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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Ford County'''  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Genealogy|Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Ford County'''  
  
Guide to '''Ford County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Ford County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth, marriage, death, census, military records and family histories.<br>
 
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{{Click|Image:IL_ORP.png|Illinois Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
{{ILDC}}  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Ford County
 
| county = Ford County
 
| county_map = Il-ford.png
 
| county_map = Il-ford.png
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| founded year = 1859
 
| founded year = 1859
 
| founded date = February 17
 
| founded date = February 17
| seat wl = Paxton
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| seat = Paxton
 
| building image = Ford County Courthouse.gif
 
| building image = Ford County Courthouse.gif
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
 
| building address = '''Ford County, Illinois Courthouse'''<br>200 West State Street<br>Paxton, Illinois 60957<br>(217) 379-9400<br>[http://www.fordcounty.illinois.gov/]
 
| building address = '''Ford County, Illinois Courthouse'''<br>200 West State Street<br>Paxton, Illinois 60957<br>(217) 379-9400<br>[http://www.fordcounty.illinois.gov/]
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}}  
  
== County Organization  ==
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=== County Organization  ===
  
 
Ford County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Ford County's civil records start the following years:  
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| align="center" width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Ford County Records'''</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Ford County Records'''</center>
 
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ford County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1878
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1878
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1859
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1859
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1878
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1878
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1860
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1834
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1834
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
 
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=== Historical Records  ===
 
=== Historical Records  ===
  
[[Image:Governor Thomas Ford.jpg|thumb|right]] This county is named for Governor Thomas Ford, its eighth governor.  
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[[Image:Governor Thomas Ford.jpg|thumb|right|Governor Thomas Ford.jpg]] This county is named for Governor Thomas Ford, its eighth governor.  
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
*'''17 February 1859:''' Ford County was created from [[Clark County, Illinois|Clark]] County. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 {{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}</ref><br>Note: An earlier attempt to create Holmes County (proposed), on 31 January 1857 in the same general area, was unsuccessful. (Ill. Laws 1859, pub., pp. 29-33) (source:[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/IL_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Newberry Library]}
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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.  
  
See an interactive map of Ford County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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*'''17 February 1859:''' Ford County was created from [[Clark County, Illinois Genealogy|Clark]] County. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 {{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}</ref><br>Note: An earlier attempt to create Holmes County (proposed), on 31 January 1857 in the same general area, was unsuccessful. (Ill. Laws 1859, pub., pp. 29-33) (source:[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/IL_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Newberry Library]}
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
=== Records and Resources  ===
 
=== Records and Resources  ===
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=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
  
''Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County''.1892.{{FHL|18821|item|disp=FHL film 825571 another filming 934983 tiem 3}}
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:[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/18821?availability=Family%20History%20Library Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County''1892.'']
  
''History of Ford County'', by E.A. Gardner. {{FHL|18817|item|desp=FHL film 625572 and 825573}} another filming 934983 items 4-5
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:[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/18817?availability=Family%20History%20Library History of Ford County'', by E.A. Gardner.'']
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=716 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)  
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*[[Find A Grave]], [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=716 list of cemeteries]. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)  
 
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com Billion Graves, gravestone photos and transcriptions]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com Billion Graves, gravestone photos and transcriptions]  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/ford.htm Ford 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.
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/ford.htm Ford 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.  
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ford/ Genealogy Trails] Ford County Listings
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/322674?availability=Family%20History%20Library Cemetery Records of Ford County. Daughters of the American Revolution]
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.  
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*Cemetery Records of Ford County. Daughters of&nbsp; the American Revolution. {{FHL|322674|itme|disp=FHL film 848587 items 1-2}}
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=16&GScnty=716&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|510758|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=716 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ford.illinoisgenweb.org/ ILGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Ford+Illinois&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Ford&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/il/ford/cemetery.html ILGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Ford Illinois Graveyards]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/ford.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
 
*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of 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.  
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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]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
  
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=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
  
''History of Ford Coutny, Illinois'':''From it's Earliest Settlement to 1908 ''([http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=0&db=dbatitles&ctx=%2fMercury%2fPages%2fCardCatListBoolean.aspx&hco=100&_F0003A49=1&o_iid=5910&o_lid=5910&o_sch=Web+Property&offerid=0%3a679%3a0&_F0003A49-int=1#ccat=hc%3D25%26dbSort%3D1%26title%3D%26keyword%3DFord%20County%2C%20Illinois%26 Ancestry])  
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:''History of Ford County, Illinois'':''From it's Earliest Settlement to 1908&nbsp;:''([http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=0&db=dbatitles&ctx=%2fMercury%2fPages%2fCardCatListBoolean.aspx&hco=100&_F0003A49=1&o_iid=5910&o_lid=5910&o_sch=Web+Property&offerid=0%3a679%3a0&_F0003A49-int=1#ccat=hc%3D25%26dbSort%3D1%26title%3D%26keyword%3DFord%20County%2C%20Illinois%26 Ancestry])
  
 
=== Mailing Lists  ===
 
=== Mailing Lists  ===
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
 
:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
 
:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] Available at www.ancestry.com ($). 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.  
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/ford_map.html Ford County Federal Township Plats]
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:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ford/ Ford County Federal Township Plats]
  
 
=== Library  ===
 
=== Library  ===
  
'''Paxton Carnegie Library'''<br>254 S. Market St.<br>Paxton, Illinois<br>(217)379-3431  
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:'''Paxton Carnegie Library''' 254 S. Market St. |Paxton, Illinois (217)379-3431
  
'''Melvin Public Library'''<br>102 S. Center St.<br>Melvin, Illinois<br>(217)388-2421  
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:'''Melvin Public Library''' 102 S. Center St. Melvin, Illinois (217)388-2421
  
[http://www.moyer.lib.il.us '''Moyer Library''']<br>618 S. Sangamon Ave.<br>Gibson City, Illinois<br>(217)784-5343  
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:[http://www.moyer.lib.il.us '''Moyer Library'''] 618 S. Sangamon Ave. Gibson City, Illinois (217)784-5343
  
'''Loda Township Library'''<br>105 E. Adams St.<br>Loda, Illinois<br>(217)386-2783  
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:'''Loda Township Library''' 105 E. Adams St. Loda, Illinois (217)386-2783
  
'''Piper &nbsp;City Public Library'''<br>39 W. Main Street<br>Piper City, Illinois<br>(815)686-9234  
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:'''Piper City Public Library''' 39 W. Main Street Piper City, Illinois (815)686-9234
  
'''Cullom Memorial Library Inc.'''<br>103 Hack Street<br>Cullom, Illinois<br>(815)689-2720  
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:'''Cullom Memorial Library Inc.''' 103 Hack Street Cullom, Illinois (815)689-2720
  
'''Rankin Public Library'''<br>121 S. Main St.<br>Rankin, Illinois<br>(217)397-2133
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:'''Rankin Public Library''' 121 S. Main St. Rankin, Illinois (217)397-2133
  
 
=== Family History Centers  ===
 
=== Family History Centers  ===
  
[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}} [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
  
 
There are no Family History Centers in Ford County. &nbsp;  
 
There are no Family History Centers in Ford County. &nbsp;  
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The nearest facitlity is:  
 
The nearest facitlity is:  
  
[[Champaign Illinois Family History Center|'''Champaign Illinois Family History Center''']]<br>604 Windsor Road<br>Champaign, Illinois<br>(217)352-8063
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[[Champaign Illinois Family History Center|'''Champaign Illinois Family History Center''']]<br>604 Windsor Road<br>Champaign, Illinois<br>(217)352-8063  
  
=== Maps ===
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=== Maps ===
[[Image:Ilford.jpg|400px|right]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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[[Image:Ilford.jpg|center|294px|Ilford.jpg]]  
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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For information about using Military records see [[Illinois Military Records|Illinois Military Records]]  
 
For information about using Military records see [[Illinois Military Records|Illinois Military Records]]  
  
=== Civil War  ===
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==== Civil War  ====
  
 
Civil War service men from Ford 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 Ford County.  
 
Civil War service men from Ford 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 Ford County.  
  
:- [[76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/076-k-in.html Company K].
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:[76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r100/076-k-in.html Company K].
  
[http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso00buregoog#page/n458/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883] (Source: Internet Archives)  
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:[http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso00buregoog#page/n458/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883] (Source: Internet Archives)
  
 
==== World War I  ====
 
==== World War I  ====
  
[http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Illinois.Ford+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918] (Source: Ancestry)  
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:[http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Illinois.Ford+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918] (Source: Ancestry.com $ )
  
 
==== World War II  ====
 
==== World War II  ====
  
[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/illinois/ford.htm World War II Casualities], Army and Army Air Corps (Source: Access Genealogy)  
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:[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/illinois/ford.htm World War II Casualities], Army and Army Air Corps (Source: Access Genealogy)
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]]  
 
The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]]  
  
'''1859-1906''' Naturalization Records. {{FHL|5066|item|disp=FHL film 1401895 itmes 2-4 and films 1401896-97}}
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:[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/5066?availability=Family%20History%20Library '''1859-1906''' Naturalization Records.]
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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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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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.  
 
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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*'''County Courthouse'''
 
*'''County Courthouse'''
  
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Ford County are kept, see the [[Ford County, Illinois Courthouse|Ford County Courthouse]] page.<br>
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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 Ford County are kept, see the [[Ford County, Illinois Courthouse|Ford County Courthouse]] page.  
  
 
*'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)'''
 
*'''Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)'''
  
[[IRAD - Illinois State University|Illinois State Universtiy (ISU)]]<br>2016 Warehouse Road Campus<br>Box 1520 <br>Normal, Illinois 61802 <br>Phone: 309-452-6027<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradregn.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository System] [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/isumap.html Illinois State University Region]
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[[IRAD - Illinois State University|Illinois State Universtiy (ISU)]]<br>2016 Warehouse Road Campus<br>Box 1520 <br>Normal, Illinois 61802 <br>Phone: 309-452-6027<br>  
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[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradregn.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository System] <br>
  
*'''Public Libraries'''
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[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/isumap.html Illinois State University Region]
  
 
=== Schools  ===
 
=== Schools  ===
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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].  
  
IDPH Registrar of Vital Records<br>Room 101 Courthouse<br>200 West State Street<br>Paxton, IL 60957<br>1-217-379-2721  
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<br> IDPH Registrar of Vital Records<br>Room 101 Courthouse<br>200 West State Street<br>Paxton, IL 60957<br>1-217-379-2721  
  
 
[https://secure.ancestry.com/VitalChek/selection.aspx?ct=bd&sor=Affiliates&sdo=url&sda=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ancestry.com%2fsearch&cj=1&sid=vitalchek&o_xid=0001769072&o_lid=0001769072 Order Birth and Death Certificates Online]  
 
[https://secure.ancestry.com/VitalChek/selection.aspx?ct=bd&sor=Affiliates&sdo=url&sda=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ancestry.com%2fsearch&cj=1&sid=vitalchek&o_xid=0001769072&o_lid=0001769072 Order Birth and Death Certificates Online]  
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==== Marriages  ====
 
==== Marriages  ====
 
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:'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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:'''1810–1934''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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:'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
:'''1859-1983 '''Marriage Record Index. IRAD-ISU. Available throught the Family History Library {{FHL|23833|item|disp=FHL film 1401876 item3}}  
 
:'''1859-1983 '''Marriage Record Index. IRAD-ISU. Available throught the Family History Library {{FHL|23833|item|disp=FHL film 1401876 item3}}  
:'''1859-1927 '''Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU. Available through the Family History Library {{FHL|23833|itme|disp=FHL films 1401877 - 1401878}}
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:'''1859-1927 '''Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU. Available through the Family History Library [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/23833?availability=Family%20History%20Library FHL|23833|itme|disp=FHL films 1401877 - 1401878]
  
 
==== Deaths  ====
 
==== Deaths  ====
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/ford-county/ Ford County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Ford-County.htm Ford 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]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Ford/ Ford County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Ford/ Ford County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
'''Databases Pertinent to Ford County'''  
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:'''Databases Pertinent to Ford County'''
  
[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database]  
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:[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database]
  
[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html &nbsp;Name Index to Illinois Local Governments]  
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:[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html &nbsp;Name Index to Illinois Local Governments]
  
[http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html &nbsp;Illinois Statewide Marriage Index]  
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:[http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html &nbsp;Illinois Statewide Marriage Index]
  
[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950]  
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:[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950]
  
[http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/death.html Illlinois Statewide Death Index, pre-1916]  
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:[http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/death.html Illlinois Statewide Death Index, pre-1916]
  
[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
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:[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
  
&nbsp;[http://landplats.ilsos.net/ Federal Township Plats of Illinois]  
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Guide to Ford County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth, marriage, death, census, military records and family histories.

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Ford County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Ford County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 17, 1859
County Seat Paxton
Courthouse
Ford County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Ford County, Illinois Courthouse
200 West State Street
Paxton, Illinois 60957
(217) 379-9400
[1]


County Organization

Ford County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Ford County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878 1859 1878 1860 1834 1850

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

Historical Records

Governor Thomas Ford.jpg
This county is named for Governor Thomas Ford, its eighth governor.

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.

  • 17 February 1859: Ford County was created from Clark County. [1]
    Note: An earlier attempt to create Holmes County (proposed), on 31 January 1857 in the same general area, was unsuccessful. (Ill. Laws 1859, pub., pp. 29-33) (source:Newberry Library}

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Records and Resources

Biography

Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County1892.
History of Ford County, by E.A. Gardner.

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
ILGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
ILGenWeb Archives Illinois Graveyards
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Illinois Cemeteries for more information.

Census

For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see Illinois Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190018,359
191017,096−6.9%
192016,466−3.7%
193015,489−5.9%
194015,007−3.1%
195015,9016.0%
196016,6064.4%
197016,382−1.3%
198015,265−6.8%
199014,275−6.5%
200014,241−0.2%
201014,081−1.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

The Farmersville Settlement, by Shirley Hildman Johnson. FHL Book 977.362 Kej

A County History: Ford County History: Ford County, Illinois. by Ford County Historical Society, c. 1984 has a section on church records. FHL book 977.362 D2f

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.

Directories

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

History of Ford County, Illinois:From it's Earliest Settlement to 1908 :(Ancestry)

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

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

1885-1890 Deed Record. IRAD-ISU
1888-1897 Chattel Mortgage Extensions. IRAD-ISU
1938-1952 Chattel Morgage Record. IRAD-ISU
Index

1860-1941 Chattel Mortgage Index. IRAD-ISU

Available through the Family History Library

1837-1901 Grantor and Grantee Indexes, and Deed Records 1859-1904. FHL film 1401811 first film of eighteen

Online Resources

Library

Paxton Carnegie Library 254 S. Market St. |Paxton, Illinois (217)379-3431
Melvin Public Library 102 S. Center St. Melvin, Illinois (217)388-2421
Moyer Library 618 S. Sangamon Ave. Gibson City, Illinois (217)784-5343
Loda Township Library 105 E. Adams St. Loda, Illinois (217)386-2783
Piper City Public Library 39 W. Main Street Piper City, Illinois (815)686-9234
Cullom Memorial Library Inc. 103 Hack Street Cullom, Illinois (815)689-2720
Rankin Public Library 121 S. Main St. Rankin, Illinois (217)397-2133

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers 

There are no Family History Centers in Ford County.  

The nearest facitlity is:

Champaign Illinois Family History Center
604 Windsor Road
Champaign, Illinois
(217)352-8063

Maps

Neighboring Counties

Ilford.jpg

Military

For information about using Military records see Illinois Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Ford 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 Ford County.

[76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.
List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 (Source: Internet Archives)

World War I

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Source: Ancestry.com $ )

World War II

World War II Casualities, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: Access Genealogy)

Naturalization and Citizenship

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

1859-1906 Naturalization Records.

Newspapers

Newspapers Published in Ford County (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)

Chronicling America Ford County (Source: The Library of Congress)

Cataloged Titles (Source: Illinois Newspaper Project)

Obituaries

Probate Records

Online 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.

1860-1942 Will Record, 1859-1929 Administrator's Record, and 1859-1953 Guardian Record. Ford County Courthouse. FHL film 1401890-1401895

Guardianships

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 Ford 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 Ford County are kept, see the Ford County Courthouse page.

  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

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

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System

Illinois State University Region

Schools

Social Groups Online

Societies

Ford County Historical Society

Taxation

1833-1876 Taxable Lands Lists. IRAD-ISU

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.


IDPH Registrar of Vital Records
Room 101 Courthouse
200 West State Street
Paxton, IL 60957
1-217-379-2721

Order Birth and Death Certificates Online

Births

1878-1909 Birth Record Index
1878-1901 Birth Records. IRAD-ISU

Available through the Family History Library

1870-1909 Index to Birth Records, Birth Records, 1878-1909 FHL film 1401878 items 2-3

Marriages

1805-1985 Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985 at FamilySearch — index
1810–1934 Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 at FamilySearch — index and images
1833-1889 Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889 at FamilySearch — index
1859-1983 Marriage Record Index. IRAD-ISU. Available throught the Family History Library FHL film 1401876 item3
1859-1927 Marriage Record. IRAD-ISU. Available through the Family History Library FHL|23833|itme|disp=FHL films 1401877 - 1401878

Deaths

1878-1915 Death Record Index. IRAD-ISU
1878-1901 Death Record. IRAD-ISU


Available through the Family History Library

1878-1901 Index to Deaths, Register of Deaths, 1878-1901 FHL film 1401878 items 4-5

Web Sites

Databases Pertinent to Ford County
Local Governmental Records Database
 Name Index to Illinois Local Governments
 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illlinois Statewide Death Index, pre-1916
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Federal Township Plats of Illinois

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002