Henry County, Illinois Genealogy

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Henry County, Illinois
Boundary map of Henry County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 13, 1825
County Seat Cambridge
Henry County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Henry County Courthouse
100 S. Main
Cambridge, Illinois 61238
Henry County Website


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County Organization

Henry County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Henry County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

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

Historical Facts

Patrick Henry.JPG

Henry County is named for Patrick Henry who was an orator and statesman of the Revolutionary War period.

Parent County

  • 1825--Henry County was created 13 January 1825 from Fulton County.  County seat:Cambridge [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Henry County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources


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

Church Records

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


Land and Property

Local Histories

  • The History of Henry County, Illinois: Its Tax-payers and Voters: Containing also a Biographical Directory, a Condensed History of the State, Map of the County, a Business Directory, an Abstract of Every-day Laws, War Record of Henry County, Officers of Societies, Lodges, etc., etc.. Chicago: H.F. Kett & Co., 1877. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive; Internet Archive.
  • Kiner, Henry L. History of Henry County, Illinois. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co., 1910. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Google Books; Internet Archive.
  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Illinois: Containing Full-page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, Together with Portraits and Biographies of All the Governors of Illinois, and of the Presidents of the United States: Also Containing a History of the County, from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1885. Digital version at Ancestry ($).



Civil War

Civil War service men from Henry 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 Henry County.

- 17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 27th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 42nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and B.
- 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and H.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Company D.
- 83rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.


Newspapers and Obituaries


An unspecified number of Henry County probate records are available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970.


County Courthouse

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

Family History Center

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online



Vital Records

The website of the Henry County Clerk/Recorder explains how to order birth, marriage, civil union, and death records. Downloadable Vital Records Forms.

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.