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

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Hancock County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Hancock County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 13, 1825
County Seat Carthage
Courthouse
IL-hancock-courthouse.jpg
Address Hancock County Courthouse
500 Main Street
Carthage, Illinois 62321
217-357-3911
Hancock County Website


County Organization[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1829 1914 1829 1817 1830 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 Hancock County are kept, see the Hancock County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

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Hancock County is named for John Hancock who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for John Hancock. The county seat is Carthage and the county was organized on 1825. The County is located in the West-Central part of the state.[2]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1825--Hancock County was created 13 January 1825 from Pike County and unorganized territory.
  • County seat: Carthage [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.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Records and Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Hancock County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Hancock County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Hancock, 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

The following web sites have additional information on cemeteries in Hancock County.

  • Hancock County Cemeteries The website provides name of cemetery, address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links by Epodunk.com.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190032,215
191030,638−4.9%
192028,523−6.9%
193026,420−7.4%
194026,297−0.5%
195025,790−1.9%
196024,574−4.7%
197023,645−3.8%
198023,8771.0%
199021,373−10.5%
200020,121−5.9%
IL Counties 1900-1990

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, Hancock County on page 187.]


Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indicate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article Church Records for more ideas about how to use church records in your research. Many libraries( WorldCat) and the Family History Library hold abstracts of church records for Hancock County. Learn more about how to search WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog.

Baptist[edit | edit source]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]

See the Church Records heading on the Nauvoo, Illinois Wiki page

  • 1839-1846' Latter-day Saints in Hancock County, Illinois (excluding Nauvoo) and in Lee County, Iowa (1839-1846) FHL Book 977 K2b

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

  • Records of Christ Lutheran Church, Nauvoo, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Methodist Episcopal[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

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 through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Ethnic Research[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Biographical review of Hancock County, Illinois: Containing Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Many of the Prominent Citizens of Today and also of the Past (1907) Digital version at Internet Archive.org and Google Books.
  • History of Hancock County, Illinois: Together with an Outline History of the State, and a Digest of State Laws. by Thomas Gregg. Chicago: C.C. Chapman & Co., 1880. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive.
  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson Counties, Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County (1894) Digital version at Internet Archives

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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

Online Records

At IRAD Archives
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.


Additional Resources

Additional resources for Hancock County land and property may be found online in the FamilySearch Catalog and FamilySearch Catalog–maps. Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Hancock County for European settlers included:

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars[edit | edit source]

  • 1943–1965 Military Discharge Record IndexIRAD–WIU

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Hancock 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 Hancock County.

- 2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies G and L.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company G.
- 16th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and I.
- 25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D
- 32nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 50th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies E, F and G.
- 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and H.
- 78th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and H.
- 88th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 118th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, C, E, G, H, and I.
- 119th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 137th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company A.
- 146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 7th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company E
- 7th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company F
- 7th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company G

Naturalization[edit | edit source]

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1851–1928 Naturalization Declarations of IntentIRAD–WIU
  • 1852–1868 Naturalization Record, FinalIRAD–WIU
  • 1865–1880 Naturalization Record of Soldiers and MinorsIRAD–WIU
  • 1876–1906 Naturalization Record, final IRAD–WIU
  • 1878–1906 Naturalization Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1928–1930 Naturalization Petition RecordIRAD–WIU

Online Records

Newspapers and Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

Online Probate Records

At IRAD Archives
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies and Abstracts

  • 1830–1923 Probate Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1830–1942 Probate Record Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1830–1915 Probate Inventory, Appraisement and Sale Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1831–1923 Probate Case Files IRAD–WIU
  • 1833–1923 Probate Will Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1835–1954 Probate Case Files, Guardians IRAD–WIU
  • 1839–1949 Probate Claim and Judgment DocketsIRAD–WIU
  • 1850–1963 Probate Sale Petitions Index, Real Estate IRAD–WIU
  • 1859–1924 Probate Administrator's RecordIRAD–WIU
  • 1864–1928 Probate Executor's Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1879–1908 Probate Conservator's Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1879–1937 Probate Inventory Record, Guardians IRAD–WIU
  • 1879–1925 Probate Widow's Relinquishment and Selection RecordIRAD–WIU
  • 1885–1920 Probate Administrator's Record with Will AnnexedIRAD–WIU
  • 1887–1922 Probate Administrator's and Executor's Reports IRAD–WIU
  • 1889–1938 Probate Guardian's Record IRAD–WIU

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Hancock County probates may be found in the Illinois, Hancock – Probate topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Nauvoo Land and Records Office
Cor. Parley and Partridge streets
Nauvoo, IL 62354
Telephone: 217-453-2733
Fax: 217-453-2757
Email: nauvoolr@ldschurch.org

Primitive Baptist Library
416 Main Street
Carthage, IL 62321-1337
Email: bwebb9@juno.com
Facebook


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 Hancock County are kept, see the Hancock County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers[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.

Nauvoo Illinois Family History Center
385 N Wells Street, North Entrance
Nauvoo, IL 62354
217-453-6347

To learn more about the genealogical resources available at Family History Centers, see Introduction to Family History Centers. For center hours and holiday closure information, see Nauvoo Illinois Family History Center.

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. Western Illinois University houses the records for Hancock County.

Public Libraries[edit | edit source]

Carthage Public Library District
538 Wabash Ave.
Carthage, IL 62321
Telephone: 217-357-3232
Fax: 217-357-2392
Email: cartlib@adams.net

Greater West Central Public Library District
202 Center St
Augusta, IL 62311
Telephone: 217-392-2211

Hamilton Public Library
861 Broadway St
Hamilton, IL 62341
Telephone: 217-847-2219
Fax: 217-847-3014
Email: hamlib@adams.net

La Harpe Carnegie Public Library District
209 East Main Street
La Harpe, IL 61450
Telephone: 217-659-7729
Fax: 217-659-7735
Email lahalib@yahoo.com

Nauvoo Public Library
1270 Mulholland
Nauvoo, IL 62354
Telephone: 217-453-2707
Email: nauvoopl@mchsi.com

Warsaw Public Library
1025 Webster Street
Warsaw, IL 62379
Telephone: 217-256-3417
Fax: 217-256-3154
Email: info@warsawlib.org

School Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1879–1953 School teachers' daily registers IRAD–WIU


Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Hancock County Historical Society
306 Walnut Street
Carthage, IL 62321-0068
Telephone Number: 217-357-0043
Email:info@hancockcountyhistory.com
Website

The Hancock County Historical Society is located in the Kibbe Museum.


LaHarpe Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 289
LaHarpe, IL 61450
Telephone Number: 217-659-3635
Website

Nauvoo Historical Society
PO Box 69
Nauvoo, IL 62354
Email:historian@nauvoohistoricalsociety.org
Website

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See 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 Hancock 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 original records may be accessed through online databases and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births[edit | edit source]

Online Records

At IRAD Archives

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Online Records

At IRAD Archives

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Online Records

At IRAD Archives

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Additional resources for Hancock County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records, the Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records - indexes, and the Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records - newspapers topic pages of the FamilySearch Catalog . Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Voter Registration[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), Hancock 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, “HANCOCK County, Illinois Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ill/hancock/ accessed 04/13/2017.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 194. (Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  4. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/pioneer-trek (accessed 18 July 2011).