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Arthur Public Library <br>225 S Walnut<br>Arthur, IL 61911-1269<br>(217) 543-2037<br><br>
Arthur Public Library <br>225 S Walnut<br>Arthur, IL 61911-1269<br>(217) 543-2037<br><br>
Camargo Township District Library<br>14 N Main St<br>Villa Grove, IL 61956-1517<br>(217) 832-5211<br>camargotownship.lib.il.us<br><br>
[http://www.camargotownship.lib.il.us/ Camargo Township District Library]<br>14 N Main St<br>Villa Grove, IL 61956-1517<br>(217) 832-5211<br><br>[http://www.newmanregionallibrary.org/ Newman Regional Library District] <br>101 W Yates St<br>Newman, IL 61942<br>(217) 837-2412<br><br>[http://www.tuscola.lib.il.us Tuscola Public Library]<br>112 E Sale St<br>Tuscola, IL 61953-1496<br>(217) 253-3812<br>
Newman Regional Library District <br>101 W Yates St<br>Newman, IL 61942<br>(217) 837-2412<br>newmanregionallibrary.org<br><br>
Tuscola Public Library<br>112 E Sale St<br>Tuscola, IL 61953-1496<br>(217) 253-3812<br>www.tuscola.lib.il.us
=== Social Groups Online  ===
=== Social Groups Online  ===

Revision as of 15:26, 24 August 2011

Douglas County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: February 8 and 16, 1859
County Seat Tuscola
Address Douglas County Courthouse
401 S. Center
Tuscola, Illinois 61953
(217) 253-2411
Douglas County Website

United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Douglas County

Douglas County Organization

Douglas County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Douglas 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 Douglas County are kept, see the Douglas County Courthouse page

Historical Facts

Stephen A Douglas.jpg
Douglas County was named for Stephen A. Douglas who was an American politician and was a candidate for United States President in 1860. He lost to Abraham Lincoln.

Parent County

  • 8 February 1859: Douglas County was created from Coles County. [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Douglas County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

To see a list of places in Douglas County, click on [Show] in the bar, above. The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Records and Resources



Gotoarrow.png Illinois Cemeteries for more information.

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



Historical populations
Census Pop.
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.


Court Records


USGenWeb, Douglas County, Illinois (ILGenWeb), Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Douglas County, Illinois, 1918.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


Mailing Lists

Message Boards


Land and Property

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Land and Property for more information.


Military Records

Civil War

  • Civil War service men from Douglas 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 Douglas County.
- 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D
- 25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H
- 54th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 79th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, E, G, and K.

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship



Probate Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Probate Records for more information.


County Courthouse

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

Family History Centers

There are over 4500 Family History Centers worldwide which serve as branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Volunteers provide research assistance to help patrons identify their ancestors.  Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at a nominal cost.  Locate your nearest Family History Center at the FamilySearch website.  Call ahead to verify operating hours.  All are welcome.

The following centers are accessible to residents of Douglas County, Illinois:

Champaign Illinois Family History Center 
604 W Windsor Rd
Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
Phone: 217-352-8063
Hours: Thur-Sat 9:30-12:30pm; Thur 7pm-9pm; or by appt

Danville Illinois Family History Center 
1941 N Bowman Ave
Danville, Vermilion, Illinois
Phone: 217-446-5887
Hours: Sat 9:30am-2pm

Decatur Illinois Family History Center
3955 Lourdes Ln
Decatur, Macon, Illinois
Phone: 217-875-9396
Hours: T, Sat 10am-3pm; Th 6pm-9pm

Please note: Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage the archival records of local governments. Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.  The records of Douglas County come under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) regional depository.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093

Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.


Arcola Public Library
407 E Main
Arcola, IL 61910-1513
(217) 268-4477

Arthur Public Library
225 S Walnut
Arthur, IL 61911-1269
(217) 543-2037

Camargo Township District Library
14 N Main St
Villa Grove, IL 61956-1517
(217) 832-5211

Newman Regional Library District
101 W Yates St
Newman, IL 61942
(217) 837-2412

Tuscola Public Library
112 E Sale St
Tuscola, IL 61953-1496
(217) 253-3812

Social Groups Online



Vital Records





Databases pertinent to Douglas County


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002