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Marion County, Illinois
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Marion County, Illinois Facts

Marion County

When was Marion County, IL Created?
Marion County was established on January 24, 1823 from Fayette County and Jefferson County. This county was named for Francis Marion (c. 1732-1795), general in the American Revolutionary War known as "The Swamp Fox" .

What is the County Seat of Marion County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Salem also, the county government website is unkown .

What counties are adjacent to Marion County, IL?
Bordering Counties are   Fayette County (north), Clay County (east), Wayne County (southeast), Jefferson County (south), Washington County (southwest), Clinton County (west)

What cities and towns are in Marion County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Alma, Central City, Centralia (part, including downtown), Iuka, Junction City, Kell, Kinmundy, Odin, Patoka, Salem, Sandoval, Vernon, Walnut Hill.

What Townships are in Marion County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Kinmundy, Iuka, Foster, Haines, Alma, Carrigan, Centralia, Raccoon, Omega, Odin, Patoka, Meacham, Stevenson, Romine, Salem, Sandoval, Tonti.

Marion County, IL Vital Records

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

Marion County, IL Census Records

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

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

Marion County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Marion County Courthouse

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

  • Marion County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 101 E. Broadway, Salem, IL 62881
  • Marion 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: 618-548-3400 
    • Marriage Records: 1823
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1819
  • Marion 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: 618-548-3856
    • Probate Records: 1823
    • Court Records: 1823
  • Marion 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

Marion County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Marion Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marion Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Marion Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Marion Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Marion Co. IL General and History Websites

Marion Co. IL Military Records

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