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Rock Island County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Rock Island County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 9, 1831
County Seat Rock Island
Courthouse
Rockisland County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Rock Island County Courthouse
1504 Third Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
(309) 558-3570
Rock Island Website
  United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Rock Island County

Contents

Rock Island County Organization

Rock Island County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Rock Island County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1861
1833
1877
1840
1835
1835

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

Historical Facts

Rock Island is named for the largest island in the Mississippi River formerly known as Rock Island, but now is called Arsenal Island. [1]

Parent County

  • 1831--Rock Island County was created 9 February 1831 from Jo Daviess County.  County seat: Rock Island [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Rock Island County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Rock Island County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Rock Island 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.

Published Records


Online Gravestone Transcriptions

  • Rock Island County ILGenWeb. See the "Cemetery Data" folder for more information about Rock Island County cemeteries and tombstone transcriptions.
  • Find A Grave.com has burial information for nearly 100 Rock Island County cemeteries. For a complete list of cemeteries, click Here.


Cemetery Gazetters

  • Epodunk has a list of Rock Island County Cemeteries. The website provides name of cemetery, address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.

Census

Church Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indictate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article Church Records for more ideas about how to use church records in your research. Many libraries( WorldCat) and the Family History Library hold abstracts of church records for Rock Island County. Learn more about how to search WorldCat.

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Rock Island County edition. Church information can be found in the township histories beginning on page 939. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

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.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

Online Resources

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

  • The Past and Present of Rock Island County, Ill. : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, general and local statistics, map of Rock Island County, history of Illinois, Constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters, etc., etc.. Chicago: H.F. Kett & Co., 1877. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock Island County, Illinois: containing full-page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county : together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States : also containing a history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1885. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • The Biographical record of Rock Island County, Illinois. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1897. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Meese, William A. Early Rock Island. Moline, Ill.: Press of Desaulniers & Co., 1905. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Historic Rock Island County : history of the settlement of Rock Island County from the earliest known period to the present time : embracing references of importance, and including a biography of Rock Island County's well-known citizens. Rock Island, Ill.: Kramer & Co., 1908. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Rock Island County. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1914. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • The Early Day of Rock Island and Davenport: The Narratives of J.W. Spencer and J.M.D. Burrows. Chicago: Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 1942. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


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 through online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Rock Island County land and property may be found in the 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.

Online Resources

Maps

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Rock Island 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 Rock Island County.

- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company M.
- 9th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A
- 17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company L.
- 19th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 37th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and H.
- 43rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 58th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Company B.
- 66th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.

Naturalization

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1872–1962A naturalization index for Rock Island County is available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Rock Island County, and select the record type you are interested in.
  • 1872–1878 Some declarations of intentions for Rock Island County are available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Rock Island County, and select the record type you are interested in.

Original records

  • 1937–1959 Repatriation Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1842–1962 Naturalization Record Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1854–1864 Naturalization Record of Minors IRAD–WIU
  • 1854–1898 Naturalization Record, Final IRAD–WIU
  • 1854–1962 Naturalization Declarations of Intent IRAD–WIU
  • 1860–1883 Naturalization Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1865–1899 Naturalization Record of Soldiers and Minors IRAD–WIU
  • 1872–1906 Naturalization Record Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1872–1883 Naturalization Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1872–1906 Naturalization Record, Final IRAD–WIU
  • 1872–1906 Naturalization Declarations of Intent IRAD–WIU
  • 1896–1906 Naturalization Record of Minors IRAD–WIU
  • 1906–1962 Naturalization Petition Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1910–1962 Naturalization Card File Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1918 Naturalization Petition Record of Soldiers IRAD–WIU
  • 1930–1962 Naturalization Order Books IRAD–WIU

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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see theWIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1837–1923 The guardianship records, probate index, and wills for Rock Island County probate records are also available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Rock Island County, and select the record type you are interested in.

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Rock Island County probates may be found in the Illinois, Rock Island – Probate topic page 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.

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 Rock Island County are kept, see the Rock Island County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

There are over 4500 Family History Centers in more than 80 countries offering public access to genealogical records from all over the world. Family History Centers provide patrons with access to over a billion online records and approximately 2.5 million circulating microfilms. Centers are staffed by local volunteers who are eager to provide genealogical research assistance. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Rock Island County. To find the nearest Family History Center, check out the Family Search Centers page on the FamilySearch.org website.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing 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. Western Illinois University houses the records for Rock Island County.

Public Libraries

Andalusia Township Library
503 2nd Ave. W.
Andalusia, IL 61232
Tel: 309-798-2542

Cordova District Library
402 Main Ave P.O. Box 247
Cordova, IL 61242
Tel: 309-654-2330
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East Moline Public Library
740 16th Ave.
East Moline, IL 61244
Tel: 309-755-9614
Fax: 309-755-3901
Email: emp@empl.lib.il.us  

Moline Public Library
3210 41st Street
Moline, IL 61265
Tel: 309-524-2440
Fax: 309-524-2453
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Moore Memorial Library District
509 Main Street
Hillsdale, IL 61257
Tel: 309-658-2666
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River Valley District Library
214 S. Main St.
Port Byron, IL 61275
Tel: 309-523-3440
Fax: 309-523-3516
Email: rivervalley5@mchsi.com
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Robert R. Jones Public Library District
2210 First Street
Coal Valley, IL 61240
Tel: 309-799-3047
Email: library@robertrjoneslibrary.org  

Rock Island Public Library
401 19th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Tel: 309-732-7323
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Silvis Public Library
105 8th Street
Silvis, IL 61282
Tel: 309-755-3393
Fax: 309-755-1816
Email: information@silvisil.org  

Social Groups Online

Societies

Hampton Historical Society
601 1st Avenue
Hampton, IL 61256
Tel: 309-755-0362
Email: hamptonwells@mchsi.com  

Rock Island Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 3912
Rock Island, IL 61204-3912
Email: ricigs@speedconnect.com  

The collection of the Rock Island Genealogical Society is housed at the Rock Island County Historical Society Library.

Rock Island County Historical Society
822 11th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265-1221
Tel: 309-764-8590
Hours: 9AM-4PM Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat

They have a very good research library containing almost all the local newspapers both in bound volumes and some on microfilm. They also have a large selection of books and surname index cards cross referenced to newspaper articles. Many filing cabinets contain local genealogies, histories, government records, military records, historical documents, church records, etc.

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 Rock Island 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 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 Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Rock Island County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Births:

Copies of Original Birth Records

Online Resources

Marriages:

Copies of original Marriage Records

Online Resources

Deaths:

Copies of original Death Records

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Rock Island births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Rock Island – Vital Records topic page and the Illinois, Rock Island – Vital Records - Newspapers topic page 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. Rock Island Arsenal, www.wikipedia.org
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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