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Guide to Clinton County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Clinton County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Clinton County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: December 27, 1824
County Seat Carlyle
Courthouse
Clinton County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Clinton County Courthouse
850 Fairfax Street
Carlyle, Illinois 62231
(618) 594-2464
Clinton County Website


County Organization[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1877 1825 1877 1825 1818 1825 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1916. General compliance by 1922.

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

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Governor DeWitt Clinton.JPG

Clinton County is named for DeWitt Clinton who was the Governor of the State of New York and a promoter of the Erie Canal.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for N.Y. Governor DeWitt Clinton. The County Seat is Carlyle and was founded 1824.[2] It is located in the Central area of the state. [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Records and Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Clinton, Illinois online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Illinois Cemeteries for more information

Census[edit | edit source]

Federal[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190019,824
191022,83215.2%
192022,9470.5%
193021,369−6.9%
194022,9127.2%
195022,594−1.4%
196024,0296.4%
197028,31517.8%
198032,61715.2%
199033,9444.1%
200035,5354.7%
Est. 200636,6333.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990

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

State[edit | edit source]

1840 Pensioners[edit | edit source]

  • 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, Clinton County on page 186.]

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Clinton County Church Records available through WorldCat.org.

Catholic[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch has made parish records from 14 Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Clinton County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

See Gotoarrow.png Illinois Court Records for more information on Court Records in Illinois.

Ethnic Research[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.

Germans[edit | edit source]

Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Biographies
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records
Histories
Immigration/emigration/migration
Maps
Newspapers
Societies

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Mailing Lists[edit | edit source]

Message Boards[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Land and Property for more information on land records in Illinois.

Land records for Clinton County are held in the office of the County Clerk and Recorder.
(618) 665-3626 Email: ccclerk@clintonco.illinois.gov

The following abstracts and copies of records may be accessed through the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Clinton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Clinton County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Clinton County.

- 15th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company D (Clinton County Cavalry, O'Harnett's Cavalry Company).
- 22nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A
- 111th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies G and I.
- 117th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 150th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company F.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Collection The following records may be accessed through: IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Clinton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page

  • 1865-1948 Military Discharge Record

Minorities[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Collection The following copies of records may be accessed through: IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Clinton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page

Circuit Court

  • 1857-1902 Naturalization Record, Final
  • 1858-1880 Naturalization Declarations of Intent
  • 1861-1900 Naturalization Record

County Court

  • 1854-1906 Naturalization Record
  • 1899-1903 Naturalization Record, Final

Family History Library Collection

The following copies of records may be accessed through the Family History Library:

Online Records

Newspapers and Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records


Some of the original wills may be found in the Circuit Clerk's office in Carlyle
(618) 594-2464 extension 620.

The following abstracts and copies of records may be accessed through the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Clinton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Repositories[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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

Family History Center[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center. The closest Family History Center is in O'Fallon, St. Clair County, Illinois.

255 Fairwood Hills Dr
O'Fallon, St Clair, Illinois, United States
Phone: 618-632-0210
Hours: T-Th 9am-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat 10am-2pm (Closed on Saturdays from Jun - Sep)
Closed: All major holidays, last 2 weeks of December & first weekend in April and October, all Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Attention: During inclement weather, call ahead. Generally, if schools are closed, the Family History will be closed.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)[edit | edit source]

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Southern Illinois University houses the records for Clinton County.

Public Libraries[edit | edit source]

Case-Halstead Public Library
571 Franklin Street
Carlyle, Illinois 62231
Phone: 618-594-5210
Fax: 618-594-8415
Email: casehalstead@gmail.com
Hours:
Monday - Thursday 12 - 8 pm
Friday: 12 - 15 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 12 pm
Sunday: Closed

Breese Library
530 North Third
Breese, Illinois 62230
Phone: 618-526-7361
Email: bra@breeselibrary.org
Hours:
Monday - Friday 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday 10 am - 3 pm

Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Clinton County Historical Society Museum
    1091 Franklin Street
    Carlyle, Illinois 62231
    Telephone Number: 618-594-4015
    The museum is free - donations accepted.
  • Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.


Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Clinton County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health. with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Clinton County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clinton County, Illinois. Page 192-199 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 194-197.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Clinton County, Illinois Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ill/clinton/ 4/11/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Clinton County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton_County,_Illinois 4/11/2017.
  4. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)