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Macoupin County

Guide to Macoupin County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Macoupin County, Illinois
Boundary map of Macoupin County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 4, 1817
County Seat Greenville
Macoupin County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Macoupin County Courthouse
210 E. Main Street
Carlinville, Illinois 62626
Macoupin County Website

County Organization

Macoupin County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Macoupin County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Macoupin County are kept, see the Macoupin County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

Macoupin County is named for Macoupin Creek which is a tributary of the Illinois River, which it joins near the village of Hardin, Illinois.[1]

Parent County

  • 1829--Macoupin County was created 17 January 1829 from Madison and Greene Counties. County seat: Carlinville [2]


The county was named for Macoupin Creek, which flows through the county and is derived from the Indian word for the water lillies that grew along the creek. The county seat is Carlinville and the county was organized on January 17, 1829.[3] The County is located in the central part of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Barr (township)
Benld (city)
Bird (township)
Brighton (township & village) 
Brushy Mound (township)
Bunker Hill (city & township)
Cahokia (township)
Carlinville (city & township)
Chesterfield (village & township)
Dorchester (village & township)
Eagarville (village)
East Gillespie (village)
Gillespie (city & township)
Girard (city & township)
Hettick (village)
Hillyard (township)
Honey Point (township)
Lake Ka-Ho (village)
Medora (village)
Miles Station
Modesto (village)
Mount Clare (village)
Mount Olive (city & township)
Nilwood (town & township)
North Otter (township)
North Palmyra (township)
Palmyra (village)
Polk (township)
Sawyerville (village)
Scottville (village & township)
Shaws Point (township)
Shipman (town & township)
South Otter (township)
South Palmyra (township)
Standard City (village)
Staunton (city & township)
Virden (city & township)
Western Mound (township)
White City (village)
Wilsonville (village)

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources



Cemeteries of Macoupin, Illinois online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Illinois Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites have additional information on Macoupin county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop. <tr><td style="text-align:center">1830</td><td style="padding-left:8px">1,990</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">
</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1840</td><td style="padding-left:8px">7,826</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">293.3%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1850</td><td style="padding-left:8px">12,355</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">57.9%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1860</td><td style="padding-left:8px">24,602</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">99.1%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1870</td><td style="padding-left:8px">32,726</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">33.0%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1880</td><td style="padding-left:8px">37,692</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">15.2%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1890</td><td style="padding-left:8px">40,352</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">7.1%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1900</td><td style="padding-left:8px">42,256</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">4.7%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1910</td><td style="padding-left:8px">50,685</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">19.9%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1920</td><td style="padding-left:8px">57,274</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">13.0%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1930</td><td style="padding-left:8px">48,703</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">−15.0%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1940</td><td style="padding-left:8px">46,304</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">−4.9%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1950</td><td style="padding-left:8px">44,210</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">−4.5%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1960</td><td style="padding-left:8px">43,524</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">−1.6%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1970</td><td style="padding-left:8px">44,557</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">2.4%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1980</td><td style="padding-left:8px">49,384</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">10.8%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">1990</td><td style="padding-left:8px">47,679</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">−3.5%</td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center">2000</td><td style="padding-left:8px">49,019</td><td></td><td style="padding-left:8px">2.8%</td></tr>

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Macoupin County on page 187.]

Church Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indictate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article Church Records for more ideas about how to use church records in your research. Many libraries( WorldCat) and the Family History Library hold abstracts of church records for Macoupin County. Learn more about how to search WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog.

The Macoupin County ILGenWeb has an extensive list of current local congregations as well as historical records and pictures.






  • First Redeemer Lutheran Church The First Redeemer Lutheran Church purchased the original St. John's Episcopal Church which was the "Oldest Building in Town."


  • First Redeemer Lutheran Church The First Redeemer Lutheran Church purchased the original St. John's Episcopal Church which was the "Oldest Building in Town."


Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for MaCoupin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the UIS IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1829-1849 Macoupin County Records FHL Film 1689021 items 3–5
  • 1829-1911 Circuit Court Case Files Index, Chancery and Common Law IRAD-UIS
  • 1830-1975 Circuit Court Record, Chancery IRAD-UIS
  • 1847-1946 Circuit Court Record Index, Chancery IRAD-UIS
  • 1858-1900 Circuit Court Record Index IRAD-UIS
  • 1870-1956 Jail Registers IRAD-UIS
  • 1899-1905 Circuit Court Fee Books, Chancery IRAD-UIS
  • 1919-1920 Circuit Court Dockets, Chancery IRAD-UIS

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.



Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Macoupin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the UIS IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • BLM GLO Records. Search original land patents for Macoupin County from the Govenment Land Office (GLO) or Eastern States Office. Some searches include images of the original warrants. All search results include the patant details needed for requesting copies of the land entry files at the National Archives.  The GLO is the custodian of millions of land title documents. The General Land Office Automated Records Project is responsible for making these important documents available to the public.
  • Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales. The Illinois State Archives has an online index to the records of Public land sales held by the State Archives. The indexes are by purchasers name and by legal description. This is a statewide collection with nearly 550,000 land sales fro 54740 square miles.
  • 1796–1907 U.S. General Land Office Records found at ($)
  • Illinois Public Land Purchase Records This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at ($)
  • Macoupin County Federal Township Plats
  • Sheldon, Theodore. Land registration in Illinois. Chicago: Callaghan Co., 1901. Digital book. Expains the laws regarding land and the land systems used in Illinois. Includes court cases involving land issues. In addition to being on Ancestry, this book is available online at no cost at Internet Archives and Google Books.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Macoupin County land and property may be found online in the FamilySearch Catalog and FamilySearch Catalog–indexes. Online microfilm are indicated by the camera icon in the catalog entry. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.




Civil War

Civil War service men from Macoupin County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Macoupin County.

- 1st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia Cavalry (Union), Company B

- 3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 7th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and K.
- 14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 27th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F
- 32nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C and I
- 59th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I
- 97th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A
- 122nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, D, E, F, G, H, I, and K.
- 133rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies F, G, and H.
- 140th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D.
- 152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company I.


Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

Original probate records are held by the circuit court clerk. Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. A few copies of probate records are held at IRAD. Explore how to search IRAD–UIS. The following copies are available at IRAD–UIS and in the FamilySearch Catalog:

Other abstracted probate records for Macoupin County can be explored through a subject search of theFamilySearch Catalog.


County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Macoupin County are kept, see the Macoupin County Courthouse page.

Macoupin County Historical Museum Library

920 W. Breckenridge St
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-2850
Phone: 217-854-2561
Hours: Wednesday May - Nov 10 AM - 2 PM Sunday Jun - Aug 1 PM - 5 PM

Family History Center

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Cass County.

You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site.

The following centers are located in surrounding counties. Their wiki pages may supply hours and other information.

Litchfield Illinois Family History Center
12367 Roberson Rd.
Litchfield, Illinois 62056

Springfield Illinois Family History Center
3601 Buckeye Dr.
Springfield, Illinois 62707

Alton Illinois Family History Center
6500 Humbert Rd.
Godfrey, Illinois

Jacksonville Illinois Family History Center
1053 E. Vandalia Rd,
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois.

The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) houses the records for Macoupin County. The link will help you find and use the records. There address is:

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
University of Illinois at Springfield Region
One University Plaza, MS BRK 140
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407

Public Libraries

Frank Bertetti Benld Public Library
308 East Central Avenue
Benld, IL 62009
Phone:(217) 835-4045
Benld History Section

Blackburn College Library
700 College Avenue
Carlinville, IL 62626-1498
Phone: 217-854-3231 Ext 4220
Collection includes historical and genealogical information.

Bunker Hill Public Library
220 East Warren St
P O Box P
Bunker Hill, IL 62014-0664
Phone: 618-585-4736 Collection includes newspapers, census books, histories and cemetery listings. The library also holds surname files for researchers.

Carlinville Public Library
510 North Broad Street
P.O. Box 17
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217/854-3505 Extensive genealogical collection including surname files and local newspapers.

Girard Township Library
210 W. Madison St.
Girard, IL 62640
Phone: 217/627-2414 Local newspapers and census films.

Macoupin County Historical Museum Library
P.O. Box 431
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-2850 Collection includes family histories and research records.

Mt. Olive Public Library
100 North Plum Street
Mt. Olive, IL 62069-1755
Phone: 217/999-7311
Collection includes local newspapers.

Staunton Public Library
George and Santina Sawyer Genealogy Room
306 West Main
Staunton, IL 62088
Phone: 618-635-3852

Collection includes local newspapers, cemetery listings, county histories, surname lists, and historical society quarterlies.

Grand Prarie of the West Public Library District
142 W. Jackson St.
Virden, IL 62690-1257
Phone: 217/965-3015

Collection includes local newspapers, cemetery listings, and census records.

Social Groups Online




Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth (1857) and death (1877) records are kept by the Macoupin County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health. with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are kept by the County Clerk from 1829 to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

Copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Universtiy of Illinois–Springfield(UIS). Search Macoupin County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database . For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD–UIS Wiki page.

Explore Macoupin County vital records found in the FamilySearch Catalog. Other libraries(at WorldCat) also hold copies of abstracted Macoupin County vital records. (How to explore WorldCat).






  1. Macoupin Creek
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 196. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Macoupin, Illinois Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/17/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Macoupin County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Illinois 04/17/2017.