The Arthur Local Registrar's Birth Certificates Index was compiled by Heather Stecklein and Barry Hudek, interns for the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) System at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The database indexes nearly 1,335 births that were recorded by the local registrar for the Village of Arthur between 1868 and 1925. The information in the database was extracted from the Arthur Local Registrar's Birth Certificates (IRAD Accession 5/0029/13).
Each entry found in the index contains the following categories of information: the name of the child; the name of the father; the maiden name of the mother; the county of birth; and the city, village, town or township of birth. Every attempt was made to obtain accurate spellings of names. However, it was sometimes difficult to decipher handwriting in some entries. Therefore, when searching this index, we suggest that researchers check alternative spellings of names if they do not find an entry for the name for which they are searching.
Birth certificates show the name, sex, race and date of birth of the child; the place of birth; the names, ages and places of birth of the mother and father; the residence of the mother; the occupation of the father; the name and residence of the physician or midwife; and the date the certificate was returned to the county clerk.
Stillbirth certificates include the names of the mother and father; the date of stillbirth; the sex and place of birth of the child; the residence of the mother; the period of utero-gestation; the cause, if known, of the stillbirth; the name of the physician or midwife and their place of residence; the name of the undertaker; and the place of burial.
Copies of the files found in this index may be obtained by mail or telephone. Inquiries should be made directly to the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. IRAD cannot accept requests by email at this time. Please contact:
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920