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

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Pike County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Pike County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 31 January, 1821
County Seat Pittsfield
Courthouse
Courthouse, Pike County, Illinois.jpg
Address Pike County Courthouse
100 E Washington Street
Pittsfield, Illinois 62363-1445
(217) 285-6612
Pike County Website


Pike County Organization[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1877 1827 1877 1819 1821 1821 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1916. General compliance by 1922.

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

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Zebulon Pike

Pike County is named for Zebulon Pike who was an early explorer of the Louisiana purchase and discovered the peak in Colorado which is named for him.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Zebulon Pike, leader of the Pike expedition in 1806 to map out the south and west portions of the Louisiana Purchase. The county seat is Pittsfield and the county was organized on 31 January 1821. The County is located in the West Central area of the state.[3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

1831 A fire burned the courthouse and some records were destroyed or damaged.

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


Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Pike, 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 Pike county cemeteries.

  • Epodunk has a list of Pike County Cemeteries. The website provides name of cemetery, address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.

Census And Directories[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190031,595
191028,622−9.4%
192026,866−6.1%
193024,357−9.3%
194025,3404.0%
195022,155−12.6%
196020,552−7.2%
197019,185−6.7%
198018,896−1.5%
199017,577−7.0%
200017,384−1.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990


Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indictate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article Church Records for more ideas about how to use church records in your research.

  • History of Pike County. Chicago: Chas. C. Chapman, 1880. Online free digital copy. Internet Archive.FHL Film 1000510 Item 2 Church history for each township is found beginning at page 405 in township histories.

Baptist

Methodist Episcopal

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Pike County, Illinois Court Records

Many Guardianship records for Pike County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of their holdings, see the topic details from their catalog.

Ethnic Research[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Pike County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Pike County land and property may be found online in the FamilySearch Catalog and FamilySearch Catalog–maps. Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. 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[edit | edit source]

Adams CountyBrown CountyMorgan CountyGreene CountyScott CountyCalhoun CountyMarion CountyRalls CountyPike CountyIL PIKE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Pike 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 Pike County.

- 2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company K.
- 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company G.
- 7th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, New Company D.
- 8th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company G.
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 16th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 27th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, E, and I.
- 33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 68th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 73rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 99th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, all Companies.
- 137th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F.
  • Spanish American War
  • World War I
  • World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

  • Many Naturalization and Citizenships for Pike County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of their holdings, see the topic details from their catalog.

Online Records

Newspapers and Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Pike County records. For information on how to use IRAD see theWIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Pike County probates may be found in the Illinois, Pike – Probate topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. 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[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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

Family History Center
[edit | edit source]

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.

There are over 4500 Family History Centers in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Pike County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the Family Search Centers page on the FamilySearch.org website.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)[edit | edit source]

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. Western Illinois University houses the records for Pike County.

Public Libraries[edit | edit source]

Barry Public Library
880 Bainbridge St.
Barry, IL 62312
Telephone: 217-335-2149
Email: barrypubliclibrary@adams.net  

Griggsville Public Library
119 South Corey St.
Griggsville, IL 62340
Telephone: 217-833-2633
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Pittsfield Public Library
205 North Memorial
Pittsfield, IL 62363
Telephone: 217-285-2200
Fax: 217-285-9423
Email: pittsfieldlibrary@kcds.net
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Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Griggsville Area Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 75
Griggsville, IL 62340-0075


New Canton Historical Society
PO Box 155
New Canton, IL 62356

Pike-Calhoun County Genealogical Society
305 W. Quincy
Pleasant Hill, IL 62366-0104
Telephone Number: 217-734-2712

Pike County Historical Society and Museum
400 E. Jefferson
Pittsfield, IL 62363-0044
Telephone Number: 217-285-4618
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Website


Schools[edit | edit source]

  • 1901–1959 School teacher's daily registers IRAD–WIU


Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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 Pike 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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Pike County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births[edit | edit source]

Copies of Original Birth Records

Online Resources

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Online Resources

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Online Resources

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Additional resources for Pike County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Pike – Vital Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. 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[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pike County, Illinois. Page 192-199 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 194-197.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Pike County, Illinois Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ill/pike/ accessed 04/19/2017.

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