Bond County, Illinois Genealogy

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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


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County Organization

Bond County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1817 1877 1820 1817 1821

County Courthouse

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

Shadrach Bond.png

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

Parent County

4 January 1817: -- Bond County was created from Madison County. [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Bond County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Records and Resources


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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200618,0552.4%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.
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

Court Records

IRAD Holdings

  • Justice of the Peace Dockets 1858 to 1961

Family History Library holdings

  • 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.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


Mailing Lists

Message Boards


Land and Property

BLM GLO Records. Search 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.

Land records that include Bond County at $:

  • "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.
  • "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. This appears to be the same information that is online at the Federal Land Office site
  • Sheldon, Theodore. Land registration in Illinois. Chicago: Callaghan & Co., 1901. Digital book. Expains 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.

FHL land records

  • 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.



  • 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.
- 35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.

Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers and Obituaries

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.

IRAD Holdings

  • Probate Minutes 1877 to 1855
  • Probate Records 1837 to 1849

Family History Library holdings

  • Bond County (Illinois) County Court. Probate records 1817 to 1940  FHL film 1316516 (first of 22) This record includes court records, guardianships, administrators' bonds, loose papers, and various probate-related records. Many records in these series were either missing or not filmed. Not all types of records cover all years. Many volumes include an index.


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

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


County Courthouse

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 Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

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

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online



Vital Records

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



IRAD Holdings

  • 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

  • Marriage License Application 1891 to1916
  • Marriage Licenses 1817 to 1915
  • Mariage Records 1817 to 1915 
  • Marriage Record Index 1817-1915

Available through

  • 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 to1934"

FHL records

  • 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

  • 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 ($).