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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Lake County'''
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Guide to '''Lake County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Illinois-stub}} ''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Lake County''
 
  
 
== County Organization  ==
 
== County Organization  ==
  
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Lake County's civil records start the following years:
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Lake County is named for Lake Michigan which Lake County borders.  
 
Lake County is named for Lake Michigan which Lake County borders.  
  
=== Parent County ===
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=== Boundary Changes ===
  
*'''1839--'''Lake County was created 1 March 1839&nbsp;from [[McHenry County, Illinois|McHenry]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Waukegan <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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'''Prior to County Formation'''  
  
=== Boundary Changes  ===
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*'''1795-1801''' - Lake part of [[Knox County, Illinois|Knox County]] and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Territory Northwest Territory]
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*'''1801-1812''' - Lake part of [[St. Clair County, Illinois|St. Clair County]]
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*'''1812-1815''' - Lake part of [[Madison County, Illinois|Madison County]]
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*'''1815-1816''' - Lake part of [[Edwards County, Illinois|Edwards County]]
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*'''1816-1819''' - Lake part of [[Crawford County, Illinois|Crawford County]]
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*'''1819-1821''' - Lake part of [[Clark County, Illinois|Clark County]]
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*'''1821-1823''' - Lake part of [[Pike County, Illinois|Pike County]]
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*'''1823-1825''' - Lake part of [[Fulton County, Illinois|Fulton County]]
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*'''1825-1831''' - Lake part of [[Putnam County, Illinois|Putnam County]]
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*'''1831-1836''' - Lake part of [[Cook County, Illinois|Cook County]]
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*'''1836-1839''' - Lake part of [[McHenry County, Illinois|McHenry County]]
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'''County Formation and After'''
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*'''1839''' - Lake County created from [[McHenry County, Illinois|McHenry County]]
  
See an interactive map of Lake County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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For more information see ''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ipub15.pdf Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties]'' or [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/lake.html Lake County Fact Sheet] (Illinois State Archives). For interactive county boundary maps see [http://maps.ilgw.org/ Illinois County Boundaries, 1790-Present], [http://historical-county.newberry.org/website/Illinois/viewer.htm Illinois Historical Counties], or [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html Illinois County Maps and Atlases].  
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
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== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Biography  ===
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*The [[Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois|Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois]] has a Lake County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Lake County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
 
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|641984|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Lake County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|641984|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Lake County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
  
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6328&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=54&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Lake County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6328&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=54&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Lake County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
  
In 1946, the Aaron Miner Chapter D.A.R. (Chicago) prepared a ''List of Cemeteries in Cook - Lake - Will Counties Containing Graves of the Military Dead Who Served in the Wars of the United States''. [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29771 Ancestry] ($) digitized this publication.<ref>''Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls''. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29771 Ancestry] ($).</ref>  
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BillionGraves.com provides a page for each cemetery, with yellow pushpins on a Google map to indicate where a headstone is if photographed. You can search each cemetery individually from its page, or search the site globally from the 'Search' button at the upper right. On that search page you can narrow things down as well.<br>
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Individual cemeteries in Lake County on BillionGraves:
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=21715 Knopf Cemetery, Buffalo Grove]
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<br> In 1946, the Aaron Miner Chapter D.A.R. (Chicago) prepared a ''List of Cemeteries in Cook - Lake - Will Counties Containing Graves of the Military Dead Who Served in the Wars of the United States''. [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29771 Ancestry] ($) digitized this publication.<ref>''Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls''. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29771 Ancestry] ($).</ref>  
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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=== Church Records ===
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=== Church Records ===
  
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records
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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.
  
*Chain-O-Lakes (Libertyville)
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*USGenWeb's list of [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~illake/churches.htm Lake County Churches] provides numerous church histories.
  
=== Court Records ===
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'''Catholic'''
  
*'''1857-1963''' County Court Case File Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Bureau County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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*Koenig, Harry Corcoran. ''A History of the Parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago.'' Chicago, Illinois: The Archdiocese, 1980. This two volume set includes indexes. The archdiocese covers Cook and Lake counties. {{FHL|25771|item|disp=FHL book 977.31 K2h}}
  
==== Circuit Court  ====
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*Koenig, Harry Corcoran. ''A History of the Institutions of the Archdiocese of Chicago''. Chicago, Illinois: The Archdiocese, 1981. This two volume set includes indexes. The archdiocese covers Cook and Lake counties. {{FHL|398593|item|disp=FHL 977.3 K2ho}}
  
*'''1840-1898''' ''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/lake.html Lake County Circuit Court Case Files]'' at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives]; Index
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=== Court Records  ===
  
*'''1840-1898''' Circuit Court Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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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.  
  
=== Ethnic Research ===
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*'''1857-1963''' County Court Case File Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Bureau County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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*'''1840-1898''' ''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/lake.html Lake County Circuit Court Case Files Index]'' at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives]
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*'''1840-1898''' Circuit Court Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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*'''1857-1963''' County Court Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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*'''1930-1941''' Jail Registers [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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=== Ethnic Research ===
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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Federal Land Sales of residents of Lake County, Illinois have been annotated with genealogical and geographical information by Historic Millburn Community Association Incorporated. The material has been placed in an [http://www.hmca-il.org/dnamefs.htm Online Historical Archives].  
 
Federal Land Sales of residents of Lake County, Illinois have been annotated with genealogical and geographical information by Historic Millburn Community Association Incorporated. The material has been placed in an [http://www.hmca-il.org/dnamefs.htm Online Historical Archives].  
  
=== History ===
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=== History ===
  
 
*'''[1831–1857] '''[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/mchenry/oldsettlers.htm McHenry and Lake County Old Settlers' Association] members. Courtesy of Illinois Trails.
 
*'''[1831–1857] '''[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/mchenry/oldsettlers.htm McHenry and Lake County Old Settlers' Association] members. Courtesy of Illinois Trails.
  
=== Land and Property ===
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=== Land and Property ===
  
*'''1800s-Present''' - Use the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index] to obtain original federal land transfer records including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry [[Land Patent Search|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.
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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.  
  
*'''1800s-Present''' - ''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales]'' from [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] also provides an index to federal land sales.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online or through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]
  
*'''1800s-Present''' - Federal Land Sales of residents of Lake County, Illinois have been also been annotated with genealogical and geographical information by the Historic Millburn Community Association Incorporated. The material has been placed in an [http://www.hmca-il.org/dnamefs.htm Online Historical Archives].
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'''Copies of original records'''  
  
=== Maps ===
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:*'''1834–1855''' First land purchase maps {{FHL|199349|item|disp=FHL book 977.321 R2f}}
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:*'''1886, 1896''' Land tax judgements, sales, redemptions and forfeitures{{FHL|459409|item|disp=FHL film 1597908 Item 8(first of 2 films)}}
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<br>'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''1800s-Present''' - Use the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index] to obtain original federal land transfer records including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry [[Land Patent Search|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.
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:*'''1800s-Present''' - ''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales]'' from [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives] also provides an index to federal land sales.
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:*'''1800s-Present''' - Federal Land Sales of residents of Lake County, Illinois have been also been annotated with genealogical and geographical information by the Historic Millburn Community Association Incorporated. The material has been placed in an [http://www.hmca-il.org/dnamefs.htm Online Historical Archives].
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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.hmca-il.org/dnamefs.htm Federal Land Sales Buyers by Name] courtesy Historic Millburn Community Association, Inc.
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/lake_map.html Lake County Federal Township Plats]
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'''Additional Resources'''
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Additional resources for Lake County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|576463|subject_id|disp=FHLC}}, {{FHL|804560|subject_id|disp=FHLC–indexes}} and {{FHL|831455|subject_id|disp=FHLC–maps}}. 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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=== Maps ===
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[[Image:Illake.jpg|400px|right]]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Cook County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments&nbsp;that were formed from men of Cook County.
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==== Civil War ====
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Civil War service men from Cook 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 Cook County.  
  
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:- [[8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company A.
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:- [[15th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|15th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.
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:- [[17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company I.
 
:- [[37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and F.  
 
:- [[37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and F.  
 
:- [[39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.  
 
:- [[39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.  
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:- [[64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates' Sharpshooters)|64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates’ Sharpshooters)]], Company K.<br>  
 
:- [[64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates' Sharpshooters)|64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates’ Sharpshooters)]], Company K.<br>  
 
:- [[65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)|65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)]], Company F. <br>  
 
:- [[65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)|65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment)]], Company F. <br>  
:- [[96th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|96th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B, C, D, and G.<br>
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:- [[96th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|96th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B, C, D, and G.<br>
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:- [[144th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65)|144th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65)]], Company F.
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:- [[146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65)|146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.<br>
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:- [[147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)|147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.<br>
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:- [[153rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)|153rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)]], Company H.<br>
  
=== Newspapers and Obituaries ===
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=== Probate Records ===
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=== Probate Records ===
  
Lake County Court Probates from 1840-1900 are available at Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) - [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|Northern Illinois University Region]] located at Founders Memorial Library, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, or on microfilm at the Family History Library SLC film #2366882 thru 2366882.
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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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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 Lake County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page]].
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Lake County Court Probates from 1840-1900 are available at Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) - [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|Northern Illinois University Region]] located at Founders Memorial Library, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, or {{FHL|1156013|item|disp=FHL film 2366882 (first of 68 films)}}
  
 
There are almost 4000 probate folders in the boxes. You have to have a Box Number or you will not be able to locate the probate folder. The boxes have aprox 2 years of probate in them until you hit 1882. Some of the file folders are not in numeric order. Lake County Genealogical Society Quarterly. Libertyville IL: Mar 1987. Vol. 7 Iss. 3 index #1-200. Further Persi search has failed to locate an index to these files as of Mar2010.  
 
There are almost 4000 probate folders in the boxes. You have to have a Box Number or you will not be able to locate the probate folder. The boxes have aprox 2 years of probate in them until you hit 1882. Some of the file folders are not in numeric order. Lake County Genealogical Society Quarterly. Libertyville IL: Mar 1987. Vol. 7 Iss. 3 index #1-200. Further Persi search has failed to locate an index to these files as of Mar2010.  
  
*'''1840-1900''' Probate Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)  
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*'''1840-1900''' Probate Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]{{FHL|1156013|item|disp=FHL film 2366882 (first of 68 films)}}
*'''1840-1963''' Probate Case Files Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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*'''1840-1963''' Probate Case Files Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
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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 Lake County are kept, see the [[Lake County, Illinois Courthouse|Lake County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Lake County are kept, see the [[Lake County, Illinois Courthouse|Lake County Courthouse]] page.  
  
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|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.
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You may search your address for a center near you on the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] site. The following centers serve Lake County:
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:[[Buffalo Grove Illinois Family History Center|Buffalo Grove Illinois Family History Center]]<br>3075 N. Buffalo Grove Rd.<br>Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089<br>Telephone: (847) 913-5387
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:[[Crystal Lake Illinois Family History Center|Crystal Lake Illinois Family History Center]]<br>480 N Walkup Ave.<br>Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014<br>Telephone: (815) 459-7475
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:[[Kenosha Wisconsin Family History Center|Kenosha Wisconsin Family History Center]]<br>1444 30th Ave.<br>Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144<br>Telephone: (262) 552-7816
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories ([[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|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.
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The [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/niumap.html Northern Illinois University (IRAD-NIU)] holds the records for Lake County. [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|Learn more]] about finding and using their records.
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:'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository'''<br>c/o Regional History Center<br>Founders Memorial Library, Room 400<br>Northern Illinois University<br>DeKalb, IL 60115<br>Telephone: (815) 753-1807
  
 
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=== Social Groups Online ===
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*Part of the Lake County Discover Museum, the Lake County History Archives' collection includes photos, postcards, maps, a Civil War collection, school histories, and more.
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:[http://www.lcfpd.org/history_archives/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.view Lake County History Archives]<br>Lake County History Archives<br>27277 N. Forest Preserve Rd.<br>Wauconda, IL 60084<br>Telephone: (847) 968-3381
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*Lake County Genealogical Society Research Facility offers census records, family histories, indexed probate records, an obituary file, and more records related to Lake County and the surrounding area. Hours are limited so call before you visit.
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:Lake County Genealogical Society<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~illcgs/genealogyroom.htm Genealogy Room]<br>290 Evergreen Dr.<br>Vernon Hills, IL<br>Telephone: (847) 918-3584
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=== Social Groups Online ===
  
=== Societies ===
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=== Societies ===
  
 
Lake County (Illinois) Genealogical Society<br>PO Box 998<br>Mundelein, IL 60060-4534<br>  
 
Lake County (Illinois) Genealogical Society<br>PO Box 998<br>Mundelein, IL 60060-4534<br>  
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
*The website of the [http://www.lakecountyil.gov/CountyClerk/VitalRecords/Pages/Default.aspx Lake County Court Clerk] explains how to order birth, marriage, civil union, death, and adoption records.
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Lake County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm 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 website of the [http://www.lakecountyil.gov/CountyClerk/VitalRecords/Pages/Default.aspx Lake County Court Clerk] explains how to order birth, marriage, civil union, death, and adoption records.
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<br> The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Lake County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
 
==== Birth Records  ====
 
==== Birth Records  ====
  
*'''1866-1893''' Birth Records and Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)  
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'''Copies of Original Birth Records'''
*'''1877-1905''' Birth Record Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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*'''1922-1941''' County Hospital Birth Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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:*'''1866-1893''' Birth Records and Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]  
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:*'''1866–1875, 1877–1905''' Birth records [only 7 certificates in 1866–187] {{FHL|677212|item|disp=FHL film 1869889 Items 2–3 (first of 3 films)}}
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:*'''1871–1905''' Birth record index {{FHL|677212|item|disp=FHL film 1869886 Item 1}}
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:*'''1877-1905''' Birth Record Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]  
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:*'''1922-1941''' County Hospital Birth Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]
  
 
==== Marriage Records  ====
 
==== Marriage Records  ====
  
*'''1839-1901''' ''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index]'' at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives]; Index  
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'''Online Resources'''
*'''1839-1915''' Marriage Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)  
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*'''1893-1905''' Marriage License Applications [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives]; Index
*'''1839-1918''' Marriage Record Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''
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:*'''1839-1915''' Marriage Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU] {{FHL|676974|item|disp=FHL film 1863435 (first of 8 films)}}
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:*'''1893-1905''' Marriage License Applications [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]  
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:*'''1839-1918''' Marriage Record Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU] {{FHL|676974|item|disp=FHL film 1863435}}
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==== Death Records  ====
 
==== Death Records  ====
  
*'''1877-1901''' Death Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)  
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'''Online Resources'''
*'''1916-1950''' ''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates]'' at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives]; Index  
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*'''1916-1938''' Death Record Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)  
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*'''1877-1901''' Death Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
*'''1922-1972''' County Hospital Death Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950] at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives]; Index
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:*'''1862–1918, 1933''' Record of burial certificates of soldiers, sailors or Marines [only 1 for 1933] {{FHL|758042|item|disp=FHL film 1869885 Item 3}}
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:*'''1877–1901''' Deaths {{FHL|758005|item|disp=FHL film 1869884 Item 3}}
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:*'''1916-1938''' Death Record Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)  
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:*'''1922-1972''' County Hospital Death Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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Additional resources for Lake County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|527155|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Lake – Vital Records}}, the {{FHL|786170|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Lake – Vital Records - indexes}}, and the {{FHL|743208|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Lake – 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 [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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== Web Sites  ==

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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Lake County

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

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Lake County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Lake County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: March 1, 1839
County Seat Waukegan
Courthouse
Lake County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Lake County Courthouse
18 North County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
847-377-2400
Lake County Website

Contents

County Organization

Lake County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Lake County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1839
1877
1840
1839
1839

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

Historical Facts

Lake County is named for Lake Michigan which Lake County borders.

Boundary Changes

Prior to County Formation

County Formation and After

For more information see Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties or Lake County Fact Sheet (Illinois State Archives). For interactive county boundary maps see Illinois County Boundaries, 1790-Present, Illinois Historical Counties, or Illinois County Maps and Atlases.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Lake County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Lake County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

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.

BillionGraves.com provides a page for each cemetery, with yellow pushpins on a Google map to indicate where a headstone is if photographed. You can search each cemetery individually from its page, or search the site globally from the 'Search' button at the upper right. On that search page you can narrow things down as well.

Individual cemeteries in Lake County on BillionGraves:


In 1946, the Aaron Miner Chapter D.A.R. (Chicago) prepared a List of Cemeteries in Cook - Lake - Will Counties Containing Graves of the Military Dead Who Served in the Wars of the United States. Ancestry ($) digitized this publication.[1]

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18402,634
185014,226440.1%
186018,25728.3%
187021,01415.1%
188021,2961.3%
189024,23513.8%
190034,50442.4%
191055,05859.6%
192074,28534.9%
1930104,38740.5%
1940121,09416.0%
1950179,09747.9%
1960293,65664.0%
1970382,63830.3%
1980440,37215.1%
1990516,41817.3%
2000644,35624.8%
2010703,4629.2%


Church 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.

Catholic

  • Koenig, Harry Corcoran. A History of the Parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois: The Archdiocese, 1980. This two volume set includes indexes. The archdiocese covers Cook and Lake counties. FHL book 977.31 K2h
  • Koenig, Harry Corcoran. A History of the Institutions of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois: The Archdiocese, 1981. This two volume set includes indexes. The archdiocese covers Cook and Lake counties. FHL 977.3 K2ho

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.

  • 1840-1898 Circuit Court Case Files IRAD-NIU; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1857-1963 County Court Case Files IRAD-NIU; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1930-1941 Jail Registers IRAD-NIU; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Federal Land Sales of residents of Lake County, Illinois have been annotated with genealogical and geographical information by Historic Millburn Community Association Incorporated. The material has been placed in an Online Historical Archives.

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 or through the Family History Library.

Copies of original records


Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Lake County land and property may be found in the FHLC, FHLC–indexes 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 Cook 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 Cook County.

- 8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A.
- 15th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company I.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and F.
- 39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates’ Sharpshooters), Company K.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Company F.
- 96th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B, C, D, and G.
- 144th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65), Company F.
- 146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 153rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company H.

Newspapers and 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.

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 Lake County records. For information on how to use IRAD see theNIU IRAD Wiki page.

Lake County Court Probates from 1840-1900 are available at Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) - Northern Illinois University Region located at Founders Memorial Library, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, or FHL film 2366882 (first of 68 films)

There are almost 4000 probate folders in the boxes. You have to have a Box Number or you will not be able to locate the probate folder. The boxes have aprox 2 years of probate in them until you hit 1882. Some of the file folders are not in numeric order. Lake County Genealogical Society Quarterly. Libertyville IL: Mar 1987. Vol. 7 Iss. 3 index #1-200. Further Persi search has failed to locate an index to these files as of Mar2010.

  • 1840-1963 Probate Case Files Index IRAD-NIU

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 Lake County are kept, see the Lake 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 Lake County:

Buffalo Grove Illinois Family History Center
3075 N. Buffalo Grove Rd.
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
Telephone: (847) 913-5387
Crystal Lake Illinois Family History Center
480 N Walkup Ave.
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
Telephone: (815) 459-7475
Kenosha Wisconsin Family History Center
1444 30th Ave.
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144
Telephone: (262) 552-7816

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 Lake 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

Other Repositories

  • Part of the Lake County Discover Museum, the Lake County History Archives' collection includes photos, postcards, maps, a Civil War collection, school histories, and more.
Lake County History Archives
Lake County History Archives
27277 N. Forest Preserve Rd.
Wauconda, IL 60084
Telephone: (847) 968-3381
  • Lake County Genealogical Society Research Facility offers census records, family histories, indexed probate records, an obituary file, and more records related to Lake County and the surrounding area. Hours are limited so call before you visit.
Lake County Genealogical Society
Genealogy Room
290 Evergreen Dr.
Vernon Hills, IL
Telephone: (847) 918-3584

Social Groups Online

Societies

Lake County (Illinois) Genealogical Society
PO Box 998
Mundelein, IL 60060-4534

The LCIGS has an extensive list of genealogical resources including:

  • Index to Births (1866-1915)
  • Index to Cemetery transcirption books by township
  • Index to Church records
  • Index to Marriages, 1839-1916
  • Index to Naturalizations,1854-1920
  • Index to Obituaries (Index to Waukegan News-Sun, 1950s - present)
  • Index to Deaths, 1877-1901
  • Index to Burials, Peterson Funeral Home, 1865-1945
  • Index to Probates, 1848-1963
  • Probate records on microfilm, to about 1900
  • Wills
  • Index to Surnames in the LCIGS Quarterly Journal

See the LCIGS web site for more information, including the costs associated with a lookup request, and the form to request a looks-up.

Taxation

Vital Records

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

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Lake 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 website of the Lake County Court Clerk explains how to order birth, marriage, civil union, death, and adoption records.


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 Lake County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Birth Records

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriage Records

Online Resources

Copies of original Marriage Records


Death Records

Online Resources

  • 1877-1901 Death Records IRAD-NIU; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Copies of original Death Records

  • 1862–1918, 1933 Record of burial certificates of soldiers, sailors or Marines [only 1 for 1933] FHL film 1869885 Item 3
  • 1877–1901 Deaths FHL film 1869884 Item 3
  • 1916-1938 Death Record Index IRAD-NIU; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1922-1972 County Hospital Death Records IRAD-NIU; search for Lake County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Lake County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Lake – Vital Records, the Illinois, Lake – Vital Records - indexes, and the Illinois, Lake – 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. Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at Ancestry ($).