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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Ford County'''
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Guide to '''Ford County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Ford County
 
| county = Ford County
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| founded date = February 17
 
| founded date = February 17
 
| seat wl = Paxton
 
| seat wl = Paxton
| building address = [[Ford County, Illinois Courthouse]]'''<br>'''County Clerk and Recorder'''<br>200 West State Street<br>Paxton, Illinois 60957<br>(217) 379-9400<br>E-Mail: clerk@fordcountycourthouse.com<br>'''Circuit Court Clerk'''<br>P.O. Box 80<br>Paxton, Illinois 60957<br>(217) 379-9420
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| building image = Ford County Courthouse.gif
| web = www.fordcounty.illinois.gov/
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| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
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| building address = '''Ford County, Illinois Courthouse'''<br>200 West State Street<br>Paxton, Illinois 60957<br>(217) 379-9400<br>[http://www.fordcounty.illinois.gov/]
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== County Organization  ==
 
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Ford County''
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=== Ford County Organization  ===
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Ford County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Ford County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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| align="center" width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Ford County Records'''</center>
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''  
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Adams County are kept, see the [[Ford County, Illinois Courthouse|Ford County Courthouse]] page.  
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Ford County are kept, see the [[Ford County, Illinois Courthouse|Ford County Courthouse]] page.  
  
 
=== Historical Records  ===
 
=== Historical Records  ===
[[Image:Governor Thomas Ford.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
  
'''Ford County''' is named for {{wpd|Thomas_Ford|Thomas Ford}}, the eighth Governor of Illinois.  
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[[Image:Governor Thomas Ford.jpg|thumb|right]] This county is named for Governor Thomas Ford, its eighth governor.  
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
*'''17 February 1859:''' Ford County was created from [[Clark County, Illinois|Clark]] County. <ref> ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 {{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}</ref><BR>Note:An earlier attempt to create Holmes County (proposed), on 31 January 1857 in the same general area, was unsuccessful. (Ill. Laws 1859, pub., pp. 29-33) (source:[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/IL_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Newberry Library]}
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*'''17 February 1859:''' Ford County was created from [[Clark County, Illinois|Clark]] County. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 {{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}</ref><br>Note: An earlier attempt to create Holmes County (proposed), on 31 January 1857 in the same general area, was unsuccessful. (Ill. Laws 1859, pub., pp. 29-33) (source:[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/IL_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Newberry Library]}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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See an interactive map of Ford County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
  
== Resources ==
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=== Record Loss ===
  
==== African American ====
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=== Records and Resources ===
  
The following have information concerning African American research.
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=== Biography  ===
  
*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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''Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County''.1892.{{FHL|18821|item|disp=FHL film 825571 another filming 934983 tiem 3}}
 
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
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*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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=== Archives and Libraries  ===
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'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository'''
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Illinois State Universtiy<br>2016 Warehouse Road Campus<br>Box 1520 <br>Normal, Illinois 61802 <br>Phone: 309-452-6027
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''History of Ford County'', by E.A. Gardner. {{FHL|18817|item|desp=FHL film 625572 and 825573}} another filming 934983 items 4-5
  
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County]
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=== Cemeteries  ===
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=716 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)
 
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Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=716 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Ford County ]and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com Billion Graves, gravestone photos and transcriptions]
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/ford.htm Ford Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/ford.htm Ford Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.  
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*Cemetery Records of Ford County. Daughters of&nbsp; the American Revolution. {{FHL|322674|itme|disp=FHL film 848587 items 1-2}}
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see [[Illinois Census]].
  
 
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| footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990]  
 
| footnote=[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt IL Counties 1900-1990]  
}}For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Illinois Census]].
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=== Church  ===
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=== Church Records ===
  
=== Court Records ===
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''The Farmersville Settlement'', by Shirley Hildman Johnson. {{FHL|181256|item|disp=FHL Book 977.362 Kej}}
  
=== Land and Property ===
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''A County History: Ford County History: Ford County, Illinois. ''by Ford County Historical Society, c. 1984 has a section on church records. {{FHL|121768|item|disp=FHL book 977.362 D2f}}
  
=== Maps ===
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=== Court Records ===
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Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.
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=== Directories  ===
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=== Ethnic Research  ===
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=== African American  ===
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The following have information concerning African American research.
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*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
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*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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=== Genealogy  ===
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=== History  ===
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''History of Ford Coutny, Illinois'':''From it's Earliest Settlement to 1908 ''([http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=0&db=dbatitles&ctx=%2fMercury%2fPages%2fCardCatListBoolean.aspx&hco=100&_F0003A49=1&o_iid=5910&o_lid=5910&o_sch=Web+Property&offerid=0%3a679%3a0&_F0003A49-int=1#ccat=hc%3D25%26dbSort%3D1%26title%3D%26keyword%3DFord%20County%2C%20Illinois%26 Ancestry])
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=== Mailing Lists  ===
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==== Message Boards  ====
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=== Land and Property  ===
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Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records
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:'''1885-1890''' Deed Record. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1888-1897''' Chattel Mortgage Extensions. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1938-1952''' Chattel Morgage Record. IRAD-ISU
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====== Index  ======
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'''1860-1941 '''Chattel Mortgage Index. IRAD-ISU
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'''Available through the Family History Library'''
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'''1837-1901 '''Grantor and Grantee Indexes, and Deed Records '''1859-1904. '''{{FHL|23462|item|disp=FHL film 1401811}} first film of eighteen
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/ford_map.html Ford County Federal Township Plats]
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=== Library  ===
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'''Paxton Carnegie Library'''<br>254 S. Market St.<br>Paxton, Illinois<br>(217)379-3431
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'''Melvin Public Library'''<br>102 S. Center St.<br>Melvin, Illinois<br>(217)388-2421
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[http://www.moyer.lib.il.us '''Moyer Library''']<br>618 S. Sangamon Ave.<br>Gibson City, Illinois<br>(217)784-5343
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'''Loda Township Library'''<br>105 E. Adams St.<br>Loda, Illinois<br>(217)386-2783
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'''Piper &nbsp;City Public Library'''<br>39 W. Main Street<br>Piper City, Illinois<br>(815)686-9234
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'''Cullom Memorial Library Inc.'''<br>103 Hack Street<br>Cullom, Illinois<br>(815)689-2720
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'''Rankin Public Library'''<br>121 S. Main St.<br>Rankin, Illinois<br>(217)397-2133
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=== Family History Centers  ===
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[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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There are no Family History Centers in Ford County. &nbsp;
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The nearest facitlity is:
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[[Champaign Illinois Family History Center|'''Champaign Illinois Family History Center''']]<br>604 Windsor Road<br>Champaign, Illinois<br>(217)352-8063
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=== Maps ===
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[[Image:Ilford.jpg|400px|right]]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Ford 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 Ford County.
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For information about using Military records see [[Illinois Military Records|Illinois Military Records]]
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=== Civil War ===
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Civil War service men from Ford 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 Ford County.  
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:- [[76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/076-k-in.html Company K].
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[http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso00buregoog#page/n458/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883] (Source: Internet Archives)
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==== World War I  ====
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[http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Illinois.Ford+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918] (Source: Ancestry)
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==== World War II  ====
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[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/illinois/ford.htm World War II Casualities], Army and Army Air Corps (Source: Access Genealogy)
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.
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The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]]
  
:- [[76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.
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'''1859-1906''' Naturalization Records. {{FHL|5066|item|disp=FHL film 1401895 itmes 2-4 and films 1401896-97}}
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
  
=== Probate Records ===
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[http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/county_results.php?county=Ford Newspapers Published in Ford County] (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)
  
=== Repositories ====
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[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/illinois/Ford/ Chronicling America ]Ford County (Source: [http://www.loc.gov/index.html The Library of Congress])
  
=== Societies ===
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[http://web.library.uiuc.edu/asp/inp/mergeddatabase/results.asp?County=Ford Cataloged Titles] (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)
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=== Obituaries  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
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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.
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'''1860-1942 '''Will Record, 1859-1929 Administrator's Record, and 1859-1953 Guardian Record. Ford County Courthouse. {{FHL|4024|item|disp=FHL film 1401890-1401895}}
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=== Repositories  ===
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[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]] is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing 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. [[IRAD - Illinois State University|Illinois State University]] houses the records for Ford County.
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*'''County Courthouse'''
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Ford County are kept, see the [[Ford County, Illinois Courthouse|Ford County Courthouse]] page.<br>
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*'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)'''
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[[IRAD - Illinois State University|Illinois State Universtiy (ISU)]]<br>2016 Warehouse Road Campus<br>Box 1520 <br>Normal, Illinois 61802 <br>Phone: 309-452-6027<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradregn.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository System] [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/isumap.html Illinois State University Region]
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*'''Public Libraries'''
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=== Schools  ===
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=== Social Groups Online  ===
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=== Societies ===
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfchs/ Ford County Historical Society]
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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'''1833-1876 '''Taxable Lands Lists. IRAD-ISU
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
====Births====
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====Marriages====
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
====Deaths====
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IDPH Registrar of Vital Records<br>Room 101 Courthouse<br>200 West State Street<br>Paxton, IL 60957<br>1-217-379-2721
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[https://secure.ancestry.com/VitalChek/selection.aspx?ct=bd&sor=Affiliates&sdo=url&sda=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ancestry.com%2fsearch&cj=1&sid=vitalchek&o_xid=0001769072&o_lid=0001769072 Order Birth and Death Certificates Online]
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==== Births ====
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:'''1878-1909 '''Birth Record Index
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:'''1878-1901 '''Birth Records. IRAD-ISU
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'''Available through the Family History Library'''
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1870-1909 Index to Birth Records, Birth Records, 1878-1909 {{FHL|23857|item|disp=FHL film 1401878 items 2-3}}
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==== Marriages ====
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:'''1859-1983 '''Marriage Record Index. IRAD-ISU. Available throught the Family History Library {{FHL|23833|item|disp=FHL film 1401876 item3}}
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:'''1859-1927 '''Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU. Available through the Family History Library {{FHL|23833|itme|disp=FHL films 1401877 - 1401878}}
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==== Deaths ====
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:'''1878-1915 '''Death Record Index. IRAD-ISU
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:'''1878-1901 '''Death Record. IRAD-ISU
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<br>'''Available through the Family History Library'''
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1878-1901 Index to Deaths, Register of Deaths, 1878-1901 {{FHL|23875|item|disp=FHL film 1401878 items 4-5}}
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.<br>
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Ford|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Ford/ Ford County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Ford/ Ford County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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'''Databases Pertinent to Ford County'''
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[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database]
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[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html &nbsp;Name Index to Illinois Local Governments]
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[http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html &nbsp;Illinois Statewide Marriage Index]
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[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950]
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[http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/death.html Illlinois Statewide Death Index, pre-1916]
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[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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&nbsp;[http://landplats.ilsos.net/ Federal Township Plats of Illinois]
  
 
== References  ==
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Ford County

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Illinois
Online Records

Coordinates: 40.59°0′N 88.22°0′W / 40.59°N 88.22°W / 40.59; -88.22

Ford County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Ford County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 17, 1859
County Seat Paxton
Courthouse
Ford County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Ford County, Illinois Courthouse
200 West State Street
Paxton, Illinois 60957
(217) 379-9400
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Contents

County Organization

Ford County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Ford County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878 1859 1878 1860 1834 1850

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

Historical Records

Governor Thomas Ford.jpg
This county is named for Governor Thomas Ford, its eighth governor.

Boundary Changes

  • 17 February 1859: Ford County was created from Clark County. [1]
    Note: An earlier attempt to create Holmes County (proposed), on 31 January 1857 in the same general area, was unsuccessful. (Ill. Laws 1859, pub., pp. 29-33) (source:Newberry Library}

See an interactive map of Ford County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Biography

Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County.1892.FHL film 825571 another filming 934983 tiem 3

History of Ford County, by E.A. Gardner. FHL Collection another filming 934983 items 4-5

Cemeteries

Gotoarrow.png Find A Grave, list of cemeteries. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)

Census

For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see Illinois Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190018,359
191017,096−6.9%
192016,466−3.7%
193015,489−5.9%
194015,007−3.1%
195015,9016.0%
196016,6064.4%
197016,382−1.3%
198015,265−6.8%
199014,275−6.5%
200014,241−0.2%
201014,081−1.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

The Farmersville Settlement, by Shirley Hildman Johnson. FHL Book 977.362 Kej

A County History: Ford County History: Ford County, Illinois. by Ford County Historical Society, c. 1984 has a section on church records. FHL book 977.362 D2f

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.

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

History of Ford Coutny, Illinois:From it's Earliest Settlement to 1908 (Ancestry)

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

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

1885-1890 Deed Record. IRAD-ISU
1888-1897 Chattel Mortgage Extensions. IRAD-ISU
1938-1952 Chattel Morgage Record. IRAD-ISU
Index

1860-1941 Chattel Mortgage Index. IRAD-ISU

Available through the Family History Library

1837-1901 Grantor and Grantee Indexes, and Deed Records 1859-1904. FHL film 1401811 first film of eighteen

Online Resources

Library

Paxton Carnegie Library
254 S. Market St.
Paxton, Illinois
(217)379-3431

Melvin Public Library
102 S. Center St.
Melvin, Illinois
(217)388-2421

Moyer Library
618 S. Sangamon Ave.
Gibson City, Illinois
(217)784-5343

Loda Township Library
105 E. Adams St.
Loda, Illinois
(217)386-2783

Piper  City Public Library
39 W. Main Street
Piper City, Illinois
(815)686-9234

Cullom Memorial Library Inc.
103 Hack Street
Cullom, Illinois
(815)689-2720

Rankin Public Library
121 S. Main St.
Rankin, Illinois
(217)397-2133

Family History Centers

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers

There are no Family History Centers in Ford County.  

The nearest facitlity is:

Champaign Illinois Family History Center
604 Windsor Road
Champaign, Illinois
(217)352-8063

Maps

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Military

For information about using Military records see Illinois Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Ford 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 Ford County.

- 76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.

List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 (Source: Internet Archives)

World War I

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Source: Ancestry)

World War II

World War II Casualities, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: Access Genealogy)

Naturalization and Citizenship

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library

1859-1906 Naturalization Records. FHL film 1401895 itmes 2-4 and films 1401896-97

Newspapers

Newspapers Published in Ford County (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)

Chronicling America Ford County (Source: The Library of Congress)

Cataloged Titles (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)

Obituaries

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.

1860-1942 Will Record, 1859-1929 Administrator's Record, and 1859-1953 Guardian Record. Ford County Courthouse. FHL film 1401890-1401895

Guardianships

Repositories

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing 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. Illinois State University houses the records for Ford County.

  • County Courthouse

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

  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Illinois State Universtiy (ISU)
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Box 1520
Normal, Illinois 61802
Phone: 309-452-6027
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System Illinois State University Region

  • Public Libraries

Schools

Social Groups Online

Societies

Ford County Historical Society

Taxation

1833-1876 Taxable Lands Lists. IRAD-ISU

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.

IDPH Registrar of Vital Records
Room 101 Courthouse
200 West State Street
Paxton, IL 60957
1-217-379-2721

Order Birth and Death Certificates Online

Births

1878-1909 Birth Record Index
1878-1901 Birth Records. IRAD-ISU

Available through the Family History Library

1870-1909 Index to Birth Records, Birth Records, 1878-1909 FHL film 1401878 items 2-3

Marriages

1859-1983 Marriage Record Index. IRAD-ISU. Available throught the Family History Library FHL film 1401876 item3
1859-1927 Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU. Available through the Family History Library FHL films 1401877 - 1401878

Deaths

1878-1915 Death Record Index. IRAD-ISU
1878-1901 Death Record. IRAD-ISU


Available through the Family History Library

1878-1901 Index to Deaths, Register of Deaths, 1878-1901 FHL film 1401878 items 4-5

Web Sites

Databases Pertinent to Ford County

Local Governmental Records Database

 Name Index to Illinois Local Governments

 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index

Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950

Illlinois Statewide Death Index, pre-1916

Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database

 Federal Township Plats of Illinois

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002