Hardin County, Illinois Facts
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Hardin County Facts
- Government Website: www.hardincountyil.org/
- Created Date / Origin: March 2, 1839 from Gallatin County and Pope County
- County Seat: Elizabethtown (prior county seats was )
- Named After: Hardin County, Kentucky, which was itself named after John Hardin
- Bordering Counties: Gallatin County (north), Union County, KY (east), Crittenden County, KY (east), Livingston County, KY (southwest), Pope County (west), Saline County (northwest)
- Cities, Towns & Villages: Cave-In-Rock, Elizabethtown, Rosiclare
- Precincts: Battery Rock, Cave In Rock, East Monroe, East Rosiclare, McFarlan, Peters Creek, Rock Creek, Stone Church, West Monroe, West Rosiclare
Hardin County Genealogical & Historical Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Hardin County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Illinois State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Hardin County Historical & Genealogical Society, PO Box 72, Elizabethtown, IL 62931
- Southern Illinois University (SIU), Illinois Regional Archives Depository, c/o Special Collections, Morris Library – 6632, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-6632; 618-453-3040
- Hardin County, Illinois Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Hardin County
- Hardin County, Illinois Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Hardin County
- USGenWeb Archives for Hardin County
Hardin County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Hardin 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 Hardin 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 following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Hardin 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. Most records lost (1839–1884) due to a fire on May 19, 1884
- Hardin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: Main & Market, Elizabethtown, Illinois 62931-0308
- Hardin 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: 618-287-2251
- Marriage Records: 1884
- Birth & Death Records: 1844 / 1887
- Land Records: 1814
- Hardin 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: 618-287-2735
- Probate Records: 1884
- Court Records: 1878
- Hardin 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.
Hardin County Links
The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Hardin 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 Hardin County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.
Hardin Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Hardin Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications
Hardin Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Hardin Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Hardin Co. IL Census Records
Hardin Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards
Hardin Co. IL Church & Bible Records
Hardin Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Hardin Co. IL General and History Websites
Hardin 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 Hardin County genealogists, researchers, historians plus much more.