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General County Information


"Douglas County, lying a little east of the center of the State, embracing an area of 410 square miles and having a population (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]

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

Douglas County Data

Church Histories / Records

County Records


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School Records

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Website Updates
Jan 2015:  obit for BEALS
Nov 2014:  bio for GATES
Sep 2014:  gossip news from 1891; SHONKWILER obit.  Marriage Announcement for TODD-McCLUNG; burials for NORVELL in Tuscola Cemetery
Feb 2014:  obit for CHARLSON
Oct 2013:  1883 Pensioners
July 2013: obit for EARLE
Jan 2013: obit for SPENCER



Douglas County Courthouse........

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

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

Douglas Co. Clerk of the Circuit Court
P.O. Box 50, Tuscola, IL 61953

Mailing address for IRAD:

Eastern Illinois University,

Booth Library, 600 Lincoln Ave,

Charleston, IL 61920

(217) 581-6093

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