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Your Coles County Host is Kim Torp, and I try to update these pages often, so be sure to check back often to see what new data has been added.

Illinois Genealogy Trails is an ALL VOLUNTEER not-for-profit group whose members strive to post as much raw genealogical data online as possible. Within these pages you will find all kinds of "raw data" to help you in researching your family lines.
Real Genealogy - Not Just Links
Much of the information has been data I've found in my own research or which has been transcribed and donated to Illinois Genealogy Trails by researchers just like you. We gratefully accept contributions of obituaries, marriage/death/birth/cemetery records, census excerpts or other raw data dealing with Coles County, so anything you have (following all copyright laws), send it to Kim at

IMPORTANT: I am not a professional researcher!! My family surnames in Coles county are the Ellis HICKS, Elston WRIGHT, Slingsby LINTHICUM, William THOMPSON family lines - please email me if you are related or visit my Family Site .
All the rest of any Coles County information I have is presented here on these pages.

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Coles County

Coles County was organized on December 25, 1830 out of Clark and Edgar counties.
It was named after Edward Coles, the second governor of Illinois from 1822 to 1826.
The County Seat is Charleston.

Charleston * Mattoon

Ashmore  *   Humboldt  *  Lerna  *  Oakland

Ashmore * Charleston * East Oakland * Humboldt * Hutton * Lafayette *
Mattoon * Morgan * North Okaw * Paradise * Pleasant Grove * Seven Hickory

Check your attics!
Dust off your family scrapbooks!
We're looking for DATA for this site!!!

Lovelis, Mail Route 2, Mattoon, IL

If you are interested in adding your families' information to this website, Email Us.
We'll be happy to help your families' obituaries, news items and other historical data find a home here
at Illinois Genealogy Trails, where it will remain free for all to view.

Coles County Data

Website Updates:
March 2015:  bio for GRIFFITH
Jan 2014:  Beavers Family history sketch; bio for STONE
Aug 2014:  List of Burials of Men of Company K, 123rd; Gossip news from November 1891;  obits for HOPPER, GUTHRIE, BLAKEMAN, SPENCER;  bio for CAMPBELL;  Marriage announcement:  ELKINS - BEST
Feb 2014:  Vietnam War Casualties; 1883 Pensioners; History of the Pioneer Log church on Indian Creek; HANKS obit; DORA burials in Dodge Grove cem.  Education in 1894 from letter by schools superintendent;  Marriage notice FROST-GRAKES, MCCLELLAND-LEE, ALFORD-GOULD; PHILLIPS-JOHNSON; obits for HANKS, PURTILL, NEWELL, MCGURTY, DIXON, HONN, LAMPHTER, BATES, JOHNSON, WILEY, JANKINS, GRAY, WILSON, LINCOLN, ANDERSON, HUSSONG, CREAGER, GILLUM, GERGUSON, COLLIER, BENNETT, GIBLER



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