Wayne County, Illinois

Wayne County

Wayne County was founded on March 26, 1819 from Edwards County. This county was named for Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796), major general in the United States Army in the American Revolutionary War and the Northwest Indian War.

The Wayne County Seat is located in Fairfield (prior county seats was ) also, the county government website is unkown .

Areas bordering to Wayne County are  Clay County (north), Richland County (northeast), Edwards County (east), White County (southeast), Hamilton County (south), Jefferson County (southwest), Marion County (northwest)

Cities, Towns & Villages located in Wayne County include  Cisne, Fairfield, Golden Gate, Jeffersonville, Johnsonville, Keenes, Mill Shoals, Mount Erie, Sims, Wayne City.

Townships located in Wayne County include  Leech, Keith, Lamard, Hickory Hill, Indian Prairie, Jasper, Elm River, Garden Hill, Four Mile, Grover, Big Mound, Berry, Arrington, Barnhill, Bedford, Orel, Orchard, Massilon, Mount Erie, Zif.

Wayne 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 Wayne 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.

Wayne County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Wayne Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Wayne Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Wayne Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Wayne County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Wayne County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Wayne County Courthouse and Government Records


Wayne County Courthouse

frequently fail to notice the significance of Wayne County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and worries of the many Illinois people.

The chances are very good that your forefathers have left a detailed record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Wayne County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Wayne county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, court records, and so forth. Total record loss (1819–1886) due to a fire on November 17, 1886

Remember to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will help people in finding the materials, but it's up to the person to perform the researching.
  • Wayne County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 301 E. Main St., Fairfield, IL 62837
  • Wayne 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: 618-842-5182
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Birth & Death Records: 1870 / 1886
    • Land Records: 1865
  • Wayne 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: 618-842-7684
    • Probate Records: 1886
    • Court Records: 1819
  • Wayne 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.

Wayne County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Wayne 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. Feel free to provide your own preferred Wayne County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Wayne Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Wayne Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Wayne Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Wayne Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Wayne Co. IL Census Records

Wayne Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Wayne Co. IL Church & Bible Records

Wayne Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Wayne Co. IL General and History Websites

Wayne Co. IL Military Records

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