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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Genealogy|Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.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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Guide to '''Stephenson County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
 
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== Stephenson County Organization  ==
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=== Stephenson County Organization  ===
  
 
Stephenson County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Stephenson County's civil records start the following years:  
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1837--'''Stephenson County was created 4 March 1837&nbsp;from [[Jo Daviess County, Illinois|Jo Daviess and]] [[Winnebago County, Illinois|Winnebago]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Freeport <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1837--'''Stephenson County was created 4 March 1837&nbsp;from [[Jo Daviess County, Illinois Genealogy|Jo Daviess and]] [[Winnebago County, Illinois Genealogy|Winnebago]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Freeport <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
See an interactive map of Stephenson County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].  
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For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
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For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-counties/#courthouse Illinois Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
*[[Carroll County, Illinois|Carroll]]  
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*[[Carroll County, Illinois Genealogy|Carroll]]  
*[[Green County, Wisconsin|Green County, Wisconsin]]  
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*[[Green County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Green County, Wisconsin]]  
*[[Jo Daviess County, Illinois|Jo Daviess]]  
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*[[Jo Daviess County, Illinois Genealogy|Jo Daviess]]  
*[[Lafayette County, Wisconsin|Lafayette County, Wisconsin]]  
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*[[Lafayette County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Lafayette County, Wisconsin]]  
*[[Ogle County, Illinois|Ogle]]  
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*[[Ogle County, Illinois Genealogy|Ogle]]  
*[[Winnebago County, Illinois|Winnebago]]
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*[[Winnebago County, Illinois Genealogy|Winnebago]]
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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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://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.
  
*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.
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog FamilySearch 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.
  
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6697&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=64&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;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&nbsp;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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*[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.  
 
*[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.  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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===== '''American Indian'''  =====
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Indians of Stephenson County, Illionis. by Mary X. Barrett.&nbsp; FHL&nbsp;book 970.1 B275t. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/indians-of-stephenson-county-illinois/oclc/865806502 WorldCat]
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The Illinois and Indiana Indians. by Hiram Williams Beckwith.&nbsp; FHL book 970.1 B389i&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/illinois-and-indiana-indians/oclc/1218311 WorldCat]
  
 
=== Genealogy  ===
 
=== Genealogy  ===
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'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
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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Additional resources for Stephenson County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|493317|subject_id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} and {{FHL|974808|subject_id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog–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 FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== 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 [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1772 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9048 Illinois Wills and Probate Records 1772-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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Miscellaneous Probate Records:
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[http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.  
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-vital-records/ How to order Illinois Vital Records] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online].  
  
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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<br> 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.  
  
 
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]].  
 
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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*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
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*'''1810–1934''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''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]].)
  
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==== Additional Resources  ====
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
  
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]].  
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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 FamilySearch Catalog . 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 FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Stephenson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/stephenson-county/ Stephenson County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://illinois-genealogy.com/Stephenson-County-Genealogy.cfm Stephenson County IL Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104195621376697101310 Illinois Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Stephenson|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*&nbsp;[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Stephenson/ Stephenson County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*&nbsp;[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Stephenson/ Stephenson County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 05:06, 7 January 2016

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Guide to Stephenson County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and 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

[edit] 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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Parent County

[edit] Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

[edit] Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see: Illinois Counties with Burned Courthouses

[edit] Places / Localities

[edit] Populated Places

[edit] Neighboring Counties

[edit] Records and Resources

[edit] Biography

[edit] 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.

[edit] 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

[edit] 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

[edit] 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.

[edit] Ethnic Research

[edit] African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

[edit] American Indian

Indians of Stephenson County, Illionis. by Mary X. Barrett.  FHL book 970.1 B275t. WorldCat

The Illinois and Indiana Indians. by Hiram Williams Beckwith.  FHL book 970.1 B389i  WorldCat

[edit] Genealogy

[edit] History

[edit] 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 FamilySearch Catalog and FamilySearch Catalog–maps. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

[edit] Maps

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[edit] Military

[edit] 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.

[edit] Naturalization

[edit] Newspapers and Obituaries

[edit] Probate Records

Online Probate Records


Miscellaneous Probate Records:

  • 1848-1859
  • 1864-1865
  • 1868-1879

IRAD-NIU; search for Stephenson County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

[edit] Repositories

[edit] 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.

[edit] 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

[edit] 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

[edit] 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.

[edit] Social Groups Online

[edit] Societies

[edit] Taxation

[edit] Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.


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.

[edit] General Online Resources

FamilySearch Books Online


[edit] 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.)

[edit] Marriage Records

[edit] Death Records

[edit] 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 FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

[edit] Web Sites

[edit] References

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

 

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