Fayette County, Illinois Facts
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Fayette County Facts
- Government Website: www.fayettecountyillinois.org/
- Created Date / Origin: February 14, 1821 from Bond County, Clark County, Crawford County and Jefferson County
- County Seat: Vandalia (prior county seats was )
- Named After: Marquis de la Fayette (1757–1834), French military officer who was a key factor in the American and French Revolutions.
- Bordering Counties: Shelby County (northeast), Effingham County (east), Clay County (southeast), Marion County (south), Clinton County (southwest), Bond County (west), Montgomery County (northwest)
- Cities, Towns & Villages: St. Elmo, Vandalia, Bingham, Brownstown, Farina, Ramsey, St. Peter
- Townships: Kaskaskia, LaClede, Bowling Green, Avena, Bear Grove, Carson, Ramsey, Pope, North Hurricane, Otego, Lone Grove, Loudon, South Hurricane, Sharon, Shafter, Sefton, Seminary, Vandalia, Wheatland, Wilberton
Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Fayette County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Illinois State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society, P.O. Box 177. Vandalia, IL 62471
- University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), Illinois Regional Archives Depository, LIB 144, University of Illinois at Springfield, One University Plaza, MS BRK 140, Springfield, IL 62703-5407; 217-206-6520
- Fayette County, Illinois Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Fayette County
- Fayette County, Illinois Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Fayette County
- USGenWeb Archives for Fayette County
Fayette County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Fayette 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 Fayette 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.
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.
The below information and facts denotes whatever death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records will be in Fayette County. The dates stated listed below tend to be the first noted documents for this particular county.
- Fayette County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 221 S. 7th St., Vandalia, IL 62471
- Fayette 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: 618-283-5000
- Marriage Records: 1821
- Birth & Death Records: 1860 / 1877
- Land Records: 1816
- Fayette 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: 618-283-5009
- Probate Records: 1821
- Court Records: 1821
- Fayette 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.
- Illinois Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from January 1, 1916 and Marriage & Divorces since January 1 1962. 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.
Fayette County Links
The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Fayette 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 Fayette County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.
Fayette Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Fayette Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications
Fayette Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Fayette Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Fayette Co. IL Census Records
Fayette Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards
Fayette Co. IL Church & Bible Records
Fayette Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Fayette Co. IL General and History Websites
Fayette Co. IL Military Records
- Illinois Military Records (fold3.com) gives easy access to military records, stories, photos, and personal documents belonging to the Illinois both males and females that served. Suitable for Fayette County genealogists, researchers, historians plus much more.