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General County Information


Effingham County Courthouse
100 E. Jefferson Avenue / Effingham, IL 62401
(217) 342-4065

Effingham County Clerk
P.O. Box 628
Effingham, IL 62401-0628
(217) 342-6535

Effingham County Genealogical & Historical Society
P.O. Box 1166
Effingham, Il 62401

Effingham's Public Library:
Helen Matthes Library
100 E. Market Ave.
Effingham, IL 62401-3499
Phone: 217.342.2464
Fax: 217.342.2413
Email: hmlib@effinghamlibrary.org


City of Effingham Official Website

Effingham County History



Search For Effingham County Records available through Illinois Regional Archives Depository [IRAD]

Mailing address:


Eastern Illinois University,

Booth Library, 600 Lincoln Ave,

Charleston, IL 61920

(217) 581-6093

They will take phone calls, but not email. Copy charges are nominal....10 cents a page (with a minimum charge of $1.00) and they will bill you (so don't send them $ in your first letter). The interns who work there are usually pretty quick in responding.


Effingham County Genealogy




Education in Effingham County....List of Teachers who taught in the German Catholic schools and   some outstanding students

Effingham Business Directory of 1887

The 1850 Mortality Schedule for Effingham County


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