancestors.  Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at a nominal cost.  Locate your nearest Family History Center at the FamilySearch website.  Call ahead to verify operating hours.  All are welcome.

The following centers are accessible to residents of Richland County, Illinois:

Centralia Illinois Family History Center
Leafland & 3rd Street
Centralia, Marion, Illinois
Phone: 618-532-3482
Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm
Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.

Evansville Indiana Family History Center
8020 E Covert Ave
Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana
Phone: 812-471-0191
Hours: First Wednesday of every month 10:00 - 12:00, Tues & Wed evening 6:00 - 8:00; other times by appointment
Closed: Closed Major Holidays 

Vincennes Indiana Family History Center
1940 N Old Hwy 41
Vincennes, Knox, Indiana
Phone: 812-882-4022
Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm
Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas

Please note: Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

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

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

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

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


Public Libraries

Olney Public Library
400 West Main
Olney, IL 62450
618-392-3711

HOURS
Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm
Fri-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun- Closed

 

Societies

Richland County Genealogical and Historical Society]
PO Box 202
Olney IL 62450
E-mail:richlandcogensoc@hotmail.com
Website

Illinois Newspaper Project

Located in the Olney Central College Library


Richland County Genealogy Society

2016 Society Officers

  • President - Kathy Hursta
  • Vice-President - Jan Crites
  • Secretary - Shelley Steber
  • Treasurer - Becky Pipher
  • Footprints Editor - Teresa Hunt
  • Genealogist/Archivist - Barb Bromm
  • Trustees - Jan Crites, Sandy McGregor, Bobbi Eck

 

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

Births

Copies of original Records

Marriages

Copies of original Records

Online Resources

Deaths

Copies of original Records

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Richland County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Richland – Vital Records, the topic page of 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.

Websites


Databases pertinent to Richland County


References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Perry County, Illinois Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ill/richland/ accessed 04/19/2017.