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Morgan County, Illinois
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Morgan County, Illinois Facts

Morgan County

When was Morgan County, IL Created?
Morgan County was established on January 31, 1823 from unorganized land and Sangamon County. This county was named for Gen. Daniel Morgan (1736-1802), successful tactician in the American Revolutionary War and later United States Representative from Virginia.

What is the County Seat of Morgan County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Jacksonville (prior county seats was Olmstead’s Mounds Temporary designation from 1823–1825) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Morgan County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Cass County (north), Sangamon County (east), Macoupin County (southeast), Greene County (south), Pike County (west), Scott County (west), Brown County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Morgan County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Bethel, Chapin, Concord, Franklin, Jacksonville, Lynnville, Meredosia, Murrayville, Orleans, Prentice, South Jacksonville, Waverly, Woodson

What Townships and Precincts are in Morgan County, IL?
Townships located in the County include  Alexander, Arcadia, Centerville, Chapin, Concord, Franklin, Jacksonville, Literberry, Lynnville, Markham, Meredosia, Murrayville, Nortonville, Pisgah, Prentice, Sinclair, Waverly, Woodson.

Morgan County, IL Vital Records

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

Morgan County, IL Census Records

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

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

Morgan County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Morgan County Courthouse

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

  • Morgan County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 300 W. State St., Jacksonville, IL 62650
  • Morgan 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) 243-8581
    • Marriage Records: 1827
    • Birth & Death Records: 1851
    • Land Records: 1824
  • Morgan 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: 217-243-5419
    • Probate Records: 1824
    • Court Records: 1827
  • Morgan 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

Morgan County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Morgan Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Morgan Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Morgan Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Morgan Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Morgan Co. IL General and History Websites

Morgan Co. IL Military Records

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