Effingham County, Illinois
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Effingham County

Effingham County was founded on February 15, 1831 from Crawford County and Fayette County. This county was named for Lord Edward Effingham, military officer who resigned from the British Army to avoid fighting the American colonies .

The Effingham County Seat is located in Effingham (prior county seats was Ewington from 1833–1860) also, the county government website is www.co.effingham.il.us .

Areas bordering to Effingham County are  Cumberland County (northeast), Jasper County (east), Clay County (southeast), Fayette County (west), Shelby County (northwest)

Cities, Towns & Villages located in Effingham County include  Altamont, Effingham, Mason, Beecher City, Dieterich, Edgewood, Montrose, Shumway, Teutopolis, Watson.

Townships located in Effingham County include  Liberty, Jackson, Bishop, Banner, Douglas, Mason, Lucas, Mound, Moccasin, St. Francis, Union, Summit, Teutopolis, West, Watson.

Effingham 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 Effingham 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.

Effingham County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Effingham Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Effingham Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Effingham Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Effingham County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Effingham County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Effingham County Courthouse and Government Records


Effingham County Courthouse

frequently fail to notice the significance of Effingham County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and worries of the many Illinois people.

The chances are very good that your forefathers have left a detailed record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Effingham County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The below information and facts denotes whatever death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records will be in Effingham County. The dates stated listed below tend to be the first noted documents for this particular county.

Remember to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will help people in finding the materials, but it's up to the person to perform the researching.
  • Effingham County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 101 N. 4th St., P.O. Box 628, Effingham, IL 62401
  • Effingham 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: 217-342-6535
    • Marriage Records: 1833
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1833
  • Effingham 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: 217-342-4065
    • Probate Records: 1838
    • Court Records: 1833
  • Effingham 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.

Effingham County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Effingham 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. Feel free to provide your own preferred Effingham County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Effingham Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Effingham Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Effingham Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Effingham Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Effingham Co. IL Census Records

Effingham Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Effingham Co. IL Church & Bible Records

Effingham Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Effingham Co. IL General and History Websites

Effingham Co. IL Military Records

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