Street Address
408 N Main St
Paris, IL 61944
Mailing Address
Paris, IL 61944
phone: 217-463-4209
Closed major holidays
Wednesday - Friday9 AM - 4 PM
1st Sat. each month 9am-1pm
A. Joyce Brown, Co-director
Linda Cary, Co-director
Sharlynn Kraemer, ECGS President


The Edgar County Genealogy Library (ECGL) is home to an extensive collection of materials about genealogy and history of Edgar County, Illinois. Located in the Edgar County Historical Complex annex, it is an offspring of both the Edgar County Historical and Genealogical Societies. The Library is staffed by Genealogical Society volunteers to assist with your research. A. Joyce Brown and Linda Cary are co-directors.

Surnames Files: Check these files to see if your family has been researched and is in a published or unpublished genealogy on our shelves, or one of our Edgar County Databases.

Obituaries and Death Records: Obits from Paris, IL Beacon-News since 1985, with random obits from 1920. Some deaths December 1877 through 1925, with full-name indices.

Cemetery Locations & Records with “911″ county map available. Updated tombstone or burial records for over 150 cemeteries in the county available.

Local Newspapers Archive

Military Records & Scrapbooks: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Black Hawk, Mexican, Civil & Spanish-American Wars, WWI & WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Illinois Adjutant General Reports with separate indices (compiled by ECGL Volunteer Librarian Fred Delap).

Research Collections

Appointments for use outside regular hours are $5.00 per hour. Call 217-463-4209 or email for more information. Can’t visit our library? Use our website request form to request information by mail.


Edgar County Genealogical Society (ECGS) meets in the Museum Annex at 7pm on the second Tuesday in February, April, June, August, October and December. The Annual Meeting is held in June along with presentation of the Edythe Stephens Family History Award.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


See our online order forms on our website


Edgar County Genealogy Library is supported by sales of its publications, research fees, and donations. Funding provided in part by City of Paris Tourism funds.