Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy

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Effingham County, Illinois
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.
Founded: February 15, 1831
County Seat Effingham
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


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

County Organization[edit | edit source]

Effingham County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878* 1833 1878* 1840 1833 1838

*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]


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.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 15 February 1831: Effingham County was created from Fayette and Crawford Counties. [1]; 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)

See an interactive map of Effingham County boundary changes.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Template:Effingham County, Illinois
To see a list of places in Effingham County, click on [Show], above. Localities listed in red have no wiki page yet. 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]

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Cemeteries for more information.

Gotoarrow.png Find A Grave, list of cemeteries. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)

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.
IL Counties 1900-1990

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


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

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

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

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

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

State[edit | edit source]

Correctional Institutions[edit | edit source]

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

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]

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Land and Property for more information.

1833-present The original land and property records for Effingham County are held by the County Recorder. See the info box above for contact information. The following copies are available:

Maps[edit | edit source]

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]

Regiment Information

  • 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.
- 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.

Organized in Effingham County, Illinois] Effingham Co ILGenWeb

Military Records

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers and Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Probate Records for more information.

  • Browse images of Effingham County probate records at Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970.
  • Probate records, 1838-1920 FHL 12 films
    Probate index 1838-1964 - 1009561
    Probate records v. 1-2 1838-1854 - 1009562
    Probate records v. A-C 1850-1864 - 1009563
    Probate records v. D-E 1864-1871 - 1009564
    Probate records v. F 1871-1877 - 1009565
    Probate records v. G 1877-1883 - 1010155
    Probate records v. H-I 1883-1893 - 1010156
    Inventory record v. A 1890-1904 - 1010157
    Bonds & letters v. B 1877-1881 - 1010158
    Guardian records v. A-D 1871-1897 (no v. C) - 1010159
    Will record v. 1, A-C 1838-1895 - 1010160
    Will record v. D-F 1895-1920 - 1010161
  • Wills and estate settlements, 1836-1882 FHL Fiche 6048797 (2 fiches), book 977.3796 R2w
  • Estate settlements & genealogy FHL Book 977.3796 P2g

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]

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.  Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at a nominal cost.  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

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]

Effingham County Genealogical & Historical Society
P.O. Box 1166
Effingham, Il 62401

Pioneer certificates issued by Effingham County Genealogical Society FHL Book 977.3796 D2d (4 vols)

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information.

Gotoarrow.png Effingham County Courthouse for information on obtaining records from the local offices.

Births[edit | edit source]

1877–present  The original Effingham County birth records 1877- present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1877-1916 Birth Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Effingham County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877-1915 Birth Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Effingham County records.
  • 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]

1839–present  The original Effingham County marriage records 1839-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 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

The following abstracts are available:

Deaths[edit | edit source]

1878–present  The original Effingham County death records 1878-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1878–1915 Death Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Effingham County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1878–1915 Death Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Effingham County records.
  • 1878-1901 Death Record, Stillbirths - IRAD-EIU Search for Effingham County records.

The following abstracts are available:

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 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  2. (Family History Archives http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH34,63155); FHL Film 934983 Item 2 Note: Film 0825568 No circulation to family history centers.