Christian County, Illinois Genealogy

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Christian County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Christian County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: February 15, 1839
County Seat Taylorville
Christian County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Christian County Courthouse
101 South Main Street
Taylorville, Illinois 62568
(217) 824-4969
Christian County Website

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Christian County Organization

Christian County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Christian County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1839 1877 1840 1828 1839

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

Historical Facts

Large numbers of Kentuckians settled in frontier Christian County, Illinois. The name of the county (Christian) is reminiscent of Christian County, Kentucky - the previous residence of many pioneer settlers.[1]

Boundary Changes

  • 15 February 1839: -- Christian County was created fromSangamon and Shelby Counties. It was formerly Dane County, until the name was changed to Christian County 1 February 1840. [2]

Record Loss

Records and Resources


The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Christian County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Christian County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Business and Commerce


Gotoarrow.png Find A Grave, list of cemeteries. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)


For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.



Church History and Records

Illinois' GenWeb for Christian County has a list of churches in the county as they appear in the telephone directory. They are listed by denomination with addresses and telephone numbers.

The Family History Library has very few church records, and they represent different denomination. The Library's church records are found on the town, not the county, level.

Timeline of major denominations in Christian County:[3]

  • 1842 Christian Church. The first preacher may have been W.P. Bowles who was invited to preach by a Baptist minister.
  • 1846 Roman Catholic Church organized in Taylorsville, the first town organized in the County
  • 1848 Baptist Church
  • 1852 United Presbyterian Church began with meetings of the Associate Reform Church
  • 1855 Methodist Episcopal Church
  • 1856 Presbyterian Church first organized in Pana
  • 1856 Congregational Church

Court Records


Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.



Mailing Lists

Message Boards


Land and Property

BLM GLO Records. Search original land patents for Christian 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.

Land records that include Bond County 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.
  • "U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907:" Records of Illinois are among the 13 states included in this set. It includes images of the land patents which contain the information necessary for ordering the complete case files from the National Archives. This appears to be the same information that is online at the Federal Land Office site
  • 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.


Military History and Records

Civl War

Civil War service men from Christian 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 Christian County.

- 33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 35th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies G and I.
- 54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.

Naturalization and Citizenship


Probate Records


County Courthouse

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

Family History Center

There are no family history centers in Christian County. It appears that the nearest centers are:

  • Springfield Illinois Family History Center
    3601 Buckeye Dr.
    Springfield, Illinois 62707
    Contact: 217-529-7930
    Open selected hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
  • Litchfield Illinois Family History Center
    12367 Robertson Rd
    Litchfield, Illinois 62056
    Contact: 217-324-2396
    Open selected hours on Tuesday, Thursday

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Archives hold many records for Greene County. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page

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

Public Libraries

Assumption Public Library District
205 North Oak Street
Assumption, IL 62510
Phone: (217) 226-3915

Kitchell Memorial Library
300 Se 5th Street
Morrisonville, IL 62546
Phone: (217) 526-4553

Carnegie-Schuyler Library
303 East Second Street
Pana, IL 62557
Phone: (217) 562-2326

Taylorville Public Library
121 West Vine Street
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: (217) 824-4736
Taylorsville Library has a small genealogy room with materials that are not cataloged.

Social Groups Online



Vital Records


Available at the IRAD Repository

  • Birth certificates 1878 to 1915
  • Birth records 1877 to 1916
  • Birth records index 1877 to 1925


Some of the Family History Library's Collection of Christian County marriages have been or will be made available digitally: Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934.

Available at the IRAD Repository

  • Marriage Records 1839 to 1921
  • Marriage records index 1866 to 1924

Available through $:

  • Christian county marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1790 to 1860."  The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection
  • Christian County marriages in "Illinois Marriages 1851 to 1900." The source of this collection is films in the Family History Library's collection


Available at the IRAD repository

  • Death Records 1877 to 1915
  • Death record index 1877 to 1931
  • Death records, coroners 1913 to 1915

Web Sites


  1. Hardin County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives, accessed May 28, 2011.
  2. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  3. Illinois Sesquicentennial Edition of Christian County History; ed. Dorthy D. Drennan Jacksonville, Illinois: Production Press, 1968 FHL book 977.381 H2i