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John Pitzer and some of his descendants, by Littleton P. Bradley, 1975

Macoupin 911 Road Directories
Available for purchase from Macoupin County Extension Service, 210 N Broad, Carlinville, IL 62626, [email protected], phone 217-854-5459

Macoupin County Farmers Guide Volume 1-2, collections of issues Nov 1920 thru Dec 1922
Available online at Google Books

Macoupin County IL Marriage Records Vol. I 06 Jul 1829 - 22 Dec 1838, compiled by Cynthia Leonard

Macoupin County IL Marriage Records Vol. II 29 Dec 1838 - 01 Jan 1846, compiled by Cynthia Leonard

Macoupin County IL Marriage Records Vol. III 06 Jan 1846 - 13 Nov 1851, compiled by Cynthia Leonard

Macoupin County IL Marriage Records Vol. IV 15 Oct 1851 - 31 Dec 1854, compiled by Cynthia Leonard

Macoupin County IL Marriage Records Vol. V 01 Jan 1855 - 1857, compiled by Cynthia Leonard

Miscellaneous Birth and Marriage Records of Early Macoupin and Madison County, IL Residents. Information abstracted from obituaries in early Macoupin County newspapers, compiled by Cynthia Leonard

Macoupin County Illinois Death Index, Volume I (1877-1878), includes record number, name, age, date of death, place of death and place of burial, compiled by Cynthia Leonard

Macoupin County on Route 66, by Dennis Garrels, published in 2007 by Arcadia Publishing
Preview of the first 29 pages is available online at Google Books

Macoupin County Plat Book
Available for purchase from Macoupin County Extension Service, 210 N Broad, Carlinville, IL 62626,  [email protected], phone 217-854-5459

Macoupin County, IL 1850 Federal Census, compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

Macoupin County, IL 1860 Federal Census, compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

Macoupin County, IL, Original Purchasers of Land compiled by Littleton P. Bradley, 1985

Macoupin Goes to War, by Carl Stanton, a hard-bound book about south Macoupin County soldiers in the Civil War. Personal accounts of war experiences, pictures, rosters, etc.
Available for purchase from Carl Stanton, [email protected], 307 E. Morgan St., Bunker Hill, IL 62014

Macoupin Men in the Civil War, 1861, by Tom Emery, published in 2010, the story isn't just about the leaders, it's about the men in the ranks, 26 pages
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

Memorial Park Cemetery, Staunton, IL, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society

Memories of My Past, by Lula C. Vaughn, published in 2012 by Publish America, an autobiography. Lula Corene Eastman was born in Marion County, Illinois. She and her parents, Leo and Ethel (Hays) Eastman, moved to Bunker Hill, Illinois in 1940. In 1946, she graduated from High School and married William H. Vaughn who passed away in August of 1989.

Miner Examining Board, List of Applicants for Certificates of Competency, 1908, Illinois State Archives
Hard copy available at IRAD, University of Illinois at Springfield, Brookens Library
Hard copies also available at Carlinville Public Library and Staunton Public Library

Miscellaneous Cemeteries of Staunton Township, IL and Vicinity, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Modesto Centennial Book, by Modesto Centennial Committee, published by Capital Blueprint Company, Springfield, IL, in 1996, 331 pages.

Montgomery & Macoupin Inter-County Directory, published in 1903
Available to view portions here

More Macoupin County Historical Society books:

Mother Jones The Miners' Angel, A Portrait, by Dale Fetherling, published in 1974 by Southern Illinois University Press, 1979 Edition published by Arcturus Books. For half a century Mother Jones took up the workingman’s cause without question and fought his battles without compromise. Dale Fetherling’s biography gives her full story, with eloquence and sympathetic understanding.
Illustrated article by Mara Lou Hawse is available online at Illinois Labor History Society
Same title authored by Elliott J. Gorn available for purchase from Illinois Labor History Society

Mt. Olive, IL Cemeteries Vol. 1, Immanual Lutheran, Calvary and Union Miners, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society

Mt. Olive, IL Cemeteries Vol. 2, Chapman, Holy Trinity Catholic and Mt. Olive City, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society

Oak Hill Cemetery, North Palmyra Township, compiled and researched by Velma A. Sonneborn, 239 pages plus supplement. This is a researched listing with many genealogical notes about the families buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. A supplement was published in 1985.
Available for purchase from Macoupin County Historical Society

Old Settlers Stories of Staunton Township, IL, and Vicinity, Volume 1 and Volume 2, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society

Pleasant Hill, by Ethel Harshbarger Weddle, published in 1956 by Brethren Publishing House. The Story of the German Baptist Brethren (Dunkards) and Their Families in the Girard-Virden Area 1863-1912, 260 pages.
Available online at Internet Archive
Note: The Girard Sesquicentennial Book Committee, reprinted in 2002 with the addition of a pictorial section and an every name index, 375 pages.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Macoupin County, Illinois, by Chapman bros., published in 1891 by Biographical Publishing Company
Available online at Internet Archive

Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders: Macoupin County, Illinois, 1919, reprinted 2003, Higginson Book Company, 279 pages, originally published by The Prairie Farmer in 1919, fully illustrated directory that includes a full classified list of breeders of purebred livestock and poultry, an alphabetized business directory, and more.
Transcriptions of Farmers section is available here

Remember Virden 1898, by Illinois Humanities Council, 48 pages

Remembering Mt. Olive, a picture book, compiled by the Mt Olive Herald.
Available for purchase from Mt. Olive Herald, P.O. Box 300, Mt. Olive, IL 62069

Richard Rowett: Thoroughbreds, Beagles, and the Civil War, by Tom Emery, 112 pages, ISBN 0-9661637-0-2, a biography of a Civil War officer, an Illinois state politician, a breeder of thoroughbred horses, including a Kentucky Derby winner, and is credited as the first to introduce the true-bred beagle hound to this country.
Review available at Illinois Periodicals Online
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

Salter in Madison & Macoupin Counties IL, by Ellen DalPozzo

Sawyer Update, 1650-1988, by Ellen DalPozzo, October 1989, 248 pages including index

Scroggins in Macoupin, Montgomery, & Madison Counties, Illinois, by Ellen DalPozzo, 1994, 140 pages plus exhibits and index, Small Southern Macoupin County Cemeteries - Includes some small cemeteries from Brighton Township (Asbury, German, Miles Station, Scribner Cemeteries), Brushy Mound Township (Behme, Fishbach, Mitchell Cemeteries), Bunker Hill Township(Wood, Woodburn(partial index) Cemeteries) , and Cahokia Township(Blevins, Camp, Eagarville Lake, Duncan/Henderson, Farrar(Frarrar)/Sinclair, Karnes, Kinder, Lutheran Church, Spring Creek Cemeteries). Indexed in the mid-1980's. compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society 1996, Reprint 2001 - has cemetery additions to Bunker Hill Township - Baird, Bullman, Goodnight, Smalley
Additions to Small Southern Macoupin County Cemeteries Volume I, 1996 version. Bunker Hill Township Cemeteries Baird, Bullman, Smalley, Goodnight

Small Southern Macoupin County Cemeteries, Volume II. Includes small cemeteries in Dorchester Township (Funderburk, Luken, Mize-Hand, St. Mary's Catholic, Tine-Sawyer, Wayne), Gillespie Township (Clark Family, Harlan, Wheeler-Huddleston), Hilyard Township (Bethlehem Baptist Church/Centerville, Fleming, Hilyard), Honey Point Township (Carrico, Corr), Mt. Olive Township (Dees, Franzmayer), and Staunton Township (Sparks). compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Soldiers with Picks and Shovels, by Tom Emery, possibly published in 2011, a photo-history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp at Carlinville, which operated from 1935-41.
Article available online at Canton Daily Ledger
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

Some descendants of Thomas J. Reynolds and Clarissa E. Newell Reynolds, by Littleton P. Bradley, 1975

Some McConnell families of central Illinois, their ancestors, descendants, and other relatives, by Littleton P. Bradley, 1972

Some Stout families of central Illinois, their ancesters, descendants, and other relatives, by Littleton P. Bradley, 1972

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. The cemetery is listed 3.2 miles south of Bunker Hill, IL on route 159, compiled by Lula Eastman Vaughn.

Staunton City Cemetery and Old St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Staunton in Illinois, by Dorrell Kilduff, published in 1988, historical information and many names of early settlers
Available for purchase ($12.50) from City of Staunton, City Clerk, Staunton, IL 62088

Staunton: The Early Years, video, produced in 2001 by The Staunton High School Art Club

Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie, by John Mack Faragher, published in 1986
Available to borrow ebook from Internet Archive

Suhre in Madison & Macoupin County IL, by Ellen DalPozzo

Sutton, Descendants of John Wesley Sutton, compiled by Gloria Frazier, Gregath Publishing, 1995, includes his Sutton father's family and his Sutton grandfather's location of Macon Co TN
Available for purchase from Gloria Frazier

The City of Virden Proudly Celebrates Our Sesquicentennial, published in 2002 by Event Planning Committee Members, 111 pages

The Families of Littleton Porter Bradley I and John Bradley, by Littleton P. Bradley, 1975

The Great Coal Miners' Strike of 1897, General Bradley, 70 pages

The History of a Famous Court House Located at Carlinville, Illinois, by W. B. Brown, published in 1934, 54 pages, mentions many names, some stories, and a few biographies
Available online at Internet Archive

The History of the Macoupin County, Illinois Fairs, 1852-2000, published by Macoupin County Historical Society

The Houses That Sears Built, Everything you wanted to know about Sears Catalog Homes, Rosemary Thornton, 2002, Alton, 119 pages and bibliography

The Jones Family of Minsterly, Shropshire, England (also in Macoupin and Madison Counties), compiled in 1987 by Ellen DalPozzo & Cindy Leonard, 103 pages, pictures, plasti-bound. This genealogy begins with John Paul Jones, eldest child of Richard and Hannah (Crowder) Jones who came to America, first working in the mines in Ohio and then coming to Staunton to work in the mines here. Some of the allied families included in this book are: Jarman, Montgomery, Strahun, Snell, Beyer, Stiller, Best, Bond, Evans and Crowder. The books includes many family pictures, a brief history of the mining operations in Staunton, family members' lodge & society affiliation, newspaper extracts of family events, obituaries and official certificates.

The Longhunters: A Report on the History and Family of William Blevins Sr. Showing 25 Ascendants and Uncounted Descendants, by Leslie W. Blevins Jr., published in 2012

The Macoupin Connection, Volume I, a compilation of records of Macoupin County including land and probate and births from newspapers and county records, compiled by Cynthia Leonard

The Macoupin Connection, Volume II, compiled by Cynthia Leonard, collection of newspaper stories about people, places, and events in Macoupin

The Macoupin Connection, Volume III, a compilation of newspaper articles about people, places and events in Staunton, Illinois, by Cindy Leonard as extracted from early newspapers in the Staunton area. This volume includes articles printed in the Staunton Star-times from January through December, 1996, and includes more pages and pictures than Vol 1 and Vol 2. Cynthia Leonard

The Macoupin County Courthouse: Scandalous Symbol, by Tom Emery, 28 pages, ISBN 0-9661637-6-1. A well-researched look at the controversial construction of the famous "Million-Dollar" courthouse of Macoupin County.
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

The Magnificent Bastards, The Joint Army-Marine Defense of Dong Ha, 1968, by Keith William Nolan, 16 pages, included on "Big John" Malnar from Sawyerville, who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam

The Memorable Month: Minor League Baseball in Staunton, Illinois, by Tom Emery, 12 pages, ISBN 0-9661637-4-5, A documented look at a minor league baseball team that called the southern Macoupin County town of Staunton home for four weeks in the summer of 1908.
Article available online at Bengil Post
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

The Other John Logan: Col. John Logan and the 32nd Illinois, by Tom Emery, 16 pages, ISBN 0-9661637-1-0 A look at the life of Col. John Logan (1809-1885), who is overshadowed by his first cousin, the famous John A. "Blackjack" Logan of military and political lore. An early doctor of Macoupin County and an officer in the 32nd Illinois Infantry, "the other John Logan" quietly found his way into Illinois history with a long career of political involvement.
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

The Story of Macoupin County, Illinois, 1829-1979, published by the Macoupin County Sesquicentennial, Inc., Carlinville, IL, in 1979, Kenneth R. Schwartz, president
Index by Littleton Bradley is available here in 29-page pdf

The Story of the Coopers, A Pieced Together History, by Christy Jacobson, published by Broken Dishes Publications in 2010, 103 pages. Biography of Henry Cooper, founder of Nilwood, Illinois, in 1852, details how Henry, as a young English railroad boss, led a team of Irish workers in building the final stretch of the Chicago and Alton Railroad. It shows how the harsh social and economic realities of mid-nineteenth century Britain served to forge a bond between Henry and his Irish crew. Revealed are: his success as a young entrepreneur; his interfaith marriage to the Irish widow, Mary Murphy Dea, and his close alliance with her family; the mystery of what became of Henry’s father, who was exiled to Australia in 1834; and close associates, the Murphys, Kings, Cliffords, Streets, Clines, and Vaughns.
Available for purchase from Christy Jacobson, [email protected], Broken Dishes Publications, P.O. Box 71232, Point Richmond, CA 94807

The Swindler's Treasure, by Lois Walfrid Johnson, published in 1997. A novel set in the Alton and Brighton area, was written for young people but is enjoyed by any age. There are three chapters about the underground railroad at Brighton.
Preview available online at Google Books
Available for purchase at Brighton Heritage Museum, 202 S. Main Street, P O Box 506, Brighton IL 62012, phone June Wilderman 618-372-3536

There the Heart Is, A History of Brighton, Illinois, 1826-1964, by Mrs. Martha A Bentley, reprinted in 1995 with permission by The Brighton Heritage Group, June Wilderman, President.
Available for purchase from June Roady Wilderman, P O Box 506, Brighton IL 62012

Tombstone Revelations:

Individual Tombstone Revelations books are available for purchase from Macoupin County Historical Society

Union Chapel Methodist Church Records, 1868-1945, privately printed by Wanda Warkins Allers, Margaret Sager Hohimer, and Eileen Lynch Gochanour, 1983, includes index, 22 pages. Union Chapel Methodist Church is located west of the town of Girard, Macoupin County, Illinois.

Virden Community High School Class of 1936: Fiftieth Anniversary, May 31, 1986, by Littleton P. Bradley, 1986

Virden Recorded Anniversaries, etc - 1986 (January - June), compiled by Eileen Lynch Gochanour

Virden Recorded Anniversaries, etc. - 1985, compiled by Eileen Lynch Gochanour

Virden Recorded Obituaries - 1985, compiled by Eileen Lynch Gochanour

Virden Recorded Obituaries - 1986, compiled by Eileen Lynch Gochanour

Virden Recorder Obits: 1986, Macoupin County, Illinois, compiled by Wanda Allers & Eileen Gochanour, published in 1987, 139 pages

Virden, Illinois and vicinity marriages and anniversaries, Volumes 1 and 2, by Littleton P. Bradley, 1994

Virden, Illinois, and vicinity obituaries, Volume 1 1881-1885 and Volume 2, 1886-1889, Bradley, Littleton P. 1994

Virden, Illinois, High School 1883-1983, compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

Vital Records of the Zion Lutheran Church in Carlinville, IL (1873-1890), translated and edited by Darrel Griffin

Wallace Reid; His Life Story as Related by His Mother, by Bertha Westbrook Reid, published in 1923
Available online at Internet Archive

We Will Go to a New Land, The Great East Frisian Migration to America 1845-1895, by Robert H. Behrens, published in 1998 by Behrens Pub. Co., 406 pages, 28 chapters covering the history of many major Ostfriesen settlements; Ostfriesen history, customs and traditions; Name Index with thousands of ancestors; Hundreds of Ostfriesen family stories; Pictures of churches, cemeteries, and Ostfriesland sites; Pates of church and cemetery records. Of interest locally: Macoupin & Montgomery Counties: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Mt. Olive; Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Gillespie; Zion Lutheran Church at Staunton; Immanuel Lutheran Church of Mt. Olive; St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Cemetery.

Week By Week, compiled by the Mt Olive Herald from Mt. Olive newspapers from as early as 1892. Extractions of activities and events, births, deaths, robberies, etc. (not all obituaries are included)
Available for purchase from Mt. Olive Herald, P.O. Box 300, Mt. Olive, IL 62069

William Porter Bradley and his descendants, by Littleton P. Bradley, 1972, some Bradley families of central Illinois; their ancestors, descendants, and other relatives

World War I Genealogy Research Guide: Tracing American Military and Non-Combatant Ancestors Includes a Guide to Canadian Military Research, by Debra M. Dudek, published in 2018
Available for purchase from Debra Dudek


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