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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 

Census Records

Church Histories / Records

County Records


A-G Surnames
H-N Surnames
O-Z Surnames

School Records




Website Updates:

May 2017: Newspaper Gleanings > Marriage Announcements
Skinner - Bragg
Newspaper Gleanings > Obits: Mary Bacon Douglas, John W. Parker, Debra Jean Douglas Rota

May 2017: Biographies
William N Wood, Henry C Wood, Michael Erhardt, Nimrod Taylor

April 2017:
Biographies > Charles W. Croudson

February 2017:
Newspaper Gleanings > Miscellaneous News > WAR ON CHINCH BUGS
Newspaper Gleanings > Crime News > THE FAMOUS INCUBATOR BABY



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

They will take phone calls, but not email. Copy charges are nominal.... (with a minimum charge of $1.00) and they will bill you (so don't send them $ in your first letter). The interns are usually pretty quick in responding.

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