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Champaign County, Illinois
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Champaign County, Illinois Facts

Champaign County

When was Champaign County, IL Created?
Champaign County was established on February 20, 1833 from Vermilion County. This county was named for Champaign County, Ohio, which took its name from the French for "open level country".

What is the County Seat of Champaign County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Urbana also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Champaign County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Ford County (north), Vermilion County (east), Edgar County (southeast), Douglas County (south), Piatt County (west), McLean County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Champaign County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Champaign, Urbana, Bondville, Broadlands, Fisher, Foosland, Gifford, Homer, Ivesdale, Longview, Ludlow, Mahomet, Ogden, Pesotum, Philo, Rantoul, Royal, Sadorus, Savoy, Sidney, St. Joseph, Thomasboro, Tolono.

What Townships are in Champaign County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Kerr, Hensley, Harwood, East Bend, Brown, Ayers, Colfax, Champaign, Champaign City, Condit, Crittenden, Cunningham, Compromise, Raymond, Rantoul, Pesotum, Philo, Ogden, Ludlow, Mahomet, Newcomb, Stanton, St. Joseph, South Homer, Scott, Somer, Sidney, Sadorus, Urbana, Tolono.

Champaign County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Champaign County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Champaign County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Champaign County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Champaign County, IL Census Records

What Champaign County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Champaign County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Champaign Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Champaign Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Champaign Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Champaign County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Champaign County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Champaign County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Champaign County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Champaign County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1776 E. Washington St., Urbana, IL 61802
  • Champaign County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
    • Phone: 217-384-3720
    • Marriage Records: 1833
    • Birth & Death Records: 1878
  • Champaign County Recorder of Deeds serves the people of County by receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 217-384-3774
    • Land Records:1833
  • Champaign County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Address: 1776 E. Washington St., Urbana, IL 61802
    • Phone: 217-384-3725
    • Probate Records: 1833
    • Court Records: 1836
  • Champaign County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Champaign County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Champaign County, IL?
A list of Champaign County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Illinois Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Champaign County, IL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Champaign County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Champaign County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Champaign Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Champaign Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Champaign Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Champaign Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Champaign Co. IL General and History Websites

Champaign Co. IL Military Records

Champaign Co. IL Schools & Directories

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