Stephenson County, Illinois Genealogy

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{{Illinois-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Stephenson County''  
 
{{Illinois-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Stephenson County''  
  
== Stephenson County Organization ==
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== Stephenson County Organization ==
  
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| align="center" width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" colspan="6" |                                      '''Beginning Dates for Stephenson County Records'''
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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 Stephenson County are kept, see the [[Stephenson County, Illinois Courthouse|Stephenson County Courthouse]] page.  
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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 Stephenson County are kept, see the [[Stephenson County, Illinois Courthouse|Stephenson County Courthouse]] page.  
  
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
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== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
  
=== African American  ===
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=== Biography ===
 
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The following have information concerning African American research.
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*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
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*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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=== Church ===
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=== Church Records ===
  
=== Court ===
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=== Court Records ===
  
=== Land ===
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=== Ethnic Research ===
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==== African American ====
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The following have information concerning African American research.
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*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
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*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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=== Genealogy ===
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=== History ===
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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.
 
*'''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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*'''1837-1938''' Deed Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
 
*'''1837-1938''' Deed Index [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
 
=== Local Histories  ===
 
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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:- [[93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies D and G.<br>
 
:- [[93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|93rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies D and G.<br>
  
=== Newspapers ===
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=== Naturalization ===
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=== Newspapers and Obituaries ===
  
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=37&ci=10518 Freeport City newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's that covered local news on Stephenson County residents as well as residents from surrounding counties. The [http://rockislandlibrary.org/ Rock Island Public Library] provides free access to this resource at its library.<br>
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=37&ci=10518 Freeport City newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's that covered local news on Stephenson County residents as well as residents from surrounding counties. The [http://rockislandlibrary.org/ Rock Island Public Library] provides free access to this resource at its library.<br>
  
=== Probate ===
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=== Probate Records ===
  
 
*'''1848-1859, 1864-1865, 1868-1879''' Miscellaneous Probate Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
 
*'''1848-1859, 1864-1865, 1868-1879''' Miscellaneous Probate Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
  
=== Repositories ===
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=== Repositories ===
  
==== County Courthouse ====
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==== 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, Illinois Courthouse|Stephenson County Courthouse]] page.
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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 Stephenson County are kept, see the [[Stephenson County, Illinois Courthouse|Stephenson County Courthouse]] page.  
  
====Family History Library====
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==== Family History Library ====
  
====Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)====
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==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) ====
  
====Public Libraries====
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==== Public Libraries ====
  
=== Social Groups Online===
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=== Social Groups Online ===
  
===Societies===
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=== Societies ===
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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==== Birth Records  ====
 
==== Birth Records  ====
  
*'''1855-1903''' Birth Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson 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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*'''1855-1903''' Birth Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)  
 
*'''1940-1976''' Delayed Birth Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
 
*'''1940-1976''' Delayed Birth Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
  
 
==== Marriage Records  ====
 
==== Marriage Records  ====
  
*'''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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*'''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  
 
*'''1837-1926''' Marriage Licenses [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
 
*'''1837-1926''' Marriage Licenses [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson 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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*'''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  
 
*'''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  
*'''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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*'''1916-1950''' ''[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  
*'''1878-1954''' Death Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson 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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*'''1878-1954''' Death Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)  
 
*'''1878-1915''' Death Certificates, Stillbirths [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
 
*'''1878-1915''' Death Certificates, Stillbirths [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson 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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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
Address 15 North Galena Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032
815-235-8289
Website: www.co.stephenson.il.us
Named for: Benjamin Stephenson
United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Stephenson County

Contents

Stephenson County Organization

                                     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

Parent 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 Records

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.)

Maps

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.
- 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.

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 Library

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

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

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).