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== McLean County Organization  ==
 
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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 McLean County are kept, see the [[McLean County, Illinois Courthouse|McLean County Courthouse]] page. 
 
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==== History ====
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=== Historical Facts ===
  
 
The county was named for John McLean, a pioneer lawyer, Territorial judge, firs Represetative in Congress from Illinois (1818), and United States Sentor (1824-1825).  
 
The county was named for John McLean, a pioneer lawyer, Territorial judge, firs Represetative in Congress from Illinois (1818), and United States Sentor (1824-1825).  
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Parent County  ===
  
 
*'''1830--'''McLean County was created 25 December 1830 from [[Tazewell County, Illinois|Tazewell]] County and unorganized territory.
 
*'''1830--'''McLean County was created 25 December 1830 from [[Tazewell County, Illinois|Tazewell]] County and unorganized territory.
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'''County seat:'''Bloomington <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 196. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
 
'''County seat:'''Bloomington <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 196. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
 
'''Eastern Part'''  
 
'''Eastern Part'''  
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:1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory
 
:1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Record Loss  ===
  
 
The Bloomington Fire  
 
The Bloomington Fire  
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source:[http://www3.gendisasters.com/illinois/8356/bloomington-il-courthouse-business-section-fire-jun-1900 ''gendisasters.com'']  
 
source:[http://www3.gendisasters.com/illinois/8356/bloomington-il-courthouse-business-section-fire-jun-1900 ''gendisasters.com'']  
  
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=== Records and Resources  ===
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== Records and Resources  ==
  
==== Biography ====
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=== Biography ===
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Cemeteries  ===
  
 
Cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
 
Cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
[http://www.evergreen-cemetery.com/ Evergreen Cemetery] (Bloomington) is a 80 plus acre cemetery from the 1820's. It is the final resting place of some prominent MCLean County individuals, including Adlai Stevenson I, baseball player Charles "Ol Hoss" Radbourne, David Davis, Supreme Court Judge and friend of Abe Lincoln, and Dorothy Gage, the inspiration for the Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. The cemetery caretakers have done a wonderful job with their website, and have over 26,000 burials recorded for on line searching. Each year, it is the host of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk, where actors in period clothing portray the life of some of the individuals in the cemetery, while standing at their grave site. This cemetery has won awards for its dedication to preserving history.&nbsp; <br>
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[http://www.evergreen-cemetery.com/ Evergreen Cemetery] (Bloomington) is a 80 plus acre cemetery from the 1820's. It is the final resting place of some prominent MCLean County individuals, including Adlai Stevenson I, baseball player Charles "Ol Hoss" Radbourne, David Davis, Supreme Court Judge and friend of Abe Lincoln, and Dorothy Gage, the inspiration for the Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. The cemetery caretakers have done a wonderful job with their website, and have over 26,000 burials recorded for on line searching. Each year, it is the host of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk, where actors in period clothing portray the life of some of the individuals in the cemetery, while standing at their grave site. This cemetery has won awards for its dedication to preserving history.&nbsp; <br>  
  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the 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,names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the 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,names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6417&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=89&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;McLean 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=6417&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=89&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;McLean 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.
  
==== Census  ====
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=== 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]  
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===== 1840 Pensioners  =====
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==== 1840 Pensioners  ====
  
 
*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census''. Washington, D.C., 1841. {{FHL|973 X2pc 1840}}; {{FHL|2321}}; digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA187&lpg=PA187 Google Books]. [See Illinois, McLean County on page 187.]
 
*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census''. Washington, D.C., 1841. {{FHL|973 X2pc 1840}}; {{FHL|2321}}; digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA187&lpg=PA187 Google Books]. [See Illinois, McLean County on page 187.]
  
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=== Church Records  ===
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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*Bloomington
 
*Bloomington
  
==== Court Records  ====
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=== Court Records  ===
  
 
McLean County Circuit Court, 104 West Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701  
 
McLean County Circuit Court, 104 West Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701  
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The court has one of the more extensive collections of original '''court records '''in the state.  
 
The court has one of the more extensive collections of original '''court records '''in the state.  
  
The county policies for '''birth and death records '''are posted, and copies can be paid for on line, or by mail. On location: the the county dlerk has a public index card file of births and deaths. Request for marriage application form on older '''marriages''' must be separately.  
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The county policies for '''birth and death records '''are posted, and copies can be paid for on line, or by mail. On location: the the county clerk has a public index card file of births and deaths. Request for marriage application form on older '''marriages''' must be separately.  
  
==== Ethnic Research ====
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=== Ethnic Research ===
  
===== African American  =====
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==== African American  ====
  
 
The following have information concerning African American research.  
 
The following have information concerning African American research.  
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*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
  
==== History  ====
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=== History  ===
  
 
E. Duis, [http://books.google.com/books?id=GY8UAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Good+Old+Times+in+McLean+County&hl=en&ei=tkT5Tae9Nenb0QH287nfAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false ''The Good Old Times in McLean County'']. Bloomington: (Publishers name not given), 1874. Digital version at Google Books. The book contains biographies of the early settlers of McLean County.  
 
E. Duis, [http://books.google.com/books?id=GY8UAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Good+Old+Times+in+McLean+County&hl=en&ei=tkT5Tae9Nenb0QH287nfAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false ''The Good Old Times in McLean County'']. Bloomington: (Publishers name not given), 1874. Digital version at Google Books. The book contains biographies of the early settlers of McLean County.  
  
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*''McLean County, White County, Will County Genealogical Records''. Evanston, Ill.?: Illinois Society, D.A.R.?, 1945?. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27154 Ancestry] ($).
 
*''McLean County, White County, Will County Genealogical Records''. Evanston, Ill.?: Illinois Society, D.A.R.?, 1945?. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27154 Ancestry] ($).
  
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
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1909-1926 Coal Mine Maps - IRAD-ISU  
 
1909-1926 Coal Mine Maps - IRAD-ISU  
  
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==== Military Records  ====
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=== Military Records  ===
  
 
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from McLean 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 McLean County.<br>
 
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from McLean 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 McLean County.<br>
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:- [[37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
 
:- [[37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
 
:- [[39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B and K.  
 
:- [[39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B and K.  
:- [[58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.<br>
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:- [[58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.<br>  
 
:- [[63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.  
 
:- [[63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.  
 
:- [[70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.  
 
:- [[70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company H.  
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Soldiers of the Revolution and the War 1812 buried in McLean County, Illinois. by Milo Custer {{FHL|276280|item|desp+FHL film 823672}} item 4 FHL book: 977.359 V22c  
 
Soldiers of the Revolution and the War 1812 buried in McLean County, Illinois. by Milo Custer {{FHL|276280|item|desp+FHL film 823672}} item 4 FHL book: 977.359 V22c  
  
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=== Naturalization  ===
  
 
The website of the McLean County Circuit Clerk includes a free online [http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/CircuitClerk/imgrecs/imgrecs.html naturalization index] (produced with the help of the McLean County Genealogical Society).  
 
The website of the McLean County Circuit Clerk includes a free online [http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/CircuitClerk/imgrecs/imgrecs.html naturalization index] (produced with the help of the McLean County Genealogical Society).  
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1853-1965 Naturalization Abstracts. by Phyllis Abner and McLean County Genealogical Society {{FHL|333846|item|desp=FHL film 2055996}} items 4-6 FHL book: 977.359 P4n  
 
1853-1965 Naturalization Abstracts. by Phyllis Abner and McLean County Genealogical Society {{FHL|333846|item|desp=FHL film 2055996}} items 4-6 FHL book: 977.359 P4n  
  
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==== Probate Records  ====
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=== Probate Records  ===
  
 
1834-1934 Probate Record -IRAD-ISU  
 
1834-1934 Probate Record -IRAD-ISU  
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1881-1965 Probate Guardian's and Conservator's Account Record - IRAD-ISU  
 
1881-1965 Probate Guardian's and Conservator's Account Record - IRAD-ISU  
 
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*1831-1946 Index to Probate records, McLean County, Illinois. by Nola G. Marquardt {{FHL|985294|item|desp=FHL book 977.359 P22i vol. 1-6}}
 
*1831-1946 Index to Probate records, McLean County, Illinois. by Nola G. Marquardt {{FHL|985294|item|desp=FHL book 977.359 P22i vol. 1-6}}
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/mclean.html McLean County Probate Record Index (1834–1934)] <br>
 
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/mclean.html McLean County Probate Record Index (1834–1934)] <br>
  
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===== County Courthouse  =====
 
===== County Courthouse  =====
  
==== Archives and Libraries  ====
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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 McLean County are kept, see the [[McLean County, Illinois Courthouse|McLean County Courthouse]] page.
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====Family History Library====
  
'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository'''
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====Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)====
  
 
Illinois State Universtiy<br>2016 Warehouse Road Campus<br>Box 1520 <br>Normal, Illinois 61802 <br>Phone: 309-452-6027  
 
Illinois State Universtiy<br>2016 Warehouse Road Campus<br>Box 1520 <br>Normal, Illinois 61802 <br>Phone: 309-452-6027  
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Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County]  
 
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County]  
  
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The [http://www.lexingtonillinoisfort.org/ Lexington Genealogical and Historical Society], Inc. (a.k.a. "The Fort") at Lexington, Illinois is a small building crammed with genalogical materials that cover McLean, Livingston, Woodford and Ford Counties. Their records exist in either paper or microfilm form,&nbsp;the collection&nbsp;is a gold mine. They have saved obituaries from newspapers, extensive cemetery records and have some microfilm of marriage records, etc. from official sources. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. <br>
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The [http://www.lexingtonillinoisfort.org/ Lexington Genealogical and Historical Society], Inc. (a.k.a. "The Fort") at Lexington, Illinois is a small building crammed with genalogical materials that cover McLean, Livingston, Woodford and Ford Counties. Their records exist in either paper or microfilm form,&nbsp;the collection&nbsp;is a gold mine. They have saved obituaries from newspapers, extensive cemetery records and have some microfilm of marriage records, etc. from official sources. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. <br>  
  
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==== Taxation  ====
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=== Taxation  ===
  
 
1898-2001 Inheritance Tax Record IRAD-ISU  
 
1898-2001 Inheritance Tax Record IRAD-ISU  
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Vital Records  ===
  
 
The website of the [http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/CountyClerk/Links_VitalRecords.htm McLean County Clerk's Office] explains how to order copies of birth, marriage, and death records.  
 
The website of the [http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/CountyClerk/Links_VitalRecords.htm McLean County Clerk's Office] explains how to order copies of birth, marriage, and death records.  
  
===== Birth  =====
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==== Birth  ====
  
 
1860-1900 Birth Index - IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library {{FHL| 280502|item|desp=FHL film 928274}} items 3-9. FHL book: 977.359 V21b  
 
1860-1900 Birth Index - IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library {{FHL| 280502|item|desp=FHL film 928274}} items 3-9. FHL book: 977.359 V21b  
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The website of the McLean County Clerk's Office includes a&nbsp;[http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/countyclerk/birthindexsearch.asp Birth&nbsp;Index Search] from 1860 through 1915.  
 
The website of the McLean County Clerk's Office includes a&nbsp;[http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/countyclerk/birthindexsearch.asp Birth&nbsp;Index Search] from 1860 through 1915.  
  
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==== Marriage  ====
  
 
1831-1912 Marriage Record - IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library {{FHL|489654|item|desp=FHL 1401956 -1401960}} index 1831-1911  
 
1831-1912 Marriage Record - IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library {{FHL|489654|item|desp=FHL 1401956 -1401960}} index 1831-1911  
  
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==== Death  ====
  
 
1877-1900 Death Record - IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library {{FHL|143377|item|desp=FHL film 1401962 item 2-3 and 1401963}}  
 
1877-1900 Death Record - IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library {{FHL|143377|item|desp=FHL film 1401962 item 2-3 and 1401963}}  
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1878-1899 Death Index cards. McLean County Clerk. {FHL|205289|item|desp= FHL 1379256}}  
 
1878-1899 Death Index cards. McLean County Clerk. {FHL|205289|item|desp= FHL 1379256}}  
  
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=== Web Sites  ===
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'''Databases Pertinent to McLean County''' <br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database ]<br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950 ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database ]<br>[http://landplats.ilsos.net/ Federal Township Plats of Illinois ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/mclean.html McLean County Probate Record Index (1834–1934)] <br>
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'''Databases Pertinent to McLean County''' <br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database ]<br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950 ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database ]<br>[http://landplats.ilsos.net/ Federal Township Plats of Illinois ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/mclean.html McLean County Probate Record Index (1834–1934)] <br>  
  
 
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+McLean|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+McLean|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/McLean/ McLean County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/McLean/ McLean County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
  
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*[[Champaign County, Illinois|Champaign]]  
 
*[[Champaign County, Illinois|Champaign]]  
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*[[Woodford County, Illinois|Woodford]]<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1229460905171_514" />
 
*[[Woodford County, Illinois|Woodford]]<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1229460905171_514" />
  
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Revision as of 21:10, 30 July 2011

McLean County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of McLean County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: December 25, 1830
County Seat Bloomington
Courthouse
IL-mclean-justice.jpg
Address 115 E. Washington Street, Room 102
Bloomington, IL 61702-2400
309-888-5190
Website: www.mcleancountyil.gov
Named for: John McLean
  United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png McLean County

Contents

McLean County Organization

                                     Beginning Dates for McLean County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1831
1877
1840
1831
1831

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

Historical Facts

The county was named for John McLean, a pioneer lawyer, Territorial judge, firs Represetative in Congress from Illinois (1818), and United States Sentor (1824-1825).

Parent County

  • 1830--McLean County was created 25 December 1830 from Tazewell County and unorganized territory.

County seat:Bloomington [1]

Boundary Changes

Eastern Part

1827-1830 Shelby
1821-1827 Fayette
1819-1821 Clark
1816-1819 Crawford
1815-1816 Edwards

Western Part

1827-1831 Tazewell
1825-1827 Peoria
1821-1825 Sangamon
1817 - 1821 Bond
1812-1821 Madison
1801-1812 St. Clair
1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory

Record Loss

The Bloomington Fire

A Loss of $2,000,000, Covering Five Blocks of Houses and Including the Courthouse.

Bloomington, Ill., June 19.-Fire early this morning swept the business section of the city, burning between forty and fifty business houses and entailing a loss of $2,000,000. Word was sent to Peoria and Springfield to send fire engines. As every effort to check progress of the flames proved futile, the blowing up of buildings with dynamite was resorted to after the fire had been raging for three hours and a half. A strong east wind prevailed, which made the work of the firemen extremely difficult.

Among the buildings destroyed and some of the losses are the following:

..., and the courthouse.

Two firemen are missing and are probably in the ruins. The burned district covers an area of five blocks.

The insurance is approximately $800,000.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 20 Jun 1900


A Terrible Fire

Half the Business Portion of Bloomington, Ills., Wiped Out by Fire

Courthouse Hotels and Dozens on the City's Finest Buildings Destroyed.

Total Loss Variously Estimated at Between $1,500,000 and $2,000,000

Bloomington, Ills., June 20.-A fire which broke out at 12:30 a.m. wiped out nearly one-half of the business portion of Bloomington, .... Two sides of the courthouse square are in ruins. The north and the east and the other two blocks cornering on the square and one-half of the block west of the square are also destroyed. The courthouse, which is standing, is gutted from dome to basement. As far as known no lives were lost or anyone seriously injured.

The fire broke out in the Model laundry on Monroe Street, in the block northeast of the courthouse. The flames soon got beyond control and spread to the 4-story brick structure belonging to the B.S. Green company.

Government Building Escapes

In an hour the entire block was destroyed excepting the government building in which is located the post office and which escaped unharmed.

... . .with the entire block lying east of the courthouse was destroyed. The courthouse caught from Griesheim building and burned slowly, the clock in the dome running until it struck 4.

The Bloomington, Peoria and Springfield fire departments arrived about 6 a.m., and aided the local firemen in getting the fire burning in a westerly direction under control. In all 40 to 50 business houses were destroyed.

Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, SD 20 Jun 1900

source:gendisasters.com


Records and Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Evergreen Cemetery (Bloomington) is a 80 plus acre cemetery from the 1820's. It is the final resting place of some prominent MCLean County individuals, including Adlai Stevenson I, baseball player Charles "Ol Hoss" Radbourne, David Davis, Supreme Court Judge and friend of Abe Lincoln, and Dorothy Gage, the inspiration for the Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. The cemetery caretakers have done a wonderful job with their website, and have over 26,000 burials recorded for on line searching. Each year, it is the host of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk, where actors in period clothing portray the life of some of the individuals in the cemetery, while standing at their grave site. This cemetery has won awards for its dedication to preserving history. 

  • 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.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190067,843
191068,0080.2%
192070,1073.1%
193073,1174.3%
194073,9301.1%
195076,5773.6%
196083,8779.5%
1970104,38924.5%
1980119,14914.1%
1990129,1808.4%
2000150,43316.5%
2010169,57212.7%
IL Counties 1900-1990
 

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, McLean County on page 187.]

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

Cemetery, Church and Family Records of Illinois. by Daughters of the American Revolution. FHL Collection item 5

West Twin Grove Christian Church, Bloominton, Illinois: membership and board meetings, 1847-1908. transcribed by Gerald W. Kattke. FHL 573476 item 12. FHL Book 977.359 K2k

  • Bloomington

Court Records

McLean County Circuit Court, 104 West Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

website: http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/circuitcourt/  

This website gives information regarding vital records, court records, immigration and property records.

The Circuit Clerk's office has an on line database of immigration records which was done with the assistance of the McLean County Genealogical Society.

The court has one of the more extensive collections of original court records in the state.

The county policies for birth and death records are posted, and copies can be paid for on line, or by mail. On location: the the county clerk has a public index card file of births and deaths. Request for marriage application form on older marriages must be separately.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

History

E. Duis, The Good Old Times in McLean County. Bloomington: (Publishers name not given), 1874. Digital version at Google Books. The book contains biographies of the early settlers of McLean County.

A variety of early McLean County genealogical records are transcribed in:

  • McLean County, White County, Will County Genealogical Records. Evanston, Ill.?: Illinois Society, D.A.R.?, 1945?. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Land and Property

1909-1926 Coal Mine Maps - IRAD-ISU

Maps

Military Records

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from McLean 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 McLean County.
- 33rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, C and G.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and K.
- 58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 82nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 94th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and K.

Soldiers of the Revolution and the War 1812 buried in McLean County, Illinois. by Milo Custer FHL Collection item 4 FHL book: 977.359 V22c

Naturalization

The website of the McLean County Circuit Clerk includes a free online naturalization index (produced with the help of the McLean County Genealogical Society).

1853-1965 Naturalization Abstracts. by Phyllis Abner and McLean County Genealogical Society FHL Collection items 4-6 FHL book: 977.359 P4n

Newspapers

Probate Records

1834-1934 Probate Record -IRAD-ISU

1838-1940 Probate Will Record -IRAD-ISU

1850-1928 Probate Inventory Record - IRAD-ISU

1862-1939 Probate Dockets - IRAD-ISU

1866-1944 Probate Executor's Record IRAD-ISU

1881-1965 Probate Guardian's and Conservator's Account Record - IRAD-ISU

  • 1831-1946 Index to Probate records, McLean County, Illinois. by Nola G. Marquardt FHL Collection

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 McLean County are kept, see the McLean 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

Social Groups Online

Societies

The Lexington Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc. (a.k.a. "The Fort") at Lexington, Illinois is a small building crammed with genalogical materials that cover McLean, Livingston, Woodford and Ford Counties. Their records exist in either paper or microfilm form, the collection is a gold mine. They have saved obituaries from newspapers, extensive cemetery records and have some microfilm of marriage records, etc. from official sources. The staff is friendly and knowledgable.


Taxation

1898-2001 Inheritance Tax Record IRAD-ISU

Vital Records

The website of the McLean County Clerk's Office explains how to order copies of birth, marriage, and death records.

Birth

1860-1900 Birth Index - IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library FHL Collection items 3-9. FHL book: 977.359 V21b

1877-1902 Birth Record - IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library FHL Collection

The website of the McLean County Clerk's Office includes a Birth Index Search from 1860 through 1915.

Marriage

1831-1912 Marriage Record - IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library FHL Collection index 1831-1911

Death

1877-1900 Death Record - IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library FHL Collection

1878-1899 Death Index cards. McLean County Clerk. {FHL|205289|item|desp= FHL 1379256}}


Web Sites

Databases Pertinent to McLean County
Local Governmental Records Database
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Federal Township Plats of Illinois
McLean County Probate Record Index (1834–1934)

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 196. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.