Hamilton County, Illinois

Hamilton County

Hamilton County was founded on February 8, 1821 from White County . This county was named for Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804), first United States Secretary of the Treasury.

The Hamilton County Seat is located in McLeansboro# also, the county government has no website.

Areas bordering to Hamilton County are  Wayne County (north), White County (east), Gallatin County (southeast), Saline County (south), Franklin County (west), Jefferson County (northwest)

Cities, Towns & Villages located in Hamilton County include  Belle Prairie City, Broughton, Dahlgren, Dale, Macedonia, McLeansboro.

Townships located in Hamilton County include  Knights Prairie, Flannigan, Beaver Creek, Dahlgren, Crook, Crouch, Mayberry, McLeansboro, South Flannigan, South Twigg, South Crouch, Twigg.

Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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.

Hamilton County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Hamilton County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Hamilton County Courthouse and Government Records


Hamilton County Courthouse

frequently fail to notice the significance of Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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.
  • Hamilton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 S. Jackson St., McLeansboro, IL 62859-1489
  • Hamilton 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: 618-643-2721
    • Marriage Records: 1821
    • Birth & Death Records: 1878
    • Land Records: 1823
  • Hamilton 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: 618-643-3224
    • Probate Records: 1821
    • Court Records: 1821
  • Hamilton 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.

Hamilton County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Hamilton 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 Hamilton County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Hamilton Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hamilton Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hamilton Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hamilton Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hamilton Co. IL Census Records

Hamilton Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hamilton Co. IL Church & Bible Records

Hamilton Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hamilton Co. IL General and History Websites

Hamilton Co. IL Military Records

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