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Moultrie County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Moultrie County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 16, 1843
County Seat Sullivan
Courthouse
Moultrie County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Moultrie County Courthouse
10 S. Main Street
Sullivan, Illinois 61951
(217) 728-4389
Moultrie County Website


Contents

Moultrie County Organization

Moultrie County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Moultrie County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1843
1877
1850
1831
1845

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Moultrie County are kept, see the Moultrie County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

William Moultrie.jpg
Moultrie County is named for William Moultrie who was a General during the Revolutionary War and later became the 35th Governor of South Carolina.

Parent County

  • 1843--Moultrie County was created 16 February 1843 from Shelby and Macon Counties.  County seat:  Sullivan [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Moultrie County boundary changes.

Record Loss

November 25, 1864 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Cemeteries for more information.

Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190015,224
191014,630−3.9%
192014,8391.4%
193013,247−10.7%
194013,4771.7%
195013,171−2.3%
196013,6353.5%
197013,263−2.7%
198014,5469.7%
199013,930−4.2%
200014,2872.6%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

Copies of Original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Moultrie County church records may be found in the FHLC - church records. Histories of area churches may be found in the FHLC - church histories section. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Moultrie County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of Original Records

Abstracts

Online Resources

Maps

Military

General

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Franklin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1862-1919 Military Discharge Record IRAD-EIU

Civil War

Civil War service men from Moultrie County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Moultrie County.

- 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E
- 41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 126th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and C.
- 143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company I.

Naturalization

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library.

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library.

Repositories

County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Moultrie County are kept, see the Moultrie County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers

There are over 4500 Family History Centers worldwide which serve as branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Volunteers provide research assistance to help patrons identify their ancestors.  Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at a nominal cost.  Locate your nearest Family History Center at the FamilySearch website.  Call ahead to verify operating hours.  All are welcome.

The following centers are accessible to residents of Moultrie County, Illinois:

Champaign Illinois Family History Center
604 W Windsor Rd
Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
Phone: 217-352-8063
Hours: Thur-Sat 9:30-12:30pm; Thur 7pm-9pm; or by appt

Decatur Illinois Family History Center
3955 Lourdes Ln
Decatur, Macon, Illinois
Phone: 217-875-9396
Hours: T, Sat 10am-3pm; Th 6pm-9pm

Springfield Illinois Family History Center
3601 Buckeye Dr
Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois
Phone: 217-529-7930
Hours: T 6pm-9pm; W 10am-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat 10am-2pm

Please note: Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage the archival records of local governments.  Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.  The records of Moultrie County come under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) regional depository.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093

Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.

Libraries

Arthur Public Library District
225 South Walnut Street
Arthur, IL 61911
Phone: (217) 543-2037

Lovington Public Library District
110 West State Street
Lovington, IL 61937
Phone: (217) 873-4468

Marrowbone Public Library District
216 West Main Street
Bethany, IL 61914
Phone: (217) 665-3014

Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library
2 West Water Street
Sullivan, IL 61951
Phone: (217) 728-7221

Social Groups Online

USGenWeb, Moultrie County, Illinois (ILGenWeb)  Receive notification when new updates are available. Register for MrMoultrie's tweets on Twitter .

Societies

Moultrie County Historical and Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 588 - 117 E. Harrison St.
Sullivan, IL 61951-0588
(217)728-4085

The Heritage Center Research Library & Museum is open to the public. 
Summer Hours: Monday & Saturday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Winter Hours: Monday & Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Publication: Moultrie County, Illinois Heritage Journal

Taxation

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Franklin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1956-1967 Tax Schedules, Townships IRAD-EIU

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Moultrie County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Moultrie County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Births

Copies of Original Records

  • 1877-1900 Births, marriages, deaths, 1843-1927; indexes, 1843-1981 FHL Film 1311780 (first of 7 films) Index to births ca. 1877-1956; birth registers 1877-1915; birth certificates 1859-1900.
  • 1859-1900 Birth Certificates IRAD-EIU
  • 1859-1920 Birth Record IRAD-EIU:*1859-1980 Birth Record Index IRAD-EIU

Online Resources

Marriages

Copies of Original Records

  • 1877-1900 Births, marriages, deaths, 1843-1927; indexes, 1843-1981 FHL Film 1312673 (first of 4 films) Index to marriages ca. 1843-1981; marriage record book A 1845-1919; marriage register 1877-1900; marriage licenses 1901-19031859-1900.
  • 1843–1919 Marriage Record IRAD-EIU
  • 1843-1981 Marriage Record Index IRAD-EIU

Online Resources

Deaths

Copies of Original Records

  • 1878-1973 Births, marriages, deaths, 1843-1927; indexes, 1843-1981 FHL Film 1312674 (first of 4 films) Index to deaths, 1878-1973; death registers 1877-1902; death certificates 1902-1927
  • 1877–1927 Death RecordIRAD-EIU
  • 1877–1973 Death Record Index IRAD-EIU

Abstracts

  • 1904-1970 Hunter, Cheri; Decatur Genealogical Society (Decatur, Illionis) and Illinois Masonic Home (Sullivan, Illinois) Illinois Masonic Home death card file, 1904-1970, Moultrie County, Illinois (Decatur, Illinois:Decatur Genealogicla Society [IL], 2004) Other Libraries; FHL Book 977.3 C42h

Online Resources


Web Sites

Databases pertinent to Moultrie County

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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