Mercer County, Illinois Genealogy
|Mercer County, Illinois|
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||January 13, 1825|
|Address|| P.O. Box 66|
Aledo, IL 61231
|Named for: Hugh Mercer|
- 1 Mercer County Organization
- 2 Places / Localities
- 3 Resources
- 4 Societies and Libraries
- 5 Web Sites
- 6 References
Mercer County Organization
|Beginning Dates for Mercer County Records|
- 1825--Mercer County was created 13 January 1825 from unorganized territory and Pike County. County seat: Aledo 
Places / Localities
- Des Moines County, Iowa
- Louisa County, Iowa
- Muscatine County, Iowa
- Rock Island
The following have information concerning African American research.
- African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records
- Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
- African-American Resources for Illinois
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.
- Find A Grave also gives a list of cemeteries in Mercer County and links to the information for the individuals buried there.
- Mercer Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.
- Illinois Cemeteries by county.
- The Family History Library Catalog lists some records of cemeteries in Mercer County. Some of the books or others may be on Google Books or available at public libraries.
- ePodunk list of Mercer County cemeteries gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
|IL Counties 1900-1990|
- 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, Mercer County on page 187.]
- History of Mercer and Henderson Counties Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc. Chicago, Illinois: H.H. Hill and Company, 1882. FHL fiche 6071026; digital versions at Ancestry ($), and Internet Archive (free)
- Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Mercer County. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1903. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
- Civil War
Civil War service men from Mercer 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 Mercer County.
- - 30th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and G.
- - 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- - 45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- - 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Company B.
- - 83rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- - 84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
Mercer County Almshouse Registers Index, 1859-1948, courtesy: Illinois State Archives
Societies and Libraries
The Essley-Noble Museum located at 1406 SE 2nd Ave. in Aledo Illinois is a friendly and well staffed genealogy resource for those researching Mercer County.
They specialize in having an INDEXED cross-referenced obituary collection going back to the early publication dates for the local papers. They also have microfilms available for these papers. They just completed (2010) a project for all the cemeteries in the county which contains GPS locations, which is particularly useful when trying to locate the small and hidden cemeteries in the townships.
Their current project is collecting civil war veteran photos, biographies, histories from Illinois, specifically in Mercer County.
Although the genealogy section is in a corner of the Museum it is well worth the visit. The majority of the building is devoted to collections of period attire, house wares and other antiques.
Visit their web site at firstname.lastname@example.org for current hours (the volunteers currently staff the facility three days a week) and other details. The mailing address is PO Box 269 Aledo, IL 81231,
- 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.