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Cass County, Illinois
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Cass County, Illinois Facts

Cass County

When was Cass County, IL Created?
Cass County was established on March 30, 1837 from Morgan County. This county was named for Lewis Cass (1782–1866), second governor of Michigan Territory, fourteenth United States Secretary of War .

What is the County Seat of Cass County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Virginia (prior county seats was Beardstown from 1837–1839, Virginia from 1839–1843 and Beardstown from 1843–1867) also, the county government has no website.

What counties are adjacent to Cass County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Mason County, Menard County, Sangamon County, Morgan County, Brown County, Schuyler County

What cities and towns are in Cass County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Beardstown, Virginia, Arenzville, Ashland, Bluff Springs, Chandlerville, Newmansville, Philadelphia.

What Townships are in Cass County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Hagener, Bluff Springs, Ashland, Arenzville, Beardstown, Chandlerville, Philadelphia, Panther Creek, Newmansville, Sangamon Valley, Virginia.

Cass County, IL Vital Records

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

Cass County, IL Census Records

What Cass County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Cass 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.

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

Cass County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Cass County Courthouse

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

  • Cass County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 E. Springfield St., Virginia, IL 62691
  • Cass 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: 217-452-7217
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Birth & Death Records: 1874
    • Land Records: 1826
  • Cass 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: 217-452-7225
    • Probate Records: 1837
    • Court Records: 1837
  • Cass 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

Cass County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Cass Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cass Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cass Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Cass Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cass Co. IL General and History Websites

Cass Co. IL Military Records

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