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Macoupin County, Illinois
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Macoupin County, Illinois Facts

Macoupin County

When was Macoupin County, IL Created?
Macoupin County was established on January 17, 1829 from unorganized land and Madison County. This county was named for the Native American word Macoupin, meaning American lotus .

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

What counties are adjacent to Macoupin County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Sangamon County (northeast), Montgomery County (east), Madison County (south), Greene County (west), Jersey County (west), Morgan County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Macoupin County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Benld, Bunker Hill, Carlinville, Gillespie, Girard, Mount Olive, Staunton, Virden, Nilwood, Shipman, Brighton, Chesterfield, Dorchester, Eagarville, East Gillespie, Hettick, Lake Ka-ho, Medora, Modesto, Mount Clare, Palmyra, Royal Lakes, Sawyerville, Scottville, Standard City, White City, Wilsonville.

What Townships are in Macoupin County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Hillyard, Honey Point, Gillespie, Girard, Bunker Hill, Brushy Mound, Brighton, Bird, Barr, Chesterfield, Carlinville, Cahokia, Dorchester, Polk, North Palmyra, North Otter, Mt. Olive, Nilwood, Staunton, South Palmyra, South Otter, Shaws Point, Scottville, Shipman, Virden, Western Mound.

Macoupin County, IL Vital Records

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

Macoupin County, IL Census Records

What Macoupin County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Macoupin 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.

Macoupin Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Macoupin Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Macoupin 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

Macoupin County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Macoupin County Courthouse

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

  • Macoupin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 210 E. Main St., Carlinville, IL 62626
  • Macoupin 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: 217-854-3214
    • Marriage Records: 1829
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1829
  • Macoupin 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: 217-854-3211
    • Probate Records: 1829
    • Court Records: 1829
  • Macoupin 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

Macoupin County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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