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Guide to '''McDonough County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] McDonough County''
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== McDonough County Organization  ==
 
== McDonough County Organization  ==
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Capt Thomas McDonough.jpg|thumb|right|180px]]McDonough County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Macdonough Thomas McDonough] whose most notable achievement was when, as commander of American naval forces during the War of 1812, he won the decisive[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lake_Champlain Battle of Lake Champlain].<ref>''Thomas McDonough,'' www.wikipedia.org</ref>
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[[Image:Capt Thomas McDonough.jpg|thumb|right|180px|Capt Thomas McDonough.jpg]]McDonough County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Macdonough Thomas McDonough] whose most notable achievement was when, as commander of American naval forces during the War of 1812, he won the decisive[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lake_Champlain Battle of Lake Champlain].<ref>''Thomas McDonough,'' www.wikipedia.org</ref>  
  
 
=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adair,_Illinois Adair]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adair,_Illinois Adair]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardolph,_Illinois Bardolph]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardolph,_Illinois Bardolph]  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blandinsville,_Illinois Blandinsville]<br>
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blandinsville,_Illinois Blandinsville]<br>  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushnell,_Illinois Bushnell]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushnell,_Illinois Bushnell]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchester,_Illinois Colchester]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchester,_Illinois Colchester]  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Hope,_Illinois Good Hope]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Hope,_Illinois Good Hope]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry,_Illinois Industry]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry,_Illinois Industry]  
*Macomb (county seat)  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macomb,_Illinois Macomb] (county seat)  
*New Philadelphia  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Philadelphia_Town_Site New Philadelphia]
*Prairie City  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_City,_Illinois Prairie City]
*Sciota  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sciota,_Illinois Sciota]
*Tennessee  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee,_Illinois Tennessee]
*Walnut Grove<br>
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*[http://illinois.hometownlocator.com/il/mcdonough/walnut-grove.cfm Walnut Grove]<br>
  
=== Township Names<br> ===
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=== Township Names<br> ===
  
Bethel, Blandinsville, Bushnell, Colchester, Chalmers, Eldorado, Emmet,&nbsp;Hire, Industry, Lamoine, Macomb, Mound, New Salem, Prairie City, Sciota, Scotland, Tennessee, Walnut Grove<br>
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Bethel, Blandinsville, Bushnell, Colchester, Chalmers, Eldorado, Emmet,&nbsp;Hire, Industry, Lamoine, Macomb, Mound, New Salem, Prairie City, Sciota, Scotland, Tennessee, Walnut Grove<br>  
  
=== Place Names<br> ===
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=== Place Names<br> ===
  
Rezab, Gordana. ''Place names of McDonough County, Illinois : past and present''. Macomb, Ill.: Western Illinois University, 2008.&nbsp; Digital Version at [http://www.archive.org/details/placenamesofmcdo00reza Internet Archive].<br>
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Rezab, Gordana. ''Place names of McDonough County, Illinois&nbsp;: past and present''. Macomb, Ill.: Western Illinois University, 2008.&nbsp; Digital Version at [http://www.archive.org/details/placenamesofmcdo00reza Internet Archive].<br>  
  
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
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:*'''1830–1908''' Circuit Court case files [http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1830–1908''' Circuit Court case files [http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1830–1937''' Circuit Court Record, Common Law [http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1830–1937''' Circuit Court Record, Common Law [http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD–WIU]  
:*'''1831–1908''' Circuit court Judgment dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1831–1908''' Circuit court Judgment dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1837–1851''' Circuit Court dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1837–1851''' Circuit Court dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1838–1937''' Circuit Court Record, Chancery [http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1838–1937''' Circuit Court Record, Chancery [http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/localgovrecordssrch.jsp IRAD–WIU]  
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*Clarke, S. J. ''History of McDonough County, Illinois: Its Cities, Towns and Villages, with Early Reminiscences, Personal Incidents and Anecdotes, and a Complete Business Directory of the County''. Springfield, Ill.: D.W. Lusk, State Printer and Binder, 1878. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16138 Ancestry] ($); [http://books.google.com/books?id=R9pCAAAAIAAJ Google Books]; [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofmcdonou1878clar Internet Archive].<br>
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*Clarke, S. J. ''History of McDonough County, Illinois: Its Cities, Towns and Villages, with Early Reminiscences, Personal Incidents and Anecdotes, and a Complete Business Directory of the County''. Springfield, Ill.: D.W. Lusk, State Printer and Binder, 1878. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16138 Ancestry] ($); [http://books.google.com/books?id=R9pCAAAAIAAJ Google Books]; [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofmcdonou1878clar Internet Archive].<br>  
*[http://www.archive.org/details/portraitbiographi00chicag Portrait and biographical record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties, Illinois&nbsp;: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county (1894)]<br>
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/portraitbiographi00chicag Portrait and biographical record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties, Illinois&nbsp;: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county (1894)]<br>  
*''History of McDonough County, Illinois: Together with Sketches of the Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Individuals, and Biographies of the Representative Citizens: History of Illinois, Embracing Accounts of the Pre-historic and Historic Races and a Brief Review of Its Civil and Military History''. Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Co., 1885. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25173 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofmcdonou00spri Internet Archive].<br>
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*''History of McDonough County, Illinois: Together with Sketches of the Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Individuals, and Biographies of the Representative Citizens: History of Illinois, Embracing Accounts of the Pre-historic and Historic Races and a Brief Review of Its Civil and Military History''. Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Co., 1885. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25173 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofmcdonou00spri Internet Archive].<br>  
 
*''Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County''. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1907. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18504 Ancestry] ($); [http://mcdonough.ilgenweb.org/Biographies/morgan_biosIndex.html USGenWeb] (partial)<br>
 
*''Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County''. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1907. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18504 Ancestry] ($); [http://mcdonough.ilgenweb.org/Biographies/morgan_biosIndex.html USGenWeb] (partial)<br>
  
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
 
:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/mcdonough.html McDonough County Federal Township Plats]
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/IRAD/mcdonough.html McDonough County Federal Township Plats]  
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:*''Plat book of McDonough County, Illinois''. Chicago&nbsp;: Occidental Pub. Co., 1893. Digital Version at [http://www.loc.gov/item/2008629006 Library of Congress].<br>
  
 
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:*Plat book of McDonough County, Illinois. Chicago&nbsp;: Occidental Pub. Co., 1893. Digital Version at [http://www.loc.gov/item/2008629006 Library of Congress].<br>
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/mcdonoughpro.html McDonough County Probate Case Files Index, 1833-1925<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1332865608874_539" />], courtesy: Illinois State Archives  
 
[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/mcdonoughpro.html McDonough County Probate Case Files Index, 1833-1925<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1332865608874_539" />], courtesy: Illinois State Archives  
  
[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/mcdonuogh.html McDonough County Guardian's Case Files Index, 1838-1933], courtesy: Illinois State Archives
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[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/mcdonuogh.html McDonough County Guardian's Case Files Index, 1838-1933], courtesy: Illinois State Archives  
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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'''[http://colchesterlibrary.com/ Colchester District Library]'''<br>203 Macomb St.<br>Colchester, IL 62326<br>Tel: 309-776-4861<br>Fax: 309-776-4099<br>Email: [mailto:colchesterlibrary@yahoo.com colchesterlibrary@yahoo.com]  
 
'''[http://colchesterlibrary.com/ Colchester District Library]'''<br>203 Macomb St.<br>Colchester, IL 62326<br>Tel: 309-776-4861<br>Fax: 309-776-4099<br>Email: [mailto:colchesterlibrary@yahoo.com colchesterlibrary@yahoo.com]  
  
'''[[Image:Macomb Public Library.JPG|thumb|right]] '''[http://www.macomb.lib.il.us/library/ '''Macomb Public Library District''']<br>235 S. Lafayette<br>Macomb, Illinois 61455-2231<br>Tel: 309-833-2714<br>Fax: 309-833-2714<br>Email: [mailto:library@macomb.com library@macomb.com] <br><br><br><br><br>  
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'''[[Image:Macomb Public Library.JPG|thumb|right|Macomb Public Library.JPG]] '''[http://www.macomb.lib.il.us/library/ '''Macomb Public Library District''']<br>235 S. Lafayette<br>Macomb, Illinois 61455-2231<br>Tel: 309-833-2714<br>Fax: 309-833-2714<br>Email: [mailto:library@macomb.com library@macomb.com] <br><br><br><br><br>  
  
 
=== School Records  ===
 
=== School Records  ===
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
 
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
  
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]. Also at [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/mcdonough/ genealogytrails.com.]
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950] Also at [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/mcdonough/ genealogytrails.com.]  
 
:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com (Free)
 
:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com (Free)
  
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Guide to McDonough County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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McDonough County, Illinois
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Boundary map of McDonough County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 25, 1826
County Seat Macomb
Courthouse
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Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address McDonough County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Macomb, Illinois 61455
(309) 833-2474
McDonough County Website

Contents

McDonough County Organization

McDonough County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for McDonough County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870
1830
1870
1830
1817
1833

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

Historical Facts

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McDonough County is named for Thomas McDonough whose most notable achievement was when, as commander of American naval forces during the War of 1812, he won the decisiveBattle of Lake Champlain.[1]

Parent County

  • 1826--McDonough County was created 25 January 1826 from Schuyler County.  County seat:  Macomb [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of McDonough County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Township Names

Bethel, Blandinsville, Bushnell, Colchester, Chalmers, Eldorado, Emmet, Hire, Industry, Lamoine, Macomb, Mound, New Salem, Prairie City, Sciota, Scotland, Tennessee, Walnut Grove

Place Names

Rezab, Gordana. Place names of McDonough County, Illinois : past and present. Macomb, Ill.: Western Illinois University, 2008.  Digital Version at Internet Archive.

Neighboring Counties

Resources and Records

Biography

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

Cemeteries

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

Published Records


Online Gravestone Transcriptions

  • Find A Grave.com has burial information for nearly 100 McDonough County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click Here.


Cemetery Gazetters

  • Epodunk has a list of McDonough County Cemeteries. The website provides name of cemetery, address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190028,412
191026,887−5.4%
192027,0740.7%
193027,3290.9%
194026,944−1.4%
195028,1994.7%
196028,9282.6%
197036,65326.7%
198037,4672.2%
199035,244−5.9%
200032,913−6.6%
IL Counties 1900-1990

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, McDonough County on page 187.]








Church Records

Methodist

Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

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

Copies of original records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for McDonough County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Abstracts

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for McDonough County land and property may be found in the FHLC. 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.

Online Resources

Maps

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  • Plat book of McDonough County, Illinois. Chicago : Occidental Pub. Co., 1893. Digital Version at Library of Congress.

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from McDonough 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 McDonough County.

- 2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company H.
- 7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 11th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company I.
- 16th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, and C.
- 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and G.
- 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates’ Sharpshooters), Companies A and D.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Company E.
- 78th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and I.
- 84th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C and F.
- 119th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 124th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and I.
- 137th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies C, D, G, and I.
- 151st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company C.

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 Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for McDonough County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.


  • 1854–1884 Naturalization Record, Final IRAD–WIU
  • 1856–1937 Naturalization Declarations of Intent IRAD–WIU
  • 1859–1913 Naturalization papers IRAD–WIU
  • 1866–1877 Naturalization Record of Soldiers and Minors IRAD–WIU
  • 1872–1892 Naturalization Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1889–1906 Naturalization Declarations of Intent IRAD–WIU
  • 1890–1904 Naturalization Record, Final  IRAD–WIU
  • 1891–1904 Naturalization Record of Minors IRAD–WIU
  • 1907–1927 Naturalization Certificate stubs IRAD–WIU
  • 1907–1938 Naturalization Petition Record IRAD–WIU

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 or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for McDonough County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Abstracts

  • 1834–1857 McDonough County Genealogical Society. Abstracts of wills in McDonough County, Illinois 1834-1857: from will book I in the courthouse at Macomb, Illinois, page 1 through page 193. Macomb, Illinois : McDonough County Genealogical Society, 1980. Many libraries (WorldCat) FHL book 977.342 P28a
  • 1834–1851 Bell, Annie W. B. Record of wills in McDonough County, Illinois, 1834-1851. FHL book 977.342 S2b

Copies of original records

  • 1833–1922 Probate record IRAD–WIU
  • 1833–1940 Probate Record Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1833–1925 Probate Case Files IRAD–WIU
  • 1834–1940 Probate Will Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1838–1933 Probate Case Files, Guardians IRAD–WIU
  • 1850–1859 Probate Administrator's and Guardian's Letters IRAD–WIU
  • 1854–1865 Probate Inventory, Appraisement and Sale Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1858–1921 Probate Administrator's Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1858–1926 Probate Executor's Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1858–1940 Probate Guardian's Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1859–1924 Probate Appraisement Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1859–1923 Probate Inventory Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1859–1929 Probate Sale Record, Personal Property IRAD–WIU
  • 1872–1957 Probate Inventory Record, GuardiansIRAD–WIU
  • 1874–1953 Probate Widow's Relinquishment and Selection Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1883–1932 Probate Administrator's Record with Will Annexed IRAD–WIU
  • 1884–1932 Probate Administrator's Record De Bonis Non with Wills IRAD–WIU
  • 1884–1924 Probate Conservator's Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1885–1923 Probate Administrator's and Executor's Reports IRAD–WIU
  • 1885–1925 Probate Guardian's Report Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1885–1939 Probate Sale Record, Real Estate IRAD–WIU
  • 1901–1923 Probate Conservator's Report Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1914–1928 Probate Settlement Record IRAD–WIU

Additional Resources

Additional resources for McDonough County probates may be found in the Illinois, McDonough – Probate topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). 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.

Online Resources

McDonough County Probate Case Files Index, 1833-1925, courtesy: Illinois State Archives

McDonough County Guardian's Case Files Index, 1838-1933, courtesy: Illinois State Archives

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 McDonough County are kept, see the McDonough County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Macomb Illinois Family History Center
2000 W Adams
Macomb, IL  61455
309-836-3201

To learn more about the genealogical resources available at Family History Centers, see Introduction to LDS Family History Centers.  For center hours and holiday closure information, see Macomb Illinois Family History Center.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Western Illinois University houses the records for McDonough County.

Public Libraries

Blandinsville-Hire Public Library District
130 South Main Street
Blandinsville, IL 61420
Tel: 309-652-3166 

Bushnell Public Library District
455 N. Dean Street
Bushnell, IL 61422
Tel: 309-772-2060
Fax: 309-772-9038
Email: plibrary@bushnell.net  

Colchester District Library
203 Macomb St.
Colchester, IL 62326
Tel: 309-776-4861
Fax: 309-776-4099
Email: colchesterlibrary@yahoo.com

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Macomb Public Library District
235 S. Lafayette
Macomb, Illinois 61455-2231
Tel: 309-833-2714
Fax: 309-833-2714
Email: library@macomb.com




School Records

  • 1876–1948 School teacher's daily registers IRAD–WIU

Social Groups Online

Societies

McDonough County Genealogical Society
201 S. Lafayette Street
Macomb IL 61455
Tel: 309-255-5161
Email: mcgs@macomb.com

The McDonough County Genealogical Society Research Center is located within the Western Illinois Museum.

McDonough County Historical Society
P.O Box 83
Macomb, IL 61455

Taxation

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 McDonough 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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for McDonough County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births:

Abstracts of Birth Records

Copies of Original Birth Records

  • 1902–1941 Birth and Death Reporting Accounts IRAD–WIU
Marriages:

Online Resources

Abstracts of Marriage Records

Copies of original Marriage Records

Deaths:

Online Resources

Abstracts of Death Records

  • 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 Allen, Margaret McKee. 1850-60-70-80 mortality schedules for McDonough County, Illinois. Macomb, Illinois : McDonough County Genealogical Society, [1982?].Many libraries (WorldCatFHL book 977.342 V4a
  • 1966–1970 Foster, Virgil R. Index to Fulton, McDonough and Hancock counties, Illinois obituaries Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. FHL film 1697879 Item 12

Copies of original Death Records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for McDonough births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, McDonough – Vital Records topic page and the Illinois, McDonough – Vital Records - Newspapers topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). 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.

Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Thomas McDonough, www.wikipedia.org
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 196. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.