Clinton County, Illinois Genealogy

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Clinton County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Clinton County
Location in the state of Illinois, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: December 27, 1824
County Seat Carlyle
Clinton County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD), Illinois State Archives
Address Clinton County Courthouse
850 Fairfax Street
Carlyle, Illinois 62231
(618) 594-2464
Clinton County Website

United States Genealogy Gotoarrow.png Illinois, United States GenealogyGotoarrow.png Clinton County

County Organization[edit | edit source]

                                     Beginning Dates for Clinton County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

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

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Governor DeWitt Clinton.JPG

Clinton County is named for DeWitt Clinton who was the Governor of the State of New York and a promoter of the Erie Canal.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

To see a list of places in Clinton County, click on [Show], in the bar above. The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
WorldCat national search | county list ePodunk
  USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
  Illinois Cemeteries  

Census[edit | edit source]

Federal[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200636,6333.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990

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

State[edit | edit source]

1840 Pensioners[edit | edit source]

  • 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, Clinton County on page 186.]

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Catholic[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch has made parish records from 14 Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Clinton County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

See Gotoarrow.png Illinois Court Records for more information on Court Records in Illinois.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Collection The following records may be accessed through: IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Clinton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page

Circuit Court

  • 1857-1902 Naturalization Record, Final
  • 1858-1880 Naturalization Declarations of Intent
  • 1861-1900 Naturalization Record

County Court

  • 1854-1906 Naturalization Record
  • 1899-1903 Naturalization Record, Final

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Mailing Lists[edit | edit source]

Message Boards[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Land and Property for more information on land records in Illinois.

Land records for Clinton County are held in the office of the County Clerk and Recorder.
(618) 665-3626 Email:

Online Resources

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Collection

The following records may be accessed through:IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Clinton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page

  • 1818-1920 Deed Index
  • 1816-1890 Entry Books
  • 1825-1915 Deed Record
  • 1857-1873 Plat Record, Roads

Family History Library Collection

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Collection The following records may be accessed through: IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Clinton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page

  • 1865-1948 Military Discharge Record

Minorities[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Family History Center[edit | edit source]

IRAD[edit | edit source]

Public Libraries[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois
John A. Logan College Library
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
Telephone: 618-985-2828, Ext. 8338
Hours: vary by season, see website
The Society focuses on Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties. The Society's book and microfilm collection is housed at the John A. Logan College Library. The Society publishes a newsletter (click here for recent issues) and a quarterly journal The Saga of Southern Illinois (click here for a topical index that breaks down what has been published county-by-county).

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)