Richland County, Illinois Genealogy
|Richland County, Illinois|
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||February 24, 1841|
|Address|| 103 W. Main Street|
Olney, IL 62450
|Named for: Richland County, Ohio|
- 1 Richland County Organization
- 2 Places / Localities
- 3 Resources
- 4 Archives, Libraries and Museums
- 5 Societies
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Richland County Organization
|Beginning Dates for Richland County Records|
- 1841--Richland County was created 24 February 1841 from Clay and Lawrence Counties. County seat: Olney 
Places / Localities
To see a list of places in Richland 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.
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 Richland County and links to the information for the individuals buried there.
- Richland 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 Richland County. Some of the books or others may be on Google Books or available at public libraries.
- ePodunk list of Richland 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.
LDS Cemetery Records
Vol. 1 page 5 - Gallagher Family
|IL Counties 1900-1990|
FamilySearch has made parish records from two Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Richland County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:
- Church Records of St. Joseph Parish, Olney, Richland County, Illinois 1859-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of St. Joseph Parish, Stringtown, Richland County, Illinois 1859-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
Land and Property
Illinois Land and Property for more information.
1829-present The original land and property records for Richland County are held by the County Recorder. See the info box above for contact information. The following copies are available:
- 1829-1974 Deed Index IRAD-EIU Search for Richland County records. Information about how to use IRAD
- 1841-1975 Deed Record IRAD-EIU Search for Richland County records.
- Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales See Illinois Land and Property for more information about this database. Also available at Ancestry ($)
- Richland County Federal Township Plats
- Biographical and Reminiscent History of Richland, Clay and Marion Counties, Illinois. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1909. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive. FHL Film 825601
- Civil War
Civil War service men from Richland 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 Richland County.
- - 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- - 63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C, E, and I.
- - 98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, G and H.
Illinois Probate Records for more information.
Illinois Vital Records for more information.
1877–present The original Richland County birth records 1877- present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
1841–present The original Richland County marriage records 1841-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
The following abstracts are available:
- 1841–1900 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 (1841-1900 for Richland County)
1877–present The original Richland County death records 1877-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
The following abstracts are available:
- 1916–1950 Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950 (1916-1950 for Richland County)
Archives, Libraries and Museums
The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage the archival records of local governments. Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts. The records of Richland County come under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) regional depository.
Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093
Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.
| 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).|
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).