Logan County, Illinois Genealogy

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Logan County, Illinois
Boundary map of Logan County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: February 15, 1839
County Seat Lincoln
Logan County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Logan County Courthouse
P.O. Box 278
Lincoln, Illinois 62656
Logan County Website


County Organization

                                     Beginning Dates for Logan 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 Logan County are kept, see the Logan County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

Logan county was named for Dr. John Logan, a pioneer physician, and father of General John A. Logan, a General in the Union Army and who had a political presence in Illinois. John A. Logan is also known as the founder of Memorial Day.

Parent County

  • 1839--Logan County was created 15 February 1839, from Sangamon County.  County seats: Postville, Mt. Pulaski, Lincoln [1]

Boundary Changes

1827-1839 Tazewell
1821-1839 Sangamon
1817-1821 Bond
1812-1817 Madison
1790-1812 St. Clair
1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory

See an interactive map of Logan County boundary changes.

Record Loss

April 15, 1857 -- Courthouse burned and virtually all records were destroyed.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Populated Places








Lake Fork




Mount Pulaski

New Holland

San Jose

Historical Place Names

Aetna, Albany, Allenville, Altic, Atlanta, Athol, Atlanta, Atteberry

Beason, Bell, Big Prairie, Bloomingdale, Boren, Broadwell, Burton View

Camden, Camp Latham, Chester, Chestervale, Chestnut, Clay, Cornland, Corwin, Crohurst, CroHurst Station

East Lincoln, Elk Hart City, Elk Heart City, Elkhart, Elkhart City, Emden, Eminence, Evans

Fogarty, Fulscher

Gale, Georgetown, Gilchrist, Gillett, Gold Springs, Griggs

Hamilton, Harness, Hartsburg, Hartsburgh, Hartwig, Hurlbut, Hurricane Point

Irish Grove

Johnsons, Johnsons Siding

Kickapoo, Kickapoo Siding, Kings, Kruger

Laenna, Lake Fork, Latham, Lawndale, Layman, Lee, Leesburgh, Lincoln, Lincoln Hill, Long Point, Lucas

Mackey, Madison, Martin, Middletown, Mt. Fulcher, Mt. Hope, Mt. Joy, Mt. Pulaski, Music, Musick's Ferry

Narita, New Castle, New Holland, North Lincoln

Oran, Orndorff, Orvil

P & N Junction, Peifer, Peoria District Junction, Perry, Postville, Prairie Creek, Pulaski


Rhody, Richmond Grove

Salt Creek, San Jose, Scroggin, Sheridan, Skelton

Union, Utility

Warick, West Lincoln, Wilmert, Woodlawn, Woolf, Wyatt



Source: Illinois Place Names. Compiled by James N. Adams, Illinois Historical Society, 1989. Edited by William E. Keller with a new addendum by Lowell M. Volkel

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources



Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

1866-1920 Records of the Lincoln Circuit Methodist Churches in Logan County, Illinois. Copied by Mrs. Kenneth Patterson; indexed by Mrs. Jean Hauffe. FHL Collection two fiche Book: 977.357 K2p

Court Records

1857-1944 Circuit court Case Files IRAD-ISU

1872-1963 Guardians' records FHL film 1316630 first of 5 films

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


Land and Property


Military Records

  • War of 1812

Military Land Grants in Logan County Illinois for Soldiers of the War of 1812 - USGenWeb

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Logan 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 Logan County.


- 2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company B.
- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company H.
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company G.
- 14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company D.


- 7th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D, E and H.
- 28th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 32nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 38th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 68th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 73rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 106th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I.
- 108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 145th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies D and H.
- 155th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.

Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois. Illinois Military Units in the Civil War. (Springfield: Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois, 1962). Other libraries with this book. FHL Collection.FHL US/CAN Book 977.3 M2im.

Civil War Dead, Logan County. transcribed by William J. Donath. FHL Collection

This is My Story: Veterans of Logan County Illinois. Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)

Leo W. Myers Post, Lincoln 1913  - USGenWeb

Sam Walker Post, Mt. Pulaski 1913 - USGenWeb

  • Indian Wars

Military Land Grants in Logan County Illinois for Soldiers of the Indian Wars - USGenWeb

FHL book 977.357 M2t v. 2


1859-1906 Naturalization Records. Illinois County Court. FHL Collection Includes indexes.


Probate Records

1894-1964 Probate Inventory Record IRAD-ISU

1931-1963 Probate Sale Record, Personal Property IRAD-ISU

Probate records available through the Family History Library

1844-1949 Probate Records. Logan,Illinois County Court FHL Collection

1855-1930 Will Records. Logan County Court. FHL Collection

Online Illinois Probate Records:

At FamilySearch


County Courthouse

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

Family History Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Illinois State Universtiy
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Box 1520
Normal, Illinois 61802
Phone: 309-452-6027

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County

Public Libraries

School Records

1897-1901 School Pupil Roster and inventory record, Girls Industrial's IRAD-ISU

1920-1948 School Pupil Diploma Records IRAD-ISU

Social Groups Online


Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society, 114 N. Chicago Street, Lincoln, IL 62656 (217) 732-3200


Vital Records



1857-1865 Marriage Record Index IRAD-ISU

1857-1901 Marriage Record IRAD-ISU


1891-1899 Burial Registers (Lincoln) IRAD-ISU

Places / Localities

Web Sites

Databases Pertinent to Logan County

Local Governmental Records Database
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Federal Township Plats of Illinois
Logan County Circuit Court Criminal Case Files Index (1857–1945)


  1. 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.