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=== Perry County Organization ===
Perry County's civil records start the following years:  {| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"|-| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Perry County, Illinois. Page 192-199 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
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| width="10014.2%" bgcolor="#ffcc99e4d8e5" align="center" colspan| '''[[Perry County, Illinois Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="6center" | &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; '''Beginning Dates for [[Perry County , Illinois Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois#Births1879 | width="14.2%" align="center" |Birth]]''' 1827| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]''' 1879| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]''' 1827| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois#Census|Census]]''' 1817| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois#Land|Land]]''' 1827| width="1614.62%" align="center" | '''[[Perry County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''1810
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| widthcolspan="16.6%" align="center7" | 1845<br> | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1827<br> | width="16Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1916.6%" align="center" | 1878<br> | width="16General compliance by 1922.6%" align="center" | 1830<br> | width="16.6%" align="/center" | 1817<br> | width="16.6%" align="center" | 1828<br>
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Perry County are kept, see the [[Perry County, Illinois Courthouse|Perry County Courthouse]] page.
=== Historical Facts ===
[[Image:Oliver Hazard Perry.JPG|thumb|right|200px|<center>Oliver Hazard Perry.JPG</center>]] Perry County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Hazard_Perry Oliver Hazard Perry] who was a Commodore of the United States Navy and is known for his victory at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
=== Parent County ===
*'''1827--'''Perry County was created 29 January 1827&nbsp;from [[Randolph County, Illinois Genealogy|Randolph]] and [[Jackson County, Illinois Genealogy|Jackson]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Pinckneyville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> *==== Description ==== The county was named for Oliver Hazard Perry who defeated the British fleet at the decisive Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. The county seat is Pinckneyville and the county was organized on January 29, 1827. <ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Perry County, Illinois Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ill/perry/ accessed 04/19/2017.</ref>The County is located in the Southwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Perry County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County,_Illinois 04/19/2017.</ref>
=== Boundary Changes ===
==== Records Loss ====
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
=== Populated Place ===
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://illinois.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,145,c,perry.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Perry County, Illinois," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County,_Illinois, accessed 17 March 2020.</ref>
For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see{{Populated places<!--cities column------------------->| cities-col1=<div>*[https: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_Quoin,_Illinois Du Quoin]</div>| cities-col2=<div>*[httphttps://wwwen.genealogyincwikipedia.comorg/illinoiswiki/ilPinckneyville,_Illinois Pinckneyville]</div>| cities-countiescol3=<div></#courthouse Illinois Counties with Burned Courthousesdiv><!--unincorp column------------------->| unincorp-col1=<div>*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conant,_Illinois Conant]</div>| unincorp-col2=<div>*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swanwick,_Illinois Swanwick]</div>| unincorp-col3=<div>*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winkle,_Illinois Winkle]</div> <!--villages column------------------->| villages-col1=<div>*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutler,_Illinois Cutler]*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Johns,_Illinois St. Johns St. Johns]</div>| villages-col2=<div>*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamaroa,_Illinois Tamaroa]</div>| villages-col3=<div>*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willisville,_Illinois Willisville]</div>}}
=== Neighboring Counties ===
=== Cemeteries ===
The [[Illinois {{SD Cemeteries#Online_ResourcesIntro|Illinois Cemeteries]] page provides general explanations of the following online Perry County resources: }}
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| bgcolorcolspan="#ffffcc2" | '''Bibliography''' | bgcolor="#ffffccE0E0E0" | '''Online Gravestone Transcriptions''' | bgcolorstyle="#ffffccborder:1px solid black" | <center>'''Cemetery GazetteersCemeteries of Perry, Illinois'''online and in print</center>
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| {{FHLwidth="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |499860<center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>|subject-idbgcolor="#F0F0F0" valign="top" style="border:1px solid black" |disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} | Find A Grave &#124; *[httphttps://www.findagrave.com/cgi-binmemorial Findagrave.com] *[http://fgperry.cgi?page=gs& national searchillinoisgenweb.org/ ILGenWeb]&nbsp;&#124;  *[http://wwwusgwarchives.findagrave.comnet/il/cgi-binperry/fgperrycem.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=762 county listhtml ILGenWeb Archives] | *[http://wwwusgwtombstones.epodunkorg/illinois/perry.comhtm Tombstone Project] *[http://cgi-binillinoisgravestones.org/localListcemeteries.php?localselected_cid=6557&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=39&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk73 Illinois Gravestones] *[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black"| *{{FHL|499860|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} *[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Illinois3Acemetery+Perry+County.Illinois&qt=results_page advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat] | [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/perry.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project] | &nbsp;
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| &nbsp; width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black" | *[httphttps://www.illinoisgenealogyfindagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Illinois/Perry-County?id=county_762 Findagrave.com] *[https://billiongraves.orgcom/search/cemetery Billion Graves] *[https://cemeteriesgraveyards.htm com/Illinois/Perry Graveyards of Illinois Cemeteries] | *[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392537&reqParentsLabel=Perry%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&nbsp;reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
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| &nbsp; colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[http:[Illinois Cemeteries]]''' for more information<//www.usgwarchives.net/il/perry/perrycem.html USGenWeb Archives] | &nbsp;center>
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=== Census ===
{{USCensusPop Historical populations|type = USA|heading = Census|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County,_Illinois#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".] |1830 |1215 |1840 |3222 |1850 |5278 |1860 |9552 |1870 |13723 |1880 |16007 |1890 |17529 | 1900= |19830| 1910= |22088| 1920= |22901| 1930= |22767| 1940= |23438| 1950= |21684| 1960= |19184| 1970= |19757| 1980= |21714| 1990= |21412| 2000= |23094| footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990] 2010 |22350 }}For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Illinois Census]].
==== 1840 Pensioners ====
=== Church Records ===
 
'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392537&reqParentsLabel=Perry%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]'''
==== Catholic ====
==== Additional Resources ====
Additional resources for Perry County church records may be found in the {{FHL|534469|subject_id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog - church records}}. Copies of records on FHL Online microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://wwware indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry.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]].
=== Court Records ===
=== Maps ===
[[Image:Ilperry.jpg{{IL Neighboring Counties Intro|center|400px|Ilperry.jpg]] county={{IL Perry County}}}}  *[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/illinois-maps/il-perry-county-illinois-1870-map.html Township Map of 1870 Perry County, Illinois] with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392537&reqParentsLabel=Perry%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
=== Military Records ===
=== Naturalization ===
 
'''''Online Records'''''
 
*'''1800-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1989159|Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
=== Newspapers and Obituaries ===
=== Probate Records ===
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
:*'''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 '''$'''
:*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — images
 
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.
=== Repositories ===
See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-society-archive/ Illinois Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
==== County Courthouse ====
==== Family History Center ====
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) ====
=== Societies ===
 '''Perry County Historical Society'''<br>108 W. Jackson St.<br> Pinckneyville 62274<br><br> '''Brimfield Historical Society'''<br>Brimfield Public Library<br>111South Galena<br>Brimfield, IL 61517<br>Telephone Number: 309-446-3631<br>Telephone Number: 309-446-3670<br><br> '''Chillicothe Historical Society'''<br>(Old Rock Island Depot, Cedar and Third Street)<br>PO Box 181<br>Chillicohe, IL 61523-0181<br>Telephone Number: 309-274-2247<br>Telephone Number: 309-274-3440<br><br> '''Elmwood Historical Society'''<br>Lorado Taft Museum<br>302 North Magnolia<br>Elmwood, IL 61529<br>Telephone Number: 309-742-7791<br>Telephone Number: 309-742-2431<br><br> '''Historical Association of Princivelle'''<br>103 North Walnut<br>325 North Ostrom Avenue<br>Princeville, IL 61559-9538<br>Telephone Number: 309-385-2394<br><br> '''Peoria County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 1489<br>Peoria, IL 61655-1489<br><br> '''Peoria Historical Society'''<br>c/o Bradley University<br>Special Collections Center/Cullum David Library<br>1501 West Bradley<br> Peoria, IL 61625<br><br>  '''Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois''' has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.
=== Taxation ===
=== Vital Records ===
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.perrycountyil.org/ Perry County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [httphttps://www.idphdph.stateillinois.il.usgov/vitalrecordstopics-services/index.htm birth-death-other-records 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 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Perry County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
:*'''1878–1915''' Births {{FHL|260722|item|disp=FHL films 975919–21}}[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
===== Marriages: =====
'''Online Resources'''
:*'''1587-1959''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=illinois%2cil Illinois, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
:*'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
:*'''1827–1850''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/perry/vitals/marriages/perrymarr.htm Perry County, Illinois Marriage Records 1827–1850], available online, courtesy: USGenWeb Archives.
:*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
'''Abstracts'''
:*'''1878–1916''' Marriage register {{FHL|260927|item|disp=FHL films 975926}}
===== Deaths: =====
'''Online Resources'''
:*'''1850–18851749-1999''' {{RecordSearch|3541609|Illinois Deaths and Burials, 1749-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index, some images:*'''1850-1880''' {{RecordSearch|2334599|Illinois Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images:*'''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 ($) :*'''1916–19501916-1950''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/perry/index.html Death Index 1916–1950], available online, courtesy: USGenWeb.
:*'''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]
'''Copies of Original Records'''
:*'''1870–18921870-1892''' Coroner's inquest record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
:*'''1878-1915''' Death index {{FHL|260729|item|disp=FHL film 975922}} [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
:*'''1878–19151878-1915''' Registers of death {{FHL|260729|item|disp=FHL film 975922}} [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)] :*'''1911–19151911-1915''' Coroner's death certificates {{FHL|260729|item|disp=FHL film 975922}}[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]
== Web Sites Websites ==
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/perry-county/ Perry County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]*[httpshttp://plus.googleldsgenealogy.com/uIL/0/communities/104195621376697101310 Illinois Perry-County.htm Perry County IL Genealogy Network Community on Google+] *[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Perry|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Perry/ Perry County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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