Macon County, Illinois

Macon County

Macon County was founded on January 19, 1829 from Shelby County. This county was named for Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837), sixth Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senator from North Carolina. .

The Macon County Seat is located in Decatur (prior county seats was home of James Ward from 1829–1830) also, the county government website is www.co.macon.il.us .

Areas bordering to Macon County are  DeWitt County (north), Piatt County (northeast), Moultrie County (southeast), Shelby County (south), Christian County (southwest), Sangamon County (west), Logan County (northwest)

Cities, Towns & Villages located in Macon County include  Argenta, Bearsdale, Blue Mound, Decatur, Emery, Forsyth, Harristown, Long Creek, Macon, Maroa, Mount Zion, Newburg, Niantic, Oakley, Oreana, Warrensburg.

Townships located in Macon County include  Hickory Point, Harristown, Illini, Friends Creek, Blue Mound, Austin, Decatur, Pleasant View, Oakley, Maroa, Long Creek, Milam, Mt. Zion, Niantic, South Macon, South Wheatland, Whitmore.

Macon 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 Macon 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.

Macon County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Macon Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Macon Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Macon Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Macon County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Macon County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Macon County Courthouse and Government Records


Macon County Courthouse

frequently fail to notice the significance of Macon County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and worries of the many Illinois people.

The chances are very good that your forefathers have left a detailed record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Macon County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The below information and facts denotes whatever death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records will be in Macon County. The dates stated listed below tend to be the first noted documents for this particular county.

Remember to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will help people in finding the materials, but it's up to the person to perform the researching.
  • Macon County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 253 E. Wood St., Decatur, IL 62523
  • Macon County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
    • Address: 141 South Main Street, Room 201, Decatur, IL 62523
    • Phone: 217-424-1305
    • Marriage Records: 1829
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
  • Macon 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.
    • Address: 141 South Main Street, Room 201, Decatur, IL 62523
    • Phone: (217) 424-1359
    • Land Records:1827
  • Macon 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) 424-1454
    • Probate Records: 1831
    • Court Records: 1829
  • Macon 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.

Macon County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Macon 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. Feel free to provide your own preferred Macon County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Macon Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Macon Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Macon Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Macon Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Macon Co. IL Census Records

Macon Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Macon Co. IL Church & Bible Records

Macon Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Macon Co. IL General and History Websites

Macon Co. IL Military Records

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