Wayne County, Illinois Genealogy Guide2016-07-01T13:39:04+00:00

Wayne County, Illinois Genealogy Guide

Wayne County, Illinois (Map It) was created on March 26, 1819 from Edwards County. Wayne County was named for Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796), major general in the United States Army in the American Revolutionary War and the Northwest Indian War. Learn More About State of Illinois History

Wayne County is bordered by  Clay County (north), Richland County (northeast), Edwards County (east), White County (southeast), Hamilton County (south), Jefferson County (southwest), Marion County (northwest)

Wayne County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Cisne, Fairfield, Golden Gate, Jeffersonville, Johnsonville, Keenes, Mill Shoals, Mount Erie, Sims, Wayne City.

Wayne County Townships include  Leech, Keith, Lamard, Hickory Hill, Indian Prairie, Jasper, Elm River, Garden Hill, Four Mile, Grover, Big Mound, Berry, Arrington, Barnhill, Bedford, Orel, Orchard, Massilon, Mount Erie, Zif.. View the Wayne Federal Township Plats of Illinois from 1804-1891.

A Wayne 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.

Wayne County, Illinois Courthouse Records

Wayne County, Illinois Courthouse
Wayne County, IL Courthouse

The Wayne County Courthouse is located in Fairfield, Illinois. Total record loss (1819–1886) due to a fire on November 17, 1886. 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 Wayne 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.

  • Wayne County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds has Marriage Records from 1850, Birth & Death Records from 1870 / 1886 and Land Records from 1865. 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.
  • Wayne County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Probate Records from 1886 and Court Records from 1819. 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....
  • Wayne 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

Wayne County, Illinois Census Records

Wayne County, Illinois Vital Records

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