Brown County, Illinois
Genealogy, History & Facts
Brown County, Illinois Facts
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, Cass County, Morgan County, Pike County, Adams County
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 Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- Order Hard Copies of Vital Records
- USGenweb Archives Illinois Marriage Project
- Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1922
- Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915
- Illinois Marriage Records, 1860 – 1905
- Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934
- Cook County, Illinois, Marriage and Death Indexes, 1833-1889
- Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920
- Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900
- Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900
- Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860
- Illinois Marriages to 1850
- Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922
- Illinois Death Certificates, 1916–1950
- Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947
- Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947
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.
PLEASE READ FIRST!!! Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will guide individuals in locating the materials, however it's up to the person to carry out the research. Some records lost or damaged in a fire on March 8, 1939
- 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.
- Versailles Area Genealogical & Historical Society, [Serving the Versailles, Brown County, Illinois] 113 W. First Street, P.O. Box 92, Versailles, IL 62378-0092; Phone: (217) 225-3401
- Western Illinois University Region (WIU), Illinois Regional Archives Depository, University Library, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455; 309-298-2716
- Schuyler-Brown County Genealogical Society, 200 South Congress, Rushville, IL 62681
- Illinois State Archives, Norton Building, Capitol Complex, Springfield, IL 62756; (217) 782-4682
- National Archives – Great Lakes Region (Chicago), 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60629-5898; 773-948-9001
- Illinois State Historical Society 210 1/2 S. Sixth, Springfield, IL 62701-1503; Phone: (217)525-2781
- Illinois State Library, 300 South 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701-1796; Phone: (217) 785-5600
- Illinois State Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 10195, Springfield, IL 62791; Phone: (217) 789-1968
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