ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
401 Market St.
P.O. Box 277
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
618-262-4561 — County Clerk
618-262-5362 — Circuit Clerk
618-262-4561 — Recorder
600 Lincoln Ave.
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
December 27, 1824 (Laws, 1824, p. 25)
Origin of the name of the county
Named for the Wabash River which forms the eastern boundary of the county and derives its name from the Indian word Oubache (pronounced wáw bash, wáa bash).
Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in
1815–1824 — Edwards
1812–1815 — Gallatin
1809–1812 — Randolph
1790–1809 — Knox, Northwest Territory
1825–1829 — Centreville
1829– — Mt. Carmel
History of county governing board
1824–1849 — County Commissioners’ Court
1849–1873 — County Court
1873– — Board of County Commissioners
Documented Record Losses
April 5, 1857 — Fire. Most records lost (1824–1857)
Wabash County has never adopted township form of government. The county has been divided into precincts.
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