LaSalle County, Illinois

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Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
 
Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for LaSalle County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page]].
 
  
 
*The [http://www.lscgg.org/lscgg_search.html La Salle County Genealogy Guild] has online indexes to Probate Records and holds the original probate files.  
 
*The [http://www.lscgg.org/lscgg_search.html La Salle County Genealogy Guild] has online indexes to Probate Records and holds the original probate files.  
 
*Digital images of guardianship and probate files (1844-1921) are available online at FamilySearch.org as part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12602114 Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1970] collection.  Browse probate records by volume (organized by date).
 
*Digital images of guardianship and probate files (1844-1921) are available online at FamilySearch.org as part of the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12602114 Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1970] collection.  Browse probate records by volume (organized by date).
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for LaSalle County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page]].
  
 
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Additional resources for LaSalle County probates may be found in the {{FHL|700216|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Will – Probate}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
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Additional resources for LaSalle County probates may be found in the {{FHL|700216|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Will – Probate}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
  
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png LaSalle County

Guide to LaSalle County Illinois genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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LaSalle County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting LaSalle County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 15, 1831
County Seat Ottawa
Courthouse
LaSalle County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address LaSalle County Courthouse
707 Etna Road
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-8202
LaSalle County Website
 

Contents

County Organization

LaSalle County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for LaSalle County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1868
1831
1870
1840
1831
1831

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for LaSalle County are kept, see the LaSalle County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

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LaSalle County was named for the french explorer, Robert de LaSalle. He was responsible for the first European settlements in the area.

Parent County

  • 1831--La Salle County was created 15 January 1831 from Putnam and Vermilion Counties. County seat: Ottawa [1]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see: Illinois Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

The Fox River Colony, in La Salle County, was a gathering place for early Norwegians. [[1]]

It was also an area of the first Norwegian converts to Mormonism in the early 1840s. [2]

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18409,348
185017,81590.6%
186048,332171.3%
187060,79225.8%
188070,40315.8%
189080,79814.8%
190087,7768.6%
191090,1322.7%
192092,9253.1%
193097,6955.1%
194097,8010.1%
1950100,6102.9%
1960110,80010.1%
1970111,4090.5%
1980112,0030.5%
1990106,913−4.5%
2000111,5094.3%
2010113,9242.2%

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, LaSalle County on page 187.]

Church History and Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information. It is usually best to locate church records with a search at a local level such as the city, town, or village.

Methodist

  • Little Indian Creek Wesleyan Methodist Church. Church Records & History, 1843-1877. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994 from original manuscripts at the Northern Illinois Conference, United Methodist Church, Evanston, Illinois. The Little Indian Creek church was probably in northern La Salle County. Includes references to the Ophir Weslyan Methodist Church assumed to be in Ophir Township, La Salle County, Illinois. Includes church history, 1843–1875; baptisms, 1865-1868; members, 1855-1872; minutes, 1865-1876; and member-related records in loose papers, 1857-1877. FHL film 1928182 Item 7
  • La Salle Mission, Methodist Episcopal Church. Membership & Baptism Records, 1859-1878. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994 from original manuscripts at the Northern Illinois Conference, United Methodist Church, Evanston, Illinois. Text in Swedish, Norwegian & English. Includes Leland, Mission Township, Otter Creek, Dayton, Norway, and the streams of Indian Creek and Otter Creek. Much earlier dates of birth are listed. FHL film 1928182 Item 3

Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at Northern Illinois University - search for LaSalle County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the NIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

  • 1831-1870 Circuit Court Records IRAD-NIU; search for LaSalle County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1831–1923 Probate court records FHL film 1428676 (first of 54 films)
  • 1843-1875 Chancery Court Records IRAD-NIU; search for LaSalle County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1840-1900 Naturalization Records for both Circuit and County Courts IRAD-NIU; search for LaSalle County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1836-1963 County Court Records IRAD-NIU; search for LaSalle County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1859-1871 Chancery Court Records IRAD-NIU; search for LaSalle County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1913–1925 Judgement dockets FHL film 2217421(first of 2 films)

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at Northern Illinois University search for LaSalle County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD - Northern Illinois University NIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1800s-Present - Use the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index to obtain original federal land transfer records including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry patents. These records help a research establish location and lead to National Archives' records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are housed at the National Archives.
  • Illinois Public Land Purchase Records This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)

Copies of original records

Abstracts

  • Family Maps of LaSalle County, Illinois (2008) plats the land of many nineteenth-century LaSalle County residents. The publisher's bookstore includes a free online surname index. FHL Book 977.327 E7b

Additional Resources

Additional resources for LaSalle County land and property may be found in the FHLC and FHLC–maps. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from LaSalle County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of LaSalle County.

- 1st Regiment, Illinois Light Artillery, Battery C.
- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A (Grant's Escort), Company B (Carrnichael's Cavalry Company), and Company I.
- 6th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company B.
- 7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company C (Morgan's Escort, Palmer's Escort, Smith's Escort).
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company F (Also known as Ottawa Artillery or Houghtaling's Battery)
- 11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Companies H, I, and K.
- 11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies H and K.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company B.
- 14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company C.
- 15th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L (Ford's Cavalry, Grant's Escort).
- 20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 23rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D, F, and H.
- 24th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 53rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, F, I and K.
- 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies G and I.
- 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates’ Sharpshooters), Company A.
- 88th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 104th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, all Companies.
- 132nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company A.
- 138th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies I and K.
- 147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and H.
- 156th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

The La Salle County Genealogy Guild has online indexes to obituaries and holds original copies of early newspapers on microfilm.

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

  • The La Salle County Genealogy Guild has online indexes to Probate Records and holds the original probate files.
  • Digital images of guardianship and probate files (1844-1921) are available online at FamilySearch.org as part of the Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1970 collection.  Browse probate records by volume (organized by date).

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for LaSalle County records. For information on how to use IRAD see theNIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for LaSalle County probates may be found in the Illinois, Will – Probate topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Repositories

See also a List of Illinois Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for LaSalle County are kept, see the LaSalle County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.

You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following centers serve LaSalle County:

Morris Illinois Family History Center
1414 Dupont Ave.
Morris, Illinois 60450
Telephone: (815) 941-4214
Ottawa Illinois Family History Center
1377 Adams Street
Ottawa, Illinois
Telephone: (815) 431-0186

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD), managed by the Illinois State Archives, houses the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois.

The Northern Illinois University (IRAD-NIU) holds the records for LaSalle County. Learn more about finding and using their records.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
c/o Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library, Room 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: (815) 753-1807

Public Libraries

The following LaSalle County libraries have collections of particular interest to genealogists.

Lasalle Public Library
305 Marquette
Lasalle, IL 61301
Telephone:(815) 223-2341
Their Genealogy and Local History collection includes city directories, local and state histories, yearbooks, LaSalle newspapers, maps, and more.
Oglesby Public Library District
111 S. Woodland Ave.
Oglesby, Illinois 61348
Telephone: (815) 883-3619
The library has local history books.
Peru Public Library
1409 11Th St.
Peru, IL 61354
Telephone: (815) 223-0229
Their Local History and Genealogy collection includes yearbooks, city directories, maps, and books of local interest.
Reddick Public Library District
1010 Canal St.
Ottawa, IL 61350
Telephone: (815) 434-0509
Their Illinois Room offers photos and documents related to Ottawa and LaSalle County.
Robert W. Rowe Public Library District
120 E. Si Johnson Avenue
P.O. Box 358
Sheridan, IL 60551

Telephone: (815) 496-2031
The library is developing a local history collection of historical maps, obituaries, and other items.
Utica Public Library District
Mill & Grove Streets
Utica, IL 61373
Telephone: (815) 667-4509
Join with their history club to categorize photographs and memorabilia related to the Utica area.

LaSalle County Historical Society Museum Library

Staff-assisted research is available in their collections of military records and histories, biographies, and Illinois Michigan Canal books.

LaSalle County Historical Society Museum
Canal and Mill Streets
P.O. Box 278
Utica, IL 61373
Telephone: (815) 667-4861

Social Groups Online

Societies

La Salle County Genealogy Guild
115 West Glover Street
Ottawa, Illinois 61350
Phone: 815-433-5261
Hours: M, S 9am - 4pm Other days by Appointment

The LaSalle County Genealogy Genealogical Guild has posted online indexes to county marriages (by both bride and groom), death certificates, obituaries, probate records, and burials. Onsite they hold original probate files, microfilm of early newspapers, and many other resources.

Taxation

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.


Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the LaSalle County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for LaSalle County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Birth Records

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriage Records

Copies of original Marriage Records

Online Resources

Death Records

Copies of original Death Records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for LaSalle County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, LaSalle – Vital Records, and the Illinois, LaSalle – Vital Records - newspapers topic pages of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.