Illinois Trails a part of the Genealogy Trails History Group
Volunteers Dedicated to Free Genealogy
This Site is Available for Adoption
Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data for
the free use of all researchers.
We're looking for folks who share our dedication to putting data online and are interested in helping this project
be as successful as it can be. If you are interested in joining Genealogy Trails, view our Volunteer Page for further information and then contact Kim.
(Enough knowledge to make a basic webpage and a desire to transcribe data
We need help with contributions of your data, history and stories to
make this a great site for research!
Everything is helpful: Obituaries, Biographies, County History, Census Records, Family Bible Records, to name a
few. We do not put gedcoms or family trees online - we're looking for the transcribed data from the ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS
that you used to put your tree together.
As data becomes available, we'll put it on this site. Information will be posted as fast as we can
find, type and/or receive it.
Send other types of data directly to US It helps immensely if you can transcribe whatever you're sending us (rather
than sending us a scanned picture to type from)
We regret that we are unable to perform personal research.
All data we come across will be added to this site. We thank you
for visiting and hope you'll come back again to view the updates we make to this site.
If you would like to be kept informed of our state and county website updates,
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Macoupin county is covered under our original Illinois Trails mailing list.
Diane Rapp will do lookups from the "History of Macoupin County,
Email her at email@example.com
(Her family lines are Rhoads, Talley and Shultz)
Established January 17, 1829
The county seat is Carlinville
The county was named for Macoupin Creek, which flows through the
county and is derived from the Indian word for the water lillies that grew along the creek. The tubers for the
water lillies were a food source for the Native Americans.
Present Area, or parts of it, were formerly included in :
St. Clair - 1790-1812
Madison- 1812-1821 and 1825-1829
Townships / Towns / City Histories
They contain the names of the first settlers, first born/died/married in each township.
New Data added to this site:
Jan 2013: WILLIS bio
Oct 2012: CARPENTER bio
June 2012: BEHRENS bio
May 2012: GARBETT, PRICHARD, JOHNSON obits; Bios for BARTLETT, BLACKBURN, BAILEY
Aug 2010: BEERUP obit
Apr 2010: KELLER bio
Oct 2009: DORSEY obit
July 2009: Crime News Items; Obits for GIMLIN, BALDWIN, MEYER, HART, SMITH, DRENNAN, WELLS, BOTKIN, CLOUD, REENER,
HOBBIE, HINNRICHS, WHITMORE, JENKINS; Auto accident news stories, Administrative notices from newspapers, Misc.
birth records, Burials in Virden City, Rural Methodist, Kinder, Oak Grove and Girard City Cemeteries
June 2009: Gehner Farm Burials; Union Miners Cemetery Burials; Crime News Item; ROACH, GIMLIN, BALDWIN, MEYER,