Macoupin County, Illinois Genealogy

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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

Template:Illinois-stub United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Macoupin County

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]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Macoupin County boundary changes.

Record Loss

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



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.

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

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 in the FHLC and FHLC–indexes. 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.



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.

- 3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 7th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and K.
- 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
- 152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company I.


Newspapers and Obituaries

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 Family History Library Catalog:

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


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 (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

Social Groups Online




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 (1857) and death (1877) records are kept by the Macon 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 Family History Library Catalog. Other libraries(at WorldCat) also hold copies of abstracted Macoupin County vital records. (How to explore WorldCat).




Web Sites


  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.