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Guide to Douglas County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Coordinates: 39.77°0′N 88.22°0′W / 39.77°N 88.22°W / 39.77; -88.22

Douglas County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 8 and 16, 1859
County Seat Tuscola
Courthouse
IL-douglas-courthouse.jpg
Address Douglas County Courthouse
401 S. Center
Tuscola, Illinois 61953
(217) 253-2411
Douglas County Website

Contents

Douglas County Organization

Douglas County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Douglas County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1859
1877
1860
1830
1859

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

Historical Facts

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Douglas County was named for Stephen A. Douglas who was an American politician and was a candidate for United States President in 1860. He lost to Abraham Lincoln.

Parent County

  • 8 February 1859: Douglas County was created from Coles County. [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Douglas County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities


To see a list of places in Douglas County, click on [Show] in the bar, above. The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Records and Resources

Biography

The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Douglas County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Douglas County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Cemeteries

The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list Cemetery Location Project
(Illinois State Genealogical Society)
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project ePodunk
  USGenWeb  


  • Douglas County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), cemetery index


Census

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190019,097
191019,5912.6%
192019,6040.1%
193017,914−8.6%
194017,590−1.8%
195016,706−5.0%
196019,24315.2%
197018,997−1.3%
198019,7744.1%
199019,464−1.6%
200019,9222.4%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

State

Court Records

Directories

USGenWeb, Douglas County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Douglas County, Illinois, 1918.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

History

The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Douglas County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Douglas County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

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 online, through the Family History Library

Online Resources

Maps

Military History and Records

The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Clark County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Clark County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Civil War

  • Civil War service men from Douglas 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 Douglas County.
- 13th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies G and H.
- 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 79th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, E, G, and K.
- 135th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company G.
- 149th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company F.
- 154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Probate Records for more information.

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 Douglas County are kept, see the Douglas 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 Douglas 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

Danville Illinois Family History Center 
1941 N Bowman Ave
Danville, Vermilion, Illinois
Phone: 217-446-5887
Hours: Sat 9:30am-2pm

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

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 Douglas 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

Arcola Public Library
407 E Main
Arcola, IL 61910-1513
(217) 268-4477

Arthur Public Library
225 S Walnut
Arthur, IL 61911-1269
(217) 543-2037

Camargo Township District Library
14 N Main St
Villa Grove, IL 61956-1517
(217) 832-5211

Newman Regional Library District
101 W Yates St
Newman, IL 61942
(217) 837-2412

Tuscola Public Library
112 E Sale St
Tuscola, IL 61953-1496
(217) 253-3812

Social Groups Online

Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Births

Marriages

Deaths

Websites

Databases pertinent to Douglas County


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002

 

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