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

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 copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Christian County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the UIS IRAD Wiki page.


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.
  • "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 ($)
  • "U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796 to 1907" Available at ($) 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.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Christian County land and property may be found in the FHLC and FHLC–maps. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.


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.

- 3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company M.
- 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

Original probate records are held by the circuit court clerk. Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. For more information see the wiki page Illinois Probate Records. No probate records are held at IRAD for Christian County. Explore how to search IRAD–UIS. The following copies are available in the Family History Library 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 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


Christian County Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 28
Taylorville, Illinois 62568-0028
Library Hours:
- Summer April through November: Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 3 pm
- Winter hours (December thru March):Saturday 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
The genealogical society is located in the Pence Building, the Christian County Historical Museum.

Christian County Historical Society and Museum
P.O. Box 254
Taylorville, IL 62568-0028
Phone: 217-824-6922

325 Abe’s Way (in front of the Super 8 Motel)
Near the intersection of Routes 29 and 48
Taylorville, IL 62568

The Christian County Historical Society and Museum is dedicated to preserving the ancestry and the history of Christian County Illinois. They have extensive genealogical resources as well as an impressive collection of material culture.


Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded since 1877 are kept by the Christian 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 1877 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 Greene County records in the Local Governmental Records Holdings Database . For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD–UIS Wiki page.

Explore Christian County vital records found in the Family History Library Catalog. Other libraries(at WorldCat) also hold copies of abstracted Greene County vital records. (How to explore WorldCat).



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.


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