Wabash County, Illinois Genealogy
|Wabash County, Illinois|
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||December 27, 1824|
|County Seat||Mt. Carmel|
|Address|| 401 Market Street|
P.O. Box 277
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
|Named for: Wabash River|
- 1 Wabash County Information
- 2 Places / Localities
- 3 Resources
- 4 Archives, Libraries and Museums
- 5 Societies
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Wabash County Information
|Beginning Dates for Wabash County Records|
April 5, 1857 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
Places / Localities
The following have information concerning African American research.
- African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records
- Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
- African-American Resources for Illinois
Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
- Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone. May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
- Find A Grave also gives a list of cemeteries in Wabash County and links to the information for the individuals buried there.
- Wabash Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.
- Illinois Cemeteries by county.
- The Family History Library Catalog lists some records of cemeteries in Wabash County. Some of the books or others may be on Google Books or available at public libraries.
- ePodunk list of Wabash 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.
|IL Counties 1900-1990|
- A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Wabash County on page 188.]
FamilySearch has made parish records from two Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Wabash County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:
- Church Records of St. Mary Parish, Mount Carmel, Wabash County, Illinois 1840-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of St. Sebastian Parish, Mount Carmel, Wabash County, Illinois 1878-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
Land and Property
Illinois Land and Property for more information.
- Civil War
Civil War service men from Wabash 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 Wabash County.
Illinois Probate Records for more information.
Illinois Vital Records for more information.
1877–present The original Wabash County birth records 1877- present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
1857–present The original Wabash County marriage records 1857-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
The following abstracts are available:
- 1857–1900 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 (1857-1900 for Wabash County)
1877–present The original Wabash County death records 1877-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
- 1877–1955 Death Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records. How to use IRAD
- 1877–1984 Death Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records.
- 1912-1917 Death Record, Coroner's - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records.
- 1878-1915 Death Record, Stillbirths - IRAD-EIU Search for Wabash County records.
The following abstracts are available:
- 1916–1950 Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950 (1916-1950 for Wabash County)
Archives, Libraries and Museums
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 Wabash County come under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) regional depository.
Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
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.
| Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois
John A. Logan College Library
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
Telephone: 618-985-2828, Ext. 8338
Hours: vary by season, see website
|The Society focuses on Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties. The Society's book and microfilm collection is housed at the John A. Logan College Library. The Society publishes a newsletter (click here for recent issues) and a quarterly journal The Saga of Southern Illinois (click here for a topical index that breaks down what has been published county-by-county).|
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).