Saline County Court House built in 1917
Harrisburg, Saline County, IL

Saline County Court House 10 E. Poplar Street Harrisburg, Illinois 62946 PH:618-253-8197

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Saline County was established in 1847 from Gallatin County. Raleigh served as the first county seat before Harrisburg became the current seat of government. Of the 102 counties in Illinois, Saline was the 99th to be formed. Established in 1847 from Gallatin County, Saline got its name from the Saline River. The making of salt from the Salines was a major part of industry for the region. Favorable conditions in Saline County attracted indians to the area. Two tribes were known inhabitants, the Shawnee and the Piankashaw. Just when the white man moved into the area is not known for sure. The first land entry was made in 1814 by John Wren and Hankerson Rude. There were four principal settlements which are considered the first farms opened to cultivation. They belonged to Hankerson Rude, Hampton Pankey, William Crawford and Francis Jordan.
Source: Saline County, A Century of History 1847-1947: SCGS

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The Saline County Genealogical Society meets the third Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. It's research library is open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday on the ground floor of Harrisburg's City Hall at 110 E Locust St.  Membership dues are $15 a year. If you would like to join the society, please fill out the  application and mail to Saline County Genealogical Society, PO Box 4, Harrisburg, IL 62946.

Articles and Letters

Index of Saline County materials in Saga -
the quarterly of the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois.

Letter home from Joseph Tucker, 1829

Saline Co IL Families & Biographical Sketches

Autobiography of William Theodore Glass

Revolutionary War service of Reuben Bramlett

Beasley, Choisser, Wilharm Genealogy

The Great Choisser Disclosure

Family of Camden

John Tate Family Commemorating  150 Years of History in Harrisburg,
Illinois - Published by The Daily Register in Harrisburg. It's an 8 1/2 x 11
paperback with 89 black and white historic photos. To order call
the newspaper at 1-800-283-8117. Cost is $10.75 plus shipping and
handling, which according to one source comes to $15.60

Descendants of Andrew Jackson "John" Cleveland
(1798-1859) and his wife Ann Tillett (1799-1860) :
of Harrison County, Kentucky, Posey County, Indiana,
and Saline County, Illinois by Jacquier, Melinda E. Roles

Descendants of John L. Cox (1798-1867) and his wife
Nancy Price (1804-1863) : of Posey County, Indiana
and Saline County, Illinois by Jacquier, Melinda E. Roles


Photos of Saline County places and people

Vital Records


llinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900 -
An Ongoing Project of the Illinois State Archives
& the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

"Johnson" Grooms from FHC Film #0965064 (1847-1958) -
and same list but sorted by brides.


Saline County Births


1850 Mortality Schedule

Eldorado Journal Obituaries (1917-1919) - Index

Eldorado Journal Obituaries (1917-1919) - Page 1

Eldorado Journal Obituaries (1917-1919) - Page 2

Eldorado Journal Obituaries1922

Saline County Coroner's Reports (1901-1919)

Indictments for Murder, 1874-1915

Deaths in the Feb 29, 2012 Harrisburg, Saline Co IL
Leap Day Tornado

Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916 -
an ongoing project of the Illinois State Archives.
There you can search by name and county.

Illinois StateWide Death Index (1916-1950) -
an index created by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Social Security Death Index
- search by name, location and/or, dates of birth and death.

Illinois Funeral Homes


Saline County Cemetery List

Individual Cemetery Transcriptions

Bramlet Cemetery

Butler Cemetery

Douglass Church and Cemetery

Pankey Cemetery

See also the cemetery books published by the
Saline County Genealogical Society.

Land Records

Charlie Birger's Deed - 1923

Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database -
First landowners, search by name or location,
created by the Illinois State Archives

Saline County Deeds

Bureau of Federal Land Management (searchable)

Historical Maps of Illinois County Boundaries

1895 Illinois State Map


Divorce Abstract for Hardy & Francis A. Ewell

Pensions and Retirements

Saline County Pensioners' List of 1883

Charles Valentine Martin, b. 1873, soc sec app


Saline Co Census

1818-1840 Censuses of Gallatin County -
Gallatin County was Saline County's parent.

1850 Census of Saline County, Illinois


A History of Southern Illinois

FRANKLIN and WILLIAMSON counties, Illinois,
from the earliest time to the present : together with ...
biographical sketches, notes, reminiscences, etc

Counties of Illinois ; their origin and evolution,
with twenty-three maps showing the originals and the
present boundary lines of each county Illinois. Secretary of State

Saline County Genealogical Society book list (.pdf)

Family Search Books

Saline County Cousins
bad copies, look for them in a local library.

Saline County IL books on

Saline County : a century of history, 1847-1947 -
Saline County Historical Society (Saline County, Ill) Bibliography : p. [328]-[330]

List of Books and Materials in the Gerturde Carr Genealogy &
Local History room at the Harrisburg District Library

1920 Prairie Farmers' Directory of Saline County Farms

Citizenship and Naturalization

Naturalization Records


Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database -
Created by the Illinois State Archives.
Search by name, unit or place of residence

Civil War Companies organized in Saline County

Saline County residents in the Illinois Soldiers & Sailors home

Various Military Records

Queries and Researchers

Queries - 1997-2003

Surnames A through M

Surnames N through Z

Various Records

Illinois Newspapers

Harrisburg Daily Register Newspaper

Saline County USGenWeb Archives

Search the USGenweb Archives

Springhouse Magazine Online

Cyndi's List Saline County Illinois links

Genforum - Saline County Illinois
Forum for searching Surnames or areas.

Saline County Illinois FamilySearch Wiki

Illinois State Archives Databases

Public Libraries:

Carrier Mills Public Library

Eldorado Memorial Library

Harrisburg Public Library
(formerly the Mitchell-Carnegie Library)

Shawneetown Public Library

National Archives

Government Land Office
"GLO" Patent Records

Social Security Death Index
on Family Search

Illinois Regional
Archives Depository
(IRAD) System

Local Governmental
Records Database

IL Town Locator

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