Coles County Illinois Genealogical Society

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When: Sunday, May 15th, 2016          Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.     

Where: Charleston Carnegie Public Library (Room A ), 

Phone # 345-4913


DNA What and Why?
                               Sandy Barnett, MA
                               Rec., Sec,/Webmaster of 
                                 Coles Co IL Genealogical Society

We would like to offer Genealogy Classes and would appreciate in know what topics would be best. Please post topics that you would find interesting on our Facebook page or email us at [email protected] Several of the board members are Genealogists and at least 1 getting accredited to provide you with the help you need.

The Coles County, IL. Genealogical Society is progressing toward changes for the better. We are making sure that when you come, we will be able to help you with all of your genealogy questions. We are putting together a full-staff to help you in the genealogy room. If you would be interested in volunteering a couple of hours a month, let us know.

We invite all to come and check are and use our wonderful, delightful genealogy room. Air-conditioned with computers, microfilm reader and tables all in a big comfortable area. Bring your computers or notepads and enjoy your day in the Coles County Genealogy Room. 

Our east wall is an enormous collection of family files for all to research. Our south wall contains our Coles County histories, cemetery notebooks, and collection of marriages up to 1930,  You will also find newspaper clippings of various families and much more. We have several small-town books on schools, farmers, and other businesses.  Our Church records of Coles County are plentiful and very helpful to use locating your ancestors. We also have Hutton Township records from Sam Sargent on microfilm.  Sam Sargent wrote about many of the local residents. The Sargent farm was moved from Hutton Township to Lincoln Log Cabin State Park in Pleasant Grove Township here in Coles County. In Coles County there are many things to do and see.

Your family history may be here on the shelf waiting for you to come in and discover. We have collected our high school yearbooks, and EIU yearbooks. We have several of Charleston, Mattoon, and other surrounding towns’ city directories. 

We also have out-of-state research materials:  census, marriages, histories, cemeteries and moreOur newspapers on microfilm begin around 1850. Our newsletter is mailed out January, March, May, July, September, December with all the events and history from our Genealogy Society and up coming events and meetings.

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Welcome to our new web site!

Thank you for visiting our web site!  If you are interested in becoming a member and gaining access to our Members Only section and getting the monthly Among the Coles newsletter please email us.  For website issues please email Sandy Barnett.  Thank you!