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Welcome to the Menard County, ILGenWeb site.


I am Diane Senalik [email protected], the new Menard County Coordinator . The previous Coordinator, Cheryl Rothwell, developed and maintained this website. I would like to thank Cheryl for her hard work and dedication to the ILGenWeb Project.


My ancestral roots run deep in Menard County. Some of the surnames I am researching are Bond, Davis, Taapken, Wilson and Vaughn to name a few.


Menard County was formed February 15, 1839 from Sangamon County, which was formed from Madison County in 1821. The county was named for Pierre Menard, the first Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. Settlers were in Menard County at least as early as 1819. When searching for Menard information some records will be found in Sangamon and Madison County, including marriage and court records prior to 1839. The Illinois Regional Archives Depository in Springfield holds many of those. Unlike most Illinois counties, Menard does not have Township government. It uses the old Precinct system. More information on the Precincts as well as other Menard information can be found here.


Cheryl Rothwell has provided the following information about her family: My 5th great grandparents, John and Hannah Ballinger Turner, following their son Walter and other family members, purchased land in Menard in 1824. They sent for the extended family and church members. My 4th great grandparents, Abraham and Marcy Kelsey Lucas, bought land in 1825. However, only the early Turners stayed. My other ancestors moved to neighboring Logan County. I have a connection to Menard but it is nearly 200 years old. Thus we are looking for someone to adopt or at least help with Menard.


Please feel free to contribute your family history, images or any other historical or genealogical information pertaining to Menard County.







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Post queries to Menard County Message Board at Rootsweb. You can still search and read queries at the Menard County Query Boards at GenForum but they no longer allow posting.

Suggestions, comments, etc. to Diane Senalik [email protected]

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