Jersey County, Illinois Genealogy

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Jersey County, Illinois
Boundary map of Jersey County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: February 28, 1839
County Seat Jerseyville
Jersey County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Jersey County Courthouse
200 N. LaFayette
Jerseyville, Illinois 62052
Jersey County Website


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County Organization

Jersey County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Jersey 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 Jersey County are kept, see the Jersey County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

Jersey County is named for the state of New Jersey.

Parent County

  • 1839--Jersey County was created 28 February 1839 from Greene County.  County seat: Jerseyville [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Jersey 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.
Est. 200822,6224.4%
Decennial US Census

Church Records

Court Records


Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.



Land Records

BLM GLO Records. Search original land patents for Jersey County from the Govenment Land Office (GLO) or Eastern States Office. Some searches include images of the original warrants. All search results include the patant details needed for requesting copies of the land entry files at the National Archives.  The GLO is the custodian of millions of land title documents. The General Land Office Automated Records Project is responsible for making these important documents available to the public.

Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales. The Illinois State Archives has an online index to the records of Public land sales held by the State Archives. The indexes are by purchasers name and by legal description. This is a statewide collection with nearly 550,000 land sales fro 54740 square miles.

IRAD holdingsHow to Use IRAD

  • Deed Index 1832 to 1855
  • Entry books 1821 to 1875

Land records that include Bond County at $:

  • "Illinois Public Land Purchase Records" This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence.
  • "U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907:" Records of Illinois are among the 13 states included in this set. It includes images of the land patents which contain the information necessary for ordering the complete case files from the National Archives. This appears to be the same information that is online at the Federal Land Office site
  • Sheldon, Theodore. Land registration in Illinois. Chicago: Callaghan Co., 1901. Digital book. Expains the laws regarding land and the land systems used in Illinois. Includes court cases involving land issues. In addition to being on Ancestry, this book is available online at no cost at Internet Archives and Google Books.==== Land ====



Civil War
Civil War service men from Jersey 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 Jersey County.

- 27th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D
- 61st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and D
- 97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies H and K

World War I

IRAD holdings:

  • Military discharge records 1918 to 1965
  • Military discharge records index 1918 to 1967

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate 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 Jersey County are kept, see the Jersey County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online



Vital Records


IRAD's holdings

  • Birth records 1878 to 1932
  • Birth records index 1857 to 1967
  • Birth records, proof of 1845 to 1866
  • Stillbirths 1905 to 1932

How to Use IRAD


IRAD's holdings

  • Marriage records 1839 to 1967

How to Use IRAD

Available at $:

  • Jersey County marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1851 to 1900." The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection


IRAD's holdings

  • Death records 1878 to 1900
  • Death records index 1878 to 1983

How to Use IRAD

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.