Vermilion County, Illinois Genealogy
Guide to Vermilion County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Vermilion County, Illinois|
Location in the state of Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||January 18, 1826|
|Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives|
|Address||Vermilion County Courthouse|
6 N. Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832
Vermilion County Website
- 1 Vermilion County Organization
- 2 Historical Facts
- 3 Parent County
- 4 Boundary Changes
- 5 Record Loss
- 6 Records and Resources
- 6.1 Biography
- 6.2 Cemeteries
- 6.3 Census
- 6.4 Church Records
- 6.5 Court Records
- 6.6 Ethnic Research
- 6.7 Genealogy
- 6.8 History
- 6.9 Land and Property
- 6.10 Maps
- 6.11 Military Records
- 6.12 Naturalization
- 6.13 Newspapers and Obituaries
- 6.14 Probate Records
- 6.15 Repositories
- 6.16 Taxation
- 6.17 Social Groups Online
- 6.18 Societies
- 6.19 Vital Records
- 7 Places / Localities
- 8 Websites
- 9 References
Vermilion County Organization[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 Vermilion County are kept, see the Vermilion County Courthouse page.
Historical Facts[edit | edit source]
Vermilion County was named after the Vermilion River of which the branches have a presence in the county.
Parent County[edit | edit source]
- 1826--Vermilion County was created 18 January 1826, from unorganized territory and Edgar County.County seat: Danville 
Description[edit | edit source]
The county seat is Danville and the county was organized on January 2, 1826. The County is located in the East Central area of the state.
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.
- 1823-1826 Edgar
- 1819-1823 Clark
- 1816-1819 Crawford
- 1815-1816 Edwards
- 1812-1815 madison
- 1801-1812 St. Clair
- 1790-1803 Knox, Northwest Territory
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
1872 A fire burned the courthouse and some records were lost or damaged.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:
- Burned Counties. By Michael John Neill. Online at: Family History Circle.
- When the Records are Gone. By Arlene Eakle. Online at: Tennessee Genealogy Blog.
- Burned Counties Research in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
Records and Resources[edit | edit source]
Biography[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
The following web site has additional information on Vermilion county cemeteries.
- Vermilion Cemetery Genealogical website-Digital photos of headstones in Cemeteries in Vermilion County and surrounding Counties
Census[edit | edit source]
1840 Pensioners[edit | edit source]
- A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Vermilion County on page 188.]
- 1892 Rossville City Census - USGenWeb
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Georgetown, Quaker Monthly Meeting Minutes List of Churches and Church Parishes
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 Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Vermilion County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.
Ethnic Research[edit | edit source]
African American[edit | edit source]
The following have information concerning African American research.
- African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records
- Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
- African-American Resources for Illinois
- African American Coal Miner Information Center
Genealogy[edit | edit source]
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.
Maps[edit | edit source]
Military Records[edit | edit source]
For information about using Military records see Illinois Military Records
Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Military Land Grants in Vermillion Coutny, Illinois for Soldiers of the War of 1812 - USGenWeb
Blackhawk War[edit | edit source]
Captain Robert Griffin's Company - USGenWeb
Captain John B. Thomas' Company - USGenWeb
Captain Eliakem Ashton's Company - USGenWeb
Captain Morgan L. Payne's Company - USGenWeb
Captain James Palmer's Company - USGenWeb
Captain I.M. Gillispie's Company - USGenWeb
Captain Jacob M. Earley's Company- USGenWeb
Indian Wars[edit | edit source]
Military Land Grants in Vermillion County, Illinois for Soldiers of the Indian Wars - USGenWeb
Civil War[edit | edit source]
Civil War service men from Vermilion 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 Vermilion County.
- - 12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861, Company C.
- - 12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- - 25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- -28th Regiment, (Consolidated), Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- - 35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D, Company E, Company F, and Company I.
- - 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- - 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- - 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- - 73rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C, and Company E.
- - 79th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- -125th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, Company B, Company C, Company D, Company G, Company I, and Company K
- - 133rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K
- - 135th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D, Company E, and Company K
- - 149th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E
- - 150th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E, and Company K
Charles A. Clark Post, Ridge Farm 1913 - USGenWeb
General T.J. Hendrson Post, 1913 - USGenWeb
Harmon Post, Hoopeston 1913 - USGenWeb
Kenesaw Post, Danville 1913 - USGenWeb
Kyger Post, Georgetown 1913 - USGenWeb
Lawton Post, Danville 1913 - USGenWeb
Trisler Post, Sidewll 1913 - USGenWeb
1883 Federal Pension - USGenWeb
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Army Casualties Part 1 U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Army Casualties Part 2 U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Korean War[edit | edit source]
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]
Gulf War[edit | edit source]
Naturalization[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.
- 1800-1998 - Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998 at FamilySearch — index and images
Newspapers and Obituaries[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
Online Probate Records
- 1772 - 1999 Illinois Wills and Probate Records 1772-1999 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1819 - 1988 Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988 at FamilySearch.org — images
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.
1826-1860 Probate Case Files - IRAD-ISU
Repositories[edit | edit source]
IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Illinois State University houses the records for Vermilion County.
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.
- For current information about a center near you, go to the Family History Center Map
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Vermilion County.
You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following centers are located in surrounding counties. Their wiki pages may supply hours and other information.
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Illinois Regional Archives Repository[edit | edit source]
Illinois State Universtiy
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Normal, Illinois 61802
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County
Public Libraries[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
Taxation[edit | edit source]
School Records[edit | edit source]
1912-1938 School Student Permanent Record, High School - IRAD-ISU
Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
The website of the Vermilion County Clerk explains how to order copies of birth, marriage, and death records.
Birth Records[edit | edit source]
1877-1901 Birth Record Index - IRAD-ISU
1877-1903 Birth Record - IRAD-ISU
1906-1907 Birth Records for the City of Indianola - IRAD-ISU
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
- 1826-1903 Marriage Record Index - IRAD-ISU
- 1826-1858 Marriage Licenses - IRAD-ISU
- 1826-1900 Marriage Record - IRAD-ISU
- 1833-1852 Marriage Licenses, Minors - IRAD-ISU
Death Records[edit | edit source]
1877-1907 Death Record Index - IRAD-ISU
1877-1903 Death Records- IRAD-ISU
1878-1917 Death Records, Stillbirths - IRAD-ISU
- Index to Death Register Volume 1 - USGenWeb
Pape Funeral Homes Obiturary Records for Vermilion County, Illinois
Pape Mortuary, 10 E. Williams Street, Danville, Illinois this site has 275,000 records, list of death records from 1800's to the pressent. The records included surrounding areas including some near by Indiana counties.
Places / 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:
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
- Benton County, Indiana
- Vermillion County, Indiana
- Warren County, Indiana
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Vermilion County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Vermilion County IL Genealogy
- Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
Databases Pertinent to Vermilion County
Local Governmental Records Database
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Federal Township Plats of Illinois
Vermilion County Coroner's Inquest Files Index (1908–1956)
References[edit | edit source]
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vermilion 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.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Vermilion County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermilion_County,_Illinois 04/20/2017.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Vermilion County, Illinois," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermilion_County,_Illinois#Cities, accessed 11 March 2020.