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Hardin County, Illinois (Map It) was created on March 2, 1839 from Gallatin County and Pope County. Hardin County was named for Hardin County, Kentucky, which was itself named after John Hardin. Learn More About State of Illinois History
Hardin County is bordered by Gallatin County (north), Union County, Kentucky (east), Crittenden County, Kentucky (east), Livingston County, Kentucky (southwest), Pope County (west), Saline County (northwest)
Hardin County Cities, Towns & Villages include Cave-In-Rock, Elizabethtown, Rosiclare
Hardin County Precincts include Battery Rock, Cave In Rock, East Monroe, East Rosiclare, McFarlan, Peters Creek, Rock Creek, Stone Church, West Monroe, West Rosiclare. View the Hardin Federal Township Plats of Illinois from 1804-1891.
A Hardin County, Illinois General Highway Maps includes County, City and Township maps which contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Hardin County, Illinois Courthouse Records
Hardin County, IL Courthouse
The Hardin County Courthouse is located in Elizabethtown, Illinois. Most records lost (1839–1884) due to a fire on May 19, 1884. Learn More About State of Illinois Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Hardin county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Hardin County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds has Marriage Records from 1884, Birth & Death Records from 1844 / 1887 and Land Records from 1814. The County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
- Hardin County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Probate Records from 1884 and Court Records from 1878. The County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
- Hardin County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
- Local Government Records Database provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
Hardin County, Illinois Census Records
- Learn More: State of Illinois Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: Substitutes Index, 1810-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1825-1865
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Hardin County, Illinois Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Illinois Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from January 1916 to present
- Marriage and Divorce Records: from January 1962 to present.
- Locations: Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, 925 East Ridgely Ave., Springfield, IL 62702-2737; (217) 782-6553
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Hardin County, Illinois Resources
- State of Illinois Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Illinois
- Hardin County Historical & Genealogical Society, PO Box 72, Elizabethtown, IL 62931
- Southern Illinois University (SIU), Illinois Regional Archives Depository
- Hardin County, Illinois Message Boards
- Hardin County, Illinois Genealogy Forum
- Hardin County, Illinois Mailing lists