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Macon County, Illinois
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Macon County, Illinois Facts

Macon County

When was Macon County, IL Created?
Macon County was established 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. .

What is the County Seat of Macon County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Decatur (prior county seats was home of James Ward from 1829–1830) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Macon County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  DeWitt County (north), Piatt County (northeast), Moultrie County (southeast), Shelby County (south), Christian County (southwest), Sangamon County (west), Logan County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Macon County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Argenta, Bearsdale, Blue Mound, Decatur, Emery, Forsyth, Harristown, Long Creek, Macon, Maroa, Mount Zion, Newburg, Niantic, Oakley, Oreana, Warrensburg.

What Townships are in Macon County, IL?
Townships located in the 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, IL Vital Records

Where can find Macon County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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, IL Census Records

What Macon County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Macon County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Macon County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Macon County Courthouse

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

  • 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.
  • 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

Macon County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Macon Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Macon Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Macon Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Macon Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Macon Co. IL General and History Websites

Macon Co. IL Military Records

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