Illinois, Lee County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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To search the collection <br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images<br>  
 
To search the collection <br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images<br>  
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.  
 
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As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
 
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
  
{{Collection citation| text =“Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830-1954. ”  Index or Index and Images or Images. ''FamilySearch''. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Lee County Clerk. Lee County Courthouse, Illinois, United States.}}
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{{Collection citation| text =“Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830-1954. ”  Index or Index and Images or Images. ''FamilySearch''. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Lee County Clerk. Lee County Courthouse, Illinois, United States.}}  
 
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[[Category:Illinois|Court Records]]
 
[[Category:Illinois|Court Records]]

Revision as of 00:07, 3 April 2014

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This collection contains naturalization and probate records from the Lee County courthouse in Dixon, Illinois. It covers the years 1839 to 1954. This collection is being published as images become available.

Record Content

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Date of court proceeding or transaction
  • Details of the case
  • Place of residence
  • Names of witnesses

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Approximate court date

Search the Collection

To search the collection
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Volume Title and Year" which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example use the date and locality to search for census and church records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  • Witnesses in court cases may be close relatives.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local historical and genealogical groups also compile indexes to local records .
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Related Websites

Lee County Illinois Court Records 

Related Wiki Articles

Illinois Court Records

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830-1954

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

“Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830-1954. ” Index or Index and Images or Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Lee County Clerk. Lee County Courthouse, Illinois, United States.