Massac County, Illinois Genealogy

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Massac County, Illinois
Boundary map of Massac County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: 1843
County Seat Metropolis
Address Massac County Courthouse
P.O. Box 429
Metropolis, Illinois 62960
(618) 664-0449

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Massac County Organization

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

Historical Facts

Fort Massac Illinois.jpg
Fort Massac Massac County gets it's name from Fort Massac which was named in honor of the Marquis de Massiac who was a French Naval minister.

Parent County

  • 1843--Massac County was created 8 February 1843 from Pope and Johnson Counties.  County seat:  Metropolis [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Massac County boundary changes.

Records and Resources



The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Massac County resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
  Illinois Cemeteries  


Historical populations
Census Pop.
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records


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

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.



The online Shawnee Community College Local History Project includes dozens of personal interviews and even a "Letter From the Birdman of Alcatraz," that give you a taste of historic Massac County. Was your relative one of the interviewed individuals?

Land and Property

Family Maps of Massac County, Illinois (2008) plats the land of many nineteenth-century Massac County residents. The publisher's bookstore includes a free online surname index. FHL Book 977.3997 E7b

The following copies of original records are available:


Military Records

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Massac 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 Massac County.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A and D.

Newspapers and Obituaries


Probate Records

  • 1871–1883 Probate records are also available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Massac County, and select the record type you are interested in.


County Courthouse

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

Family History Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online


Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois
John A. Logan College Library
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
Telephone: 618-985-2828, Ext. 8338
Hours: vary by season, see website
The Society focuses on Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties. The Society's book and microfilm collection is housed at the John A. Logan College Library. The Society publishes a newsletter (click here for recent issues) and a quarterly journal The Saga of Southern Illinois (click here for a topical index that breaks down what has been published county-by-county).


Vital Records

The following copies of original records are available:




Voter Registration

Places / Localities

To see a list of places in Massac County, click on [Show], in the bar above. The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 196. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.