ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
210 E. Main St.
Carlinville, IL 62626
217-854-3214 — County Clerk
217-854-3211 — Circuit Clerk
217-854-3214 — Recorder
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS BRK 140
Springfield IL 62703-5407
January 17, 1829 (Laws, 1829, p. 26)
Origin of the name of the county
Named for Macoupin Creek which flows through the county and is derived from the Indian word for the water lilies that grew along the creek. The tubers of the water lilies were a food source for the indians.
Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in
1821–1829 — Greene
1812–1821 — Madison
1790–1812 — St. Clair
1829– — Carlinville
History of county governing board
1829–1849 — County Commissioners’ Court
1849–1871 — County Court
1871– — County Board of Supervisors
Adopted — November 1, 1870
Girard — Formed from Virden (date unknown, before 1921).
Mt. Olive — Formed from Staunton (date unknown, before 1921).
South Palmyra — Name changed from Palmyra (date unknown).
Federal Township Plats of Illinois
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Local Governmental Records Database
Macoupin County Coroner's Inquest Files (1835–1928)
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments