Place:Massac, Illinois, United States

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Massac County is a county located on the Ohio River in the state of Illinois, USA, in that portion of the state known locally as "Little Egypt". According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 15,429, which is an increase of 1.8% from 15,161 in 2000. Its county seat is Metropolis.

Massac County is part of the Paducah, KY-IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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This area was occupied by various cultures of indigenous peoples for thousands of years before European contact. The most complex and last was that of the Mississippian culture, which built the complex mounds and plaza at the Kincaid Site (now a National Historic Landmark). They abandoned the site in about 1500, centuries before European contact.

Part of the Illinois Country was claimed by French explorers; this area was barely settled, with most French colonial villages close to the Mississippi River. During the French and Indian War against the British, the French built a fort here in 1757. It was named Fort Massac after Claude Louis d'Espinchal, Marquis de Massiac, the French Naval Minister. Massiac is a commune in Cantal, France. Although beginning to be settled by European Americans after the American Revolution, Massac County was formally organized on February 8, 1843, out of territory from both Johnson and Pope counties. In the mid-19th century, after the revolutions of 1848, the Midwest received many German immigrants. Their self-identified descendants today comprise nearly one-third of the population of the county.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1843 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1843 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1843 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1843 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1843 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1850 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1877 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 4,092
1860 6,213
1870 9,581
1880 10,443
1890 11,313
1900 13,110
1910 14,200
1920 13,559
1930 14,081
1940 14,937
1950 13,594
1960 14,341
1970 13,889
1980 14,990
1990 14,752

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External links

  • Outstanding guide to Massac County family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, censuses, wills, deeds, county histories, cemeteries, churches, naturalizations, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.
  • www.rootsweb.com/~ilmassac/


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