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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

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Contents

Douglas County Organization

                                     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

Stephen A Douglas.jpg
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

Cemeteries

Gotoarrow.png Find A Grave, ist of cemeteries. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)

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

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

History

Land and Property

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Land and Property for more information.

Maps

Military Records

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.
- 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.

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 Library

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.

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Births

Marriages

Deaths

Websites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Douglas County, Illinois genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
  • Douglas County, Illinois genealogy and history presented by Illinois Genealogy Trails.  This website includes biographies, births, cemeteries, death records, family bibles, county histories, marriages, military, obituaries, and newspaper gleanings. 

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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