Greene County, Illinois Genealogy

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Greene County, Illinois
Boundary map of Greene County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 20, 1821
County Seat Carrollton
Address Greene County Courthouse
519 N. Main Street
Carrollton, Illinois 62016-1033
County Clerk and Recorder
(217) 942-5443
Circuit Court Clerk
(217) 942-3421
Named for: Nathanael Greene
Nathanael Greene.JPG

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Historical Facts

Parent County

  • 1821--Greene County was created 20 January 1821 from Madison County. County seat:  Carrollton [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

  • 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.
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.





History of Greene County -- Its Past and Present by Clement L. Capp can be viewed for no charge online at the Internet Archive. "The book is dated 1879, so it includes the history of the county and its residents from the beginning of the county up to 1879. This is a wonderful resource for a genealogist if they have family that lived in Greene County before 1879. The book has 784 pages and contains detailed information on the history of the county, including the history of the towns within Greene County. There are illustrations of farms, pioneer dwellings, companies, and Indians and their impact on the history of the county. Portraits are also included of some of the early pioneers. The book also contains maps, War Records, Directories, and an abstract of Illinois State Law." It can also be downloaded to view on a Kindle.



  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Greene 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 Greene County.
- 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, E, and G.
- 91st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies G, H, I, and K.




Vital Records

Researching Your Roots in Central Illinois offers the following online free death indexes:

Societies and Libraries

The Greene County Historical & Genealogical Society is located in the Lee-Baker-Hodges House on North Main Street on the northwest corner of the square in Carrollton, Illinois. The Society Library and Museum hours are currently Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The entrance is at the side door at the top of the ramp. For more information, see their website

The genealogical society has a file folder for each surname. The folders contain summaries of newspaper articles, burial locations (including some unmarked graves) and extractions of marriage and probate records.

The courthouse is located across the street and the County Clerk's office is open on Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 194. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.