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Guide to Bond County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Bond County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Bond County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 4, 1817
County Seat Greenville
Bond county courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Bond County Courthouse
200 W. College Avenue
Greenville, Illinois 62246
(618) 664-3208
Bond County Website

Bond County Organization

Boone County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Bond County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1817 1877 1820 1817 1821

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Bond County are kept, see the Bond County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

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Bond County is named for Shadrach Bond, the first Governor of the State of Illinois.

Boundary Changes

  • Bond County is divided into 9 townships: Shoal Creek, LaGrange, Mulberry Grove, Old Ripley, Central, Pleasant Mound, Burgess, Mills, and Tamalco.
  • 4 January 1817: -- Bond County was created from Madison County. [1]

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Bible Records

Family Bibles of the Herndon and Howell families of Bond County are included in an Ancestry database ($). The database also includes Howell tombstone inscriptions and a will.[2]



  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone. May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Illinois Cemeteries by county.
  • The Family History Library Catalog at familysearch.org contails several records for cemeteries in Bond County. Some are transcriptions for individual cemeteries, others contain multiple cemeteries.
  • WorldCat lists a good number of cemetery sources for Bond County cemeteries. Check this source to see if a library near you has a helpful cemetery records.
  • Cemetery Location Project of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and hosted by RootsWeb gives the town, address, and township and range of various cemeteries in Bond County las updated in 2001.
  • Bond County Cemetery Records at USGenWeb lists cemeteries in Bond County with links to burials in the cemeteries. Burials include names, birth and death dates with comments about some burials.A few cemeteries have images.
  • Illinois Gravestone Photo Project currently (Aug 2011) has entries for two Bond County Cemeteries. Entries contain photos of headstones and information about the deceased
  • In and Around Panama, Illinois.This site contains photos of all the headstones in a good number of Bond County cemeteries with birth dates, death dates, and comments when available
  • Bond County Cemeteries listed at ePodunk. Includes a fairly complete list of cemeteries in the county. At each cemetery link there is a list of nearby cemeteries, a google map of the cemetery location, and other cites of interest. 
  • Confederate veteran buried in Illinois. This site contains the names, military data, and burial sites by county of Confederate soldiers buried in Illinois. Bond County has a number of burials.


For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200618,0552.4%
IL Counties 1900-1990
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. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Bond County on page 186.]

Church History and Records

Early churches established in Bond County include:

  • 1819 - First Presbyterian Church
  • 1823 - Mt. Gilead Cumberland Church, first organized as the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1810 in Tennessee. A Historical sketch of the church is  A historical sketch of a people called Cumberland Presbyterians in Bond County, Illinois by Louis J. Narowetz. Listed at WorldCat. Another history of the Churh and cemetery is Mt. Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church & cemetery history, 1819-1993
    by Gerald E Jenner. Listed at WorldCat.
  • 1825 - Bethel Presbyterian Church began when the priginal Shoal Creek Church, established in 1819, was divided into three churches. A list of members can 
  • 1830 - Mulberry Grove United Methodist Churcht
  • 1833 - Mt. Nebo Primative Baptist Church
  • 1836 - First Baptist Church
  • 1843 - Pleasant Mound Church of the Brethren
  • 1844 - United Presbyterian Church had its first congregation in Bond County, though it had its roots in Indiana around 1828.
  • 1848 - First United Methodist Church
  • 1853 - Liberty Baptist Church. A record book of the church is Record book of the Liberty Baptist Church, 1853-1887, Bond County, Illinois by Harry B. Weber. Listed at WorldCat.
  • 1859 - Woburn Church of Christ
  • 1877 - First Christian Church
  • 1880 - Greenville Free Methodist Church
  • 1880 - United Church of Christ
  • 1881 - Wilkerson A.M.E. Chapel
  • 1881 - Wisetown Baptist Church

Other records

  • Perrin, William Henry. History of Bond and Montgomery County. Chicago: O.L. Baskin Historical Publishers, 1882. Internet Archive Digital Online Copy FHL Film 934970 Item 3FHL Book 977.38 H2h Begining on page 232 is a history of churches in Hillsboro. Search within township histories, beginning on page 248, for other county church information.

Court Records

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 online or through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Bond County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the UIS IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1858-1961 Justice of the Peace Dockets IRAD-UIS
  • 1817-1965 Probate records FHL film 1316516 (first of 22) This record includes court records, guardianships, loose papers, and various probate related records. Many records in in these series were eith missing or not filmed.

Online Resources

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records


Mailing Lists

Message Boards


Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online or through the Family History Library.

  • Bond County (Illinois). Recorder. Deed records, 1817-1921.  FHL film 1315963 (first of 28)
  • Family maps of Bond County, Illinois: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads, and more, by Gregory A. Boyd. (Norman, Oklahoma;: Arphax Pub. Co., c2007)FHL book 977.3873 E7bg This book identifies the early land owners of Bond County, placing them on township maps with other geographic and manmade landmarks.

Online Resources

  • Original land patents for Bond County from the Govenment Land Office (GLO) or Eastern States Office. Some searches include images of the original warrants. All search results include the patant details needed for requesting copies of the land entry files at the National Archives. The GLO is the custodian of millions of land title documents. The General Land Office Automated Records Project is responsible for making these important documents available to the public. See Illinois Land and Property for more information about this database.
  • "Illinois Public Land Purchase Records" This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
  • "U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907:" Records of Illinois are among the 13 states included in this set. It includes images of the land patents which contain the information necessary for ordering the complete case files from the National Archives.U.S. General Land Office Records found at Ancestry.com ($)This appears to be the same information that is online at the Federal Land Office sitehttp://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.
  • Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
  • Sheldon, Theodore. Land registration in Illinois. Chicago: Callaghan Co., 1901. Digital book. Explains the laws regarding land and the land systems used in Illinois. Includes court cases involving land issues. In addition to being on Ancestry, this book is available online at no cost at Internet Archives and Google Books.




Civil War

Civil War service men from Bond 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 Bond County.

- 3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company D.
- 22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and E.
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies E and F.
- 135th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F.
- 154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.

Naturalization and Citizenship



Probate Records

  • Online abstracts from of Record Books A to 1, 1821 to 1838. Includes appraisals, administrations, wills, guardianships, land sales, and other records associated with probate matters. Transcribed by Donna Walton in 2007.
1837-1855 Probate Minutes
1837-1849 Probate Records
  • Family History Library
  • Bond County (Illinois) County Court. Probate records 1817 to 1940 FHL 22 films

Circuit and County Court records are mixed in.

Will index 1854-1922
Will Books 1854-1912
Probate Record Books
Inventories and Final Accounts
Bonds and Letters (Executors, guardianship, administrators)
Reports (Administrators, Guardians)
Widow's relinquishments


The Family History Library has films of some guardianshipp records among the the probate records listed above within the probate records.

Some guardianships are listed in the Online Abstracts described under probate records.


County Courthouse

Bond County Courthouse
200 W. College Avenue
Greenville, Illinois 62246

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Adams County are kept, see the Bond County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Bond County does not have a family history center. Center addresses are not mailing addresses. Some of the nearest centers are:

To locate additional family history centers check the FamilySearch Center locaator link at familysearch.org.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD Depository (UIS)
LIB 144
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS BRK 140
Springfield IL 62703-5407
Telephone: (217) 206-6520

Public Libraries

Greenville Public Library
414 W. Main Ave.
Greenville, IL 62246
Phone 618-664-3115
Fax 618-664-9442


Monday - Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Wednesday - Thursday 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Greenville Public Library is a member of the Lewis & Clark Library system comprised of 150 members including public libraries, schools and colleges covering 8 counties. The LCLS provides technical support and inter-library loan services.

The Greenville Public Library has a Genealogy Room run by the Bond County Genealogy Society. The room contains information from Bond and surrounding counties, which includes histories, censuses, old newspapers, genealogies, vital records and more. In the room is equipment for viewing and copying the records that are on microfilm and microfiche. The holdings of the genealogy room are not contained in the library's catalog.

Social Groups Online


  • Bond County Historical Society The society supports the Hoiles-Davis Museum located at 318 W. Winter St. in Greenville, Illinois. It was organized in 1955 and specializes in questions about the history of the county and its communities but not on genealogy matters.
    Museum Hours: Mid April to the end of October Saturdays: 1pm to 3pm / Sundays: 2pm to 4pm or on special occasions.
  • Bond County Genealogical Society has a room on the lower level of the Greenville Public Library that houses its holdings. Their collection has over 400 print volumes; microfilms of censuses, county newpapers 1858 to 1997 , and military records; and genealogical quarterlies from the region and state societies.


Vital Records

Bond County (Illinois) County Court. Births, marriages, and deaths 1817-1927. FHL film 1317522 (first of 8)



IRAD Holdings (UIS)

  • Birth Records 1877 to 1915
  • Birth Records Index 1863 to 1915
  • Delayed Birth Records Index 1863 to 1915


  • Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900 - An online searchable index, is an ongoing project of the Illinois State Archives and the Illinois State Genealogical Society The Bond County index includes 1817-1915.

IRAD Holdings (UIS)

Marriage License Application 1891 to1916
Marriage Licenses 1817 to 1915
Mariage Records 1817 to 1915
Marriage Record Index 1817-1915
  • Ancestry.com: ($)
Bond county marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1790 to 1860"
Bond County marriages in "Illinois Marriages to 1850"
Bond County marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1851 to 1900"
  • FamilySearch.
Extracts of Bond County marriages without images are available on FamilySearch among the "Illinois County Marriages, 1810 to 1934"
  • Family History Library
Bond County (Illinois) County Clerk. Marriage licenses 1817-1872 FHL film 688499 (first of 5)
Bond County (Illinois) County lCerk. Bond County marriage licenses (adult and minor) & related material, 1873-1875, 1877-1886, 1890-1915. FHL film 1688489 (first of 9)
Bond County, Illinois marriage records, 1817-1850, compiled by Robert E. and Phyllis J. Shelby. Kokamo, (Indiana: Shelby Pub., 1982). FHL book 977.3873 V2s
Bond County, Illinois marriage records, 1851-1877, compiled by Evelyne McCracken. (Greenville, Illinois : Bond County Genealogical Society, c1984 ). FHL book 977.3873 V2m
Bond County, Illinois marriage records, 1878-1899, compiled by Evelyne McCracken. (Greenville, Illinois : Bond County Genealogical Society, c1985 ). FHL book 977.3873 V2mb with supp.
Bond County, Illinois marriage records, 1894-1915, compiled by Evelyne McCracken. (Greenville, Illinois : Bond County Genealogical Society, c1985 ).FHL book 977.3873 V2mba


Index of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916–1950 listings the death certificates filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health

IRAD Holdings (UIS)

Death Records 1878 to 1915
Death Records Index 1878 to 1915



  1. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  2. Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at Ancestry ($).