Massac County, Illinois Genealogy

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Massac County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Massac County
Location in the state of 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

United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Massac County

Massac County Organization

Massac County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1843 1877 1850 1843 1843

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.

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.

Boundary Changes

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

Records and Resources



One of the best places to start Massac County cemetery searches are the six volumes published by the Massac County Illinois Genealogical Society. Free surname indexes are available online, courtesy: ILGenWeb.

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 ILGenWeb
  Illinois Cemeteries  


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

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

Copies of original 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


  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family maps of Massac County, Illinois: with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads and more. Norman, Oklahoma : Arphax Pub. Co., c2008.Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.3997 E7b The publisher's bookstore includes a free online surname index.

Copies of original records


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.
- 29th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies H and K
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and D

Newspapers and Obituaries


Probate Records

Copies of original 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 Massac County are kept, see the Massac County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online


Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.


Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Massac 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, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Massac County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.



Copies of Original Birth Records


Abstracts of Marriage Records

Copies of original Marriage Records


Abstracts of Death Records

Copies of original Death Records

Voter Registration

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.