Ford County, Illinois

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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]}
 
*'''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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See an interactive map of Ford County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
  
 
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Revision as of 10:06, 8 August 2011

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
Ford County Website

United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Ford County

Contents

Ford County Organization

Ford County's civil records start the following years:

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

Ford County is named for Thomas Ford, the eighth Governor of Illinois.

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

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

History

Records

Court Records

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

Land and Property

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

Maps

Military

  • 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.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Guardianships

Repositories

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.

Family History Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Illinois State Universtiy
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Box 1520
Normal, Illinois 61802
Phone: 309-452-6027

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County

Public Libraries

Schools

Social Groups Online

Societies

Taxation

1833-1876 Taxable Lands Lists. IRAD-ISU

Vital Records

Births

1878-1901 Birth Records. IRAD-ISU

index

1878-1909 Birth Record Index

Marriages

1859-1927 Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU

Index

1859-1983 MarriageRecord Index. IRAD-ISU

Deaths

1878-1901 Death Record. IRAD-ISU

Index

1878-1915 Death Record Index. IRAD-ISU

Web Sites

References

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