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Moultrie County Historical and
Genealogical Society

Post Office Box 588
Sullivan, IL 61951-0588

Mission Statement:

The Moultrie County Historical and Genealogical Society's purpose is to bring together those interested in the history and genealogy of Moultrie County, to discover, collect, and preserve any material which may help establish or illustrate the history of the area and all its people, to provide for the cataloging and for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility to those who wish to examine or study it. Also, to stimulate and encourage an interest in the genealogy of our ancestors, to promote and publish material in a quarterly publication covering Moultrie County, other counties, neighboring states, and other areas from which our settlers and ancestors came.

Moultrie County

Moultrie County was formed from the Illinois counties of Macon and Shelby in 1843. It is divided into eight townships - Lovington, Lowe, Dora, Jonathan Creek, Sullivan, Marrowbone, East Nelson and Whitley.

The Heritage Center

Located at 117 East Harrison Street, Sullivan, IL, the Heritage Center houses the Society offices, Research Library, Member Museum, and printing facilities.
Phone:  (217) 728-4085.

The Research Library

Open Saturday and Monday from 1 to 5 pm and by appointment. It has a large collection of historical and genealogical data pertaining not only to Moultrie County, but to most of the continental United States. Limited research is done free for members of the Society who enclose a SASE with their query.

The Member Museum

Open Saturday and Monday from 1 to 5 pm and by appointment. Arrangements for special group tours can be made by calling the Heritage Center.
Phone:  (217) 728-4149

The Moultrie County Heritage Quarterly

Published February, May, August, and November, the Quarterly contains historical and genealogical data regarding Moultrie County as well as research aids, book reviews, society news and queries. Members and non-members are encouraged to submit material for possible publication.

Regular Meetings

Regular meetings are held at the Heritage Center at 7 pm the 3rd Thursday of each month with an Annual Meeting each November. The general public is always welcome to attend. 
The Executive Board meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 9 am in the Heritage Center Research Library.
No regular meeting is held in December.

Regular  Meetings 
Third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in the:

Moultrie County Heritage Center
117 E. Harrison St., Sullivan, IL  



Membership includes The Heritage (twice a year), 12 issues of the Newsletter, free queries, and free use of the Heritage Library. Dues are based on the calendar year and due each January 1st. Those joining later in the year receive quarterly back issues for the year joined.

For further information on membership registration, ordering publications, or any questions or comments, contact the Society at:

 Moultrie County Historical & Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 588
Sullivan, IL 61951-0588


Moultrie County Area Links:

Roots Web/Moultrie County Moultrie County
Irish Families in Moultrie County History of Moultrie County 
 (includes many out of print books)
State of Illinois Amish Country
Sullivan Newspaper Decatur Newspaper

Moultrie County birth, marriage, and death certificates are available from:

Moultrie County Clerk and Recorder
10 S. Main
Sullivan, IL 61951


Moultrie County requires that all requests for these documents be submitted on special forms. Therefore, you should contact the County Clerk for these forms before submitting a request by mail.


  If you have a historical or genealogy link to Moultrie County, Send E-MAIL.


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