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Union County, Illinois
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Union County, Illinois Facts

Union County

When was Union County, IL Created?
Union County was established on January 2, 1818 from Johnson County and Jackson County. This county was named for the federal union of the states .

What is the County Seat of Union County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Jonesboro also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Union County, IL?
Bordering Counties are   Jackson County (north), Williamson County (northeast), Johnson County (east), Pulaski County (southeast), Alexander County (south), Cape Girardeau County, Missouri (west), Perry County, Missouri (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Union County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Alto Pass, Anna, Cobden, Dongola, Jonesboro, Mill Creek

What Townships and Precincts are in Union County, IL?
Townships located in the County include  Alto Pass, Anna, Cobden, Dongola, Jonesboro, Lick Creek, Mill Creek, Misenheimer, Preston, Reynolds, Rich, Stokes, Union, West Saratoga .

Union County, IL Vital Records

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

Union County, IL Census Records

What Union County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Union County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Union County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Union County Courthouse

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

  • Union County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 309 W. Market, Jonesboro, IL 62952
  • Union 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: 618-833-5711
    • Marriage Records: 1818
    • Birth & Death Records: 1867 / 1877
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Union 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: 618-833-5913
    • Probate Records: 1818
    • Court Records: 1817
  • Union 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

Union County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Union Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Union Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Union Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Union Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Union Co. IL General and History Websites

Union Co. IL Military Records

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