ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
507 Vermont St.
Quincy, IL 62301
217-277-2150 — County Clerk
217-277-2100 — Circuit Clerk
217-277-2126 — Recorder
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
January 13, 1825 (Laws, 1825, p. 93)
Origin of the name of the county
Named after John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States, and not for John Adams, second President, as is sometimes stated.
Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in
1821–1825 — Pike 1812–1821 — Madison 1795–1812 — St. Clair
1825– — Quincy
History of county governing board
1825–1850 — County Commissioners’ Court 1850– — County Board of Supervisors
Documented Record Losses
December 9, 1835 — Fire. Some records lost or damaged.
Adopted — November 6, 1849
Concord — Name changed from Jackson in June, 1850.
Fall Creek — Name changed from Benton in June, 1850.
Gilmer — Name changed from Dover in June, 1850
Lima — Name changed from Lafayette in June, 1850.
McKee — Date of establishment uncertain.
Mendon — Date of establishment uncertain.
Richfield — Name changed from Richland in June, 1850.
Riverside — Date of establishment uncertain.
Adams County Almshouse Register Index (1873–1898)
Federal Township Plats of Illinois
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Local Governmental Records Database
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments