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Guide to '''Effingham County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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<div id="fsButtons"><span class="online_records_button">[[Illinois Online Genealogy Records]]</span></div>{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Effingham County
 
| county = Effingham County
 
| county_map = Il-effingham.png
 
| county_map = Il-effingham.png
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| founded year = 1831
 
| founded year = 1831
 
| founded date = February 15
 
| founded date = February 15
| seat wl = Effingham
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| seat = Effingham
 
| building image = Effingham County Courthouse.gif
 
| building image = Effingham County Courthouse.gif
 
| building image size = 200px
 
| building image size = 200px
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
 
| Effingham County Courthouse
 
| Effingham County Courthouse
| building address = '''Effingham County Courthouse'''<br>101 N. 4th Street<br>Effingham, Illinois 62401<br>[http://www.co.effingham.il.us/index.html Effingham County Website]
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| building address = '''Effingham County Courthouse'''<br>101 N. 4th Street<br>Effingham, Illinois 62401<br>[https://www.effinghamcounty.org/ Effingham County Website]
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Effingham County'''
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=== County Organization  ===
  
== County Organization  ==
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
 
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Effingham County's civil records start the following years:
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| 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), Effingham 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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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" width="100%"
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
|-
 
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1833
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1833
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1833
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Effingham County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1838
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1810
 
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1878*
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1916. General compliance by 1922.</center>
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1833
 
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1878*
 
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1840
 
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1833
 
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1838
 
 
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*Incomplete birth and death before 1916 </nowiki>  
 
*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.  
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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 Effingham County are kept, see the [[Effingham County, Illinois Courthouse|Effingham County Courthouse]] page.
  
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
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[[Image:Lordeffingham.jpg|thumb|right]]  
 
[[Image:Lordeffingham.jpg|thumb|right]]  
  
'''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.  
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'''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.
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==== Description ====
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The county was named for Gen. Edward Effingham. The county seat is Effingham and the county was organized on 1831. The County is located in the central part of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Effingham  County, Illinois Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ill/effingham/ accessed 04/12/2017.</ref>
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
*'''15 February 1831:''' Effingham County was created from [[Fayette County, Illinois|Fayette]] and [[Crawford County, Illinois|Crawford ]]Counties. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 {{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}</ref>; Effingham not fully organized, parts attached to Crawford and Fayette until "organized." (Ill. Laws 1830-1831, pp. 50-52)  
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For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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*'''15 February 1831:''' Effingham County was created from [[Fayette County, Illinois Genealogy|Fayette]] and [[Crawford County, Illinois Genealogy|Crawford ]]Counties. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 {{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}</ref>; Effingham not fully organized, parts attached to Crawford and Fayette until "organized." (Ill. Laws 1830-1831, pp. 50-52)  
 
*'''20 December 1832:''' Fully organized, detached from Crawford and Fayette. (Ill. Laws 1832-1833, pp. 22-23)  
 
*'''20 December 1832:''' Fully organized, detached from Crawford and Fayette. (Ill. Laws 1832-1833, pp. 22-23)  
*'''26 February 1845:''' Legislature authorized Effingham to gain from [[Shelby County, Illinois|Shelby]] the northern half of township 9 north, ranges 4 to 6 east, dependent on local referendum that failed [no change]. (Ill. Laws 1844-1845, p. 164) (source: [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/IL_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Newberry Library])
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*'''26 February 1845:''' Legislature authorized Effingham to gain from [[Shelby County, Illinois Genealogy|Shelby]] the northern half of township 9 north, ranges 4 to 6 east, dependent on local referendum that failed [no change]. (Ill. Laws 1844-1845, p. 164) (source: [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/IL_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Newberry Library])
 
 
See an interactive map of Effingham County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
 
 
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
  
{{Effingham County, Illinois}}<br>'''To see a list of places in Effingham County, click on [Show], above.''' <u>Localities listed in red have no wiki page yet.</u> As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.  
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==== Records Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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*''Historical encyclopedia of Illinois'', also known as ''Effingham County, biographical ''; pub. '''1910''' {{FHL|691674|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6072262 (12 fiche)}} See the wiki page [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois for]] more information about this book.  
 
*''Historical encyclopedia of Illinois'', also known as ''Effingham County, biographical ''; pub. '''1910''' {{FHL|691674|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6072262 (12 fiche)}} See the wiki page [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois for]] more information about this book.  
*''Portrait and biographical record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland counties, Illinois'' pub. '''1893''' <ref>(Family History Archives http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH34,63155); {{FHL|277099|item|disp=FHL Film 934983 Item 2}} Note: Film 0825568 No circulation to family history centers.</ref>  
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*''Portrait and biographical record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland counties, Illinois'' pub. '''1893''' <ref>(Family History Archives [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/494514-portrait-and-biographical-record-of-effingham-jasper-and-richland-counties-illinois-containing-biographical-sketches-of-prominent-and-representative-citizens?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library]; {{FHL|277099|item|disp=FHL Film 934983 Item 2}} Note: Film 0825568 No circulation to family history centers.</ref>  
 
*''Portrait and biographical record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland counties''; pub. '''1893''' {{FHL|726953|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 D3pn}}  
 
*''Portrait and biographical record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland counties''; pub. '''1893''' {{FHL|726953|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3 D3pn}}  
 
*''Portrait and biographical record of Effingham County, Illinois''; reprint 2004 of 1893 edition {{FHL|1341632|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 D3L}}
 
*''Portrait and biographical record of Effingham County, Illinois''; reprint 2004 of 1893 edition {{FHL|1341632|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 D3L}}
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Effingham}}
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%; "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Effingham, Illinois''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" valign="top" style="border:1px solid black" |
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Cemeteries]] for more information.<br><br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=7140 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)
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*[http://effingham.illinoisgenweb.org/diduknow.htm ILGenWeb]
  
*[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/IL/EF.html Political Graveyard]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/effingham/effingcem.html ILGenWeb Archives]
  
*''Cemeteries in Effingham County, Illinois: names, locations, histories''; pub. 2007 {{FHL|1421948|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 V33b}}
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/effingham.htm Tombstone Project]
  
*''Location of Effingham County, Illinois cemeteries''; pub. 1975 {{FHL|251513|item|disp=FHL Film 928279 Item 3, book 977.3 A1 no. 144}}
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*[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=20 Illinois Gravestones]
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/effingham.htm Effingham Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.
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*[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>
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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black"|
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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* {{FHL|488923|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Effingham+Illinois&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Illinois/Effingham-County?id=county_714 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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* [https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Effingham Graveyards of Illinois]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392518&reqParentsLabel=Effingham%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Illinois Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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|}
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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==== Federal  ====
 
==== Federal  ====
  
{{USCensusPop
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{{Historical populations
| 1900= 20465
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|type = USA
| 1910= 20055
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|heading = Census
| 1920= 19556
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effingham_County,_Illinois#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]                                       
| 1930= 19013
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|1840 |1675                                    
| 1940= 22034
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|1850 |3799                                         
| 1950= 21675
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|1860 |7816                                                 
| 1960= 23107
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|1870 |15653             
| 1970= 24608
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|1880 |18920                                                                               
| 1980= 30944
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|1890 |19358                                                                               
| 1990= 31704
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|1900 |20465
| 2000= 34264
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|1910 |20055                                                                          
| footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990]
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|1920 |19556                                                                        
}}  
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|1930 |19013                                                                      
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|1940 |22034                                                                        
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|1950 |21675                                                                              
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|1960 |23107                                                                                
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|1970 |24608                                                                                  
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|1980 |30944                                                                                
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|1990 |31704                                                                                
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|2000 |34264                                                                                    
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|2010 |34242                                                                             
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}}
  
 
'''1840-1850''' ''<br>1840-1850 Effingham County census'' {{FHL|508068|item|disp=FHL 977.3796 X2e 1840-1850}}  
 
'''1840-1850''' ''<br>1840-1850 Effingham County census'' {{FHL|508068|item|disp=FHL 977.3796 X2e 1840-1850}}  
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==== State  ====
 
==== State  ====
  
*1855, State Census [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1803969 FamilySearch] Index only  
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*1855, State Census {{RecordSearch|1803969|Illinois State Census, 1855}} Index only  
 
*1855, Name index to early Illinois records {{FHL|40879|item|disp=FHL 248 film rolls}}  
 
*1855, Name index to early Illinois records {{FHL|40879|item|disp=FHL 248 film rolls}}  
 
*1855, State Census {{FHL|271754|item|disp=FHL film 976181 Item 11}}  
 
*1855, State Census {{FHL|271754|item|disp=FHL film 976181 Item 11}}  
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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392518&reqParentsLabel=Effingham%2C%20Illinois%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209 FamilySearch Places]'''
  
 
=== Correctional Institutions  ===
 
=== Correctional Institutions  ===
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:*'''1833-1882''' Circuit Court Execution Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1833-1882''' Circuit Court Execution Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1833-1925''' Circuit Court Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1833-1925''' Circuit Court Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1838-1880''' Justice of the Peace Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1838-1880''' Justice of the Peace Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1858-1870''' County Court Execution Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1858-1870''' County Court Execution Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1859-1870''' County Court Fee Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1859-1870''' County Court Fee Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1864-1910''' Circuit Court Record, Chancery [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1864-1910''' Circuit Court Record, Chancery [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1868-1972''' Circuit Court Record, Criminal [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1868-1972''' Circuit Court Record, Criminal [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1872-1964''' Jail Registers [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1872-1964''' Jail Registers [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1872-1917''' County Court Record, Criminal [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1872-1917''' County Court Record, Criminal [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1874-1973''' Circuit Court Judgment and Execution Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1874-1973''' Circuit Court Judgment and Execution Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1875-1919''' Circuit Court Record, Common Law [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1875-1919''' Circuit Court Record, Common Law [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1893-1911''' Insanity Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1893-1911''' Insanity Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1897-1901''' Circuit Court Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1897-1901''' Circuit Court Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1958-1968''' Circuit Court Case Files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
 
:*'''1958-1968''' Circuit Court Case Files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1833-1889 '''Deed Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1833-1889 '''Deed Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1833-1936''' Deed Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1833-1936''' Deed Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1833-1945''' Effingham County (Illinois)Recorder, ''Deeds and Mortgages, 1833-1945; index 1833-1895.'' {{FHL|231419|item|disp=FHL Film 1008997 (first of 47 films)}}
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:*'''1833-1945''' Effingham County (Illinois)Recorder, ''Deeds and Mortgages, 1833-1945; index 1833-1895.'' {{FHL|231419|item|disp=FHL Film 1008997 (first of 47 films)}}  
:*'''1854-1905''' Mortgage Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1854-1905''' Mortgage Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1875-1895''' Mortgage Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1875-1895''' Mortgage Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1859-1867''' Swamp Land Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1859-1867''' Swamp Land Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1945-1962''' Chattel Mortgage Index and Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
 
:*'''1945-1962''' Chattel Mortgage Index and Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
  
:*'''1836-1899''' Effingham County Genealogical Society, ''Effingham County, Illinois public domain land sales, 1836-1899.'' {{FHL|538344|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 R2e}}; {{WorldCat|173315434|disp-Other Libraries}}  
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:*'''1836-1899''' Effingham County Genealogical Society, ''Effingham County, Illinois public domain land sales, 1836-1899'' (Effingham, Illinois:Effingham County Genealogical Society, 1990.) {{FHL|538344|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 R2e}}; {{WorldCat|173315434|disp-Other Libraries}}  
:*'''1845-1855''' Arnetia Bannick Osborne, Eleanor Poe Bounds, Effingham County Genealogical Society (Effingham, Illinois), ''Delinquent tax records, 1845 through 1855, Effingham County, Illinois&nbsp;: these records include owner's names, parts of section, section nos., range, acres, valuation, year tax due, state revenue, state special tax, county tax, poor tax, and total amount due. {{WorldCat|34704826|disp=Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|753693|item|disp=FHL Film 1598433 item 19; Book 977.3796 R5o}}; ''
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:*'''1845-1855''' Osborne, Arnetia Bannick, Eleanor Poe Bounds, Effingham County Genealogical Society (Effingham, Illinois), ''Delinquent tax records, 1845 through 1855, Effingham County, Illinois: these records include owner's names, parts of section, section nos., range, acres, valuation, year tax due, state revenue, state special tax, county tax, poor tax, and total amount due'' (Effingham, Illinois:Effingham County Genealogical Society, 1995.) {{WorldCat|34704826|disp=Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|753693|item|disp=FHL Film 1598433 item 19; Book 977.3796 R5o}}  
:*'''Family Maps.''' Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family Maps of Effingham County, Illinois.'' Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Pub. Co., c2007. {{Worldcat|145734468|disp=Other Libraries}}{{FHL|1373365|item|disp=FHL book 977.3796 E7b}}  
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:*'''Family Maps.''' Boyd, Gregory A. ''Family Maps of Effingham County, Illinois'' (Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Pub. Co., c2007.) {{Worldcat|145734468|disp=Other Libraries}}{{FHL|1373365|item|disp=FHL book 977.3796 E7b}}  
:*'''1986''' Rockford Map Publishers (Rockford, Illinois), ''Land Atlas and plat book, Effingham County, Illinois, 1986.'' {{WorldCat|17213717|Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|560504|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 E7e}}
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:*'''1986''' Rockford Map Publishers (Rockford, Illinois), ''Land Atlas and plat book, Effingham County, Illinois, 1986'' (Rockford, Illinois:Rockford Map Publishers, c1986.) {{WorldCat|17213717|Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|560504|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 E7e}}
  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database. Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Ancestry] ($)
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:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.  
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/effingham_map.html Effingham County Federal Township Plats]  
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
:*'''1800s – Present''' - Use the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index] to obtain original federal land transfer records, including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry [[Land Patent Search|patents]]. These records help a researcher establish location and lead to National Archives’ records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are at the National Archives.
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://landplats.ilsos.net/Effingham.html Effingham County Federal Township Plats]
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
  
*[http://www.co.effingham.il.us/GIS.html Effingham County GIS Map]
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{{IL Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{IL Effingham County}}}}
 
 
*''1899 plat index of Effingham County, Illinois townships and towns'' {{FHL|390468|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 E7o}}
 
*''Family maps of Effingham County, Illinois'' {{FHL|1373365|item|disp=FHL 977.3796 E7b}}  
 
*''Land atlas and plat book, Effingham County, Illinois, 1986'' {{FHL|560504|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 E7e}}
 
  
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/effingham_map.html Effingham County Federal Township Plats]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
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*[http://propertyinquiry.co.effingham.il.us/ GIS Search]
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*''1899 plat index of Effingham County, Illinois townships and towns'' {{FHL|390468|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 E7o}}<br>
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*''Family maps of Effingham County, Illinois'' {{FHL|1373365|item|disp=FHL 977.3796 E7b}}<br>
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*''Land atlas and plat book, Effingham County, Illinois, 1986'' {{FHL|560504|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 E7e}}<br>
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/effingham_map.html Effingham County Federal Township Plats]<br>
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/illinois-maps/il-effingham-county-illinois-1870-map.html Township Map of 1870 Effingham County, Illinois] with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392518&reqParentsLabel=Effingham%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]]
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=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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==== Civil War  ====
 
==== Civil War  ====
 
<span style="font-weight: bold">Regiment Information</span><br>
 
  
 
Civil War service men from Effingham 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 Effingham County.  
 
Civil War service men from Effingham 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 Effingham County.  
  
 
:- [[5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company L.  
 
:- [[5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company L.  
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:- [[10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company L.
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:- [[11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861)|11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861)]], Company G.
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:- [[11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies E, F, and G.
 
:- [[26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A  
 
:- [[26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A  
 
:- [[35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.  
 
:- [[35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.  
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:- [[71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.  
 
:- [[71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.  
 
:- [[98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and K.  
 
:- [[98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and K.  
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:- [[135th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|135th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Companies C and D.
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:- [[143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company F.
 
:- [[154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.
 
:- [[154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.
  
*[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/county/effingha.html Civil War Companies
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*[http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/county/effingha.html Civil War Companies
  
 
Organized in Effingham County, Illinois] Effingham Co ILGenWeb  
 
Organized in Effingham County, Illinois] Effingham Co ILGenWeb  
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Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.  
 
Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.  
  
The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
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The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/home.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
 
'''Copies of Original Records'''  
 
'''Copies of Original Records'''  
  
:*'''1840-1905''' Naturalization Papers [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1840-1905''' Naturalization Papers [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1857-1906''' Naturalization Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1857-1906''' Naturalization Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1859-1892''' Naturalization records. {{FHL|267625|item|disp=FHL film 1010162}}  
 
:*'''1859-1892''' Naturalization records. {{FHL|267625|item|disp=FHL film 1010162}}  
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:*'''1859-1892''' Naturalization Declarations of Intent and final record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1870-1888''' Naturalization Record of Soldiers and Minors [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
 
:*Naturalization records: Files 166 through 182 (no years given) {{FHL|267637|item|disp=FHL 4 films}}
 
:*Naturalization records: Files 166 through 182 (no years given) {{FHL|267637|item|disp=FHL 4 films}}
  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
  
:*'''1849-1906''' Naturalization records, 1849-1906 {{WorldCat|42648871|disp=Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|824578|item|disp=FHL 1425418 Item 7, book 977.3796 P4o}}
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:*'''1849-1906''' Osborn, Arnetia Bannick, Mary Brown and Rose Shadwell, ''Naturalization records, 1849-1906'' (Effingham, Illinois: Effingham County Genealogical and Historical Society.) {{WorldCat|42648871|disp=Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|824578|item|disp=FHL 1425418 Item 7, book 977.3796 P4o}}
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1800-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1989159|Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
  
Newspaper clippings and obituaries from Clay and Effingham counties, Illinois and Yakima County, Washington {{FHL|307657|item|disp=FHL film 396345}}  
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Newspaper clippings and obituaries from Clay and Effingham counties, Illinois and Yakima County, Washington {{FHL|307657|item|disp=FHL film 396345}}
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===Places and Localities===
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====Populated Places====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://Illinois.hometownlocator.com/il/Effingham Hometown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Effingham County, Illinois," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effingham_County,_Illinois,
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Last accessed 2 January 2020.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieterich,_Illinois Dieterich]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgewood,_Illinois Edgewood]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montrose,_Illinois Montrose]‡
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shumway,_Illinois Shumway]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teutopolis,_Illinois Teutopolis]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watson,_Illinois Watson]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexter,_Illinois Dexter]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliottstown,_Illinois Elliottstown]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funkhouser,_Illinois Funkhouser]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilmore,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Gilmore]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moccasin,_Illinois Moccasin]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banner_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Banner]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Bishop]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Douglas]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Jackson]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Liberty]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucas_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Lucas]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Mason]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moccasin_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Moccasin]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mound_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Mound]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Francis_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois St. Francis]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summit_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Summit]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teutopolis_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Teutopolis]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Union]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watson_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois Watson]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Township,_Effingham_County,_Illinois West]</div>
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<p>‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties</p>
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''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 '''$'''
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*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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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.  
 
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.  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
'''Copies of Original Records'''
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'''Copies of Original Records'''  
  
:*'''1834-1920''' Probate Will Record
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:*'''1834-1920''' Probate Will Record  
:*'''1835-1893''' Probate Record
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:*'''1835-1893''' Probate Record  
:*'''1838-1964''' Probate Record Index
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:*'''1838-1964''' Probate Record Index  
:*'''1848-1926''' Probate Claim Dockets
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:*'''1848-1926''' Probate Claim Dockets  
:*'''1851-1932''' Probate Accounts Current Record
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:*'''1851-1932''' Probate Accounts Current Record  
:*'''1853-1853''' Probate Administrator's and Executor's Bonds and Letters
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:*'''1853-1853''' Probate Administrator's and Executor's Bonds and Letters  
:*'''1854-1939''' Probate Administrator's Record
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:*'''1854-1939''' Probate Administrator's Record  
:*'''1854-1935''' Probate Sale Record, Personal Property
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:*'''1854-1935''' Probate Sale Record, Personal Property  
:*'''1855-1939''' Probate Appraisement Record
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:*'''1855-1939''' Probate Appraisement Record  
:*'''1858-1896''' Probate Settlements Due Dockets
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:*'''1858-1896''' Probate Settlements Due Dockets  
:*'''1862-1927''' Probate Judgment Dockets
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:*'''1862-1927''' Probate Judgment Dockets  
:*'''1871-1894''' Probate Guardian's Record
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:*'''1871-1894''' Probate Guardian's Record  
:*'''1873-1914''' Probate Inventory Record, Guardians
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:*'''1873-1914''' Probate Inventory Record, Guardians  
:*'''1874-1895''' Probate Sale Record, Real Estate, Guardians
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:*'''1874-1895''' Probate Sale Record, Real Estate, Guardians  
:*'''1889-1891''' Probate Guardian's Report Record
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:*'''1889-1891''' Probate Guardian's Report Record  
:*'''1890-1904''' Probate Inventory Record
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:*'''1890-1904''' Probate Inventory Record  
 
:*'''1838-1920''' Probate records {{FHL|269816|item|disp=FHL 12 films}}
 
:*'''1838-1920''' Probate records {{FHL|269816|item|disp=FHL 12 films}}
  
'''Abstracts'''
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'''Abstracts'''  
  
:*'''1836-1882''' W.F. Sargent, ''Wills and estate settlements, 1836-1882.'' {{WorldCat|11519628|Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|128749|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6048797 (2 fiches), book 977.3796 R2w}}  
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:*'''1836-1882''' Sargent, W.F., ''Wills and estate settlements, 1836-1882'' (Effingham, Illinois:Effingham County Geneal. Society, [198-?].) ( {{WorldCat|11519628|Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|128749|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6048797 (2 fiches), book 977.3796 R2w}}  
:*Transcribed by Audrey Garbe, ''Estate settlements and genealogy: Effingham County, Illinois.'' {{WorldCat|746560803|Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|1825383|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 P2g}}
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:*Garbe, Audrey and Eleanor Poe Bounds, ''Estate settlements and genealogy: Effingham County, Illinois'' (Effingham, Illinois: Effingham County Genealogical and Historical Society, c2008.) {{WorldCat|746560803|Other Libraries}}; {{FHL|1825383|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 P2g}}
  
'''Online Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
 
:*'''1849-1920''' Probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Effingham County, and select the record type you are interested in. Includes, Guardianship records, probate records and wills.
 
:*'''1849-1920''' Probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Effingham County, and select the record type you are interested in. Includes, Guardianship records, probate records and wills.
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
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;[http://www.familysearch.org/locations 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:
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
'''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>
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There are over 4500 [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] worldwide which serve as branch facilities of the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah. Volunteers provide research assistance to help patrons identify their ancestors. Some microfilms may be available at local family history centers. Locate your nearest Family History Center at the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] website. Call ahead to verify operating hours. All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Effingham County, Illinois:  
  
'''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&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.  
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'''[[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>
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[[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)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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[http://www.stelmolibrary.org/ Beecher City Branch Library ]<br>108 North James Street, Beecher City, IL 62414 <br>(618) 487-9400<br><br>‎ [http://www.altamontpubliclibrary.com/ Altamont Public Library]<br>121 West Washington<br>Altamont IL 62411<br>618-483-5457<br><br>  
 
[http://www.stelmolibrary.org/ Beecher City Branch Library ]<br>108 North James Street, Beecher City, IL 62414 <br>(618) 487-9400<br><br>‎ [http://www.altamontpubliclibrary.com/ Altamont Public Library]<br>121 West Washington<br>Altamont IL 62411<br>618-483-5457<br><br>  
  
[http://www.effinghamlibrary.org/ Helen Matthes Library]<br>100 E. Market Ave.<br>Effingham, IL 62401-3499<br>Phone: 217.342.2464<br>Fax: 217.342.2413<br>Email: hmlib@effinghamlibrary.org<br>  
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[http://www.effinghamlibrary.org/index.php/about-us/ Helen Matthes Library]<br>100 E. Market Ave.<br>Effingham, IL 62401-3499<br>Phone: 217.342.2464<br>Fax: 217.342.2413<br>Email: hmlib@effinghamlibrary.org<br>  
  
 
=== Schools  ===
 
=== Schools  ===
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
Effingham County Genealogical &amp; Historical Society <br>P.O. Box 1166 <br>Effingham, Il 62401 <br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Effingham-County-Genealogical-and-Historical-Society/166955900009890 facebook]<br><br>  
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'''County Genealogical and Historical Society''' <br>PO Box 1166 <br>Effingham, Il 62401 <br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Effingham-County-Genealogical-and-Historical-Society/166955900009890 facebook]<br><br>
 
 
Pioneer certificates issued by Effingham County Genealogical Society {{FHL|477605|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 D2d (4 vols)}}
 
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
  
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The_Family_History_Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Eastern_Illinois_University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
 
:*'''1845-1855''' Delinquent tax records, 1845 through 1855, Effingham County, Illinois {{FHL|753693|item|disp=FHL film 1598433 Item 19, book 977.3796 R4o}}  
 
:*'''1845-1855''' Delinquent tax records, 1845 through 1855, Effingham County, Illinois {{FHL|753693|item|disp=FHL film 1598433 Item 19, book 977.3796 R4o}}  
:*'''1851-1853''' Collector's Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1851-1853''' Collector's Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1852''' Tax records 1852 {{FHL|591962|item|disp=FHL 1698226 Item 16, book 977.3796 R4ta}}  
 
:*'''1852''' Tax records 1852 {{FHL|591962|item|disp=FHL 1698226 Item 16, book 977.3796 R4ta}}  
:*'''1853-1965''' Assessor's Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1853-1965''' Assessor's Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1853-1886''' Tax Sale and Redemption Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1853-1886''' Tax Sale and Redemption Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1854-1858''' Tax records 1854-1858 {{FHL|700109|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 R4t}}  
 
:*'''1854-1858''' Tax records 1854-1858 {{FHL|700109|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 R4t}}  
:*'''1854-1861''' Collector's Receipt Record for Tax Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1854-1861''' Collector's Receipt Record for Tax Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1890''' tax lists {{FHL|610563|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 R4b - 2 vols}}<br>v. 1. Banner, Bishop, Douglas, Jackson, Liberty &amp; Lucas townships<br>v. 2. Moccasin, Mound, St. Francis, Summit, Teutopolis, Union, Watson and West townships.
 
:*'''1890''' tax lists {{FHL|610563|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3796 R4b - 2 vols}}<br>v. 1. Banner, Bishop, Douglas, Jackson, Liberty &amp; Lucas townships<br>v. 2. Moccasin, Mound, St. Francis, Summit, Teutopolis, Union, Watson and West townships.
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
See [[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 [https://www.clintonco.illinois.gov/county_clerk.htm Clinton County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm 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.  
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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].
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [https://www.clintoncountygov.com/countyclerk Clinton County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [https://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
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:*'''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 ($)
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
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:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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:*'''1810–1934''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
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:*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Deaths  ====
 
==== Deaths  ====
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'''Copies of Original Records'''  
 
'''Copies of Original Records'''  
  
:*'''1878–1915 '''Death Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
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:*'''1869-1934''' Coroner's Inquest Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]'''
:*'''1878–1915 '''Death Record Index[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
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:*'''1878-1915 '''Death Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
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:*'''1878-1915 '''Death Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1878-1901''' Death Record, Stillbirths [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1878-1901''' Death Record, Stillbirths [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1878-1915''' ''Death records, 1878-1915'' {{FHL|267603|item|disp=FHL film 1010046}}
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:*'''1878-1915''' Death records, 1878-1915 {{FHL|267603|item|disp=FHL film 1010046}}
  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
 
'''Abstracts'''  
 
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:*'''1850-1880''' {{RecordSearch|2334599|Illinois Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
:*''Mortality schedules, 1860, 1870, 1880'' {{FHL|87141|item|disp=FHL fiche 6048135 (2 fiches), book 977.37 X2m}}
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:*'''1860, 1870, 1880''' Richland County Genealogical Society, ''Mortality schedules, 1860, 1870, 1880'' ([S.I.:s.n.] 1978.) {{FHL|87141|item|disp=FHL fiche 6048135 (2 fiches), book 977.37 X2m}}
  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
 
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:*'''1749-1999''' {{RecordSearch|3541609|Illinois Deaths and Burials, 1749-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index, some images
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]  
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
:*'''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 ($)
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:*'''1850-1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
=== Websites  ===
 
=== Websites  ===
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Databases pertinent to Effingham County  
 
Databases pertinent to Effingham County  
  
:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database] IRAD  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/effingham-county/ Effingham County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
:*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments] IRAD  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Effingham-County.htm Effingham County IL Genealogy]
:*[http://effingham.ilgenweb.net/ USGenWeb], Effingham County, Illinois (ILGenWeb)  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
:*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Effingham/ Effingham&nbsp;County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database] IRAD  
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*[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments] IRAD  
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*[http://effingham.illinoisgenweb.org USGenWeb], Effingham County, Illinois (ILGenWeb)  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Effingham/ Effingham&nbsp;County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
 
=== References  ===
 
=== References  ===
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[[Category:Effingham_County,_Illinois]]
 
[[Category:Effingham_County,_Illinois]]

Latest revision as of 14:48, 9 July 2020

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

Effingham County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Effingham 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: February 15, 1831
County Seat Effingham
Courthouse
Effingham County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD), Illinois State Archives
Address Effingham County Courthouse
101 N. 4th Street
Effingham, Illinois 62401
Effingham County Website


County Organization[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1878 1833 1878 1833 1833 1838 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1916. General compliance by 1922.


*Incomplete birth and death before 1916

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 Courthouse page.

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Lordeffingham.jpg

Effingham County is named for 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.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Gen. Edward Effingham. The county seat is Effingham and the county was organized on 1831. The County is located in the central part of the state.[2]

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.

  • 15 February 1831: Effingham County was created from Fayette and Crawford Counties. [3]; Effingham not fully organized, parts attached to Crawford and Fayette until "organized." (Ill. Laws 1830-1831, pp. 50-52)
  • 20 December 1832: Fully organized, detached from Crawford and Fayette. (Ill. Laws 1832-1833, pp. 22-23)
  • 26 February 1845: Legislature authorized Effingham to gain from Shelby the northern half of township 9 north, ranges 4 to 6 east, dependent on local referendum that failed [no change]. (Ill. Laws 1844-1845, p. 164) (source: Newberry Library)

Records Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Records and Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Effingham, 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

Census[edit | edit source]

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

Federal[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,675
1850 3,799 126.8%
1860 7,816 105.7%
1870 15,653 100.3%
1880 18,920 20.9%
1890 19,358 2.3%
1900 20,465 5.7%
1910 20,055 −2.0%
1920 19,556 −2.5%
1930 19,013 −2.8%
1940 22,034 15.9%
1950 21,675 −1.6%
1960 23,107 6.6%
1970 24,608 6.5%
1980 30,944 25.7%
1990 31,704 2.5%
2000 34,264 8.1%
2010 34,242 −0.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1840-1850
1840-1850 Effingham County census
FHL 977.3796 X2e 1840-1850

1840

1840 Pensioners
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. digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Effingham County on page 186.]; FHL Book973 X2pc 1840

1850
United States census 1850; pub. 1979 FHL Book 977.3796 X2p 1850

1860
1860 census of Effingham County, Illinois; pub. 1983 FHL 6103965 (3 fiche), Book 977.3796 X2c

1870
1870 Effingham County census; pub. 1984 FHL Book 977.3796 X2e 1870

1880
Effingham County, Illinois 1880; pub. 1990 FHL Book 977.3796 X2e 1880 (2 vols)
Vol. 1. Banner, Bishop, Douglas, Jackson, Liberty & Lucas townships
Vol. 2. Mason, Moccasin, Mound, St. Francis, Summit, Teutopolis, Union, Watson & West townships.

1900
1900 federal census; pub. 1999 FHL Film 1440430 Item 12, book 977.3796 X2o (2 vols)

State[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Correctional Institutions[edit | edit source]

Register of prisoners, 1898-1933; also known as Effingham County (Illinois) County Jail FHL film 1689434

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1833-1874 Circuit Court Record IRAD-EIU
  • 1833-1882 Circuit Court Execution Dockets IRAD-EIU
  • 1833-1925 Circuit Court Index IRAD-EIU
  • 1838-1880 Justice of the Peace Dockets IRAD-EIU
  • 1858-1870 County Court Execution Dockets IRAD-EIU
  • 1859-1870 County Court Fee Books IRAD-EIU
  • 1864-1910 Circuit Court Record, Chancery IRAD-EIU
  • 1868-1972 Circuit Court Record, Criminal IRAD-EIU
  • 1872-1964 Jail Registers IRAD-EIU
  • 1872-1917 County Court Record, Criminal IRAD-EIU
  • 1874-1973 Circuit Court Judgment and Execution Dockets IRAD-EIU
  • 1875-1919 Circuit Court Record, Common Law IRAD-EIU
  • 1893-1911 Insanity Record IRAD-EIU
  • 1897-1901 Circuit Court Dockets IRAD-EIU
  • 1958-1968 Circuit Court Case Files IRAD-EIU

Directories[edit | edit source]

Effingham County, Illinois city and county directories, 1924 & 1925: each directory in alphabetical order, surname index in back; pub. 1990 FHL Book 977.3796/E2 E4ec

Ethnic Research[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Mailing Lists[edit | edit source]

Message Boards[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

  • Crossroad trails FHL films
  • Effingham County Genealogical and Historical Society newsletter FHL See note.

History[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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of Originals

Abstracts

  • 1836-1899 Effingham County Genealogical Society, Effingham County, Illinois public domain land sales, 1836-1899 (Effingham, Illinois:Effingham County Genealogical Society, 1990.) FHL Book 977.3796 R2e; WorldCat 173315434
  • 1845-1855 Osborne, Arnetia Bannick, Eleanor Poe Bounds, Effingham County Genealogical Society (Effingham, Illinois), Delinquent tax records, 1845 through 1855, Effingham County, Illinois: these records include owner's names, parts of section, section nos., range, acres, valuation, year tax due, state revenue, state special tax, county tax, poor tax, and total amount due (Effingham, Illinois:Effingham County Genealogical Society, 1995.) Other Libraries; FHL Film 1598433 item 19; Book 977.3796 R5o
  • Family Maps. Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Effingham County, Illinois (Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Pub. Co., c2007.) Other LibrariesFHL book 977.3796 E7b
  • 1986 Rockford Map Publishers (Rockford, Illinois), Land Atlas and plat book, Effingham County, Illinois, 1986 (Rockford, Illinois:Rockford Map Publishers, c1986.) WorldCat 17213717; FHL Book 977.3796 E7e

Online Resources

Maps[edit | edit source]

Shelby CountyCumberland CountyJasper CountyClay CountyFayette CountyIL EFFINGHAM.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources



Military[edit | edit source]

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Effingham County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Effingham County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
  • Veteran burials, Effingham County, Illinois, 1862-1955 FHL Book 977.3796 M2v

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Effingham 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 Effingham County.

- 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company G.
- 11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies E, F, and G.
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A
- 35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and I.
- 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and K.
- 135th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies C and D.
- 143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F.
- 154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.

Organized in Effingham County, Illinois] Effingham Co ILGenWeb

Military Records

World War II[edit | edit source]

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.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of Original Records

  • 1840-1905 Naturalization Papers IRAD-EIU
  • 1857-1906 Naturalization Record IRAD-EIU
  • 1859-1892 Naturalization records. FHL film 1010162
  • 1859-1892 Naturalization Declarations of Intent and final record IRAD-EIU
  • 1870-1888 Naturalization Record of Soldiers and Minors IRAD-EIU
  • Naturalization records: Files 166 through 182 (no years given) FHL 4 films

Abstracts

Online Records

Newspapers and Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Newspaper clippings and obituaries from Clay and Effingham counties, Illinois and Yakima County, Washington FHL film 396345


Places and Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Townships

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Probate Records[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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of Original Records

  • 1834-1920 Probate Will Record
  • 1835-1893 Probate Record
  • 1838-1964 Probate Record Index
  • 1848-1926 Probate Claim Dockets
  • 1851-1932 Probate Accounts Current Record
  • 1853-1853 Probate Administrator's and Executor's Bonds and Letters
  • 1854-1939 Probate Administrator's Record
  • 1854-1935 Probate Sale Record, Personal Property
  • 1855-1939 Probate Appraisement Record
  • 1858-1896 Probate Settlements Due Dockets
  • 1862-1927 Probate Judgment Dockets
  • 1871-1894 Probate Guardian's Record
  • 1873-1914 Probate Inventory Record, Guardians
  • 1874-1895 Probate Sale Record, Real Estate, Guardians
  • 1889-1891 Probate Guardian's Report Record
  • 1890-1904 Probate Inventory Record
  • 1838-1920 Probate records FHL 12 films

Abstracts

Online Resources

  • 1849-1920 Probate records are also available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Effingham County, and select the record type you are interested in. Includes, Guardianship records, probate records and wills.

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Inventory of the county archives of Illinois, no. 25, Effingham County (Effingham), pub. 1940 FHL film 908556 Item 1, book 977.3796 A5h

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 Effingham County are kept, see the Effingham County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

There are over 4500 Introduction to Family History Centers worldwide which serve as branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Volunteers provide research assistance to help patrons identify their ancestors. Some microfilms may be available at local family history centers. Locate your nearest Family History Center at the FamilySearch website. Call ahead to verify operating hours. All are welcome.

The following centers are accessible to residents of Effingham County, Illinois:

Centralia Illinois Family History Center 
Leafland & 3rd Street
Centralia, Marion, Illinois
Phone: 618-532-3482
Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm
Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.

Champaign Illinois Family History Center
604 W Windsor Rd
Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
Phone: 217-352-8063
Hours: Thur-Sat 9:30-12:30pm; Thur 7pm-9pm; or by appt

Terre Haute Indiana Family History Center 
1845 N 6 1/2 St
Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana
Phone: 812-234-0269
Hours: Tue 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed: Mondays after 6:00 p.m., all major holidays, inclement weather, whenever Vigo schools are on delays or early dismissals.
Attention: The Center is also available by appointment.

Please note: 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)[edit | edit source]

The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage the archival records of local governments.  Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.  The records of Edwards County come under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) regional depository.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093

Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Beecher City Branch Library
108 North James Street, Beecher City, IL 62414
(618) 487-9400

Altamont Public Library
121 West Washington
Altamont IL 62411
618-483-5457

Helen Matthes Library
100 E. Market Ave.
Effingham, IL 62401-3499
Phone: 217.342.2464
Fax: 217.342.2413
Email: hmlib@effinghamlibrary.org

Schools[edit | edit source]

Effingham County school history, centennial 1918 FHL Book 977.3796 J2e

Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

County Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 1166
Effingham, Il 62401
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Taxation[edit | edit source]

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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

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 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 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 Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Effingham County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Births[edit | edit source]

Copies of Original Records

  • 1877-1916 Birth Record IRAD-EIU
  • 1877-1915 Birth Record Index IRAD-EIU
  • 1877-1916 Birth records, 1877-1916, stillbirths are included. FHL films 1010043-1010045
    Index 1877-1915 - Film 1010043
    Vol. 1-2 1877-1901 - Film 1010043
    Vol. 3-4 1902-1914 - Film 1010044
    Vol. 5 1911-1916 - Film 1010045

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Copies of Original Records

  • 1839–1920 Marriage Record- IRAD-EIU
  • Marriage records, 1839-1920 FHL films 1010047-1010049
    Vol. A-B 1839-1877 - Film 1010047
    Vol.1-2 1878-1908 - Film 1010048
    Vol. 3 19908-19220 - Film 1010049
  • Effingham County, Illinois marriages FHL 6104306-6104310, 6110728, 6067339, Books 977.3796 V2e 9 vols
    Vol. 1-2 1833-1877 - 6104306
    Vol. 3 1878-1882 - 6104307
    Vol. 4 1889-1894 - 6104308
    Vol. 5 1895-1900 - 6104309
    Vol. 6 1901-1905 - 6104310
    Vol. 7 1906-1910 - 6110728
    Vol. 8 1911-1915 - 6067339
    Vol. 9 1916-1920 - not available on fiche

Online Resources

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Copies of Original Records

Abstracts

Online Resources

Websites[edit | edit source]

Databases pertinent to Effingham County

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Effingham 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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ill/effingham/ accessed 04/12/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  4. (Family History Archives FamilySearch Digital Library; FHL Film 934983 Item 2 Note: Film 0825568 No circulation to family history centers.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Effingham County, Illinois," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effingham_County,_Illinois, Last accessed 2 January 2020.