Douglas County, Illinois Genealogy

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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


United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Douglas County

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 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

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.

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

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

Census

For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois 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

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

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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

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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 Center
  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
  • Public Libraries

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