Christian County, Illinois
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CHRISTIAN COUNTY - a rich agricultural county, lying in the "central belt" and organized in 1839 from parts of Macon, Montgomery, Sangamon and Shelby Counties. The name first given to it was Dane, in honor of Nathan Dane, one of the framers of the Ordinance of 1787 (a/k/a the Northwest Ordinance), but a political prejudice led to a change. A preponderance of early settlers having come from Christian County, KY., this name was finally adopted. The surface is level and the soil fertile, the northern half of the county being best adapted to corn and the southern to wheat. Its area is about 710 square miles, and its population (1900) was 32,790. The life of the early settlers was exceedingly primitive. Game was abundant; wild honey was used as a substitute for sugar; wolves were troublesome; prairie fires were frequent; the first mill (on Bear Creek) could not grind more than 10 bushels of grain per day, by horse-power. The people hauled their corn to St. Louis to exchange for groceries. The first store was opened at Robertson's Point, but the county-seat was established at Taylorville. A great change was wrought in local conditions by the advent of the Illinois Central Railway, which passes through the eastern part of the county. Two other railroads now pass centrally through the county - the Wabash and the Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern. The principal towns are Taylorville (a railroad center and thriving town of 2,829 inhabitants), Pana, Morrisonville, Edinburg and Assumption.  
[Source: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, 1901]

The county was renamed Christian County in 1840. 

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Website Updates:
Feb 2014: Marriage Announcement for DODSON - WINKLER
Oct 2013: 1883 pensioners
Sept 2013:  AMOS death information
Apr 2013: obits for BOUVET, CASTAGNO
Jan 2013: obits for BOUVET,DEBRUN
Jun 2012: HARNER obit
Dec 2011: Postcard of Hopper Paper Company




Surrounding Counties: 
Macon, Montgomery, Sangamon, Shelby

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Christian County Courthouse

P.O. Box 647

Taylorville, IL 62568

County Clerk - (217) 824-4969

Circuit Clerk - (217) 824-4966

Recorder - (217) 824-4960 or 824-4969

IRAD Depository

LIB 144

University of Illinois at Springfield

One University Plaza, MS BRK 140

Springfield IL 62703-5407

(217) 206-6520

Christian County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 28
Taylorville, Illinois 62568-0028

Assumption Public Library

131 North Chestnut
PO Box 227
Assumption, IL 62510-0227

Oak Hill Cemetery
- Taylorville, Illinois

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