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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''White County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Genealogy|Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''White County'''  
  
Guide to '''White County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''White 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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{{Click|Image:IL_ORP.png|Illinois Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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== White County Organization  ==
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=== White County Organization  ===
  
 
White County's civil records start the following years:  
 
White County's civil records start the following years:  
  
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[White County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
 
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
Hamilton County was set off from White County in 1821.<ref>Ibid., 297.</ref>
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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.
  
Interactive map of White County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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Hamilton County was set off from White County in 1821.<ref>Ibid., 297.</ref>
  
 
=== Townships and Election Precincts  ===
 
=== Townships and Election Precincts  ===
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=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''Cemetery Gazetteers'''
 
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''Cemetery Gazetteers'''
 
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| {{FHL|363294|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
| Find A Grave &#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& national search]&nbsp;&#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=786 county list]  
 
| Find A Grave &#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& national search]&nbsp;&#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=786 county list]  
 
| [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6788&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=76&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk]
 
| [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6788&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=76&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk]
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| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Illinois+White+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
 
| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Illinois+White+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
 
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/white.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
 
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/white.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
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| [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# BillionGraves]
 
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| [http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries]  
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| [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=White&cemetery_name=a# BillionGraves]  
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| [https://graveyards.com/Illinois/White Graveyards]
 
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/white_map.html White County Federal Township Plats]
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/white_map.html White County Federal Township Plats]
  
=== Maps ===
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=== Maps ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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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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'''Abstracts'''  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
  
:*'''1818–1976''' Davis, Patricia S. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's Early land grants of White County, Illinois, 1814-1854 and probate index, 1818-1976.'' Marion, Illinois: Patricia S. Davis, c1995. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33039320 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|742456|item|disp=FHL film 1598393 Item 12}}
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*'''1818–1976''' Davis, Patricia S. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's Early land grants of White County, Illinois, 1814-1854 and probate index, 1818-1976.'' Marion, Illinois: Patricia S. Davis, c1995. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33039320 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|742456|item|disp=FHL film 1598393 Item 12}}
 
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*'''1818–1976''' Vaught, Harriet B.''Early land grants of White County, Illinois, 1814-1854, probate index, 1818-1976. ''[Carmi, Ill.]: Vaught, [1980?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9472590 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|158130|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 R2v}}
:*'''1818–1976''' Vaught, Harriet B.''Early land grants of White County, Illinois, 1814-1854, probate index, 1818-1976. ''[Carmi, Ill.]: Vaught, [1980?]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9472590 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|158130|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 R2v}}
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*'''1976–1979; 1961–1981''' [probate index; wills index] Vaught, Harriet B. and Dorothy E. Wallace. ''Marriages from White County, Illinois.'' [Illinois?&nbsp;: s.n.], 1950-[198-?] [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9101561 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|595814|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V29m v. 1–4 and films 1059474 Items 5}}
 
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*'''1976–1979; 1961–1981''' Davis, Patricia S. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's marriages from White County, Illinois.'' Marion, Illinois: P.S. Davis, c1996. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/173611297 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|721587|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V29m index v. 2-4}}
:*'''1976–1979; 1961–1981''' [probate index; wills index] Vaught, Harriet B. and Dorothy E. Wallace. ''Marriages from White County, Illinois.'' [Illinois?&nbsp;: s.n.], 1950-[198-?] [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9101561 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|595814|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V29m v. 1–4 and films 1059474 Items 5}}
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*'''1816–1848''' White County Historical Society. ''Early White County, Illinois wills, 1816-1848.'' Carmi (Ill.): White County Historical Society, 1998. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/664451263 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|737750|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P2e}}
 
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*'''1816–1916''' Davis, Patricia. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's White County, Ill. wills 1816-1916 and obituaries, naturalization papers, marriages in 1916.'' Marion, IL: P.S. Davis, pub. 1994. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36151596 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|730747|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P2v index and fiche 6117792 }}
:*'''1976–1979; 1961–1981''' Davis, Patricia S. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's marriages from White County, Illinois.'' Marion, Illinois: P.S. Davis, c1996. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/173611297 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|721587|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 V29m index v. 2-4}}
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*'''1816–1916''' Vaught, Harriet B. ''White County, Ill. wills, 1816-1916: also obituaries copied from Carmi Democrat-tribune. Other items also included: White County, Illinois, naturalization papers; marriages in 1916.'' S.l.: Vaught, [between 1970 and 1981]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8087965 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|612390|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P2v}}
 
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*'''1822–1844''' Cyrus, Carol. [http://white.ilgenweb.net/probates2244.html White County, Illinois Probate Journal, Volume B, 1822-1844], courtesy: [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
:*'''1816–1848''' White County Historical Society. ''Early White County, Illinois wills, 1816-1848.'' Carmi (Ill.): White County Historical Society, 1998. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/664451263 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|737750|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P2e}}
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*'''1843–1847''' Cyrus, Carol. [http://white.ilgenweb.net/probates4347.html White County, Illinois Probate Journal 1843-1847], courtesy: [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
 
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:*'''1816–1916''' Davis, Patricia. ''Index to Harriet Vaught's White County, Ill. wills 1816-1916 and obituaries, naturalization papers, marriages in 1916.'' Marion, IL: P.S. Davis, pub. 1994. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36151596 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|730747|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P2v index and fiche 6117792 }}
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:*'''1816–1916''' Vaught, Harriet B. ''White County, Ill. wills, 1816-1916: also obituaries copied from Carmi Democrat-tribune. Other items also included: White County, Illinois, naturalization papers; marriages in 1916.'' S.l.: Vaught, [between 1970 and 1981]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8087965 Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|612390|item|disp=FHL book 977.396 P2v}}
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:*'''1822–1844''' Cyrus, Carol. [http://white.ilgenweb.net/probates2244.html White County, Illinois Probate Journal, Volume B, 1822-1844], courtesy: [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
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:*'''1843–1847''' Cyrus, Carol. [http://white.ilgenweb.net/probates4347.html White County, Illinois Probate Journal 1843-1847], courtesy: [http://ilgenweb.net/ ILGenWeb]
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'''Copies of Original Records'''  
 
'''Copies of Original Records'''  
  
:*'''1816–1969''' Probate index {{FHL|272281|item|disp=FHL film 977756}}  
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*'''1816–1969''' Probate index {{FHL|272281|item|disp=FHL film 977756}}  
:*'''1816–1914''' Will Records {{FHL|272296|item|disp=FHL films 977757–977758 Item 1}}; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|How to use IRAD]]  
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*'''1816–1914''' Will Records {{FHL|272296|item|disp=FHL films 977757–977758 Item 1}}; [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] Search for White records [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|How to use IRAD]]  
:*'''1820–1874''' Probate journals {{FHL|271855|item|disp=FHL first film 977073 (first of 12 films)}}  
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*'''1820–1874''' Probate journals {{FHL|271855|item|disp=FHL first film 977073 (first of 12 films)}}  
:*'''1843–1848''' Probate records {{FHL|271951|item|disp=FHL film 977074 Item 1}}  
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*'''1843–1848''' Probate records {{FHL|271951|item|disp=FHL film 977074 Item 1}}  
:*'''1820–1914 '''The probate journals (1820–1885) and will records(1893–1914) for White County probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select White County, and select the record type you are interested in.
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*'''1820–1914 '''The probate journals (1820–1885) and will records(1893–1914) for White County probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select White County, and select the record type you are interested in.
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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==== Family History Center  ====
 
==== Family History Center  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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=== Societies  ===
 
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'''The Genealogical Society of White County'''<br>PO Box 142 <br>1220 Outer East Main Street<br>Carmi IL 62821<br>Email:[mailto:gswcil@hotmail.com]<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilgswc/ Website]<br><br>
  
'''White County Historical Society'''<br>Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library<br>P.O. Box 121, 203 N. Church St.<br>Carmi, IL 62821-0121<br>phone:618-382-8425<br>email: w.c.h.s-genealogy@hotmail.com<br>Open Tue-Fri 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM<br>Read information published about the society's holdings in [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs.html ''The Carmi Times.'']; also [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs2.html ''The Carmi Times.''] [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs2.html Online Catalog]
 
  
'''Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois''' has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.  
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'''White County Historical Society'''<br>Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library<br>P.O. Box 121<br> 203 N. Church St.<br>Carmi, IL 62821-0121<br>phone:618-382-8425<br>email:[mailto:w.c.h.s-genealogy@hotmail.com]<br>[http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs.html ''The Carmi Times.'']<br> [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs2.html ''The Carmi Times.'']<br> [http://white.ilgenweb.net/wchs2.html Online Catalog] <br><br>
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'''Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois''' has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.
  
 
=== 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://www.whitecounty-il.gov/departments/countyclerk.asp White 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.  
 
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.whitecounty-il.gov/departments/countyclerk.asp White County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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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
  
 
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/white-county/ White County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/White-County.htm White 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]
 
*[http://www.everynameindex.com EveryNameIndex.com]&nbsp;&nbsp; Free online genealogy indexes for those big old county histories.  
 
*[http://www.everynameindex.com EveryNameIndex.com]&nbsp;&nbsp; Free online genealogy indexes for those big old county histories.  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/White/ White County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/White/ White County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)

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

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White County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting White County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: December 9, 1815
County Seat Carmi
Courthouse
White County Courthouse.gif
Address White County Courthouse
301 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 339
Carmi, IL 62821
(618) 382-7211
White County Website


White County Organization

White County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for White County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1816 1877 1820 1816 1816

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

Historical Facts

The first white settlers came in about 1806. White County was organized within the Illinois Territory by an act of the Territorial Legislature of 7 December 1815. The land was split off from Gallatin County. The county was named after Leonard White, a prominent citizen of Gallatin County.[1]

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.

Hamilton County was set off from White County in 1821.[2]

Townships and Election Precincts

The County Court (county commissioners, county government) met for the first time on 12 February 1816. They divided the county into three townships:

  • Prairie, beginning at the mouth of the Little Wabash River, up that river to the line between Townships 4 and 5 South, and along that line to the (Big) Wabash River.
  • Fox River, the part of the county north of the line dividing Townships 4 and 5 South and east of the Little Wabash River.
  • West, the part of the county west of the Little Wabash River.[3]

In December 1819, the County Court divided the county into two townships, East and West, separated by the line between Ranges 7 and 8 East.[4]

In 1830 there were four townships: Burnt Prairie, Mantua, Fox River, and Prairie. [5]

Prior to 1871, the county had eight election precincts:

  • Indian Creek, comprising Township 6 South (T6S) Range 8 East (R8E) and the north half of T7S R8E.
  • Enfield, comprising the territory north of Indian Creek, south of the Skillet Fork, and west of Seven-Mile Creek.
  • Burnt Prairie, all the territory between the Skillet Fork and the Little Wabash River.
  • Carmi, east of Enfield, south of Skillet Fork on the west side of the Little Wabash River, and on the east side of the river south of Townships 27, 28, and 29 of T4S R10E, and extending south to Lick Creek, west of the river, and east of the river to the south line of Sections 27 and 30 of T5S R10E.
  • Grayville, east of Burnt Prairie, and south to the south line of Sections 9 and 12 of T4S R10E, the line extending eastward to the (Big) Wabash River.
  • Fox River, east of Carmi and south of Grayville to the south line of Sections 35 and 36 of T5S R14W.
  • Prairie, all south of Carmi and Fox River, and between the Little Wabash and (Big) Wabash Rivers.
  • Herald's Prairie, bounded on the north by Lick Creek, on the east by the Little Wabash River, on the south by the county line, and on the west by Indian Creek. [6]

Township government was approved by popular vote in the fall of 1871, and the following ten townships were organized. These townships have not changed down to the present.

  • Indian Creek, same as the voting precinct.
  • Enfield, T5S R8E.
  • Burnt Prairie, T4S R9E and the south half of T3S R9E.
  • Carmi, T5S R9E.
  • Gray, T3S R14W and the south halves of T3S R10E and T3S R11E.
  • Herald's Prairie, T6S R9E and the north half of T7S R9E.
  • Mill Shoals, T4S R8E and the south half of T3S R8E.
  • Phillips, T4S R10E and T4S R11E, and T4S R14W.
  • Hawthorne, T5S R10E and T5S R11E, and T5S R14W.
  • Emma, T6S R10E and T6S R11E, the north half of T7S R10E and T7S R11E, and a small part of T8S R10E and T8S R11E.[7]

Record Loss

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

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

One of the best places to start White County cemetery searches are the two volumes of cemetery transcriptions published back in the 1950s.[8]

The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online White County resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FamilySearch Catalog Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project BillionGraves
BillionGraves Graveyards
USGenWeb Archives Illinois

Census

For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190025,386
191023,052−9.2%
192020,081−12.9%
193018,149−9.6%
194020,02710.3%
195020,9354.5%
196019,373−7.5%
197017,312−10.6%
198017,8643.2%
199016,522−7.5%
200015,371−7.0%
201014,665−4.6%
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, White County on page 188.]

Church Records

Information about early White County, Illinois churches may be found in the township histories section of a local history published in 1883, see: FHL Book 977.396 H2h 1972.


  • Gifford, Linda Darlene Brown. Antioch Church Records, Mill Shoals, Il., White Co., Il.: ca. 1867-1935. Fairfield, Ill.: Bland Books, 1984. FHL Book 977.396/M1 K2g.
  • Hopewell Congregation. Church Records, 1819-1868. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 977647 Item 7. WorldCat (Other Libraries). Contains bapts., 1819-1868 -- births, 1819-1851 -- marrs., 1819-1957 -- communicants; deaths, 1821-1867 -- and session minutes.

Baptist

Catholic

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


  • The History of St. Patrick's Parish, Enfield, Illinois 1839-1989 is available online.

Christian

Evangelical

Methodist

  • Big Prairie Methodist Church (Hawthorne Twp., Ill.). Church Records, 1881-1944. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 977648 Items 3-5.
  • Concord United Methodist Church (Emma, Ill.). Concord United Methodist Church: Homecoming and Worship Celebration. 2000. WorldCat (Other Libraries)
  • First United Methodist Church (Carmi, Ill.). Church Records, 1898-1932. MSS. Copy: FHL
  • Frazier, William and C. William Fechtig. Maunie United Methodist Church: Homecoming and Worship Celebration, 100 Years Plus, October 29, 2000. 2000?. WorldCat (Other Libraries)

Presbyterian

  • Burnt Prairie Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Church Records, 1869-1945. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 2030582 Items 2-4.
  • Delap, Sam L. and Harve E. Delap. History of Mount Oval Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1869-1969. 1969. Free digital copy at Issuu. Includes transcript of 100s of burials at the church's cemetery.
  • First Presbyterian Church (Enfield, Ill.). Church Records, 1868-1896. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 912119 Item 3.
  • Land, Margaret D. et al. Presbyterianism in White County. Typescript. Copy: FHL Film 977647 Item 11.
  • Mt. Olive Cumberland Presbyterian Church historical statistics and information are available online.
  • Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Burnt Prairie, Ill.). Church Records, 1823-1830. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 2031046 Item 13.

Quaker

  • Records: White Lick, Union Grove/Lamong, Chicago, Fairview and Beech Grove/Valley Mills Monthly Meetings. WorldCat (Other Libraries)

Reorganized LDS

  • Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Springerton Branch. Church Records, 1873-1918. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 1976398 Item 11.


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 or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for White County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1816–1834; 1848–1855 Vaught, Harriet B. Circuit Court index book A, B, 1816-1834; index book E, 1848-1855. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. FHL film 823710 Item 4
  • 1860–1888 Vaught, Harriet B. Index to White County court papers, White County, Illinois, 1860-1888. Carni, Illinois : H.B. Vaught, [198-?]. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.396 P22i v. 1–2
  • 1842–1859 Vaught, Harriet B. White County, Illinois, records, 1842-1859. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. FHL film 928262 Item 4

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

  • Rudolph, C.F. (Mrs.) Illinois White County Genealogical Records: Jacob Christopher Rudolph -- Stokes and Allied Families 1201-1946. n.p.: Illinois D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Another digital version at Ancestry ($).

History

A variety of early White County genealogical records are transcribed in:

  • McLean County, White County, Will County Genealogical Records. Evanston, Ill.?: Illinois Society, D.A.R.?, 1945?. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for White County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

General

Abstracts

Copies of Original Records

Online Resources

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from White 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 White County.

- 7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies E and G.
- 14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company H.
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, D, and G
- 40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and F.
- 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 87th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, C, F, G, I and K.
- 98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 120th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.

Naturalization and Citizenship

  • 1860–1898 Some naturalization and citizenship records for White County are included in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select White County, and select Naturalization and Citizenship.

Newspapers

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 or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for White County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Abstracts

Copies of Original 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 White County are kept, see the White 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.


Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Southern Illinois University houses the records for White County.

Public Libraries

White County Historical Society
Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library
P.O. Box 121, 203 N. Church St.
Carmi, IL 62821-0121
phone:618-382-8425
email: w.c.h.s-genealogy@hotmail.com
Open Tue-Fri 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Read information published about the society's holdings in The Carmi Times.; also The Carmi Times. Online Catalog

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

Social Groups Online

Societies

The Genealogical Society of White County
PO Box 142
1220 Outer East Main Street
Carmi IL 62821
Email:[1]
Website


White County Historical Society
Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library
P.O. Box 121
203 N. Church St.
Carmi, IL 62821-0121
phone:618-382-8425
email:[2]
The Carmi Times.
The Carmi Times.
Online Catalog

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

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 White 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.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository - Southern Illinois University  (IRAD-SIU)

General

Births

Copies of Birth Records

Marriages

Abstracts of Marriage Records

  • 1816–1840 Bender, Lucy. Early settlers' records of White County, Illinois, marriages licences, 1816-1840. [S.l.] : Bender, 1936. FHL book 977.396 V25b
  • 1816–1844 Daughters of the American Revolution. Hopewell Congregation Church records, White County marriage records, 1816-1844. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. FHL book 848656 Item 1
  • 1816–1821 Harrelson, Ralph S. Marriages, information taken from original marriage documents & old marriage record books relative to marriages celebrated in Hamilton County, Illinois, 1821-1870: also a record of marriages celebrated in White County, Illinois, 1816 through 1821. Carterville, Illinois: Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, c1986. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.39 V28h

Copies of Marriage Records

Online Resources

Deaths

Abstracts of Death Records

  • 1877–1902 Knotter, Janice Melton. White County Illinois death register: book 1– December 1877–September 1902: with lists of doctors and undertakers and explanation in medical terms. Carmi, Illinois: Genealogy Society of White County (IL), c2008. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.396 V2k

Copies Death Records

  • 1850–1880 Mortality Schedules, courtesy: Ancestry ($)
  • 1878–1912 Index to deaths FHL films 977065
  • 1878–1915 Death register FHL films 977065
  • 1877–1915 Death record; IRAD_SIU
  • 1877–1912 Death record index; IRAD_SIU
  • 1877–1916 Death record, stillbirths; IRAD_SIU

Online Resources


Web Sites

References

  1. History of White County Illinois (1883; reprint, Carmi, Illinois: White County Historical Society, 1972), 221, 297.
  2. Ibid., 297.
  3. Ibid., 300, 301.
  4. Ibid., 297.
  5. Ibid., 307.
  6. Ibid., 298, 299.
  7. Ibid., 299.
  8. White County, Illinois: A Part of the ILGenWeb Project, accessed 10 August 2011.