Macoupin County IL - Illinois State Archives and Libraries outside Macoupin County

Illinois State Archives, including IRAD;
and Libraries Outside Macoupin County

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    Illinois State Archives Site

    Census Records at the Illinois State Archives:
    1810-1860, 1870, 1880, 1890: The 1890 federal census records were destroyed by fire in Washington, D.C., in 1921 and therefore cannot be searched, 1900-1910
    Federal Mortality Schedules for the years 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. These records show only those deaths that occurred during the one year prior to the beginning of the enumeration. For example, the 1850 Mortality Schedule lists death that occurred between June 1, 1849 and May 31, 1850. Searches of the unindexed 1870 and 1880 schedules require that you provide a township location. Also, please note that the 1870 Mortality Schedules for Illinois counties beginning with any letter from A through K (Adams-Kankakee) are missing.

    State Censuses researched by the IL State Archives: Although state censuses were taken before 1855, schedules for very few counties have survived.
    The 1855 census is indexed.
    The 1865 census, the last state census taken, is not indexed. Also, only the head of the family is listed by name; other members of the household are shown by numerical totals in age categories.

    War Records:

    The Archives contains the resident files of the Illinois Soldiers'and Sailors Home in Quincy beginning with the year 1887. For information about a resident after 1908, you must first obtain a registry number directly from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home before submitting your query. Records of National Home in Danville for the years 1898 through 1934 are also available on microfilm in the Archives.

    In addition, the Illinois State Archives contains National Archives microfilm publications of selections from each Revolution War pension file, War of 1812 pension index and World War I draft registrations. The pension files include the entire nation, while the draft records pertain only to Illinois. When requesting draft record information, please provide a county location and, for Chicago, a street address.

    County Histories: The Archives holds many published Illinois county histories.