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Douglas County, Illinois Facts

Douglas County

When was Douglas County, IL Created?
Douglas County was established on February 16, 1859 from Coles County. This county was named for Stephen A. Douglas (1813–1861), prominent Illinois Democrat who engaged in debates with Abraham Lincoln.

What is the County Seat of Douglas County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Tuscola (prior county seats was Camargo from 1859–1860) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Douglas County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Champaign County, Vermilion County, Edgar County, Coles County, Moultrie County, Piatt County

What cities and towns are in Douglas County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Arcola, Arthur, Atwood, Camargo, Garrett, Hindsboro, Hugo, Newman, Tuscola, Villa Grove.

What Townships are in Douglas County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Garrett, Bourbon, Bowdre, Arcola, Camargo, Murdock, Newman, Sargent, Tuscola.

Douglas County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Douglas County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Douglas 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 Douglas 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.

Douglas County, IL Census Records

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

Douglas Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Douglas Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Douglas 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

Douglas County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Douglas County Courthouse

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

  • Douglas County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 401 S. Center, P.O. Box 467, Tuscola, IL 61953
  • Douglas County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are 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: 217-253-2411
    • Marriage Records: 1859
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1830
  • Douglas 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....
    • Phone: 217-253-2352
    • Probate Records: 1859
    • Court Records: 1859
  • Douglas 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

Douglas County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Douglas County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Douglas 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.

Douglas Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Douglas Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Douglas Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Douglas Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Douglas Co. IL General and History Websites

Douglas Co. IL Military Records

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