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DeWitt County, Illinois
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DeWitt County, Illinois Facts

DeWitt County

When was DeWitt County, IL Created?
DeWitt County was established on March 1, 1839 from Macon County and McLean 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 DeWitt County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Clinton (prior county seats was ) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to DeWitt County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  McLean County (north), Piatt County (east), Macon County (south), Logan County (west)

What cities and towns are in DeWitt County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Clinton, Farmer City, DeWitt, Kenney, Wapella, Waynesville, Weldon.

What Townships are in DeWitt County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Harp, Barnett, Clintonia, Creek, DeWitt, Nixon, Rutledge, Santa Anna, Turnbridge, Texas, Wapella, Waynesville, Wilson.

DeWitt County, IL Vital Records

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

DeWitt County, IL Census Records

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

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

DeWitt County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

DeWitt County Courthouse

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

  • DeWitt County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 201 W. Washington Street, P.O. Box 439, Clinton, IL 61727
  • DeWitt 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: 217-935-2119
    • Marriage Records: 1839
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1828
  • DeWitt 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: 217-935-2195
    • Probate Records: 1839
    • Court Records: 1839
  • DeWitt 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

DeWitt County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

DeWitt Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

DeWitt Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

DeWitt Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

DeWitt Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

DeWitt Co. IL General and History Websites

DeWitt Co. IL Military Records

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