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Brown County, Illinois Facts

Brown County

When was Brown County, IL Created?
Brown County was established on February 1, 1839 from Schuyler County (portions of present area was formerly included in Schuyler County (1825–1839), Pike County (1821–1825), Madison County (1812–1821) and St. Clair County (1795–1812)). This county was named for Jacob Brown (1775–1828), a successful American Revolution army officer responsible for Great Lakes defenses .

What is the County Seat of Brown County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Mount Sterling also, the county government website is www.browncountyil.com .

What counties are adjacent to Brown County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Schuyler County (north), Cass County (east), Morgan County (southeast), Pike County (south), Adams County (west)

What cities and towns are in Brown County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Mound Station, Mount Sterling, Ripley, Versailles.

What Townships are in Brown County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Lee, Elkhorn, Buckhorn, Cooperstown, Pea Ridge, Missouri, Mount Sterling, Ripley, Versailles.


Brown County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Brown County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Brown 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 Brown 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.


Brown County, IL Census Records

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

Brown Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Brown Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Brown 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


Brown County, IL Courthouse and Government Records


Brown County Courthouse

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

  • Brown County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 W. Court, Mt. Sterling, IL 62353
  • Brown 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: 217-773-3421
    • Marriage Records: 1839
    • Birth & Death Records: 1878
    • Land Records: 1817
  • Brown 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: 217-773-2713
    • Probate Records: 1839
    • Court Records: 1837
  • Brown 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

Brown County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Brown County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Brown 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.

Brown Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Brown Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Brown Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Brown Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Brown Co. IL General and History Websites

Brown Co. IL Military Records

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