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Edwards Co. Heritage

Genealogy research has recently become a national phenomenon. It seems everyone is looking for information on their ancestors and traveling great distances to research their family trees. If your ancestors are from Southeastern Illinois here are several places to begin your research. We strongly recommend you call before visiting these facilities for hours of operation and policies regarding research. Good luck!

Genealogy Resources

Edwards County Courthouse & Clerk

50 E. Main St., Albion


Edwards County Historical Society

212 W. Main St., Albion

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Albion Public Library

6 N. 4th St., Albion

Hours: M, F 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm; T, W 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Sat. 9 am to 5 pm

Walk through the halls of one of the oldest public libraries in Illinois. Originally owned by resident Dr. Frank Thompson in 1842, this building was first used as a library in the 1920s. See original books that English settlers brought with them to the New World.


West Salem Public Library

112 W. South St., West Salem

Hours: M 9 am to 7 pm; T, Th 1 pm to 7 pm

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Edwards County Historical Society Museum

212 W. Main St., Albion

Hours: Thursday evenings or by appointment

Explore the history of Edwards County at an 1850's residence that was the birthplace of Louis Lincoln Emerson, former Illinois Governor. He was born at this location in 1863 and served as Illinois Governor from 1929 - 1933.

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