Wabash County

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Wabash County was formed in 1824 when it was separated form Edwards County after a "dispute" over the county seat. Mt. Carmel, the county seat, is the largest city in Wabash County.

Some public records have been destroyed by a series of events in the mid-1800's. The first courthouse was in Centerville, a town that was created to serve as the county seat. Within a few years, the county seat was moved to Mt. Carmel and a new courthouse was built in 1831. This building burned in 1857, destroying all of the courthouse records exect for a log of commissioners minutes. Some documents were recreated from personal records. The third courthouse, built in 1857, was destroyed by a tornado in 1877. The fourth courthouse was built with state relief aid in 1881 and remained in use until it was "rebuilt" in 1959 and 1963 (i.e. the front part was torn down and a new wing built then the rest was torn down and the new building was completed).

Wabash County Resources

Searachable and printable PDF edition, from the University of Illinois, of: Combined History of Edwards, Lawrence and Wabash Counties, Illinois

Jordan Creek Church & Cemetery

Local Resources

Wabash County on Genealogy Trails

Wabash County at Rootsweb

Wabash Co Historical Society Publications Information

Wabash Chamber of Commerce


Source: Atlas of Henry Co. Illinois to Which is Added an Atlas of the United States,
Warner & Beers Publishers, Chicago, 1875. Courtesy of Alice Gless.

Wabash County Archives and Resources

USGenWeb Archives Project - Wabash County

Tombstone Transcription Project - Wabash County

Penny Postcards

City of Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel Public Library

Wabash County Museum (Burkett House)

Beall Woods State Park

Wabash County Queries

Old Queries:
1996 ~ 1997 ~ 1998 ~ 1999 ~ 2000 ~ 2001 ~ 2002-2003

Wabash Co IL Message Board - Ancestry.com
Wabash County Message Board - GENFORUM

Wabash County Mail List
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