Calhoun County, Illinois Genealogy

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Calhoun County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Calhoun County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 10, 1825
County Seat Hardin
Calhoun County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Calhoun County Courthouse
Main Street
Hardin, Illinois 62047
(618) 576-2351

United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Calhoun County

Calhoun County Organization

Calhoun County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878 1825 1878 1830 1825 1833

County Courthouse

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

Historical Facts

John C Calhoun.jpg

Calhoun County is named for John C. Calhoun who served in politics and became Vice-President of the United States.

Parent County

  • 10 January 1825: -- Calhoun County was created from Pike [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Calhoun County boundary changes.

Record Loss


To see a list of places in Calhoun County, click on [Show], above. The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Records and Resources


  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois: Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, Together with Portraits and Biographies of All the Presidents of the United States, and Governors of the State. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1891. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive FHL film 825598
  • Portrait Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois. Chicago, IL, USA: Biographical Publishing, 1891. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Reprint 19823 with index FHL Book 977.3 D3p, fiche 6088665


Gotoarrow.png Find A Grave, list of cemeteries. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)



Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 20075,1671.6%
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, Calhoun County on page 186.]

Church History and Records

Court Records


Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


Mailing Lists

Message Boards

Land and Property


Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Calhoun 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 Calhoun County.

- 97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
  • Genealogy Trails. (Civil War) Military Data for Calhoun County. (accessed 31 May 2011)

Names, Personal

Naturalization and Citizenship



Postal and Shipping Guides

Probate Records

Online Resources

  • 1829-1902 An unspecified number of Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970 are available at the Family Search Records online database. The collection does not have an every name index, but the images are available to browse and may have indexes within each volume.
  • Family History Library Collection

1829-1916 Probate records, 1819-1902; index to probate files FHL film 961726–961747 and 960438

Estate book, ca. 1832-1843 FHL Film 1688507 Item 1
Estate records and wills, 1829-1974 FHL film 1305071 Items 1-5
Will Records 1870-1916 FHL 2 films
Probate records, 1859-1904 FHL 4 films

Public 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 Calhoun County are kept, see the Calhoun County Courthouse page.

Family History Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries


Social Groups Online



Vital Records






  1. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)