Winnebago County, Illinois

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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
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Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
 
[http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Cemeteries#Online_Resources Illinois&nbsp;Cemeteries] page provides explanations of the following online Winnebago County resources:  
 
[http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Cemeteries#Online_Resources Illinois&nbsp;Cemeteries] page provides explanations of the following online Winnebago County resources:  
  
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=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
  
*'''1837-1922''' Circuit Court Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)  
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'''Copies of original records'''
*'''1854-1958''' County Court Records and Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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:*'''1837-1922''' Circuit Court Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)  
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:*'''1854-1958''' County Court Records and Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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:*'''1857–1900''' Chancery divorce records {{FHL|1155425|item|disp=FHL film 2366217 Items 2–3 (first of 5 films)}}
  
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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*''Family Maps of Winnebago County, Illinois'' (2007) plats the land of many nineteenth-century Winnebago County residents. The publisher's [http://www.arphax.com/ac/-P6.aspx bookstore] includes a free online surname index. {{FHL|1406932|item|disp=FHL Book 977.331 E7b}}
 
*''Family Maps of Winnebago County, Illinois'' (2007) plats the land of many nineteenth-century Winnebago County residents. The publisher's [http://www.arphax.com/ac/-P6.aspx bookstore] includes a free online surname index. {{FHL|1406932|item|disp=FHL Book 977.331 E7b}}
  
*'''1836-1891''' Deed Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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'''Copies of original records'''
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:*'''1836–1883''' Deed records {{FHL|1155288|item|disp=FHL film 2365073 (first of 27 films)}}
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:*'''1836-1891''' Deed Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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===== Additional Resources  =====
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Additional resources for Winnebago County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|710912|subject_id|disp=FHLC}} and {{FHL|974809|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]].
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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Civil War service men from Winnebago 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 Winnebago County.  
 
Civil War service men from Winnebago 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 Winnebago County.  
  
:- [[8th_Regiment,_Illinois_Cavalry|8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies L and M.  
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:- [[8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies L and M.  
 
:- [[17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company K.  
 
:- [[17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company K.  
 
:- [[44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
 
:- [[44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
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=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
  
[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=37&ci=10518 Freeport City newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Winnebago County. The [http://rockislandlibrary.org/ Rock Island Public Library] provides free access to this database at its library.<br>  
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[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) 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 residents from Winnebago County. The [http://rockislandlibrary.org/ Rock Island Public Library] provides free access to this database at its library.<br>
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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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.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed 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 the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Winnebago County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|NIU IRAD Wiki page]].
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'''Copies of original records'''
  
 
*'''1854-1922''' Probate Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
 
*'''1854-1922''' Probate Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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:*'''1863–1880''' Probate records {{FHL|1155299|item|disp=FHL films 2366212–3}}
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:*'''1866–1919''' Probate will records {{FHL|1155407|item|disp=FHL films 2366214–6}}
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:*'''1870–1920''' Widow's relinquishment and selection records [there is 1 record for 1921]{{FHL|1155446|item|disp=FHL first film 2366343 Item 4 (first of 2 films)}}
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
*Information about how to obtain birth, marriage, and death records through the Winnegabo County Clerk is explained at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilwinneb/cntyclk.htm RootsWeb].
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
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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 Winnebago 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. Information about how to obtain birth, marriage, and death records through the Winnegabo County Clerk is explained at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilwinneb/cntyclk.htm RootsWeb].
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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 Winnebago County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
 
==== Birth Records  ====
 
==== Birth Records  ====
  
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:*'''1882–1896''' Birth Certificates {{FHL|721399|item|disp=FHL film 1914090–2}}
 
*'''1882-1905''' Birth Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
 
*'''1882-1905''' Birth Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
  
 
==== Marriage Records  ====
 
==== Marriage Records  ====
  
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'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''
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:*'''1836–1867''' Marriage licenses {{FHL|652220|item|disp=FHL film 1914041 (first of 26 films)}}
 
*'''1837-1900''' ''[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  
 
*'''1837-1900''' ''[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  
 
*'''1836-1902''' Marriage Licenses [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
 
*'''1836-1902''' Marriage Licenses [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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==== Death Records  ====
 
==== Death Records  ====
  
*'''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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:*'''1876–1943''' Death certificates {{FHL|720913|item|disp=FHL film 1914067 (first of 23 films)}}
 
*'''1877-1919''' Death Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
 
*'''1877-1919''' Death Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
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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
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==== Divorce  ====
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:*'''1857–1900''' Divorce records {{FHL|1155425|item|disp=FHL film 2366217 Items 2–3 (first of 5 films)}}
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Additional resources for Winnebago County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|491629|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records}}, the {{FHL|1149847|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - indexes}}, the {{FHL|878113|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - newspapers}} and the {{FHL|947895|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - newspapers indexes}}
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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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Revision as of 18:39, 9 September 2011

Winnebago County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Winnebago County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 16, 1836
County Seat Rockford
Courthouse
Winnebago County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Winnebago County Courthouse
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 987-3050
Winnebago County Website
United States  Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Winnebago County

Contents

Winnebago County Organization

Winnebago County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Winnebago County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1836
1877
1840
1836
1837

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

Historical Facts

Winnebago County is named for the Winnebago Indians who once inhabited that part of Illinois

Parent County

  • 1836--Winnebago County was created 16 January 1836 from Jo Daviess County.  County seat:  Rockford [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Winnebago County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biographies

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

Illinois Cemeteries page provides explanations of the following online Winnebago County resources:

Bibliographies Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county search ePodunk
   USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  

Church 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.

Court Records

Copies of original records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

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 Winnebago County, Illinois (2007) plats the land of many nineteenth-century Winnebago County residents. The publisher's bookstore includes a free online surname index. FHL Book 977.331 E7b

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Winnebago 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

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Winnebago 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 Winnebago County.

- 8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies L and M.
- 17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company K.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and G.
- 52nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Company K.
- 90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and C.
- 147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 153rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company G.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Freeport City newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Winnebago County. The Rock Island Public Library provides free access to this database at its library.

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

Copies of original records

  • 1854-1922 Probate Records IRAD-NIU; search for Winnebago 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 Winnebago County are kept, see the Winnebago 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 Winnebago County:

Rockford Illinois Family History Center
324 University Dr.
Rockford, Illinois 61107
Telephone: (815) 332-7782

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 Winnebago 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 Carroll County libraries have collections of specific interest to genealogists.

Rockford Public Library
215 N. Wyman St.
Rockford, IL 61101
Telephone: (815) 965-6731
Their Local History Room includes materials for Winnebago county as well as neighboring counties.

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 Winnebago 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. Information about how to obtain birth, marriage, and death records through the Winnegabo County Clerk is explained at RootsWeb.

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 Winnebago County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Birth Records

Copies of Original Birth Records

  • 1882-1905 Birth Certificates IRAD-NIU; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Marriage Records

Copies of original Marriage Records

Death Records

Copies of original Death Records

  • 1877-1919 Death Certificates IRAD-NIU; search for Winnebago County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Divorce

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Winnebago County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records, the Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - indexes, the Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - newspapers and the Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - newspapers indexes 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).