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Putnam County, Illinois
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Putnam County, Illinois Facts

Putnam County

When was Putnam County, IL Created?
Putnam County was established on January 13, 1825 from unorganized land. This county was named for Gen. Israel Putnam (1718-1790), commander of American forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

What is the County Seat of Putnam County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Hennepin also, the county government website is unlown .

What counties are adjacent to Putnam County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Bureau County (north), LaSalle County (east), Marshall County (south)

What cities and towns are in Putnam County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Florid, Granville, Hennepin, Magnolia, Mark, McNabb, Putnam, Standard.

What Townships are in Putnam County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Hennepin, Granville, Magnolia, Senachwine.

Putnam County, IL Vital Records

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

Putnam County, IL Census Records

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

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

Putnam County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Putnam County Courthouse

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

  • Putnam County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 120 N. 4th St., Hennepin, IL 61327
  • Putnam 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: 815-925-7129
    • Marriage Records: 1831
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1831
  • Putnam 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: 815-925-7016
    • Probate Records: 1831
    • Court Records: 1831
  • Putnam 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

Putnam County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Putnam Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Putnam Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Putnam Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Putnam Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Putnam Co. IL General and History Websites

Putnam Co. IL Military Records

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