Pulaski County, Illinois Genealogy

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Pulaski County, Illinois
Boundary map of Pulaski County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: March 3, 1843
County Seat Mound City
Pulaski County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Pulaski County Courthouse
P.O. Box 218
Mound City, Illinois 62963
(618) 748-9360
Pulaski County Website


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Pulaski County Organization

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

Historical Facts

Pulaski county was named for Count Casimir Pulaski who emigrated from Poland and was killed fighting on the side of the patriots in the American Revolution. He saved the life of George Washington and is one of only seven people awarded honorary United States citizenship.

Parent County

  • 1843--Pulaski County was created 3 March 1843 from Johnson County.  County seat:  Mound City [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Pulaski County boundary changes.

Record Loss

November 22, 1879 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities

To see a list of places in Pulaski 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.

Records and Resources



The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Pulaski 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
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Church Records


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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Mound

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.



Local Histories

The online Shawnee Community College Local History Project includes dozens of personal interviews, newspaper clippings, and even a Jackson Family Bible to give you a taste of historic Pulaski County. Was your relative one of the interviewed individuals?

  • Wall, J. L. Moyers' Brief History of Pulaski County: 1843-1943. Mound City, Ill.: The Pulaski Enterprise, 1990. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Land and Property



Civil War service men from Pulaski 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 Pulaski County.

- 31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 81st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.


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 Pulaski County are kept, see the Pulaski County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

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




Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).