Genealogical Center & Jail Museum
200 South Congress
Rushville, Illinois 62681
(217) 322-6975


Genealogical Center & Jail Museum
Monday, Wednesday,
Friday and Saturday
from 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Genealogical Center only
November 1 through March
31st: Saturday and
Monday 12:00pm to 4p.m. (weather permitting)


for the Schuyler Jail Museum & Genealogical Society is $15.00 yearly (due in January).

This membership includes 4 issues of the Schuylerite. The Schuylerites are mailed twice a year — Spring & Summer together & Fall & Winter together.

The Schuylerite – quarterly publication, averaging 44 pages per issue. This is all historical and genealogical information! Back issues contain marriage indexes, probate records, cemetery records, schools and class attendance, local and social events from early records, obituaries, family histories…..

The Volunteers of the society will provide research for you at $5.00 per hour plus 25 cents a copy for genealogy data they have at the research center. If you are needing research done please write to the society at the above address.

There is no charge to use the Genealogy Center for members, though a donation is requested from non-members.

What’s available at the Museum and Genealogy Center:

  • Schuyler County early marriage records from 1825 – 1907
  • Births, Deaths, and Obituaries from 1856 – 1900
  • Tax, School and Military Records
  • Census Records from 1790
  • Cemetery Records
  • Histories of Schuyler County and surrounding counties
  • Family Records
  • Published Genealogies
  • Research & record books from other states
  • Land abstracts
  • Microfilmed copies of local newspapers
    • Rushville Times 1858-2007,
    • Astoria  Searchlight 1887-1998,
    • Vermont Union 1859-1976,
    • Mt. Sterling Democrat Message 1881-1990,
    • Augusta Eagle 1920-1987,
    • Illinoian Star (Beardstown) 1899-1999.



published by the Schuyler County Historical Jail Museum & Genealogical Center  (4 pages)

The Schuyler County Historical Jail Museum and Genealogical Center, in my opinion, stands above all other small town genealogical facilities I have visited. When you visit be prepared to be stunned, astounded & wishing time could suddenly stop, as you browse through historical collections. The dedicated members of the society & generous contributors, together, have truly made tremendous achievement. An absolute “most stop” for genealogist.

The Schuyler County Historical Jail Museum and Genealogical Center will leave you in an inspiring awe.

Judy Gilker

Museum Hope Chest

Click on the link to visit a treasure trove of information provided by the Historical Jail and Genealogical Center.