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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Wayne County'''
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Guide to '''Wayne County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Wayne 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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== Wayne County Organization  ==
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=== Wayne County Organization  ===
  
 
Wayne County's civil records start the following years:  
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Wayne County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Wayne County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Wayne County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Wayne County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Wayne County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Wayne County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Anthony Wayne.JPG|thumb|right|180px|Anthony Wayne.JPG]]  
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[[Image:Anthony Wayne.JPG|thumb|right|180px|<center>Anthony Wayne</center>]]  
  
 
The county is named after Revolutionary War General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Mad" Anthony Wayne] (1745-1796).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Anthony Wayne,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after Revolutionary War General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Mad" Anthony Wayne] (1745-1796).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Anthony Wayne,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*'''1819--'''Wayne County was created 26 March 1819&nbsp;from [[Edwards County, Illinois|Edwards]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Fairfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1819--'''Wayne County was created 26 March 1819&nbsp;from [[Edwards County, Illinois Genealogy|Edwards]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Fairfield <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 was named for Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne, an officer in the Revolutionary War and Northwest Indian War. The county seat is Fairfield and the county was organized on 1819.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Wayne  County, Illinois Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ill/wayne/ accessed 04/20/2017.</ref>The County is located in the Southeast central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Warren County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_County,_Illinois 04/20/2017.</ref>
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
See an interactive map of Wayne 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  ===
  
'''November 17, 1886 '''-- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
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'''1886 '''   A fire at the courthouse on 17 November destroyed all records.
 
 
:*[http://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), ''Wayne County's Great Loss''<br>
 
 
 
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
 
  
:*[[Burned Counties Research]] <br>
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:*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424]
 
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
*[[Clay County, Illinois|Clay]]  
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*[[Clay County, Illinois Genealogy|Clay]]  
*[[Edwards County, Illinois|Edwards]]  
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*[[Edwards County, Illinois Genealogy|Edwards]]  
*[[Hamilton County, Illinois|Hamilton]]  
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*[[Hamilton County, Illinois Genealogy|Hamilton]]  
*[[Jefferson County, Illinois|Jefferson]]  
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*[[Jefferson County, Illinois Genealogy|Jefferson]]  
*[[Marion County, Illinois|Marion]]  
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*[[Marion County, Illinois Genealogy|Marion]]  
*[[Richland County, Illinois|Richland]]  
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*[[Richland County, Illinois Genealogy|Richland]]  
*[[White County, Illinois|White]]
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*[[White County, Illinois Genealogy|White]]
  
 
== 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|Wayne}}
  
*[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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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%; "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Wayne, 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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*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=785 list of cemeteries in Wayne County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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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=785&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/wayne.htm Wayne 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://wayne.illinoisgenweb.org/cem/index.html ILGenWeb]
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/wayne/waynecem.htm ILGenWeb Archives]
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|404365|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in Wayne 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://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/wayne.htm Tombstone Project]
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6776&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=94&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of Wayne 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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*[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=96 Illinois Gravestones]
  
*[http://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), cemetery index
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*{{FHL|404365|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Wayne+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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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=785 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Wayne&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Wayne Graveyards of Illinois]
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The following web sites have additional information on Wayne county cemeteries.
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6776&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=94&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of Wayne County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and website.
  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/wayne/cem_map.html Wayne County, Illinois Cemetery Map] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/wayne/cem_map.html Wayne County, Illinois Cemetery Map] (Genealogy Trails)
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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
  
:*[http://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), early church records and history  
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:*[http://wayne.illinoisgenweb.org/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), early church records and history  
 
:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/wayne/churchindex.html Wayne County, Illinois Church Records] (Genealogy Trails)  
 
:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/wayne/churchindex.html Wayne County, Illinois Church Records] (Genealogy Trails)  
 
:*'''1845-1874 '''[http://www.archive.org/details/hopewellchurchre00ande Hopewell Baptist Church], records and registers  
 
:*'''1845-1874 '''[http://www.archive.org/details/hopewellchurchre00ande Hopewell Baptist Church], records and registers  
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'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Wayne County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|710903|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 Wayne County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|710903|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  ===
  
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/wayne_map.html Wayne County Federal Township Plats]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
:*[http://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), 1875 Township Map  
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:*[http://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illiniois (ILGenWeb), Illinois County Boundaries, 1790 - Present  
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/wayne_map.html Wayne County Federal Township Plats]  
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:*[http://wayne.illinoisgenweb.org/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), 1875 Township Map  
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:*[http://wayne.illinoisgenweb.org/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illiniois (ILGenWeb), Illinois County Boundaries, 1790 - Present  
 
:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/wayne/cem_map.html Wayne County, Illinois Cemetery Map] (Genealogy Trails)
 
:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/wayne/cem_map.html Wayne County, Illinois Cemetery Map] (Genealogy Trails)
  
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=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
  
:*[http://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinios (ILGenWeb),&nbsp;obituaries and death notices
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:*[http://wayne.illinoisgenweb.org/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinios (ILGenWeb),&nbsp;obituaries and death notices
  
 
=== Periodicals  ===
 
=== Periodicals  ===
  
 
=== 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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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Wayne County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Wayne County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
:*[No probate&nbsp;record holdings noted in [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]&nbsp;Wayne&nbsp;County Listing.] Search for Wayne&nbsp;County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|Information about how to use IRAD]]
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*[No probate&nbsp;record holdings noted in [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]&nbsp;Wayne&nbsp;County Listing.] Search for Wayne&nbsp;County records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|Information about how to use IRAD]]
  
 
The following abstracts or indexes are available:  
 
The following abstracts or indexes are available:  
  
:*[http://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illiniois (ILGenWeb), will index books C and D
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*[http://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illiniois (ILGenWeb), will index books C and D
  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
 
'''Copies of original records'''  
  
:*'''1852–1865''' Miscellaneous newspapers (includes probate) {{FHL|474105|item|disp=FHL film 1769730 Item 2}}  
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*'''1852–1865''' Miscellaneous newspapers (includes probate) {{FHL|474105|item|disp=FHL film 1769730 Item 2}}  
:*'''1861–1950''' Will index {{FHL|700485|item|disp=FHL book 977.3792 P22b}}  
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*'''1861–1950''' Will index {{FHL|700485|item|disp=FHL book 977.3792 P22b}}  
:*'''1880–1932''' Wills {{FHL|1320692|item|disp=FHL first film 1409190 Item 4 (first of 2 films)}}  
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*'''1880–1932''' Wills {{FHL|1320692|item|disp=FHL first film 1409190 Item 4 (first of 2 films)}}  
:*'''1886–1925''' Probate records {{FHL|1320692|item|disp=FHL first film 1409168 Items 2–3 (first of 4 films)}}
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*'''1886–1925''' Probate records {{FHL|1320692|item|disp=FHL first film 1409168 Items 2–3 (first of 4 films)}}
  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Wayne County probates may be found in the {{FHL|1080827|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wayne – Probate}}, {{FHL|571146|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wayne – Probate newspapers}}, and on {{FHL|763759|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wayne – Probate record indexes}} 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 Wayne County probates may be found in the {{FHL|1080827|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wayne – Probate}}, {{FHL|571146|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wayne – Probate newspapers}}, and on {{FHL|763759|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wayne – Probate record indexes}} 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 Wayne&nbsp;County, Illinois:<br><br>  
 
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 Wayne&nbsp;County, Illinois:<br><br>  
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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 Wayne 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 Wayne 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 Wayne 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 Wayne County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
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'''Abstracts'''  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), County birth Indexes, beginning 1886<br>
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:*[http://wayne.illinoisgenweb.org/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), County birth Indexes, beginning 1886<br>
  
 
'''Copies of Original Records'''  
 
'''Copies of Original Records'''  
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
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*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
:*'''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 ($)  
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:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index] found at Ancestry.com ($)
:*[http://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), marriage indexes
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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
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:*[http://wayne.illinoisgenweb.org/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), marriage indexes
  
 
'''Copies of Original Records'''  
 
'''Copies of Original Records'''  
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
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*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
 
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
 
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
 
:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
 
:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
:*[http://waynecoil-gen.com/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), death indexes  
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:*[http://wayne.illinoisgenweb.org/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), death indexes  
 
:*'''1888-1960&nbsp;'''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/wayne.html Wayne County Coroner's Inquest Record Index] Illinois State Archives.
 
:*'''1888-1960&nbsp;'''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/wayne.html Wayne County Coroner's Inquest Record Index] Illinois State Archives.
  
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==== Additional Resources  ====
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
  
Additional resources for Wayne County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|375644|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wayne – Vital Records}}, and the {{FHL|570586|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wayne – Vital Records - newspapers}} 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 Wayne County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|375644|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wayne – Vital Records}}, and the {{FHL|570586|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Wayne – Vital Records - newspapers}} 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]].  
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== Websites  ==
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://wayne.illinoisgenweb.org/ Wayne County Illinois Genealogy] - [http://www.illinoisgenweb.org/ ILGenWeb]
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Wayne/ Wayne County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ] Linkpendium
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* [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/wayne-county/ Wayne County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] - Genealogy Inc.
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Wayne-County.htm Wayne County IL Genealogy] - LDS 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]
  
 
Databases pertinent to Wayne County  
 
Databases pertinent to Wayne County  
  
:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database] IRAD  
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*[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://wayne.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb)
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:*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Wayne|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
:*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Wayne|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
:*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Wayne/ Wayne County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
 
 
:*[http://www.everynameindex.com EveryNameIndex.com]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Free online genealogy indexes for those big old county histories.
 
:*[http://www.everynameindex.com EveryNameIndex.com]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Free online genealogy indexes for those big old county histories.
  
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Latest revision as of 14:40, 21 June 2017

United States
Illinois
Wayne County

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

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Wayne County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: March 26, 1819
County Seat Fairfield
Courthouse
Wayne County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Wayne County Courthouse
301 E. Main Street
Fairfield, IL 62837
{618) 842-5182
Wayne County Website


Wayne County Organization

Wayne County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Wayne County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870
1850
1886
1820
1865
1886

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

Historical Facts

Anthony Wayne

The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).[1]

Parent County

  • 1819--Wayne County was created 26 March 1819 from Edwards County.  County seat: Fairfield [2]

Description

The county was named for Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne, an officer in the Revolutionary War and Northwest Indian War. The county seat is Fairfield and the county was organized on 1819.[3]The County is located in the Southeast central area of the state.[4]

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

1886 A fire at the courthouse on 17 November destroyed all records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Wayne, 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 Wayne county cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190027,626
191025,697−7.0%
192022,772−11.4%
193019,130−16.0%
194022,09215.5%
195020,933−5.2%
196019,008−9.2%
197017,004−10.5%
198018,0596.2%
199017,241−4.5%
200017,151−0.5%
IL Counties 1900-1990

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Wayne County on page 188.]

Church Records

Catholic

Church Records of St. Edward Parish, Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois 1881-1956 are included in the Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, 1729-1956 collection at FamilySearch.org. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths. There is no name index to this collection, but the register books can be viewed in chronological order.

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 Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Wayne County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1915–1928 Circuit Court Record, Criminal IRAD–EIU

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 through online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Wayne County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Wayne 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

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Wayne 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 Wayne County.

- 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies D and M.
- 18th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and G.
- 40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and E.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies G and H.
- 61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 110th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 111th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C, E, and K.
- 136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company C.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

  • USGenWeb, Wayne County, Illinios (ILGenWeb), obituaries and death notices

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records


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

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

The following abstracts or indexes are available:

  • USGenWeb, Wayne County, Illiniois (ILGenWeb), will index books C and D

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Wayne County probates may be found in the Illinois, Wayne – Probate, Illinois, Wayne – Probate newspapers, and on Illinois, Wayne – Probate record indexes 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 Wayne County are kept, see the Wayne 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 Wayne 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.

Eldorado Illinois Family History Center
103 Grayson Rd
Eldorado, Saline, Illinois
Phone: 618-273-8172
Hours: By appointment. Please call 618-276-4283

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

Foxcroft Illinois Family History Center
17947 Rt 37 North
Johnston City, Williamson, Illinois
Phone: 618-937-4755
Hours: Tuesday 9am-4pm; & other times by appt

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 Wayne 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.

Libraries

Fairfield Public Library
300 Sout East Second Street
Fairfield IL 62837
(618) 842-4516

Wayne City Public Library
103 East Mill Street
Wayne City, IL 62895
(618) 895-2661

Brehm Memorial Library
101 S. 7th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL
(618)-242-6322

The Genealogy Department collections include more than 14,750 volumes and 3,900 microform. They also house the 2,600 item library collection for the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution (IDAR).


School Records

  • 1826–1968 School teachers' daily registers IRAD–EIU
  • 1836–1854 School Land Sale Petitions IRAD–EIU
  • 1837–1854 School Land Sale Record IRAD–EIU

Social Groups Online

Societies

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois 

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 Wayne 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 Wayne County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births

Abstracts

  • USGenWeb, Wayne County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), County birth Indexes, beginning 1886

Copies of Original Records

Marriages

Online Resources

Copies of Original Records

Deaths

Online Resources

Copies of Original Records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Wayne County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Wayne – Vital Records, and the Illinois, Wayne – Vital Records - newspapers 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.

Websites

Databases pertinent to Wayne County

References

  1. "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Wayne County, Illinois Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ill/wayne/ accessed 04/20/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Warren County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_County,_Illinois 04/20/2017.