Raleigh served as the first county seat before Harrisburg became the current seat of government.
Welcome! My name is Jon Musgrave and I am the coordinator for the Saline County ILGenWeb site, as well as the editor of the recently published Handbook of Old Gallatin County and Southeastern Illinois. Cindy Pegg started this page in 1997 which has developed into a whole site specializing in beautiful Saline County, Illinois. Cindy's focusing on other projects right now so I volunteered. I also coordinate the Gallatin County ILGenWeb site as well as Southern Illinois History Page at www.IllinoisHistory.com. This site is a part of the Illinois Genweb Project which is all a part of the USGenweb Project. If the link for the US Genweb project above does not work, try accessing it at this USGenweb link. The sole purpose of the US Genweb project is to provide as much FREE access to on-line information as possible. If you should have any information that would help others in their research, please consider donating it to the US Genweb project.
Of the 102 counties in Illinois,
Saline was the 99th to be formed. Established in 1847 from Gallatin
Saline got its name from the Saline River. The making of salt from the
Salines was a major part of industry for the region. Favorable
in Saline County attracted indians to the area. Two tribes were known
the Shawnee and the Piankashaw. Just when the white man moved into the
area is not known for sure. The first land entry was made in 1814 by
Wren and Hankerson Rude. There were four principal settlements which
considered the first farms opened to cultivation. They belonged to
Rude, Hampton Pankey, William Crawford and Francis Jordan.
Source: Saline County, A Century of History 1847-1947: SCGS
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The Saline County Genealogical Society meets the third Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. It's research library is open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday on the ground floor of Harrisburg's City Hall at 110 E Locust Street. Membership dues are $15 a year. If you would like to join the society, please fill out the application and mail to Saline County Genealogical Society, PO Box 4, Harrisburg, IL 62946.
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Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
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Carrier Mills, IL 62917
Eldorado, IL 62930
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1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday
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2 W. Walnut St.
Harrisburg, IL 62946
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