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{{Illinois-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Woodford County''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Woodford County''  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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== History  ==
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| building address ='''Woodford County Courthouse'''<br>115 N. Main, Suite 202<br>Eureka, IL 61530<br>(309) 467-2822<br>[http://www.woodford-county.org/ Woodford County Website]
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==== Parent County  ====
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== Woodford County Organization ==
  
*'''1841--'''Woodford County was created 27 February 1841&nbsp;from [[Tazewell County, Illinois|Tazewell]] and [[McLean County, Illinois|McLean]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Eureka <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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Woodford County's civil records start the following years:  
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1877<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1841<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850<br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1841<br>
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==== Record Loss  ====
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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 Woodford County are kept, see the [[Woodford County, Illinois Courthouse|Woodford County Courthouse]] page.
  
== Places / Localities ==
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=== Historical Facts ===
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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Woodford County, Illinois is named for Woodford County, Kentucky which is the place where many of the settlers originated.
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Parent County ===
  
*[[LaSalle County, Illinois|LaSalle]]
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*'''1841--'''Woodford County was created 27 February 1841&nbsp;from, [[Tazewell County, Illinois|Tazewell]] and [[McLean County, Illinois|McLean]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Eureka <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
*[[Livingston County, Illinois|Livingston]]  
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*[[Marshall County, Illinois|Marshall]]
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*[[McLean County, Illinois|McLean]]  
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*[[Peoria County, Illinois|Peoria]]
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*[[Tazewell County, Illinois|Tazewell]]
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== Resources ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
  
==== African American  ====
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'''Eastern Part'''
  
The following have information concerning African American research.
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:1831-1841 McLean
  
*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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:1827-1831 Tazewell
  
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what&nbsp;records are&nbsp;at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
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:1821-1827 Fayette
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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:1819-1821 Clair
  
Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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:1816-1819 Crawford
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:1815-1816 Edwards
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'''Western Part'''
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:1827-1841 Tazewell
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:1825-1827 Peoria
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:1821-1825 Sangamon
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:1817-1821 Bond
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:1812-1817 Madison
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:1801-1812 St. Clair
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:1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory
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<br>See an interactive map of Woodford County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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=== Record Loss  ===
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== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Biographies  ===
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[http://www.archive.org/details/pastpresentofwoo00chic Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois ]1878&nbsp;&nbsp; (WorldCat)
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=== Cemeteries  ===
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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&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=791 list of cemeteries in Woodford County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;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=791 list of cemeteries in Woodford County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/woodford.htm Woodford Co.&nbsp;IL&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/woodford.htm Woodford Co.&nbsp;IL&nbsp;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.
 
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6810&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=52&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of Woodford 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=6810&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=52&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of Woodford 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.
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Census  ===
  
 
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=== Church Records  ===
  
==== Church ====
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=== Court Records ===
  
==== Court ====
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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.
  
==== Land  ====
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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 Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Woodford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Illinois State University|ISU IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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'''1854-1859''' County Court Record IRAD-ISU
  
==== Maps ====
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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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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~blackcoalminers/ African American Coal Miner] Information Center
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=== History  ===
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Large numbers of Kentuckians settled in frontier Woodford County, Illinois. The name of the county (Woodford) is reminiscent of [[Woodford County, Kentucky]] - the previous residence of many pioneer settlers.<ref>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/woodford.html Hardin County Fact Sheet], Illinois State Archives, accessed May 28, 2011.</ref>
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=== Land and Property  ===
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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.
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'''1841-1928''' Deed Index IRAD-ISU
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'''1833-1928''' Deed Record IRAD-ISU
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'''Land Records available at the Family History Library'''
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''1812 Soldiers of 1812 etc.: Whose Bounty Land Grants Were Located in Woodford County, Illinois''. by A.F. Marxhall, L.J. Freese and Milo Custer. {{FHL|71786|item|disp=FHL film 823572}} item 6 and FHL book: 977.3 A1 no. 1. second copy 977.3 A1 no. 218.
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'''1832-1893''' Grantee and Grantor Indexes. Woodford County Clerk. {{FHL|9371|item|disp=FHL films 1401898-1401900}}
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=== Maps  ===
  
 
[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/4c60h7 Woodford County, El Paso and Metamora 1876] from the David Rumsey Map Collection.  
 
[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/4c60h7 Woodford County, El Paso and Metamora 1876] from the David Rumsey Map Collection.  
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Military Records ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from&nbsp;Woodford County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments&nbsp;that were formed from men of&nbsp;Woodford County.
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For information about using military records see [[Illinois Military Records|Illinois Military Records]]
  
:- [[51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.
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==== Revolutionary War  ====
:- [[77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C, F,&nbsp;and H.
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:- [[85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company E.
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==== Newspapers  ====
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[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/revwar3.html#woodford Veteran Burials]&nbsp; ([http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogy Trail History Group])
  
==== Probate ====
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==== War 1812 ====
  
==== Taxation  ====
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Military Land Grants Woodford County, Illinois for Soldiers of the War of 1812 - USGenWeb
  
==== Vital Records ====
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==== Civil War ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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Civil War service men from Woodford 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 Woodford County.
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'''Cavalry'''
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:- [[4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/acm/cav004-g.html Company G]
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'''Infantry'''
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:- [[17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/017-g-in.html Company G]
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:- [[47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/047-b-in.html Company B], and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/047-i-in.html Company I]
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:- [[51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/051-d-in.html Company D].
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:- [[77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/077-c-in.html Company C], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/077-f-in.html Company F], and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/077-h-in.html Company H].
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:- [[85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/reg_html/085_reg.html Company F].
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:- [[86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]],&nbsp;[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/086-a-in.html Company A].
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:- [[108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/108-d-in.html Company D], and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/108-e-in.html Company E]
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:- [[139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/139-c-in.html Company C]
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*IRAD-ISU Records
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:'''1861-1863''' Militia Roll Record IRAD-ISU
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:'''1863-1865 '''Militia Discharge Record, Civil War IRAD-ISU
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:'''1913-1941''' Mother's Pension Applications IRAD-ISU
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:'''1931-1934''' Mother's Pension Accountts IRAD-ISU <br>
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*[[Union Veterans' and Lineage Society Records|'''Grand Army of the Republic''']] (GAR)
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*A list of [http://suvcw.org/garposts/il.pdf GAR Post in Illinois], additional site&nbsp; for post list in Illinois, [http://www.loc.gov/rr/main/gar/ Library of Congress]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/woodford/military/civilwar/rosters/garwoodr659nmt.txt Woodruff Post], Washburn 1913 - USGenWeb
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/woodford/military/civilwar/1883pens.txt 1883 Federal Pension ]- USGenWeb
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==== World War I  ====
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[http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Illinois.Woodford+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918] (Ancestry)
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==== World War II  ====
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*[http://media.nara.gov/media/images/28/29/28-2809a.gif Army Casualties]&nbsp; [http://www.archives.gov/ U.S. National Archives and Records Administration]
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=== Naturalization  ===
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Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.
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The following 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 Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Woodford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Illinois State University|ISU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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<br>'''1855-1906''' Naturalization Papers. Woodford County Court. {{FHL|215299|item|disp=FHL 1401869-1401871}}
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'''1861-1901''' Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. {{FHL|215117|item|disp=FHL 1401866-1401867}}
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'''1867-1906''' Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. {{FHL|58738|item|disp=FHL film 1401866 Item 2 - 1401867}}
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'''1795-1925''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/woodford/passport_apps.html Woodford County, Illinois Passport Applications]&nbsp; [http://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/ Genealogy Trails History Group]
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=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
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[http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/county_results.php?county=Woodford Newspapers Published in Woodford County]&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.library.illinois.edu/inp/ Illinois Newspaper Project]
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[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/illinois/Woodford/ Chronicling America]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.loc.gov/index.html The Library of Congress]
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'''Obituaries'''
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''Woodford County, Illinois, Prairie District Library, Obituaries, 1887 ''to Present. at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6109 Ancestry]
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=== 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 Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Woodford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Illinois State University|ISU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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<br>'''1842-1847''' Probate Claim Dockets IRAD-ISU
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'''1869-1964''' Probate Will Record IRAD-ISU
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'''1870-1956 '''Probate Inventory Record IRAD-ISU
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'''1877-1853''' Probate Widow's Relinquishment and Selection Record IRAD-ISU
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'''Probate records available at the Family History Library'''
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'''1846-1866 '''Probate Order Book; Will Record 1869-1925; Guardian Record, 1866-1908; Probate Record, '''1745-1876 '''Woodford County Court. {{FHL|174995|item|disp=FHL film 1401860 - 1401869}}
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=== Public Records  ===
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'''1868-1957''' Almshouse Register IRAD-ISU [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/wood.html Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957) ]<br>
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'''1868-1893''' Poor Farm Monthly Reports IRAD-ISU
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'''1917-1940''' Poor Farm Case Files IRAD-ISU
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=== Repositories  ===
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[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]] is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing 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. [[IRAD - Illinois State University|Illinois State University]] houses the records for Woodford County.
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==== County Courthouse  ====
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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 Woodford County are kept, see the [[Woodford County, Illinois Courthouse|Woodford County Courthouse]] page.
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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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. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Woodford County.
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You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following centers are located in surrounding counties. Their wiki pages may supply hours and other information.
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[https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers] FamilySearch
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=Illinois%2C+Woodford&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Illinois,_Woodford Family History Library Holdings]
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==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository - IRAD  ====
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Illinois State Universtiy - ISU<br>2016 Warehouse Road Campus<br>Box 1520 <br>Normal, Illinois 61802 <br>Phone: 1-309-452-6027
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Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad.pdf Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County]
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==== Public Libraries  ====
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[http://library.public-libraries.org/county/IL/WoodfordCounty.html Woodford County Public Libraries]
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=== Social Groups Online  ===
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=== Societies  ===
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[http://www.eureka.lib.il.us/community/wchs/ Woodford County Historical Society]
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=== Taxation  ===
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'''1842-1879''' Tax Sale Record IRAD-ISU
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'''1842-1878''' Tax Forfeiture Record IRAD-ISU
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'''1853-1871''' Tax Deed Affidaviats IRAD-ISU
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'''1860-1880''' Tax Judgment Record IRAD-ISU
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'''1857-1888''' Tax Assessment Abstracts IRAD-ISU
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=== Vital Records  ===
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois
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[http://vitalrec.com/ilcounties4.html#Woodford Order Birth and Death Certificates Online]
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==== Birth Records  ====
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:*'''1877-1916''' Birth Record '''Index''' IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library. {{FHL|9334|item|disp=FHL film 1401898}}
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==== Marriage Records  ====
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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:*[http://www.archive.org/stream/journalofillinoi1412illi#page/151/mode/1up Early Marriages in Woodford County, Illinois] ([http://www.archive.org/ Internet Archives])
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:*'''1841-1901''' Marriage Record '''Index''' IRAD-ISU
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:*'''Marriage records available at the Family History Library'''
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:*'''1841-1902 '''Marriage '''Index'''. Woodford County Clerk. {{FHL|9347|item|disp=FHL film 1401898}} Items 2-3
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:*'''1841-1870''' ''Early Marriages Performed in Woodford County, Illinois''. by Lucy Palmer Frane. {{FHL|267402|item|disp=FHL film 848656 and second filming 908198}} and FHL Book 977.353 V25f
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:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/woodford/vitals/marriages/1841-1848.txt 1841-1848 Early Marriages ]of Woodford County - USGenWeb
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==== Death Records  ====
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
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:'''1877-1915''' Death Record '''Index''' IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library {{FHL|9355|item|disp=FHL Film 1401898}} Item 4
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:'''1910-1917''' Death Record, Coroner's IRAD-ISU
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=== Voter Registration  ===
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:*'''1865-1890''' Voter Registers IRAD-ISU
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== Places / Localities  ==
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*[[LaSalle County, Illinois|LaSalle]]
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*[[Marshall County, Illinois|Marshall]]
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*[[McLean County, Illinois|McLean]]
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*[[Peoria County, Illinois|Peoria]]
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*[[Tazewell County, Illinois|Tazewell]]
  
 
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'''Databases Pertinent to Woodford County''' <br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database ]<br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950 ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database ]<br>[http://landplats.ilsos.net/ Federal Township Plats of Illinois ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/wood.html Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957) ]<br>
  
 
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Online Records


Woodford County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Woodford County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 27, 1841
County Seat Eureka
Courthouse
Woodford County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Woodford County Courthouse
115 N. Main, Suite 202
Eureka, IL 61530
(309) 467-2822
Woodford County Website

Contents

Woodford County Organization

Woodford County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Woodford County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1841
1877
1850
1831
1841

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

Historical Facts

Woodford County, Illinois is named for Woodford County, Kentucky which is the place where many of the settlers originated.

Parent County

  • 1841--Woodford County was created 27 February 1841 from, Tazewell and McLean Counties.  County seat:  Eureka [1]

Boundary Changes

Eastern Part

1831-1841 McLean
1827-1831 Tazewell
1821-1827 Fayette
1819-1821 Clair
1816-1819 Crawford
1815-1816 Edwards

Western Part

1827-1841 Tazewell
1825-1827 Peoria
1821-1825 Sangamon
1817-1821 Bond
1812-1817 Madison
1801-1812 St. Clair
1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory


See an interactive map of Woodford County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Biographies

Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois 1878   (WorldCat)

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.
190021,822
191020,506−6.0%
192019,340−5.7%
193018,792−2.8%
194019,1241.8%
195021,33511.6%
196024,57915.2%
197028,01214.0%
198033,32018.9%
199032,653−2.0%
200035,4698.6%
201038,6649.0%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

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 abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Woodford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.

1854-1859 County Court Record IRAD-ISU

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

History

Large numbers of Kentuckians settled in frontier Woodford County, Illinois. The name of the county (Woodford) is reminiscent of Woodford County, Kentucky - the previous residence of many pioneer settlers.[2]

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.

1841-1928 Deed Index IRAD-ISU

1833-1928 Deed Record IRAD-ISU

Land Records available at the Family History Library

1812 Soldiers of 1812 etc.: Whose Bounty Land Grants Were Located in Woodford County, Illinois. by A.F. Marxhall, L.J. Freese and Milo Custer. FHL film 823572 item 6 and FHL book: 977.3 A1 no. 1. second copy 977.3 A1 no. 218.

1832-1893 Grantee and Grantor Indexes. Woodford County Clerk. FHL films 1401898-1401900

Maps

Woodford County, El Paso and Metamora 1876 from the David Rumsey Map Collection.

Military Records

For information about using military records see Illinois Military Records

Revolutionary War

Veteran Burials  (Genealogy Trail History Group)

War 1812

Military Land Grants Woodford County, Illinois for Soldiers of the War of 1812 - USGenWeb

Civil War

Civil War service men from Woodford 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 Woodford County.

Cavalry

- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company G

Infantry

- 17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G
- 47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B, and Company I
- 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C, Company F, and Company H.
- 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 86th Regiment, Illinois InfantryCompany A.
- 108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D, and Company E
- 139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C
  • IRAD-ISU Records
1861-1863 Militia Roll Record IRAD-ISU
1863-1865 Militia Discharge Record, Civil War IRAD-ISU
1913-1941 Mother's Pension Applications IRAD-ISU
1931-1934 Mother's Pension Accountts IRAD-ISU

World War I

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Ancestry)

World War II

Naturalization

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Woodford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.


1855-1906 Naturalization Papers. Woodford County Court. FHL 1401869-1401871

1861-1901 Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. FHL 1401866-1401867

1867-1906 Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. FHL film 1401866 Item 2 - 1401867

1795-1925 Woodford County, Illinois Passport Applications  Genealogy Trails History Group

Newspapers and Obituaries

Newspapers Published in Woodford County   Illinois Newspaper Project

Chronicling America   The Library of Congress

Obituaries

Woodford County, Illinois, Prairie District Library, Obituaries, 1887 to Present. at Ancestry

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 Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Woodford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.


1842-1847 Probate Claim Dockets IRAD-ISU

1869-1964 Probate Will Record IRAD-ISU

1870-1956 Probate Inventory Record IRAD-ISU

1877-1853 Probate Widow's Relinquishment and Selection Record IRAD-ISU

Probate records available at the Family History Library

1846-1866 Probate Order Book; Will Record 1869-1925; Guardian Record, 1866-1908; Probate Record, 1745-1876 Woodford County Court. FHL film 1401860 - 1401869

Public Records

1868-1957 Almshouse Register IRAD-ISU Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957)

1868-1893 Poor Farm Monthly Reports IRAD-ISU

1917-1940 Poor Farm Case Files IRAD-ISU

Repositories

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing 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. Illinois State University houses the records for Woodford County.


County Courthouse

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

Family History Centers

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. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Woodford County.

You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following centers are located in surrounding counties. Their wiki pages may supply hours and other information.

Family History Centers FamilySearch

Illinois,_Woodford Family History Library Holdings

Illinois Regional Archives Depository - IRAD

Illinois State Universtiy - ISU
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Box 1520
Normal, Illinois 61802
Phone: 1-309-452-6027

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County

Public Libraries

Woodford County Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Woodford County Historical Society

Taxation

1842-1879 Tax Sale Record IRAD-ISU

1842-1878 Tax Forfeiture Record IRAD-ISU

1853-1871 Tax Deed Affidaviats IRAD-ISU

1860-1880 Tax Judgment Record IRAD-ISU

1857-1888 Tax Assessment Abstracts IRAD-ISU

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois

Order Birth and Death Certificates Online

Birth Records

  • 1877-1916 Birth Record Index IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library. FHL film 1401898

Marriage Records

  • 1841-1901 Marriage Record Index IRAD-ISU
  • Marriage records available at the Family History Library

Death Records

1877-1915 Death Record Index IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library FHL Film 1401898 Item 4
1910-1917 Death Record, Coroner's IRAD-ISU

Voter Registration

  • 1865-1890 Voter Registers IRAD-ISU

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Web Sites

Databases Pertinent to Woodford County
Local Governmental Records Database
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Federal Township Plats of Illinois
Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957)

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Hardin County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives, accessed May 28, 2011.