Pike County is in Western Central Illinois along the Mississippi River. It was formed in 1821 from Madison county and has been the current size since 1823.
Birth and death records have been kept since 1877. Marriage records and land records date to the formation of the county. Probate Records also date from 1821. Many of these early records can be found online at FamilySearch.org.
The County Clerk’s office holds the vital and land records. The Circuit Clerk’s office has probate records. The Courthouse is located at 121 E. Washington, Pittsfield, IL 62363. Birth, marriage and death records can be ordered online at https://www.officialrecordsonline.com/Select/Index.html?state=IL&county=PIKE#/
Some records are at the IRAD depository at Western Illinois University. In addition to early vital records, there are also school teacher registers and jail registers.
Note: This was originally published in the "County Spotlight" column in the Illinois State Genealogical Society Newsletter (May 2020).