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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
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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 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.
- 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.

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 Centers

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

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).

 

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