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Richland 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

Richland County Courthouse & Clerk

103 W. Main St., Olney

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Anderson Library at Olney Central College

305 N. West St., Olney

Hours: M-Th 7:30 am to 8 pm; Fr. 7:30 am to 4:30 pm


Olney Public Library

400 W. Main St., Olney

Hours: M-Th 11 am to 7 pm; F-Sat. 10 am to 5 pm

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Carnegie Museum

401 E. Main St., Olney

Hours: Sunday afternoons, April to October from 1:30-4 pm or by appointment.

A trove of Richland County history! A collection of books and artifacts of World Famous Ornithologist Robert Ridway. Artifacts from the oil, military, education, farming and medical industry. Early publications of the Olney newspaper. Permanent displays of the Civil War and evolution of Little Egypt.


Heritage House

122 E. Elm, Olney

Hours: Sunday afternoons April to the Sunday before Christmas, from 1:30-4 pm or by appointment

Victorian home built in 1874. It features complete turn of the century furniture and artifacts.

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