Hardin County IL

Hardin County, Illinois, was established from lands inhabited by Native American tribes, particularly the Shawnee, in 1839 and named after Hardin County in Kentucky, which in turn, was named in honor of Colonel John Hardin, an officer in the American Revolution. Located at the southeastern tip of Illinois, it features the Ohio River to its south and east, providing natural boundaries that have influenced the county’s development and settlement patterns. The county seat, Elizabethtown, is a key location for genealogical research, with some records available from the early 19th century, including land deeds and court records. The Shawnee National Forest, partially located within the county, and the Cave-in-Rock State Park are notable geographic landmarks that have also played a part in the area’s history, including serving as hideouts for river pirates and outlaws in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, 1695-1956

A help guide for accessing the images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation (to 1907), marriage (to 1930) or death (to 1956) in the Diocese of Belleville (Illinois), Roman Catholic Church. The index to some volumes may reference pages within a given volume beyond current publication dates. As such, these images are not currently available. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes a small number of census, church history, family and financial records. To assist the researcher I have broken down the available registers by county and name of parish, including the years covered by those parish records.

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