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Hardin County, Illinois Facts

Hardin County

When was Hardin County, IL Created?
Hardin County was established on March 2, 1839 from Gallatin County and Pope County. This county was named for Hardin County, Kentucky, which was itself named after John Hardin.

What is the County Seat of Hardin County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Elizabethtown (prior county seats was ) also, the county government website is www.hardincountyil.org/ .

What counties are adjacent to Hardin County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Gallatin County (north), Union County, Kentucky (east), Crittenden County, Kentucky (east), Livingston County, Kentucky (southwest), Pope County (west), Saline County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Hardin County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Cave-In-Rock, Elizabethtown, Rosiclare

What Townships and Precincts are in Hardin County, IL?
Townships located in the County include  Battery Rock, Cave In Rock, East Monroe, East Rosiclare, McFarlan, Peters Creek, Rock Creek, Stone Church, West Monroe, West Rosiclare.


Hardin County, IL Vital Records

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


Hardin County, IL Census Records

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

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


Hardin County, IL Courthouse and Government Records


Hardin County Courthouse

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

  • Hardin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: Main & Market, Elizabethtown, Illinois 62931-0308
  • Hardin 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: 618-287-2251
    • Marriage Records: 1884
    • Birth & Death Records: 1844 / 1887
    • Land Records: 1814
  • Hardin 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: 618-287-2735
    • Probate Records: 1884
    • Court Records: 1878
  • Hardin 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

Hardin County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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