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Edwards County, Illinois (Map It) was created on November 28, 1814 from Gallatin County and Madison County. Edwards County was named for Ninian Edwards (1775–1833), third Governor of the State of Illinois and only governor of the Illinois Territory. Learn More About State of Illinois History
Edwards County Cities, Towns & Villages include Albion, Grayville (north half), Bone Gap, Browns, West Salem
Edwards County Precincts include Albion No. 1, Albion No. 2, Albion No. 3, Bone Gap, Browns, Dixon, Ellery, French Creek, Salem No. 1, Salem No. 2, Shelby No. 1, Shelby No. 2.. View the Edwards Federal Township Plats of Illinois from 1804-1891.
A Edwards 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.
Edwards County, Illinois Courthouse Records
Edwards County, IL Courthouse
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 Edwards 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.
- Edwards County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds has Marriage Records from 1815, Birth & Death Records from 1877 and Land Records from 1815. 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.
- Edwards County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Probate Records from 1815 and Court Records from 1815. 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....
- Edwards 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
Edwards County, Illinois Census Records
- Learn More: State of Illinois Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1820, 1830, 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
Edwards 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 or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Edwards County, Illinois Resources
- State of Illinois Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Illinois
- Edwards County Historical Society, 9 North Fifth Street, Albion, IL 62806
- Eastern Illinois University, Booth Library
- Edwards County, Illinois Message Boards
- Edwards County, Illinois Genealogy Forum
- Edwards County, Illinois Mailing lists
Edwards County, Illinois External Links
- Illinois Historical Newspapers - Newspapers.com
- Map of Edwards County and its civil and congressional townships
- The Geo. Ogle, 1907 Atlas of Edwards County is available on CD
- Edwards County, Illinois Books - Amazon
- Edwards Co., Illinois - FindaGrave
- Illinois Indexed Historical Records - Familysearch
- Fact Sheet for Edwards County - Illinois State Archives