ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
Logan County Circuit Court Criminal Case Files Index (1857–1945)
Compiled by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository System, Illinois State University
The Logan County Circuit Court Criminal Case Files Index was compiled by Marshall Plumley, an intern for the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) System at Illinois State University in Normal. The 3,987 records in the database were extracted from the Logan County Circuit Court Criminal Case Files (IRAD Accession 3/0005/01). Please note that the criminal case files for the Logan County circuit court prior to 1857 were destroyed in a courthouse fire.
Each entry found in the index contains the following categories of information: the name of the defendant; the date the case was filed; the box and case numbers; and the type of case. Names of plaintiffs and defendants were transcribed directly from the case files. Every attempt was made to obtain accurate spellings of names. If the spelling of a name could not be determined from the case jacket, a search of the various case documents was conducted. However, names were often spelled a variety of ways throughout the case documents. It was also sometimes difficult to decipher handwriting in some case files. Therefore, when searching this index, we suggest that researchers check alternative spellings of names if they do not find an entry for the name for which they are searching.
The Logan County Circuit Court Criminal Case Files show the names of the plaintiff (i.e., People), defendant, judge and clerk of the court; the court dates; and usually the charge or cause of action. Documents contained in these case files include: summonses, affidavits of witnesses, pleas, subpoenas, bonds, receipts, depositions, declarations, decrees and orders of the court, jury and witness lists, indictments, warrants, writs of habeas corpus, verdicts, dismissals and transcripts of coroner's inquests.
Copies of the files found in this index may be obtained by mail or telephone. Inquiries should be made directly to the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at at Illinois State University in Normal. IRAD cannot accept requests by e-mail at this time. Please contact:
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Illinois State University
2016 Warehouse Road
Campus Box 1520
Normal, IL 61790-1520