Effingham County
Reference &
Lookups

Welcome to the Effingham County, Illinois Reference Lookups page.  Below is a list of Effingham County sources, as well as the names of volunteers who will do look-ups.  (See the Guidelines for requesting lookups below).

If you would like to volunteer, please e-mail me with "Effingham County Volunteer" in the subject line; that will get my attention REAL fast!  Tell me what reference material you will be using to do the lookups.  I'll post your information below, along with your name and e-mail address.  I will assume that your return e-mail address is the one on your e-mail heading unless you note otherwise.

GUIDELINES FOR REQUESTING LOOKUPS FROM A VOLUNTEER   The volunteers WILL NOT do your research for you (you must do your own research), but they will use the reference material they have on hand.  They may also use their expertise to refer you to other possible sources.  Remember: These are volunteers, NOT paid genealogists, and their offer to help is based on their love for genealogy and their willingness to help others.  Please be as explicit as possible regarding the time period, and provide complete names and locations.  Give the volunteer as much information as you can.  For instance, if you request a census lookup, limit your request to one or two specific heads of household(s).  DON'T ask for ALL of the Smith's or Jones' on the 1880 census.  Please give the volunteer at least three weeks to respond; remember, they have lives of their own, too!  If the lookup involves "snail" mail, you will be expected to provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope as you cannot expect the volunteer to incur any costs involved with your lookup.  Finally, please be sure to let the volunteer know you appreciate their help.  Don't take them for granted.

Linda


EFFINGHAM COUNTY SOURCES


Effingham County Genealogical and Historical Society
P. O. Box 1166
Effingham, IL 62401
(They do not have a phone number)

If you are asking for research, ALWAYS include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. You will be charged for copies. If extensive research is involved, you may be charged.  Volunteers are at the Library to assist with research on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM until noon.

To apply for membership, contact the Effingham County Genealogical and Historical Society at the address shown above.



Effingham Public Library
(in the process of moving to new quarters)
Telephone: 217-342-2464

There are no genealogical services until the new library opens, and no set date for the opening has been given.


The Office of Vital Records
Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1916. They are kept at :
The Office of Vital Records
State Department of Public Health
605 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62702
(217-782-6553)



Effingham County Clerk

The Effingham County Clerk's office has birth & death records from 1878 (very incomplete prior to 1916); marriage records from 1834; and land records from 1833.  They provide only certified copies.

Effingham County Clerk
101 North 4th Street, #201 (second floor)
P. O. Box 628
Effingham, IL 62401
217-342-6535

The Clerk's office is open 8:00 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday.  Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Death Certificates -- $9.00 for the first certificate; $4.00 each for each additional certificate. 
Marriage and Birth Records-- $7.00 for the first certificate; $2.00 for each additional certificate. 

For more information, refer to their web site Effingham County Clerk.


Effingham County Circuit Court

Effingham County Clerk of the Circuit Court
120 West Jefferson Avenue
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-342-4065

Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce, probate and civil court records.

For information on fees and what is available from the Circuit Court, refer to their web page Effingham County Circuit Court.




Lookups Available
Please be considerate when asking for lookups.  Do not ask for more than two at a time.
Volunteer
Effingham County Marriage Records 1833-1877 Linda Babbs
Melody Carter
Effingham County Marriage Records,
1878-1882
Linda Babbs
Melody Carter
Effingham County Marriage Records,
1883-1888
Linda Babbs
Melody Carter
Effingham County Marriage Records,
1889-1894
Linda Babbs
Melody Carter
Effingham County Marriage Records,
1895-1900
Linda Babbs
Melody Carter
Effingham County Marriage Records,
1901-1905
Linda Babbs
Melody Carter
Effingham County Marriage Records
1906-1910
Audrey Garbe
Linda Babbs
Melody Carter
Effingham County Marriage Records,
1911-1915
Audrey Garbe
Linda Babbs
Melody Carter
Old Settlers Annual Linda Babbs
Effingham Biographical 1910 Audrey Garbe
Effingham County Illinois Public Domain Land Records 1830-1905 Vol 2, K-Z Melody Carter
History of Effingham County Jerry Harrison
St. Anthony High School, Effingham, Illinois Yearbooks ( 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985) Dianne (Thies) Titus
Effingham County, Past and Present Melody Carter
The Adjutant General's Report of Effingham County, Illinois Soldiers 1831-32; 1848-48; 1861-66; and 1889-99  Eleanor Poe Bounds
Effingham, Illinois, Fiftieth Anniversary 1853-1903 Melody Carter
The Afterglow......Teutopolis Community High School Yearbooks 1959 and 1960 Linda (Kralman) Lambert
Dieterich, Illinois 1893-1993 Audrey Garbe
Effingham County Tombstone Inscriptions: 
St. John's Lutheran, Immaculate Conception, Dieterich, Bishop Township; St. Paul's Lutheran, Montrose, St. Francis Township; Scott,  St. Matthew's, German, Lucas Township; Arborcrest, Summit Township; Cohee, Ramsey, St. John's Lutheran, St. Mary's, Douglas Township; Woodlawn, Teutopolis Township; Trinity Lutheran, Banner Township; misc. burials in Lucas, Mound and Moccasin Townships.
Audrey Garbe
Liberty Township (Beecher City) Cindy Le Mons
Altamont, Illinois (births, deaths, marriages)
Altamont Cemeteries: Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery and St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery
Donna L. Lupton
1854-1858 Tax Books Linda Babbs
1890 Tax List for Effingham County Melody Carter
"A Family Abroad, Alysius Brumleve of Lengerich and His Brothers" by Dororthy Brumleve Melody Carter
"As the Dusts Settle (The Dust Family History) Melody Carter
Naturalization Records for Effingham County 1849-1906 Eleanor K. Peters
Melody Carter
Souvenir of the Laying of the Cornerstone of St. Francis Church Teutopolis Illinois June 20, 1851 Cindy Nuxoll Foster
RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) Pictures of Tombstones in Effingham County
Donna Rohwedder
1971 Altamont Centennial Book
Steve Leitzell


Census Lookups
Reference Book Lookup Volunteer
1840 Federal Census Linda Babbs
1850 Federal Census Linda Babbs
1860 Federal Census Linda Babbs
Lin Day Tucker
1870 Federal Census Linda Babbs
1880 Federal Census Linda Babbs
Melody Carter
1889 Plat Index Linda Babbs
1890 County Tax Lists
(2 volumes)
Linda Babbs (Vol. 1 only)
1900 Federal Census Audrey Garbe
1920 Effingham County Census
Janet L. Robey


PUBLICATIONS FOR SALE
(All Books Are Indexed)
BY
THE EFFINGHAM COUNTY GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
THE EFFINGHAM COUNTY GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

SEND YOUR ORDER TO:

ECGHS Publications
P. O. Box 1166
Effingham, Illinois 62401

E-Mail
Eleanor Bounds
or
Audrey Garbe

NOTE:  PRICES LISTED ARE AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING


Type


Title & Description

     Price
Census
1840 - 1850 Effingham County, Illinois
$       7.50
Census
1860 Effingham County, IL
         9.50
Census
1870 Effingham County, IL (Revised 1991)
       14.50
Census
1880 Effingham County, IL Volume 1         13.00
Census
1880 Effingham County, IL Volume 2
        15.50
Census 1900 Effingham County, IL Volume 1 (Liberty, Banner, Bishop and Douglas Townships        29.00
Census
1900 Effingham County, IL Volume 2 (Jackson, Lucas, Mason, Moccasin, Mount Townships)
       29.00
Census
1900 Effingham County, IL Volume 3 (St. Francis, Summit, Teutopolis, Union, Watson, West Townships)
       26.00
Crossroads ]TrailsTrails (Quarterlies)
Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy Society [While Supplies Last (1980-2005)]
         2.00
Directory
City of Effingham, IL 1895- 1900
         8.00
Directory
Effingham County, IL 1912
          6.50
Directory
City of Effingham, IL 1924-1925
         9.00
Cemeteries
Names, Locations, Histories of Effingham County, Illinois Cemeteries 2007
       15.00
Cemeteries 2004 Arborcrest Memorial Park Obituaries
       34.00
Cemeteries
2005 Montrose, St. Francis (Teutopolis), St. Paul's Lutheran (Dieterich), Woodlawn (Effingham)        18.00
Cemeteries 2005 Readings from Cemeteries in Bishop, Lucas, Union and Watson Townships
       29.00
Cemeteries
2004 St. John's (Effingham); St. Aloysius (Dieterich); St. Mary of Help (Green Creek); Woodlawn (Effingham)
       17.00
History
Historical and Business Review of Altamont, Illinois (Reprint of book published in 1926: 82 pages and is indexed)
       13.00
History
Dieterich, Illinois Centennial History 1893-1993 ( Reprinted with Index)        44.00
History
Edgewood, IL Centennial History 1857-1957
         9.00
History
Edgewood, IL Sesquicentennial 1957-2007
       23.00
History
Effingham County Illinois Fair History 1868-1954
       15.50
History
Effingham, Illinois Fiftieth Anniversary, 1853-1903
         9.00
History
Effingham County, Illinois Old Settlers Annual, 1912
         6.00
History
Effingham County, Illlinois Past & Present History, 1968
       39.00
History
Effingham County, Illinois Pioneer Certificates, Volume 1 (1985-1991)
       10.50
History
Effingham County, Illinois Pioneer Certificates, Volume 2 (A-H)
       12.50
History
Effingham County, Illinois Pioneer Certificates, Volume  3 (H-P)
       12.50
History
Effingham County, Illinois Pioneer Certificates, Volume 4  (P-Z)
       14.50
History
Effingham County, Illinois Portrait & Biographical, 1893
         6.50
History
Effingham County, Illinois School History, 1918
         7.50
History
St. Anthony Hospital Fire 1949 Volume I (Softcover)
         25.00
History
St. Anthony Hospital Fire 1949 Volume II (Softcover)
        25.00
History
St. Anthony Hospital Fire 1949 Volume I (Hardcover)
        40.00
History
St. Anthony Hospital Fire 1949 Volume II (Hardcover)
        40.00
Booklet
Making a Living in the Good Old Days
          1.00
Booklet
Pin Barns of Effingham County, Illinois
          1.00
Booklet
Towns of Effingham County, Illinois
          1.00
Booklet
Townships in Effingham County, Illinois
          1.00
Booklet
Griffin Tipsword Story
          5.00
Booklet
Lords Effingham & The American Colonies
          1.00
Booklet
Walk through Downtown Effingham, Illinois
          1.00
Land
Plat Index, Effingham County, Illinois, 1899
          8.50
Land
Public Domain Effingham County, Illinois Volume 1 (A-J) 1830-1905
        10.50
Land
Public Domain Effingham County, Illinois Volume 2 (K-Z) 1830-1903
        10.50
Marriages
1833-1877 Effingham County, Illinois
        10.50
Marriages
1878-1882 Effingham County, Illinois
        11.00
Marriages
1883-1888 Effingham County, Illinois
        11.00
Marriages
1889-1894 Effingham County, Illinois
        11.00
Marriages
1895-1900 Effingham County, Illinois
        11.00
Marriages
1901-1905 Effingham County, Illinois
        11.00
Marriages
1906-1910 Effingham County, Illinois
        11.50
Marriages
1911-1915 Effingham County, Illinois
        11.50
Marriages
1916-1920 Effingham County, Illinois
        29.00
Military
World War II Veterans, Effingham County, Illinois
        34.00
Miscellaneous
Franz Anton Hoffman Family
          2.50
Miscellaneous
Beckman, Krone, Esker, Dieckmann, Kenter Families
          8.00
Miscellaneous
Jefferson County, Illinois Sugar Camp Creek United Baptist Church (1842-1881)
          5.00
Naturalization
Naturalization - Effingham County, Illinois 1849-1855
          7.00
Post Cards
Effingham County, Illinois (50 cards, 5 scenes)
          3.50
Post Cards
Effingham County, Illinois (100 cards, 5 scenes)
          5.00
Taxes
Effingham County, Illinois Delinquent Taxes 1845-1855
          6.50
Taxes
Effingham County, Illinois Taxes 1852
          9.00
Taxes
Effingham County, Illinois Taxes 1854-1858
         10.00
Taxes
Effingham County, Illinois Taxes 1890 Volume 1      
         11.00
Taxes
Effingham County, Illinois Taxes 1890 Volume 2
         10.00
Wills/Estate Settlements
Effingham County, Illinois Wills & Estate Settlements, 1836-1882
           8.00
Wills/Estate Settlements
Effingham County Estate Settlements & Genealogy 1855-1915
         26.00


New  St. Anthony Hospital Fire 1949, Volume I

280 pages with index of about 1,500 names

Available only at Helen Matthes Library

10 a.m. to noon daily except Tuesday

Soft cover $25            Hard cover $40

Volume I contains:  Lots of screaming headlines about the catastrophe; pictures of the fire; lists of names of the deceased and survivors, eyewitness stories from several survivors; articles naming heroes; the firetruck "Caledonia"; write-ups about the disaster from many different newspapers and magazines; fundraising and plans for building a new hospital.

New  St. Anthony Hospital Fire 1949, Volume II
Completely different from Volume I

300 pages with index of about 1,500 names

Available only at Helen Matthes Library

10 a.m. to noon daily except Tuesday

Soft cover $25            Hard cover $40

Volume II contains: Pictures not previously seen by the general public; Zona B. Davis’ 1949 account of the fire; Dean Manuel thesis; interviews with two recently-found survivors; stories from many people who remembered the tragedy; Larry Banbury manuscript; song about the fire by Henry D. Schrock; WCIA Channel 3 TV-April interviews with survivors; inquest into the deaths; verdict returned at the inquest.


Publication about Effingham County

Images of America - Effingham County by Kate Keller Bourland and Bill Grimes; published by Arcadia Publishing

This is a pictorial history of Effingham County and is a collection of archival photographs from all over Effingham County. All of the photographs include a description and many of them include names of people in the photos. Cities included are Effingham, Teutopolis, Altamont, Beecher City, Dieterich, Watson, Mason, Edgewood, Montrose and Shumway.

Copies are available at local retailers in Effingham, Altamont and Teutopolis as well as from online bookstores.

Linda's note:  I received a complimentary copy of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. 


If you would like to volunteer for lookups please contact me.

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