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Guide to '''Stephenson County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== Stephenson County Organization  ==
 
== Stephenson County Organization  ==
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
*[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.  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.
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*[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. 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.
  
*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=778 list of cemeteries in Stephenson County] and links to the  information for the individuals buried there.
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*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=778 list of cemeteries in Stephenson County] and links to the information for the individuals buried there.
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/stephenson.htm Stephenson Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/stephenson.htm Stephenson Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|443163|subject-id|disp=some records of cemeteries in Stephenson County}}. Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|443163|subject-id|disp=some records of cemeteries in Stephenson County}}.  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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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6697&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=64&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of Stephenson 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=6697&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=64&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of Stephenson 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.
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*Genealogy Trails offers links to databases of burials for [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/stephenson/cem.html several Stephenson County cemeteries].
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*ComPortOne provides [http://www.comportone.com/getparent.html?cpo/cemeteries/illinois/stephensoncounty/listings.htm,cpo/navi1.htm a list of Stephenson County cemeteries] and provides links for additional information for some cemeteries.
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
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=== Church Records  ===
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=== Church History and 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.
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/stephenson/church.html Genealogy Trails]' site for Stephenson County has a list of many churches with links to photos and other information.
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*USGenWeb offers a [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilstephe/Churches/Churches.html list of churches] in Stephenson County.
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<br>'''Church of the Brethren'''
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*'''1856, 1862, 1871, 1877, 1882''' ''History of the Waddams Grove Church....'' Photoreproduction of original published: Elgin, Ill.: Brethren Pub. House, 1910. Includes a list of members from Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties, Illinois, and nearby Wisconsin counties. {{FHL|633826|item|disp=FHL book 977.333/W1 K2h}}
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<br>'''Methodist'''
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*'''1853–1971''' Basswood United Methodist Church–includes membership records, baptisms, marriages, and death records for Richland, Lena, Jewells Prairies, and Rusch (or Rush) Creek of the Galena District. {{FHL|778022|item|disp=FHL film 1928182 Item 6}}
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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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.
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The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at Northern Illinois University - search for&nbsp;Stephenson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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:*'''1893-1907''' Insanity Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]
  
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== 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, 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 Northern Illinois University - search for Stephenson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD - Northern Illinois University NIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
*''Family Maps of Stephenson County, Illinois'' (2008) plats the land of many nineteenth-century Stephenson County residents. The publisher's [http://www.arphax.com/ac/-P385.aspx bookstore] includes a free online surname index. {{FHL|1577567|item|disp=FHL Book 977.333 E7b}}
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
*'''1837-1962''' Deed Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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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.
  
*'''1837-1938''' Deed Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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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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:*'''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.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/stephenson.html Stephenson County Federal Township Plats]
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'''Abstracts'''
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:*''Family Maps of Stephenson County, Illinois'' (2008) plats the land of many nineteenth-century Stephenson County residents. The publisher's [http://www.arphax.com/ac/-P385.aspx bookstore] includes a free online surname index. {{FHL|1577567|item|disp=FHL Book 977.333 E7b}}
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<br>'''Copies of Original Records'''
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:*'''1837-1962''' Deed Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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:*'''1837-1938''' Deed Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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'''Additional Resources'''
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Additional resources for Stephenson County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|493317|subject_id|disp=FHLC}} and {{FHL|974808|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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=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Stephenson 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 Stephenson County.
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==== ''Civil War'' ====
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Civil War service men from Stephenson 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 Stephenson County.  
  
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:- [[11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company A.
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:- [[14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company I.
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:- [[15th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|15th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.
 
:- [[26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B and H  
 
:- [[26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies B and H  
 
:- [[71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
 
:- [[71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
 
:- [[90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.<br>  
 
:- [[90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.<br>  
 
:- [[92nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|92nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A, F and G.<br>  
 
:- [[92nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|92nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A, F and G.<br>  
:- [[93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies D and G.<br>
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:- [[93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies D and G.<br>
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:- [[142nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|142nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company F.
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:- [[146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65)|146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.<br>
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:- [[147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865)|147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.<br>
  
 
=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
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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.  
 
[[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.  
  
You may search your address for a center near you on the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] site. The following center serves Stephenson County:
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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 center serves Stephenson County:  
  
 
:[[Freeport Illinois Family History Center|Freeport Illinois Family History Center]]<br>1716 S Forest Rd.<br>Freeport, Illinois 61032<br>Telephone: (815) 232-3310
 
:[[Freeport Illinois Family History Center|Freeport Illinois Family History Center]]<br>1716 S Forest Rd.<br>Freeport, Illinois 61032<br>Telephone: (815) 232-3310
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The following Stephenson County libraries have collections of specific interest to genealogists.
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:[http://www.freeportpubliclibrary.org/ '''Freeport Public Library''']<br>100 East Douglas Street<br>Freeport, IL 61032<br>Telephone: (815) 233-3000<br>Their Frances Woodhouse History Room offers resources for Stephenson County and the town of Freeport as well as a searchable [http://www.freeportpubliclibrary.org/hr-p3gen.htm online collection of photographs].
  
 
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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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 [http://www.co.stephenson.il.us/clerk/records.asp Stephenson 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.
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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 Stephenson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].
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*'''1837-1925''' ''[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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*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
*'''1837-1926''' Marriage Licenses [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
 
*'''1837-1926''' Marriage Licenses [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
  
 
==== Death Records  ====
 
==== Death Records  ====
  
*'''1878-1913''' ''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html#about Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]'' at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives]; Index  
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*'''1850,1860,1870,1880''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8756 ''U. S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885''] at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) These include the deaths occurring twelve months before the census was taken.
*'''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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*'''1878-1913''' ''[http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]'' at [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/archives.html Illinois State Archives]; Index  
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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  
 
*'''1878-1954''' Death Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)  
 
*'''1878-1954''' Death Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)  
 
*'''1878-1915''' Death Certificates, Stillbirths [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
 
*'''1878-1915''' Death Certificates, Stillbirths [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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Additional resources for Stephenson County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|490653|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Stephenson – Vital Records}}, and the {{FHL|947900|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Stephenson – 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]].
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==

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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Stephenson County

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

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Stephenson County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Stephenson County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: March 4, 1837
County Seat Freeport
Courthouse
Stephenson County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Stephenson County Courthouse
15 North Galena Avenue
Freeport, Illinois 61032
(815) 235-8289
Stephenson County Website

Contents

Stephenson County Organization

Stephenson County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Stephenson County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878
1837
1878
1840
1837
1837

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

Historical Facts

Stephenson county is named for Colonel Benjamin Stephenson, who served as a colonel in the War of 1812 in the Illinois Militia. He also served as adjutant general of the territory in 1813.

Parent County

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Stephenson County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

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.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190034,933
191036,8215.4%
192037,7432.5%
193040,0646.1%
194040,6461.5%
195041,5952.3%
196046,20711.1%
197048,8615.7%
198049,5361.4%
199048,052−3.0%
200048,9791.9%
201047,711−2.6%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church History and 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.

  • Genealogy Trails' site for Stephenson County has a list of many churches with links to photos and other information.


Church of the Brethren

  • 1856, 1862, 1871, 1877, 1882 History of the Waddams Grove Church.... Photoreproduction of original published: Elgin, Ill.: Brethren Pub. House, 1910. Includes a list of members from Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties, Illinois, and nearby Wisconsin counties. FHL book 977.333/W1 K2h


Methodist

  • 1853–1971 Basswood United Methodist Church–includes membership records, baptisms, marriages, and death records for Richland, Lena, Jewells Prairies, and Rusch (or Rush) Creek of the Galena District. FHL film 1928182 Item 6

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 Northern Illinois University - search for Stephenson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the NIU IRAD Wiki page.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

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, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at Northern Illinois University - search for Stephenson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD - Northern Illinois University NIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 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.
  • 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 ($)

Abstracts

  • Family Maps of Stephenson County, Illinois (2008) plats the land of many nineteenth-century Stephenson County residents. The publisher's bookstore includes a free online surname index. FHL Book 977.333 E7b


Copies of Original Records

  • 1837-1962 Deed Records IRAD-NIU; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1837-1938 Deed Index IRAD-NIU; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Stephenson County land and property may be found in the FHLC 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

Ilstephenson.jpg

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Stephenson 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 Stephenson County.

- 11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 14th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company I.
- 15th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 26th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and H
- 71st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 92nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, F and G.
- 93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and G.
- 142nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company F.
- 146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

  • 1848-1859, 1864-1865, 1868-1879 Miscellaneous Probate Records IRAD-NIU; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

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 Stephenson County are kept, see the Stephenson County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

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 center serves Stephenson County:

Freeport Illinois Family History Center
1716 S Forest Rd.
Freeport, Illinois 61032
Telephone: (815) 232-3310

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 Stephenson 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

The following Stephenson County libraries have collections of specific interest to genealogists.

Freeport Public Library
100 East Douglas Street
Freeport, IL 61032
Telephone: (815) 233-3000
Their Frances Woodhouse History Room offers resources for Stephenson County and the town of Freeport as well as a searchable online collection of photographs.

Social Groups Online

Societies

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 Stephenson 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 Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Stephenson County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

General Online Resources

FamilySearch Books Online


Birth Records

  • 1855-1903 Birth Certificates IRAD-NIU; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1940-1976 Delayed Birth Certificates IRAD-NIU; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Marriage Records

Death Records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Stephenson County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Stephenson – Vital Records, and the Illinois, Stephenson – 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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).