Williamson County, Illinois Facts
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Williamson County Facts
- Government Website: www.williamsoncountycourthouse.com
- Created Date / Origin: February 28, 1839 from Franklin County
- County Seat: Marion
- Named After: Hugh Williamson (1735-1819), delegate from North Carolina to the Philadelphia Convention
- Bordering Counties: Franklin County (north), Saline County (east), Pope County (southeast), Johnson County (south), Union County (southwest), Jackson County (west)
- Cities, Towns & Villages: Bush, Cambria, Carterville, Colp, Crainville, Creal Springs, Energy, Herrin, Hurst, Johnston City, Marion, Pittsburg, Spillertown, Whiteash
Williamson County Genealogical & Historical Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Williamson County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Illinois State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Williamson County Historical Society, Marion
- Herrin Area Historical Society, PO Box 127, Herrin, IL 62948
- 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
- Williamson County, Illinois Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Williamson County
- Williamson County, Illinois Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Williamson County
- USGenWeb Archives for Williamson County
Williamson County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Williamson 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 Williamson 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 Williamson 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. Some records lost or damaged in a fire on May 30, 1875
- Williamson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 200 W. Jefferson, Marion, IL 62959
- Williamson 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: 618-997-1301, ext. 101
- Marriage Records: 1839
- Birth & Death Records: 1877
- Land Records: 1818
- Williamson 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: 618-997-1301, ext. 114
- Probate Records: 1839
- Court Records: 1836
- Williamson 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.
Williamson County Links
The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Williamson 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 Williamson County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.
Williamson Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
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Williamson Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards
Williamson Co. IL Church & Bible Records
Williamson Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
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