From microfilm copies of the original book
First, these copies were very faint and difficult to read, but I determined that “something” is better than “nothing.” I hope you agree with me. So bear in mind that this transcriber could very well have misread some of the names. As with any records, it is important that you consider every variant spelling of the surname you are looking for, including the first letter of the surname. Some were impossible to read so I have inserted a question mark where that applies. A majority of these readings have the surname, given name listed with (father) in parenthesis. This possiblly means this is the father’s name, but I cannot say that is correct. The recorder used ” “(dittos) in most cases and those marks are very faint, so I cannot say with certainity that each applies. So it is very important to document the record by obtaining a copy of the original.
Births were transcribed as early as 1857 (one) through 1900, but if copies of some births were passed the “cut-off” date of 1900, I have included them. Births were not required to be registered until 1916 and many were not.
One should send for a copy of the original birth record to verify the correctness. Copies may be obtained from:
Jersey County Courthouse
201 W. Pearl St.
Jerseyville, IL 62052-1675
Phone (618) 498-5571
We, Mary Ann Kaylor and Judy Griffin, in our continuing quest to supply free genealogical records on the Internet, hope that this Index to Birth Records will provide useful information to researchers.