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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Genealogy|Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Effingham County'''
Guide to '''Effingham County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>{{Click|Image:IL_ORP.png|Illinois Online Genealogy Records}}  {{Infobox U.S. County
| county = Effingham County
| county_map = Il-effingham.png
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois#Land_and PropertyLand_and_Property|Land]]'''
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
*Incomplete birth and death before 1916 </nowiki>
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Effingham County are kept, see the [[Effingham County, Illinois Courthouse|Effingham County Courthouse]] page.
=== Historical Facts ===
'''Effingham County''' is named for {{wpd|Lord Effingham}} who is noted for resigning his commission as general in the British army in 1775 and refusing to serve in the war against the colonies.
=== 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 website.
==== Records Loss ====
For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see: [ Illinois Counties with Burned Courthouses]
== Places/Localities ==
*[ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]*[ GIS Search]*''1899 plat index of Effingham County, Illinois townships and towns'' {{FHL|390468|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 E7o}}<br>*''Family maps of Effingham County, Illinois'' {{FHL|1373365|item|disp=FHL 977.3796 E7b}}<br>*''Land atlas and plat book, Effingham County, Illinois, 1986'' {{FHL|560504|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 E7e}}<br>*[ Effingham County Federal Township Plats]<br>
*[ Township Map of 1870 Effingham County, Illinois] with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
=== Military ===
=== Repositories ===
==== Archives ====
==== Family History Centers ====
 {{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;[ FamilySearch] website.&nbsp; Call&nbsp;ahead to verify operating hours.&nbsp; All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Effingham&nbsp;County, Illinois:
'''[[Centralia Illinois Family History Center|Centralia Illinois Family History Center&nbsp;]]<br>'''Leafland &amp; 3rd Street<br>Centralia, Marion, Illinois<br>Phone: 618-532-3482<br>Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm<br>Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.<br><br>
[[Champaign Illinois Family History Center|'''Champaign Illinois''' '''Family History Center''']]<br>604 W Windsor Rd<br>Champaign, Champaign, Illinois<br>Phone: 217-352-8063<br>Hours: Thur-Sat 9:30-12:30pm; Thur 7pm-9pm; or by appt<br><br>'''[[Terre Haute Indiana Family History Center|Terre Haute Indiana Family History Center]]&nbsp;'''<br>1845 N 6 1/2 St<br>Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-234-0269<br>Hours: Tue 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.<br>Closed: Mondays after 6:00 p.m., all major holidays, inclement weather, whenever Vigo schools are on delays or early dismissals.<br>Attention: The Center is also available by appointment.<br><br>Please note:&nbsp;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) ====
=== 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 [ Clinton 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.
Databases pertinent to Effingham County
*[ Effingham County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]*[ Illinois Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*[ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
:*[ Local Governmental Records Database] IRAD
:*[ Name Index to Illinois Local Governments] IRAD

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