Place:Logan, Illinois, United States

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Logan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 30,305, which is a decrease of 2.8% from 31,183 in 2000. Its county seat is Lincoln.

The Lincoln Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Logan County.

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History

The first county seat was at Postville. The second county seat was at Mt. Pulaski. In 1856 the county seat was moved to Lincoln, a newly formed town named after Abraham Lincoln, the only town to be named for him before he became President. [1]

Logan County was originally laid out in 13 Precincts: Atlanta, Bowles, Broadwell, Elkhart, Eminence, Lake Fork, Lincoln, Madison, Middletown, Mt. Pulaski, Prairie Creek, Salt Creek, Sugar Creek. We do not know the boundaries of the original precincts or where each one was. Townships were formed along the standard lines under the Northwest Ordinance.

Around 1867 17 Townships were formed from the Precincts: Aetna, Atlanta, Broadwell, Chester, Corwin, East Lincoln, Elkhart, Eminence, Hurlbut, Laenna, Lake Fork, Mt. Pulaski, Oran, Orvil, Prairie Creek, Sheridan, West Lincoln.

Place names - not necessarily populated places - for which at least one reference has been found are; Aetna, Albany, Allenville, Altic, Atlanta, Athol, Atlanta, Atteberry, Beason, Bell, Big Prairie, Bloomingdale, Boren, Broadwell, Burton View, Camden, Camp Latham, Chester, Chestervale, Chestnut, Clay, Cornland, Corwin, Crohurst, CroHurst Station, East Lincoln, Elk Hart City, Elk Heart City, Elkhart, Elkhart City, Emden, Eminence, Evans, Fogarty, Fulscher, Gale, Georgetown, Gilchrist, Gillett, Gold Springs, Griggs, Hamilton, Harness, Hartsburg, Hartsburgh, Hartwig, Hurlbut, Hurricane Point, Irish Grove, Johnsons, Johnsons Siding, Kickapoo, Kickapoo Siding, Kings, Kruger, Laenna, Lake Fork, Latham, Lawndale, Layman, Lee, Leesburgh, Lincoln, Lincoln Hill, Long Point, Lucas, Mackey, Madison, Martin, Middletown, Mt. Fulcher, Mt. Hope, Mt. Joy, Mt. Pulaski, Music, Musick's Ferry, Narita, New Castle, New Holland, North Lincoln, Oran, Orndorff, Orvil, P & N Junction, Peifer, Peoria District Junction, Perry, Postville, Prairie Creek, Pulaski, Quisenberry, Rhody, Richmond Grove, Salt Creek, San Jose, Scroggin, Sheridan, Skelton, Union, Utility, Warick, West Lincoln, Wilmert, Woodlawn, Woolf, Wyatt, Xenia, Yankeetown. [2]

Timeline

Date Event Source
1829 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1839 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1840 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1850 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1855 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1878 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources


Notes: The dates are misleading. The new courthouse in Lincoln burnt on April 15, 1857. There are no marriage or court records [unless they were contained in a later filed document] prior to that date but some land records were reconstructed and others were held by the federal government. This includes the records of Abraham Lincoln's trials in Mt. Pulaski. Prior to the official county formation on February 15, 1839, vital and legal records for Logan County, except for land records, are in the Sangamon County archives at the Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Springfield, Illinois. [3]

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1840 2,333
1850 5,128
1860 14,272
1870 23,053
1880 25,037
1890 25,489
1900 28,680
1910 30,216
1920 29,562
1930 28,863
1940 29,438
1950 30,671
1960 33,656
1970 33,538
1980 31,802
1990 30,798

Research Tips

The Logan County Illinois Genealogical and Historical Society [4] in Lincoln and the Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society in Mt. Pulaski are good places to start your in person search. Both are staffed by knowledgable people. When traveling from a distance it is advisable to call ahead.

Your online search should begin at the Logan County ILGenWeb site [5]. The main page has links to the state's resources and county specific resources as well as resources on the site including listings for many cemeteries, 1840 and 1850 census indexes, links to free views of the actual 1840 and 1850 census as well as the 1830 Sangamon County census which included Logan County, transcriptions of the 1855 Illinois census and 1862 military census, listings of residents from old histories and much more.

External links

  • Outstanding guide to Logan County family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, censuses, wills, deeds, county histories, cemeteries, churches, naturalizations, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.
  • ILGenWeb


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