The Edgar County Genealogy Library (ECGL) is home to an extensive collection of materials about genealogy and history of Edgar County, Illinois. Located in the Edgar County Historical Complex annex, it is an offspring of both the Edgar County Historical and Genealogical Societies. The Library is staffed by volunteers to assist with your research.

The Library includes:

Family Histories:  An online surname list of family histories in the library is available in a pdf that can be browsed or searched by using Find or Find in page (usually under Edit) in your browser. For a more detailed index, come to the library or contact us to check our surname files.

Surnames Files: Check these files to see if your family has been researched and is in a published or unpublished genealogy on our shelves, or one of our Edgar County Databases. Check the Vertical File Index to see if we have files for a name you are researching.

Obituaries and Death Records:  Obits from Paris, IL Beacon-News since 1985, with random obits from 1920. Some deaths December 1877 through 1925, with full-name indices.

Cemetery Locations & Records with “911” county map available. Updated tombstone or burial records for over 150 cemeteries in the county available.

Local Newspapers Archive (microfilm unless otherwise noted)
The Prairie Beacon: Nov. 30, 1849 – Aug. 17, 1860
The Paris Daily Beacon & Valley Blade: Jul. 12, 1872 – Jun. 27, 1873
Paris Beacon (name varies): Jan. 5, 1882 – Dec. 25, 1885; Jan. 1, 1886 – Dec. 30, 1887; Mar. 12, 1888 – Dec. 31, 1954.  (1955 – 2016 at Paris Public Library)
Hume Record: Apr. 2, 1892 – Mar. 13, 1925 (with gaps)
Brocton-Hume Record-Review: bound 1976-1977 issues.
Kansas Journal: Jan. 1893 – Dec. 22, 1977
Kansas News: bound Oct. 17, 1873 – Oct. 8, 1875 issues.
Chrisman Courier: Jan. 16, 1894 – Feb. 20, 1969.

Military Records & Scrapbooks: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Black Hawk, Mexican, Civil & Spanish-American Wars, WWI & WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Illinois Adjutant General Reports with separate indices (compiled by Fred Delap).

More: County & Township Histories, City & County Directories, School Yearbooks, Early Church Records, Genealogies of local families, Bible Records, Many other records for states of origin for local pioneers including Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, etc.

Questions? Call 217-463-4209 or email for more information.
Can’t visit our library? Use our form to request information by mail.

Edgar County Genealogy Library is supported by sales of its publications, research fees, and donations. Funding provided in part by City of Paris Tourism funds.

ECGL collection policy