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Marshall County, Illinois Facts

Marshall County

When was Marshall County, IL Created?
Marshall County was established on January 19, 1839 from Putnam County and La Salle County. This county was named for John Marshall (1755-1835), fourth and longest-serving Chief Justice of the United States, wrote opinion in Marbury v. Madison establishing the principle of judicial review.

What is the County Seat of Marshall County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Lacon (prior county seats was ) also, the county government website is www.marshallcountyillinois.com .

What counties are adjacent to Marshall County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Putnam County (north), LaSalle County (east), Woodford County (south), Peoria County (southwest), Stark County (west), Bureau County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Marshall County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Evans, Henry, Hopewell, La Rose, Lacon, La Prairie Center, Lawn Ridge, Sparland, Toluca, Varna, Washburn, Wenona.

What Townships are in Marshall County, IL?
Townships located in the County include La Prairie, Lacon, Henry, Hopewell, Evans, Bennington, Bell Plain, Steuben, Roberts, Richland, Saratoga, Whitefield.


Marshall County, IL Vital Records

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


Marshall County, IL Census Records

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

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


Marshall County, IL Courthouse and Government Records


Marshall County Courthouse

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

  • Marshall County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 122 N. Prairie, Lacon, IL 61540
  • Marshall 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: 309-246-6325
    • Marriage Records: 1830
    • Birth & Death Records: 1870
    • Land Records: 1839
  • Marshall 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: 309-246-6435
    • Probate Records: 1830
    • Court Records: 1840
  • Marshall 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

Marshall County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Marshall Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

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Marshall Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

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Marshall Co. IL General and History Websites

Marshall Co. IL Military Records

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