Genealogy and History
Illinois Trails a part of the Genealogy Trails
Dedicated to Free Genealogy
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
(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,
subscribe to any or all of our mailing
Macoupin county is covered under our original Illinois Trails mailing
Diane Rapp will do lookups from the "History of Macoupin County,
Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
(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
They contain the names of the first
settlers, first born/died/married in each township.
New Data added to this site:
Jan 2014: obit for DAVIS; bio for PURVIANCE; Marriage
announcements, gossip news gleanings; military news; bios for DAVIS, LOVE,
BURLESON; obits for SIMPSON, MAXFIELD
June 2013: obits for KIMBALL, SELLERS
May 2013: obits for HAINSFURTHER, HARBAUGH, HOGAN, HOLDEN, JACOBY,
SCOGGINS, SOLOMON, WOOLFOLK, BOUVET
Jan 2013: WILLIS bio