Southern Illinois University (SIU) – 1 of 7 IRAD facilities

The Illinois State Archives has seven Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage archives and records of local governments. One of these is the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Regional Depository.

The IRAD facility at the Southern Illinois University is located at on the western edge of the Carbondale campus at 1835 University Press Drive, Carbondale, Illinois. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, (except state holidays). The facility is staffed by graduate interns and class schedules occasionally conflict with these hours so please call 618-453-3040 to plan your visit in advance. Holdings can be searched on the IRAD Search system but need to be viewed onsite at the appropriate regional depository.

Search the Name Index to Illinois Local Governments

  • basic info on name, form of government, county, date established, date incorporated, certified, previous names

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900  “The IRAD holdings include marriage records for over seventy of the 102 counties in Illinois. …Illinois marriages were not required to be performed in the county of the bride’s or groom’s residence. If your search does not find a marriage in the county you expected it to occur, try selecting STATEWIDE in the location option box.”

Search the IRAD Inventories (list of possible inventories below)

Depositories house local government records that have been deemed significant enough to archive including:

  • county board proceedings files and meeting minutes
  • records of births, deaths and marriages
  • land deeds, mortgage and tax sale records
  • assessors’ and collectors’ tax books
  • poll books and voter registers
  • naturalization records, including declarations of intent
  • probate records, including wills and will records, case files, administrators’ and executors’ records, guardianship records, and inventory and appraisement records
  • civil and criminal court case files, chancery court case files (including divorces), docket books and court proceedings, and insanity proceedings and records
  • coroner’s inquest records and inquest files
  • miscellaneous county records, including almshouse/county home records and jail registers
  • school records, including school trustees’ minutes, pupil registers and school land sale records
  • township records, including township meeting minutes and highway commissioners’ minutes
  • municipal records, including city council proceedings files and meeting minutes, ordinance records, and city election records.



East St. Louis City Court Naturalization Papers Index (1874–1906)

  • The East St. Louis city court naturalization papers contain: Declarations of Intent (1854–1906); Petitions for Final Papers and Naturalization Final Oaths; Minor’s Petition and Final Oath; and Soldier’s Petition and Final Oath. These naturalization papers were filed in the City Court of East St. Louis between 1874 and 1906.

Madison County Probate Case Files Index (1813–1903)

  • Probate case files show the court term; the names of the estate, judge and court clerk; the petitions, bonds, oaths, and letters of estate administrators, executors, guardians and conservators; the court’s approval of estate inventories, appraisement bills, petitions to sell property, reports of sales, accounts, reports of receipts and expenditures, and final reports; and the orders and decrees of the court. The record may also show the names of heirs, claims against the estate, and recordation of wills.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Chancery Case Files Index (1815–1870)

  • The St. Clair County Circuit Court Chancery Case Files generally show the names of the plaintiff, defendant, judge and clerk of the court; the court dates; and usually the charge or cause of action. Documents contained in these case files include: summonses, affidavits of witnesses, subpoenas, bonds, receipts, depositions, declarations, decrees and orders of the court, and jury and witness lists.
  • A chancery court is court of equitable jurisdiction. Chancery cases concern divorce, injury, wills, assignment of dower, real and personal property foreclosures, and partitions of real estate.

St. Clair County Farm Board Record Index (1874–1879)

  • The County Farm Board Record is a record of meals given to paupers by the St. Clair County Farm between January, 1875 and August, 1879. The record reflects the hardships suffered during a period of depression. It is especially remarkable that the County Poor Farm recorded so much valuable information about persons who were basically transients. Usually the paupers spent no more than one day at the facility. However, some paupers periodically revisited.
  • The record shows the name, age, nativity, residence, and birthplace of the pauper as well as the date of admission and the date of discharge. All of the information found in the original record has been included in the database. The geographical place names given as birthplaces are literal transcriptions. No efforts were made to correct misspellings.

These are the counties within the SIU region boundaries: Alexander, Clinton, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Clair, Saline, Union, Washington, White, Williamson.

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