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Coles County, Illinois
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Coles County, Illinois Facts

When was Coles County, IL Created?
Coles County was established on December 25, 1830.

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

What counties are adjacent to Coles County, IL?
Bordering Counties are   Douglas CountyEdgar CountyClark CountyCumberland CountyShelby CountyMoultrie County

Coles County, IL Census Records

What Coles County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Coles County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Coles County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Coles County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Coles County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Coles County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Illinois residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Coles County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Coles County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Coles Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Coles Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Coles Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Coles Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Coles Co. IL General and History Websites

Coles Co. IL Military Records