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Pike County, Illinois
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Pike County, Illinois Facts

Pike County

When was Pike County, IL Created?
Pike County was established on January 31, 1821 from Madison County. This county was named for Zebulon Pike (1779-1813), early explorer of the American Southwest, namesake of Pikes Peak .

What is the County Seat of Pike County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Pittsfield (prior county seats was Coles’ Grove—Now Gilead in Calhoun County from 1821–1824, Atlas from 1824–1833) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Pike County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Brown County (north), Scott County (east), Morgan County (east), Greene County (southeast), Calhoun County (southeast), Pike County, Missouri (south), Ralls County, Missouri (west), Adams County (northwest), Marion County, Missouri (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Pike County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Atlas, Barry, Baylis, Bedford, Chambersburg, Detroit, El Dara, Fishhook, Florence, Griggsville, Hull, Kinderhook, Martinsburg, Maysville, Meredosia, Milton, Montezuma, Nebo, New Canton, New Hartford, New Salem, Pearl, Perry, Pittsfield, Pleasant Hill, Seehorn, Time, Valley City.

What Townships are in Pike County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Levee, Kinderhook, Hardin, Flint, Fairmount, Griggsville, Hadley, Atlas, Barry, Cincinnati, Chambersburg, Derry, Detroit, Pleasant Vale, Perry, Pearl, Pittsfield, Pleasant Hill, Martinsburg, Montezuma, New Salem, Newburg, Spring Creek, Ross.

Pike County, IL Vital Records

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

Pike County, IL Census Records

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

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

Pike County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Pike County Courthouse

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

  • Pike County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 E. Washington St., Pittsfield, IL 62363
  • Pike 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: 217-285-6812
    • Marriage Records: 1827
    • Birth & Death Records: 1876
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Pike 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: 217-285-6812
    • Probate Records: 1821
    • Court Records: 1819
  • Pike 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

Pike County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Pike Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Pike Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pike Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Pike Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Pike Co. IL General and History Websites

Pike Co. IL Military Records

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