The Illinois State Archives maintains records of long-term value to the state. The Illinois State Archives houses and hosts online statewide records and has seven Illinois Regional Archive Depositories (IRAD) for local government records. They also collaborate with the Illinois State Library and host the Illinois Digital Archives.

 

The Illinois State Archives has vast, online collections including:


Global Database Search

  • The Global Database Search will examine all databases on the Illinois State Archives web site containing name fields for the name you enter. A list of all databases containing the name you enter will be returned. Simply click on a database from the list which is returned to search for the record in that database.

 
Illinois Statewide Death Index (1916-1950)

Illinois Statewide Death Index (pre-1916)

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index (1763-1900)

Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records (1722-1863)

  • Bond County — Board of Supervisors’ Minutes, 1817
  • Edwards County — Servitude and Emancipation Record, 1815–1860
  • Gallatin County — Servitude Register, 1815–1839
  • Madison County — Servitude and Emancipation Register, 1805–1826; Emancipation Registers, 1830–1860
  • Massac County — Emancipation Register, 1849–1855
  • Pope County — Servitude Register, 1816–1819
  • Randolph County — Record Book 1, 1736–1782; Deed Record J-M, 1797–1815; Servitude and Emancipation Registers, 1809–1863; Kaskaskia Manuscripts, 1714–1816
  • St. Clair County — Registre of Insinuations, 1737–1769; Record of Auction of Charleville Estate, 1782; Deed Record A-C, 1790-1796, 1800–1813; Servitude Register, 1805-1832, 1846–1863; Slave Registration Files, 1807–1849; Emancipation Register, 1812–1843
  • Union County — Emancipation Register, 1835–1844
  • U.S. General Land Office, Kaskaskia District — Board of Commissioners Transcripts of Documents Collected, 1722–1814
  • Publications — Alvord, Clarence Walworth, ed. Cahokia Records, 1778–1790. Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1907; Norton, Margaret Cross, ed. Illinois Census Returns, 1810,1818. Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1935; ______, ed. Illinois Census Returns, 1820. Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1934.

 
Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database

  • Search the Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database by Legal Description
  • Search the Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database by Name of Purchaser
  • Land sales from the public domain were recorded by field employees of the U.S. General Land Office, state and local officials, and clerks of the Illinois Central Railroad. These records were transferred to the Illinois State Archives for permanent retention in 1957. Because the records are arranged by legal description, a database was developed to allow the records to be searched by name.
  • The database contains information about nearly 550,000 land sales from the 54,740 square miles of the public domain sold within Illinois. Each purchase entry includes the purchaser’s name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, numeric code indicating the county in which the land is located, legal description (township, section, range), volume and page numbers of original entry, and variously, the sale type, and the purchaser’s sex and residence.
  • Federal Township Plats of Illinois digitized images high resolution compressed images of all the township plats for the state of Illinois. This works best with Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 5.x or higher. A grant from the Federal government through its Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has enabled the Illinois State Archives to digitize its 3,457 federal township plats of Illinois and present the images on this website. These hand drawn plats show Illinois landscape as it was before American settlement as well as legal surveying measurements.

 
1929 Illinois Roll of Honor

  • locations of the burial places of soldiers, sailors, marines, and army nurses who served in any of the wars of the United States and are buried in Illinois. The database contains more than 72,000 names

 
Illinois Black Hawk War Veterans

  • It includes the muster rolls for all of the 1831 and 1832 companies including 2 Indian companies. Approximately 1800 men served in the 1831 campaign and 9000 in the 1832 campaign.

 
Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls

  • The database contains information about over 285,000 soldiers from Illinois who served in the Union Army during the War of the Rebellion.

 
 Illinois Civil War Veterans of Missouri Units

  • This database indexes names of 5,610 Illinois citizens appearing on the rosters of Missouri’s Federal Civil War units. Illinoisans occasionally joined military units raised in other states.

 
 Illinois Civil War Veterans Serving in the US      Navy

  • This database indexes the Archives’ record series, Roster of Illinois Men in the U.S. Navy During the Civil War (RS 301.022). This record of approximately 3,000 men came from the Illinois Adjutant General. The database includes the name and birthplace of each sailor.

 
 Illinois Mexican War Veterans

  • This database indexes the names of Illinois Mexican War veterans appearing in the ninth volume of the publication, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1902). …The names of approximately 6,500 men, organized into the First through the Fourth Regiments and four independent companies, are found in the 1882 report and the 1902 republication. As the Fifth and Sixth Regiments did not see active service, the publications do not include rosters for these units.

 
 Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home Residents

  • This database indexes the names of male residents of the Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home admitted from its opening in 1887 through September 1916. Female residents are also included from their first admissions in 1908 through September 1916. The database contains more than 14,000 entries. The 1st –16th Biennial Reports of the Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home are the sources of the names included in the database.

 
 Illinois Spanish-American War Veterans

  • This database of Illinois Spanish–American War Veterans indexes the portion of the ninth volume of the nine volume publication, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, which lists veterans of that war. …The names of approximately 11,000 men, organized into 10 regiments, are found in its pages. The volume includes a roster and history for each regiment.

 
 Illinois Veterans’ History Project

  • This database will allow you to search for persons who have Illinois Patriot Information Forms on file. You may search by name, branch of service or war fought. You also may visit the Illinois Digital Archives to see a copy of the form and read any remembrances or stories that have been attached.

 
 Illinois War of 1812 Veterans

  • This database indexes the names of Illinois militiamen listed on the War of 1812 muster rolls included in the ninth volume of the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1902). The original muster rolls, first published in the Adjutant General’s 1882 report, record approximately 1500 names appearing in 24 rosters of officers, companies or units. The rosters, covering the Indian wars of 1810-1814, are incomplete. Unfortunately the original records, having never been transferred to the Archives’ custody, are lost. The 1902 publication also includes histories of the 1810-1814 Indian campaigns.

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 Illinois Winnebago War Veterans

  • This database indexes the names of 412 militiamen found on 1827 company rosters of the 20th Regiment of mounted volunteer riflemen included in the record series, Militia Files (RS 301.004). This unit, raised in Sangamon and Morgan counties under the command of Colonel Thomas M. Neale, proceeded to Peoria to complete its organization. The militiamen then traveled to the Galena vicinity, where the regiment disbanded. This military action also became known as the Fever River Expedition.

 
 
Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD)

Local Governmental Records in the IRAD System

  • Local governmental records include those from county, city, town, village, and township levels throughout Illinois. Numerous offices are represented from these levels. The record holdings of the IRAD system include over 5,400 different record series. For each record series the following information is included: depository, accession number, title, county, beginning date and ending date.

 
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments

  • You may search the Name Index to Illinois Local Governments by Name of Local Government, Form of Government, County, or Form of Government & County.
  • By Name of Local Government
    Enter a name in the first field to get a list of local governments with that name.
    [Note: This is a unique search field which requires that Form of Government be set to “None” and County left blank.]
  • By Form of Local Government
    Select a Form of Local Government to return a list of the following types of local governments:

    • County, Lists all counties or a specific county entered in the County field.
    • Township, Lists all townships or the townships in a specific county entered in the County field.
    • Precinct, Lists all precincts or the precincts in a specific county entered in the County field. [Note: Precincts are included only for counties that do not have townships.]
    • Municipality, Lists all cities, villages, and towns or the cities, villages, and towns in a specific county entered in the County field.
    • City, Lists all municipalities with city form of government or the cities in a specific county entered in the County field.
    • Village, Lists all municipalities with village form of government or the villages in a specific county entered in the County field.
    • Town, Lists all municipalities with town form of government or the towns in a specific county entered in the County field.
    • None, Must be used with Name of Local Government searches; includes all forms of local government when used in combination with the County field.

 
 
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 Arthur Local Registrar’s Birth Certificates Index (1868-1925)

  • Birth certificates show the name, sex, race and date of birth of the child; the place of birth; the names, ages and places of birth of the mother and father; the residence of the mother; the occupation of the father; the name and residence of the physician or midwife; and the date the certificate was returned to the county clerk.
  • Stillbirth certificates include the names of the mother and father; the date of stillbirth; the sex and place of birth of the child; the residence of the mother; the period of utero-gestation; the cause, if known, of the stillbirth; the name of the physician or midwife and their place of residence; the name of the undertaker; and the place of burial.

 
Mattoon Court of Common Pleas Case Files Index (1869-1873)

  • The Mattoon Court of Common Pleas Case Files include common law proceedings. These 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, and decrees and orders of the court. Common law cases involve debt, replevin, assumpsit, breach of covenant, recovery of damages, ejectment and trespass.

 
Mattoon Death Certificate Registers Index (1899-1918)

  • The death registers show the certificate number; the date the certificate was filed; the name of the deceased; the date of death; the cause of death; the name of the attending physician; the interment number; the name of the person to whom the permit was issued; and the date of return. Registers occasionally include death certificates and permits from the local board of health for transportation of a corpse.
  • Death certificates show the name, place of birth, sex, color and age of the deceased; the number of years of residence in Illinois; the date of death; the date and place of burial; the name and address of the undertaker; the immediate cause of death; the contributory cause of death; the duration of illness; and the signature and address of the attending physician. Permits from the local board of health for transportation of a corpse show the name and address of the deceased; the time of death; the cause of death; and the signature of the president or clerk of the board of health.

 
Shelby County Circuit Court Case Files Index (1828-1871)

  • The Shelby County Circuit Court Case Files include chancery, criminal and common law proceedings. These 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, jury and witness lists, indictments, warrants, writs of habeas corpus, verdicts, dismissals, and transcripts of coroner’s inquests.

 
Wayne County Coroner’s Inquest Record Index (1888-1960)

  • Categories of information printed on the page for the coroner to fill out include the inquest number, name of deceased, address and location of inquest, date of inquest, jury’s verdict, juror’s names including foreman, witnesses names, residence, and occupation, testimony of witnesses, description of deceased person and identifying facts. …

 
 
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DeWitt County Coroner’s Inquest Files Index ( 1924-1977)

  • Inquest papers include the verdicts of the coroner’s jury on the cause of death, transcripts of testimony given at the inquest, correspondence relating to the case, and copies of subpoenas, accident reports, death certificates and photographs.

 
Livingston County Probate Case Files Index (1837-1958)

  • 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.

 
Logan County Circuit Court Criminal Case Files Index (1857-1945)

  • The Logan County Circuit Court Criminal Case Files show the names of the plaintiff (i.e., People), defendant, judge and clerk of the court; the court dates; and usually the charge or cause of action.

 
McLean County Probate Record Index (1834-1934)
 
McLean County Will Record Index (1838-1940)

Vermilion County Coroner’s Inquest Files Index (1908-1956)

  • Each entry found in the index contains the following categories of information: the name of the deceased; the inquest number; the sex (S), race (R), marital status (M) and age of the deceased; the date of birth; the date of death; the verdict of coroner’s jury; and a description of the cause of death. When information in a particular category was not given in the files, an “_” will appear in that category.

 
Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868-1957)

  • Registers show the admission number; the name, birthplace, occupation, age and former residence of the inmate; the dates of admission and discharge; the date of death (when the inmate died while staying at the almshouse); and remarks.

 
 
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Chicago City Council Proceedings Files, 1833-1871

Chicago Police Department Homicide Record, 1870-1930

Cook County Coroner’s Inquest Record Index, 1872-1911

  • The inquests included in this index cover the period from December 1872 to November 1911. The volumes for the period from October 1879 to July 1880 (668 inquests) and from May 1888 to October 1888 (720 inquests) are missing.
  • The Cook County Office of the Medical Examiner does not have any inquest records prior to December 1872. Records after November 1911 are in the custody of the Office of the Medical Examiner.

 
 
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Carroll County Birth Certificates Index (1877-1913)

  • The database indexes nearly 10,000 births that were recorded by the county clerk’s office in Carroll County.

 
JoDaviess County Almshouse Registers Index (1846-1938)

  • Register shows the name, sex, color, birthplace, occupation before admission, age, marital status and former residence of the inmate; the nativity of the inmate’s mother and father; health status; habits (e.g. abstinent, temperate or drunkard); a list of property brought to the almshouse; the dates of admission and discharge; the date of death (when the inmate died while staying at the almshouse); and remarks. The register may indicate whether the inmate could read or write.

 
Kane County Circuit Court Case Files Index (1836-1870)

  • The Kane County Circuit Court Case Files include chancery, criminal and common law proceedings. These 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.

 
Lake County Circuit Court Case Files Index (1840-1898)

  • The Lake County Circuit Court Case Files 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; injunctions; affidavits of witnesses; bonds; receipts; depositions; petitions; decrees and court orders. Criminal cases also include: jury and witness lists, indictments, warrants, writs of habeas corpus, verdicts, dismissals and transcripts of coroner’s inquests.

Ogle County Almshouse Register Index (1878-1933)

  • Register shows the name, sex, color, birthplace, occupation before admission, age, marital status and former residence of the inmate; the nativity of the inmate’s mother and father; health status; habits (e.g. abstinent, temperate or drunkard); a list of property brought to the almshouse; the dates of admission and discharge; the date of death (when the inmate died while staying at the almshouse); and remarks. The register may indicate whether the inmate could read or write.

 
Ogle County Naturalization Papers (County Court) Index (1872-1906)

  • The Ogle County naturalization papers contain: Declarations of Intent; Petitions for Final Papers; Naturalization Final Oaths; Minor’s Petition and Final Oath; and Soldier’s Petition and Final Oath. These naturalization papers were filed in the County Court in Ogle County between 1872 and 1906. Normal adult naturalization papers usually include a declaration of intent, petition for final papers and a naturalization final oath. Minor’s and Soldier’s naturalization papers are usually a single document.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Macon County Circuit Court Case Files Index (1829-1861)

  • The Macon County Circuit Court Case Files include chancery, criminal and common law proceedings. These 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.

Macoupin County Coroner’s Inquest Files Index (1835-1928)

  • Inquest papers include the verdicts of the coroner’s jury on the cause of death, transcripts of testimony given at the inquest, correspondence relating to the case, and copies of subpoenas, accident reports and death certificates. Coroner’s death certificates show the name, place of birth, race, residence, occupation and marital status of the deceased; the place and date of burial; the names of spouses and parents, and the cause of death.

 
Morgan County Poor Farm Records Index (1850-1932)

  • Each entry found in the index contains the following categories of information: the name, age and occupation of the inmate; the date of admission to the almshouse; date of discharge from the almshouse; the volume and page number; and the supposed cause of pauperism. When an inmate died while staying at the almshouse, the date of death is also included.

 
Sangamon County Guardian’s Case Files Index (1825-1901)

  • Guardian’s case files contain Petitions for Appointment of a Guardian, Guardian’s Bonds and Letters of Guardianship. Petitions show the court term; the names of the estate, petitioner, minor heir(s), guardian, and judge; the value of the estate; and the petitioner’s request for the appointment of a guardian. Bonds show the name of the guardian as principal; the names of the securities; and the date, amount, and terms of the bond. Letters show the court term; the names of the guardian, minor heir(s), and clerk; and the dates of appointment and filing.

 
Sangamon County Probate Case Files Index (1821-1906)

  • 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.

 
 
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Adams County Almshouse Register Index (1873-1898)

  • Registers show the name, sex, color, birthplace, occupation before admission, age, marital status and former residence of the inmate; the nativity of the inmate’s mother and father; health status; personal habits of the inmate (e.g. abstinent, temperate or drunkard); a list of property brought to the almshouse; the dates of admission and discharge; the date of death (when the inmate died while staying at the almshouse); and remarks. The register may indicate whether the inmate could read or write.

 
Brown County Almshouse Register Index (1882-1963)

  • Registers show the name, sex, color, birthplace, occupation before admission, age, marital status and former residence of the inmate; the nativity of the inmate’s mother and father; health status; personal habits of the inmate (e.g. abstinent, temperate or drunkard); a list of property brought to the almshouse; the dates of admission and discharge; the date of death (when the inmate died while staying at the almshouse); and remarks. The register may indicate whether the inmate could read or write.

 
Fulton County Circuit Court Case Files Index (1825-1876)

  • The Fulton County Circuit Court Case Files include chancery, criminal and common law proceedings. These 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, jury and witness lists, indictments, warrants, writs of habeas corpus, verdicts, dismissals and transcripts of coroner’s inquests.

 
McDonough County Guardian’s Case Files Index (1838-1933)

  • Guardian’s case files contain Petitions for Appointment of a Guardian, Guardian’s Bonds and Letters of Guardianship. Petitions show the court term; the names of the estate, petitioner, minor heir(s), guardian, and judge; the value of the estate; and the petitioner’s request for the appointment of a guardian. Bonds show the name of the guardian as principal; the names of the securities; and the date, amount, and terms of the bond. Letters show the court term; the names of the guardian, minor heir(s), and clerk; and the dates of appointment and filing.The record may also show the proofs of heirship, proofs of death, claims against the estate, and recordation of wills.

 
McDonough County Probate Case Files Index (1833-1925)

  • Probate Case files show the court term; the names of the estate, minor, heirs or legatees, administrator or executor, 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 proofs of heirship, proofs of death, claims against the estate, and recordation of wills.

 
Mercer County Almshouse Register Index (1859-1948)

  • Register shows the name, sex, color, birthplace, occupation before admission, age, marital status and former residence of the inmate; the nativity of the inmate’s mother and father; health status; personal habits of the inmate (e.g. abstinent, temperate or drunkard); a list of property brought to the almshouse; the dates of admission and discharge; the date of death (when the inmate died while staying at the almshouse); and remarks. The register may indicate whether the inmate could read or write.

 
Peoria County Probate Case Files Index (1825-1887)

  • Probate case files show the court term; the names of the estate, minor, heirs or legatees, administrator or executor, 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 proofs of heirship, proofs of death, claims against the estate, and recordation of wills.

 
Rock Island Probate Case Files Index (1834-1899)

  • Probate case files show the court term; the names of the estate, minor, heirs or legatees, administrator or executor, 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 proofs of heirship, proofs of death, claims against the estate, and recordation of wills.

 
Stark County Almshouse Register Index (1868-1941)

  • Registers show the name, sex, color, birthplace, occupation before admission, age, marital status and former residence of the inmate; the nativity of the inmate’s mother and father; health status; personal habits of the inmate (e.g. abstinent, temperate or drunkard); a list of property brought to the almshouse; the dates of admission and discharge; the date of death (when the inmate died while staying at the almshouse); and remarks. The register may indicate whether the inmate could read or write.

 

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