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Toulon Public Library District

Digital Copies of the Stark County News

The Stark County Genealogical Society library is located at 207 W. Main St. in Toulon. The library houses a collection of vital records compiled by the Genealogical Society from courthouse records and from other sources. These include birth records, marriage records, death records, canvasses of Stark County cemeteries, and obituaries. Toulon Public Library Digital Archives of The Stark County News and Prairie Times: The library is open (except in December and January) for researchers from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 10:00 to noon on Tuesdays and Saturdays. People can make special arrangements by addressing emails to

Stark County Genealogy Society

NEW DIGITAL ARCHIVES: See Past Issues of The Stark County News and Prairie Times: (The digital archives do not work well with Google Chrome web browsers; use IE or Firefox for best results.) 

In February 2013 the Genealogical Society published a new Stark County history book.  This 450-page book contains historical stories and images of Stark County, feature articles on businesses and tributes to ancestors, and many family histories of Stark County residents, present and past.  The book is available for purchase for $66.00 plus $8.00 for postage and handling.  It was awarded the 2013 Book of the Year by Acclaim Press, the publisher.  Contact the email address above to purchase a copy of the book.

Presently, the Genealogical Society is helping Toulon Public Library digitize its collection of Toulon area newspapers from 1859 to 2000.  Donations can be sent to Friends of Toulon Library at 617 E. Jefferson St., Toulon, IL 61483.  When this project is completed, patrons will be able to search and view online the old newspapers.  The digitized newspapers on the library website will be particularly valuable for genealogy research.  The project is worthy of your financial support.  A donation of $90.00 will permit the library to post nearly two years of weekly newspapers.  We welcome smaller donations as well.