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Welcome to the Effingham County, Illinois Genealogy web site.  My name is Linda (Kralman) Lambert.  Even though I live in Arizona now (about 50 miles northwest of Phoenix) and have been here since 1972, I adopted the Effingham County GenWeb site in the spring of 1997.  I was raised and educated in Teutopolis (3 miles east of Effingham).  I graduated from Teutopolis High School in 1960.  My family still lives there.  As you can see, my roots are still deeply embedded in Effingham County, Illinois.

This site is part of the Illinois GenWeb Project which is a part of the USGenWeb Project.  Feel free to visit these sites.  Space for this site is being provided by which is wholly-owned by

Effingham County NEEDS VOLUNTEERS to do lookups.  If you own or have access to any Effingham County reference books (such as census, cemetery, marriage, obituaries, newspaper abstracts, etc.) and would be willing to do lookups for other Effingham County researchers, then please contact me.

Do You Know Why.......

Do you know why.............I provide links to so many places instead of posting the information here?  It's because I want the people who do the work to get the credit for it.  If I posted it here, even though I put their name on it, it could be construed that I did the work when I actually did not.

As someone whose work has been "stolen" and posted on other sites without credit, I am extremely sensitive to this issue.  I would rather be criticized for providing links than let anyone think I am "stealing" their work.

So now you know why............


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I started this list for those of us who have roots in Teutopolis.

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Effingham County was formed in 1831 from Fayette and Crawford counties.

Effingham County (as well as the county seat, Effingham) was named after a British nobleman, Lord Edward Effingham, who resigned his commission as general in the British army in 1775, refusing to serve in the war against the colonies.  (Information courtesy of Jon N. Austin, Executive Director of The Illinois State Historical Society.  From Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties published by the Illinois Secretary of State, 1994).

There is a growing belief that the county was named after General Edward Effingham.  He was a surveyor in Effingham County and served with General Ewing in the Blackhawk War.  It seems that it was a common practice to name communities and counties after the surveyors who surveyed them.

So.....there are two possibilities to account for the origin of Effingham County's name as well as the city of Effingham's name .

Effingham County traces its roots back to 1814, when the first pioneers settled along the Little Wabash River.  For the next 40 years, this area witnessed little growth, adding population only when a farm family journeying west along the old Cumberland Trail stopped to work for a living in the rich prairie soil.

When the railroad came in the early 1850's, the sleepy farming area changed. Stores and hotels opened as the county's first "boom" took place.  The first name of the community located on the ground where Effingham now stands was Wehunka, named for an Indian chief whose followers had located here.  The name was changed from Wehunka to Ewington and then to Broughton (not to be confused with Broughton in Hamilton County).  In 1859, the village of Broughton was made the county seat and its name was changed to Effingham.  The second "boom" in 1959 took place when the Interstate Highway System was formed.  The city of Effingham is located at the intersection of I-57 and I-70 and has become a hub for America's motoring public.

Effingham County---the "Crossroads of America"

Information needed and welcomed!!!!!!!

If you know of anything that is genealogy or history related that you would like included here, please contact me.  This means genealogy workshops, genealogy seminars, family reunions, school reunions, family anniversaries (particularly 25th and 50th anniversaries), church picnics, genealogy software classses, (anything related to genealogy), genealogy society meetings, genealogy software user group meetings, historical tours, etc.

Send me your information (use the link above) so that I can add it. Don't you think this would be a good way to reach those long-lost cousins? Perhaps they would attend......(it's worth a try, don't you think?)

February 14, 2008 - Effingham, Illinois

Historical lectures sponsored by both the Effingham County Genealogical and Historical Society and the Effingham County and National Road Museum Association.  7:00 PM at Effingham High School in the Administrative Meeting Room.  No registration necessary (room limited to 40 people). 

February 14, 2008 - Dr. Henry Poterucha (Topic: Doctors/Physicians of Effingham County)
March 20, 2008 - Marion Burford  (Topic: History of the Stained Glass Windows in St. Francis Church, Teutopolis, Illinois)

Contact Kate Bourland for additional details and information on any of the above.

March 3, 2008 through March 8, 2008 - Galesburg, Illinois

10th Annual Genealogy Computing Week at Carl Sandburg College

Phone-in registration has begun. Our offerings include:

Overview of Free Genealogy Online—Monday 3 March 2008
Using—Tuesday 4 March 2008
RootsMagic---Wednesday 5 March 2008
Family Tree Maker 2008—two days---5 and 6 March 2008
Using 8 March 2008

More information can be found at

To register by phone, call 1-877-236-1862 (ext. 5260). Nancy in the college's office will be happy to process your registration. If she does not pick up, leave name, number and best time to call (during 9-5).


Civil War Veterans

I'm trying to accumulate a list of Civil War veterans who are buried in Effingham County and I need your help.  If you have a Civil War ancestor who is buried in Effingham County, please send me that ancestor's information, along with any details you may have such as the cemetery, the unit, years in service, etc.  I'm going to give you credit for the information you provide, along with a contact link. You  may find some new "cousins"!!!!  Please help!  Please contact me (Linda).

2nd Brewery in Effingham  County???????

Was there ever a brewery in Effingham?  I recently heard of a map on E-bay that had an entry for an "Anhueser Busch Brewing Company" in Effingham County.  I'm sure the spelling that was given to me is incorrect, but it got me thinking. The only brewery in Effingham County I know of was the Krieg Brewery located on Salt Creek north of Teutopolis in 1868, owned by Mathias Krieg.  The brewery was discontinued shortly after opening because the water wasn't suitable for brewing.

I can't find information on any other breweries in Effingham County.  I'm hoping someone knows something about this second brewery, or can tell me that this is incorrect.  Please contact me (Linda).  Thanks much for the help.


Submit Queries  -- In addition to submitting a query here, you may find it helpful to post your query to the Effingham County Mailing List (see instructions above).  Subscribers to this mailing list will receive your posting minutes after you hit "send".  This may give you a faster response.  Your query will be posted to the GenWeb page when I do the next update.

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Submit Surnames  -- If I am notified that an email address is no longer a valid address, I will remove that entire surname entry.  If you find that this has happened, you must resubmit your surname with a current email address.

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Good Stuff About Effingham County

Reference & Lookup Volunteers
Includes information about the Effingham County Genealogical and Historical Society and their publications for sale.
Also includes link to ECGHS membership form.
Cemetery books for sale from the Effingham County DAR chapter are also listed on this page.
Information about the Effingham County Clerk's office is included in this section.
Did You Know ... An Alphabetical List of Cemeteries (including nearest town and the township); Tips and Hints to Make Your Research Easier; Meanings of Old Tombstone Carvings; Importance of Military Records, etc.   Don't miss the new list of Civil War Veterans (North & South) buried in Effingham County.
Then and Now..... (Includes Diseases/Causes of Death; Occupations; Time Line for Effingham County; and The New Time Line for Wars, Epidemics and Natural Disasters)   Coming Soon!!!!  BIOGRAPHIES!!!!
Effingham County Civil War Regiments (includes rosters)
Civil War Regiments/Companies of Illinois
Effingham County in the Civil War
Political Graveyard - Effingham County
Perkins' History, Lore and Maps of Effingham County
Effingham County and National Road Museum
Veterans Affairs National Cemetery System
Recent Effingham County Obituaries (Link to Effingham Daily News)

USGenWeb Sites for Surrounding Counties

Clay County, Illinois
Cumberland County, Illinois
Fayette County, Illinois
Jasper County, Illinois
Shelby County, Illinois
Illinois GenWeb Map

Some Other Good Genealogy WWW Links

USGenWeb Project
Illinois GenWeb Project
RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative
Illinois On-Line Data Bases
Illinois State-Wide Index to Marriages
Illinois City-County Locator
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Inflation Calculator (calculates what land purchased in the past is worth today)
Illinois County Boundaries 1790 - Present
Illinois GenWeb Map
Illinois in the Civil War
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Illinois Public Domain Land Sales
Illinois Section of USGenWeb Archives
John Fuller's Links to Mail Lists - Check the Illinois ones + Surnames!!!!!
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - Illinois
Illinois Civil War Roster Project
Color Landform Atlas: Illinois
Ordering Illinois Vital Records - U.S. Vital Records Info.
Ordering Illinois Vital Records - VitalChek


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