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Alexander County, Illinois Facts

Alexander County

When was Alexander County, IL Created?
Alexander County was established on March 4, 1819 from Union County (portions of present area was formerly included in Union County (1818–1819), Johnson County (1812–1818), Randolph County (1795–1812), St. Clair County (1790–1795) ). This county was named for William M. Alexander, a settler and state representative in the Illinois General Assembly.

What is the County Seat of Alexander County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Cairo (prior county seats was America (1819–1833), Unity (1833–1845), Thebes (1845–1860)) also, the county government website is unkown .

What counties are adjacent to Alexander County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Union County (north), Ballard County, Kentucky (east), Pulaski County (east), Mississippi County, Missouri (south), Scott County, Missouri (west), Cape Girardeau County, Missouri (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Alexander County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Cairo, East Cape Girardeau, McClure, Tamms, Thebes

What Townships and Precincts are in Alexander County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Cache No. 1, Cache No. 2, Cairo, Elco, McClure, Miller, Olive Branch, Sandusky, Santa Fe, Tamms, Thebes, Unity .


Alexander County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Alexander County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Alexander County vital records can be found at the Illinois Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records reported from January 1, 1916 and Marriage & Divorces since January 1 1962. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Alexander County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce Certificate or Death Certificates  to mail.


Alexander County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Alexander County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Alexander County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Alexander County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.


Alexander County, IL Census Records

What Alexander County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Alexander County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Alexander Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Alexander Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Alexander Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Alexander County Courthouse and Government Records


Alexander County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Alexander County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Alexander County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • Alexander County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 2000 Washington Ave., Cairo, IL 62914
  • Alexander County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 618-734-7001
    • Marriage Records: 1819
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Alexander County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 618-734-0107
    • Probate Records: 1819
    • Court Records: 1821
  • Alexander County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Alexander County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Alexander County, IL?
A list of Alexander County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Illinois Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Alexander County, IL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Alexander County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Alexander County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Alexander Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

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Alexander Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Alexander Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Alexander Co. IL General and History Websites

Alexander Co. IL Military Records

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