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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
 United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Lake County

Contents

County Organization

                                     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.

Parent County

  • 1839--Lake County was created 1 March 1839 from McHenry County.  County seat:  Waukegan [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

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.

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.[2]

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

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Chain-O-Lakes (Libertyville)

Court

Circuit Court

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.

Land

  • 1800s-Present - Use the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index to obtain original federal land transfer records including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry patents. These records help a research establish location and lead to National Archives' records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are housed at the National Archives.
  • 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 Online Historical Archives.

History

Maps

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.
- 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.

Newspapers

Probate

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 on microfilm at the Family History Library SLC film #2366882 thru 2366882.

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.

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 Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

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

  • The website of the Lake County Court Clerk explains how to order birth, marriage, civil union, death, and adoption records.

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Death Records

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  2. 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 ($).

 

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