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Moultrie County, Illinois
Boundary map of Moultrie County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: February 16, 1843
County Seat Sullivan
Moultrie County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Moultrie County Courthouse
10 S. Main Street
Sullivan, Illinois 61951
(217) 728-4389
Moultrie County Website


United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Moultrie County

Moultrie County Organization

Moultrie County's civil records start the following years:

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

Historical Facts

William Moultrie.jpg
Moultrie County is named for William Moultrie who was a General during the Revolutionary War and later became the 35th Governor of South Carolina.

Parent County

  • 1843--Moultrie County was created 16 February 1843 from Shelby and Macon Counties.  County seat:  Sullivan [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Moultrie County boundary changes.

Record Loss

November 25, 1864 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources



Gotoarrow.png Illinois Cemeteries for more information.

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

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.



Land and Property

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Land and Property for more information.

1831-present The original land and property records for Moultrie County are held by the County Clerk. See the info box above for contact information. The following copies are available:



Civil War

Civil War service men from Moultrie 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 Moultrie County.

- 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E
- 41st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.


Newspapers and Obituaries

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 Moultrie County are kept, see the Moultrie 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 Moultrie 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

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

Springfield Illinois Family History Center
3601 Buckeye Dr
Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois
Phone: 217-529-7930
Hours: T 6pm-9pm; W 10am-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat 10am-2pm

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 Moultrie 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.

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

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Vital Records

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information.


1859–present  The original Moultrie County birth records 1859- present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1859-1900 Birth Certificates - IRAD-EIU Search for Moultrie County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1859-1920 Birth Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Moultrie County records.
  • 1859-1980 Birth Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Moultrie County records.


1843–present  The original Moultrie County marriage records 1843-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1843–1919 Marriage Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Moultrie County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1843-1981 Marriage Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Moultrie County records.

The following abstracts are available:


1877–present  The original Moultrie County death records 1877-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1877–1927 Death Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Moultrie County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877–1973 Death Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Moultrie County records. 

The following abstracts are available:

Web Sites

Databases pertinent to Moultrie County


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).