Clinton County, Illinois Genealogy

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Clinton County, Illinois
Map
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.
Facts
Founded: December 27, 1824
County Seat Carlyle
Courthouse
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
1877
1825
1877
1830
1818
1825

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]

See an interactive map of Clinton County boundary changes.

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.

Records and Resources[edit | edit source]

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  
  ILGenWeb  
  USGenWeb Archives  

Census[edit | edit source]

Federal[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190019,824
191022,83215.2%
192022,9470.5%
193021,369−6.9%
194022,9127.2%
195022,594−1.4%
196024,0296.4%
197028,31517.8%
198032,61715.2%
199033,9444.1%
200035,5354.7%
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.

Ethnic Research[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.

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: ccclerk@clintonco.illinois.gov

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

Online Resources

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]

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

Family History Library Collection

The following copies of records may be accessed through the Family History Library:

Newspapers and Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Probate Records for more information.

Some of the original wills may be found in the Circuit Clerk's office in Carlyle
(618) 594-2464 extension 620.

The following records may be accessed through the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Franklin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Repositories[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Family History Center[edit | edit source]

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

Public Libraries[edit | edit source]

Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Societies[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).

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.

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.

The following records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Clinton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

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)