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"Douglas County, lying a little east of the center of the State, embracing an area of 410 square miles and having apopulation (in 1900) of 19,097. The earliest land entry was made by Harrison Gill, of Kentucky, whose patent was signed by Andrew Jackson. Another early settler was John A. Richman, a West Virginian, who erected one of the first frame houses in the county in 1829. The Embarras and Kaskaskia Rivers flow through the county, which is also crossed by the Wabash and Illinois Central Railways. Douglas County was organized in 1857 (being set off from Coles) and named in honor of Stephen A. Douglas, then United States Senator from Illinois. After a sharp struggle Tuscola was made the county-seat. It has been visited by several disastrous conflagrations, but is a thriving town, credited in 1890, with a population of 1,897. Other important towns are Arcola (population, 1.733), and Camargo, which was originally known as New Salem. " "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois", 1901

"Tuscola, a city and the county-seat of Douglas County, located at the intersection of the Illinois Central and two other trunk lines of railway, 22 miles south of Champaign, and 36 miles east of Decatur. Besides a brick court-house it has five churches, a graded school, a national bank, two weekly newspapers and two establishments for the manufacture of carriages and wagons. Population (in 1880), 1,457; (in 1890) 1,897; (in 1900) 2,569" "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois", 1901

Established February 8 & February 16, 1859

Township Names: Arcola, Bourbon, Bowdre ( Name changed from Deer Creek on June 5, 1868), Camargo, Garrett, Murdock ( Formed from Camargo and Newman on December 7, 1882.), Newman, Sargent, Tuscola

[View Township Map - offsite link to IRAD website]

Douglas County Courthouse........

Douglas County Clerk
P.O. Box 467, Tuscola, IL 61953 (217) 253-2411
(birth, death and marriage records)

For all other records, contact......

Douglas Co. Clerk of the Circuit Court
P.O. Box 50, Tuscola, IL 61953 (217) 253-2352

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  Search For Douglas County Records available through Illinois Regional Archives Depository [IRAD]

  Mailing address:


Eastern Illinois University,

Booth Library, 600 Lincoln Ave,

Charleston, IL 61920

(217) 581-6093

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Douglas County Genealogy

  1884 History of Douglas County

Index of names found within the Township histories

Arcola Township
Bourbon Township

Bowdre Township
Camargo Township
Garrett Township
Murdock Township
Newman Township
Tuscola Township
Sargent Township

John Richman, a typical backwoodsman - NEW!

  Arthur, IL Birth Certificate Index 1868-1925





Family Bibles

Jacob Moore & Amanda Rice 1858 Family Bible

Squire William T Moore & Margaret E. Louthan 1881 Family Bible


Arthur Cemetery

Arcola Cemetery

Bagdad (aka Campbell) Cemetery

Bourbon Cemetery

Broadus Cemetery

Camargo (Oak Ridge)

Cartwright Cemetery:

Campbell (Bagdad) Cemetery

Chesterville Cemetery

Evangelical Zion Cemetery

Fairfield Cemetery

Fairland (Jordan) Cemetery

Fillmore Cemetery

Gill (Riverside) Cemetery

Gwinn Cemetery

Hammet Cemetery

Hickory Wyeth (Lewis) Cemetery

Hugo (Antioch) Cemetery

Lower Lester Cemetery

Miller (Amish) Cemetery

Mt. Zion Cemetery

Murdock Cemetery

"Negro Cemetery" - Read the 1967 history of Tuscola's only "All-Negro" Cemetery 


Nelson Chapel Cemetery

Newman Cemetery

Pleasant Grove Cemetery

Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

Sunnyside (Mennonite) Cemetery

Taylor Cemetery

Tuscola Cemetery
Waddington Funeral Home Records

Upper Lester Cemetery

Van Voorhis / Deer Creek Cemetery (Old Section)

Villa Grove Cemetery

Yoder (Amish) Cemetery



The 1850 Mortality of Coles County (includes Douglas)
1860.....Tuscola Post Office
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