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Clinton County, Illinois
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Clinton County, Illinois Facts

Clinton County

When was Clinton County, IL Created?
Clinton County was established on December 27, 1824 from Bond County and Washington County. This county was named for DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828), Governor of New York, responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal.

What is the County Seat of Clinton County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Carlyle also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Clinton County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Bond County (north), Fayette County (northeast), Marion County (east), Washington County (south), St. Clair County (west), Madison County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Clinton County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Breese, Carlyle, Centralia, Trenton, Albers, Aviston, Bartelso, Beckemeyer, Damiansville, Germantown, Hoffman, Keyesport, Huey, New Baden, St. Rose.

What Townships are in Clinton County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Lake, Irishtown, East Fork, Germantown, Breese, Brookside, Clement, Carlyle, Meridian, Looking Glass, Saint Rose, Santa Fe, Wade, Sugar Creek, Wheatfield.

Clinton County, IL Vital Records

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

Clinton County, IL Census Records

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

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

Clinton County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Clinton County Courthouse

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

  • Clinton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 850 Fairfax St., Carlyle, IL 62231
  • Clinton 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: 618-594-2464, Ext. 630
    • Marriage Records: 1825
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Clinton 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: 618-594-2464, Ext. 630
    • Probate Records: 1825
    • Court Records: 1825
  • Clinton 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

Clinton County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Clinton Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clinton Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clinton Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Clinton Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clinton Co. IL General and History Websites

Clinton Co. IL Military Records

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