Perry County, Illinois Genealogy
|Perry County, Illinois|
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||January 29, 1827|
|Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives|
|Address|| Perry County Courthouse|
P.O. Box 438
Pinckneyville, Illinois 62274
Perry County Website
- 1 Perry County Organization
- 2 Records and Resources
- 2.1 Biography
- 2.2 Cemeteries
- 2.3 Census
- 2.4 Church Records
- 2.5 Court Records
- 2.6 Ethnic Research
- 2.7 Genealogy
- 2.8 History
- 2.9 Land and Property
- 2.10 Maps
- 2.11 Military Records
- 2.12 Naturalization
- 2.13 Newspapers and Obituaries
- 2.14 Periodicals
- 2.15 Probate Records
- 2.16 Repositories
- 2.17 Social Groups Online
- 2.18 Societies
- 2.19 Taxation
- 2.20 Vital Records
- 3 Web Sites
- 4 References
Perry County Organization
Perry County's civil records start the following years:
|Beginning Dates for Perry County Records|
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Perry County are kept, see the Perry County Courthouse page.
Historical FactsOliver Hazard Perry who was a Commodore of the United States Navy and is known for his victory at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
- 1827--Perry County was created 29 January 1827 from Randolph and Jackson Counties. County seat: Pinckneyville 
See an interactive map of Perry County boundary changes.
Records and Resources
The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Perry County resources:
|Bibliography||Online Gravestone Transcriptions||Cemetery Gazetteers|
|FHLC||Find A Grave | national search | county list||ePodunk|
|WorldCat||USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project|
|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, Perry County on page 188.]
FamilySearch has made parish records from five Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Perry County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:
- Church Records of Immaculate Conception Parish, Tamaroa, Perry County, Illinois 1916-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of St. Bruno Parish, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois 1872-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of St. Joseph Parish, Willisville, Perry County, Illinois 1901-1954, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Todd's Mill, Perry County, Illinois 1886-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of Sacred Heart Parish, Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois 1868-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
Additional resources for Perry County church records may be found in the FHLC - church records. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.
Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library
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
- Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties: Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States, and the Governors of the State of Illinois. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1894. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive. FHL Film 825600 For additional access, see WeRelate.
- Robertson, Robert Crawford. Pioneer Families of Randolph and Perry Counties, Illinois: Notes on the Campbell, Crozier, Flack, Milligan, Steele and Thompson Families: The Crawfords of Ballynease, Londonderry, Ireland, with Descendants in the U.S.A., and Their Descendants in the Elsey, Garven, Matthews and Robertson Families. Chattanooga, Tenn.: R.C. Robertson, 1960. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
- Neville, J. Wesley. Student's History of Perry County. 1990. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
Land and Property
Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Perry County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.
- Beginning 1820 Land Patent Search See Illinois Land and Property for more information about this database.
- Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
- 1796–1907 U.S. General Land Office Records found at Ancestry.com ($)
- 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. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
- Perry County Federal Township Plats
Copies of original records
- 1814–1903Land patent record IRAD (SIU)
- 1827–1863 Deed Index IRAD (SIU) Search for Perry records How to use IRAD
- 1827–1890 Grantor and grantee index FHL films 975891-3
- 1827–1950 Deeds FHL films 975894–916
- 1850s-1894 Swamp land records FHL films 1688943 IRAD (SIU)
- 1987 Land atlas and plat book FHL book 977.393 R2p
Civil War service men from Perry 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 Perry County.
- - 6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company I.
- - 18th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- - 31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- - 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- - 81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C and K.
- - 89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
Newspapers and Obituaries
Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Perry County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.
Copies of Original Records
- 1828–1858 Probate record IRAD (SIU)
- 1829–1843 Probate will record IRAD (SIU)
- 1840–1953 Index to estates FHL film 975937 Item 1
- 1843–1856 Probate administrator's bonds and letters IRAD (SIU)
- 1858–1889 Probate record FHL films 975931-6
- 1860–1875 Administrators records FHL film 975928
- 1867–1884 Proceedings on petition to sell real estate FHL film 975937 Item 4
- 1867–1909 Will record FHL film 975928-9
- 1875–1883 Estate record FHL films 975933-4
- 1897–1917 Wills and executors FHL films 975929-30
Family History Center
Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Southern Illinois University houses the records for Perry County.
Cutler Public Library
409G S. Main
Cutler, IL 62238
Du Quoin Public Library
28 South Washington Street
Du Quoin, IL 62832
Pinckneyville Public Library
312 South Walnut Street
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Social Groups Online
Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.
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 Perry 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 Perry County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.
Copies of Original Records
- 1827–1850 Cooke, Dorothy and Elizaeth Eiker. Marriage licenses issued in Perry County, Illinois beginning 1827 to 1850.[Pinckneyville, Ill., 1959]. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.393 V25c
- 1827–1850 Spurgeon, Elizabeth Eiker and Dorothy Cooke. Perry County, Illinois, marriages 1827–1850 with genealogical notes. Thomson, Illinois: Heritage House, 1973. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.3 A1 no. 81
- 1868–1896 Schick, Lee, Naomi Schick, and Mary Alyce Browne Kern. Perry County, Illinois marriage records, 1868-1896, a few through 1903. Carterville, Illinois: Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, 1992. Other libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.393 V2s
Copies of Original Records
- 1850–1885 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885found at Ancestry.com ($)
- 1916–1950 Death Index 1916–1950, available online, courtesy: USGenWeb.
- 1916-1950 Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950
- Pre-1916 Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916
Copies of Original Records
- Family History Library Catalog
- Perry County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- USGenWeb Archives
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).