Local Resources

Addresses:

Crawford County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office
1 Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 602
Robinson, IL 62454
Phone: 618.546.1212

Crawford County Historical Society
408 S. Cross St. (Former Schmidt Clinic)
P.O. Box 554
Robinson, IL 62454
Membership: $20/yr. We do have a small library, however hours are limited. It is suggested if coming into town to visit the Robinson Library first as it has a very good genealogy room, and then make an appointment to visit the Historical Society Library. Hours are currently Saturday and Sunday afternoons 2-4 p.m.

Eastern Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Searchable online databases through the Illinois State Archives
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217.581.6093
Hours: M-F (except state holidays) 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This repository holds:

Robinson Public Library
606 N. Jefferson
Robinson, IL 62454
Phone: 618.544.2917
Hours: M-Th 10 am - 8 pm; Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm; Sat 11 am-5:30 pm
The library staff do not have the time to do research or lookups. Their collection includes newspapers on microfilm for Crawford and surrounding counties, they are not let out nor are they interlibrary loaned. You may however order newspapers from the IL State Historical Society. One of these is The Robinson Argus. Another paper, the Constitution, is one of the oldest continuous newspapers in the state of IL. It is put out by the Robinson Daily News. They take material out of the Daily and put together the Constitution, with a few other articles, for a weekly. The library has a wonderful genealogy room full of information for researchers.

Some people feel they need to go to a city in the area where their ancestors lived to do any research. Some go to Palestine. Although many of our early pioneers lived in the Palestine, Hutsonville, Morea, and Flat Rock areas, the research should still be done in Robinson. Hutsonville has a little branch library of the Robinson Library as well as Flat Rock, and Oblong, but there is little if no research material in these places. Palestine has some research material and is willing to help but you will find the same material and a whole lot more at Robinson. If you arrive at Robinson, go to the library first and not the courthouse as the library has a wealth of courthouse records already gleaned by the Genealogy Society.

Division of Vital Records - for birth/death records after 1916
State Dept. of Public Health
605 West Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: 217.782.6553
Fax: 217.523.2648

LDS Family History Center
1940 N. Old Hwy 41
Vincennes, Indiana
Phone: 812.882.4022
Hours: T, Th 9 am -1 pm, 4:30 pm -8:30 pm; TempleReady by appointment.
Closed: 1.5 weeks over Christmas & New Years.

Other sites of interest in the county:

Oblong Oil Field Museum
Has large oil field machinery dating from the early 1900s, as well as pictures and miscellaneous items pertaining to the county's rich oil history.

Hutsonville Historical Society
10953 E. 1825th Ave.
Hutsonville, IL 62433-2005
Maintains a cluster of original log cabins built in the county.

Fife Opera House
Built in the early 1900s, it had a theatre on the second floor and many theatre troops came to entertain the residents in Palestine.

 

This page last updated on May 28, 2016.