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Census Records

  • 1810 (Randolph County), 1818 (Gallatin County) Census Records
    Published in Vol. 24 of the Illinois Historical Collections series by the Illinois State Historical Library in a book entitled Illinois Census Returns: 1810, 1818. Can be found in most larger libraries.
  • Gallatin County, Illinois, State Census of 1830
    Not published. Located in the back of the first Gallatin County slave registry in the County Clerk's office.
  • Gallatin County Illinois Federal Census of 1840
    Published by the Saline County Genealogical Society — [ORDER FORM]
  • Gallatin Co., Illinois, Federal Census of 1860
    Published by the Saline County Genealogical Society — [ORDER FORM]
  • Gallatin Co., Illinois, Federal Census of 1870
    Transcribed and published by Valerie Phillips Gildehaus. Complete transcription of all residents of Gallatin County in 1870; complete surname index; 1876 map of the county showing township boundaries. 228 pages, 8 X 11 inches, softbound. $26.00, postpaid. Mail order to: Valerie Phillips Gildehaus, 215 S. 20th St., Murphysboro, IL 62966
  • Gallatin Co., Illinois, Federal Census of 1880
    Transcribed and published by Joye Ingleton McGrew — [ORDER FORM]

  • Gallatin Co., Illinois, Federal Census of 1900
    Transcribed and published by Joye McGrew & Crystal McGrew — [ORDER FORM]

County Commissioners' Court/County Board Records

Death/Probate Records

  • Gallatin County, Illinois Probates, Vol. 2
    Compiled by Shirley Cummins Shewmake.
    Send orders to Gallatin Books, 601 S. Webster St., Harrisburg IL 62946

General History/Geography Books

  • Ghost Towns of Southern Illinois
    Written by the late Glenn J. Sneed, this book is split into 17 chapters, each about one of the 17 southernmost counties of Illinois. Although it has a lot of typos that should have been corrected. It's out of print but shows up every once in a while at used book stores in Southern Illinois.
  • Handbook of Old Gallatin County and Southeastern Illinois
    Reprint of the 1887 history of Gallatin County, plus two new sections on Early Ancedotes and the Military History of the county. The military section includes of list of all the known Gallatin County veterans in local units in the Black Hawk, Mexican, Civil and Spanish-American wars. The fourth section includes more than 250 19th and early 20th Century biographies of Gallatin County persons. The hardcover edition has sold out, but a new paperback edition is available as of March 2004. Jon Musgrave, editor. Published by [ORDER ONLINE].
  • Index to History & Families of Gallatin County, Illinois
    This is Patricia S. Davis' index to the book published by the Gallatin County Historical Society in 1986. Davis published this index in 1994. Contains both every-name and first-name indexes, including maiden names when available. Order information at Davis' website.
  • History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties, Illinois
    This is the original Goodspeed Publishing Co. history of 1887. Republished by at least three different genealogical societies in the last few decades. Currently available from the Frankfort Area Genealogical Society. P.O. Box 427, West Frankfort IL 62896. (618) 932-6159.
  • Slaves, Salt, Sex & Mr. Crenshaw: The Real Story of the Old Slave House and America's Reverse Underground R.R.
    The expanded hardcover edition is still available on this history of the Old Slave House, the saltworks, the kidnappings and a number of other supporting stories in southeastern Illinois. Some 608 pages, fully indexed. Order online at the website.

Marriage/Divorce Records

  • Gallatin County, Illinois Marriages 1859-1870
    Index to 1,782 marriages from Marriage Book "A" and the first half of Marriage Book "B". Transcribed and published by Valerie Phillips Gildehaus.


Newspaper Abstracts

  • Gallatin County, Illinois, Newspaper Abstracts Vols. 1-5
    Compiled by Shirley Cummins Shewmake.
    Send orders to Gallatin Books, 601 S. Webster St., Harrisburg IL 62946
  • Daily Register Online
    Use the search engine on the newspaper to look up names in obits and news stories. All locally written stories, regional ANS stories, local AP stories and obits are online since mid 1986.

Slavery/Emancipation Records

  • Slave Registry Vol. 2
    Unpublished and lost from the courthouse.
    Nearly complete transcription in the John Allen papers in Special Collections at SIU Morris Library in Carbondale. Published by Jon Musgrave with permission from Special Collections in both spiral-bound paperback and hardcover. The books complete with a new introduction and first name, full name and geopgrahical name indexes. 234 pages. [ORDER ONLINE].
  • Slave Registry Vol. 3
    Unpublished and lost from the courthouse.
    Last entry recorded on Sept. 1, 1862, involved emancipation of Caroline Sanders [Saunders?], a contraband Negro (i.e. former slave rescued from the retreating Confederate lines). Formerly a slave of Gen. Pillow's. Brought to Cairo, then to Shawneetown

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