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Macon County, Illinois (Map It) was created on January 19, 1829 from Shelby County. Macon County was named for Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837), sixth Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senator from North Carolina. . Learn More About State of Illinois History
Macon County is bordered by DeWitt County (north), Piatt County (northeast), Moultrie County (southeast), Shelby County (south), Christian County (southwest), Sangamon County (west), Logan County (northwest)
Macon County Townships include Hickory Point, Harristown, Illini, Friends Creek, Blue Mound, Austin, Decatur, Pleasant View, Oakley, Maroa, Long Creek, Milam, Mt. Zion, Niantic, South Macon, South Wheatland, Whitmore. View the Macon Federal Township Plats of Illinois from 1804-1891.
A Macon County, Illinois General Highway Maps includes County, City and Township maps which contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Macon County, Illinois Courthouse Records
Macon County, IL Courthouse
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Macon county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Macon County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1829 and Birth & Death Records from 1877. The County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
- Macon County Recorder of Deeds has Land Records from 1827. The County Recorder of Deeds serves the people of County by receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
- Macon County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Probate Records from 1831 and Court Records from 1829. The County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
- Macon County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
- Local Government Records Database provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
Macon County, Illinois Census Records
- Learn More: State of Illinois Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: Substitutes Index, 1810-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1825-1865
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Macon County, Illinois Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Illinois Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from January 1916 to present
- Marriage and Divorce Records: from January 1962 to present.
- Locations: Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records, 925 East Ridgely Ave., Springfield, IL 62702-2737; (217) 782-6553
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Macon County, Illinois Resources
- State of Illinois Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Illinois
- Decatur Genealogical Society
- Macon County Historical Society & Museum
- University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), Illinois Regional Archives Depository
- Macon County, Illinois Message Boards
- Macon County, Illinois Genealogy Forum
- Macon County, Illinois Mailing lists
Macon County, Illinois External Links
- Illinois Historical Newspapers - Newspapers.com
- Map of Macon County and its civil and congressional townships
- Macon County, Illinois Books - Amazon
- Macon Co., Illinois - FindaGrave
- Illinois Indexed Historical Records - Familysearch
- Fact Sheet for Macon County - Illinois State Archives
- Centennial history of Decatur and Macon County
- History of Macon Co., Illinois from its organization to 1876 By John W. Smith, Esq. of the Macon County Bar.