Kankakee County, Illinois Genealogy
|Kankakee County, Illinois|
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||January 4, 1817|
|Address|| 189 East Court Street|
Kankakee, IL 60901
|Named for: Kankakee River|
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places / Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
- 1853--Kankakee County was created 11 February 1853 from Iroquois and Will Counties. County seat: Kankakee 
Places / Localities
The following have information concerning African American research.
- African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records
- Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
- African-American Resources for Illinois
Archives and Libraries
Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Illinois State Universtiy (ISU)
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Normal, Illinois 61802
Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County
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.
- Find A Grave also gives a list of cemeteries in Kankakee County and links to the information for the individuals buried there.
- Kankakee 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.
- Illinois Cemeteries by county.
- The Family History Library Catalog lists some records of cemeteries in Kankakee County. Some of the books or others may be on Google Books or available at public libraries.
- ePodunk list of Kankakee 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.
|Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.|
- Civil War
Civil War service men from Kankakee 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 Kankakee County.
- - 42nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and H.
- - 53rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- - 76th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D, F, H and I.
- - 88th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
Civil War Veterans of Kankakee County, Illinois: Department of Illinois, Grand Army of the Republic. by Mary Ann Schatz. FHL Film: 982173 item 5 (Item #270984) Book 977.363 M2s
Original probate records at County Court. The following copies available:
1853-1900 County Court and Probate case files IRAD-ISU
1866-1869 Probate Dockets IRAD-ISU
1853-1928 Kankakee County Illinois probate and will records on 21 films FHL Film: 2259223 (item 1016348)
1858-1858 Tax Sale record IRAD-ISU
Illinois Vital Records for more information
Original birth records at County Clerk. The following copies are available:
1863-1905 Birth Record Index IRAD-ISU
1877-1918 Birth Record IRAD-ISU Also availalble at the FHL Film 1839989 (item # 510579) first of 7 films
1864-1910 Birth Certificates, Delayed Also available at the FHL 1863-1915 Film: 1839996 and 1839997 (item 594267)
1864-1926 Birth Certificates, City of Manteno IRAD-ISU
Original marriage records at County Clerk. The following copies are available:
1877-1967 Marriage Record Index IRAD-ISU
1853-1926 Marriage Record IRAD-ISU Also available at the FHL Film: 1839991 first of 24 (item 594224)
1889-1925 Marriage Licenses IRAD-ISU
1899-1905 Marriage License Applications IRAD-ISU Also available at the FHL Film: 1839993 (item 594234)
Original death records at County Clerk. The following copies are available:
1877-1916 Death Record Index IRAD-ISU Also available at the FHL Film: 1839989 item 6; first of 3 (item 511153)
1916-1958 Death Certificate Index IRAD - ISU Also available at the FHL Film: 2260092 first of 23; (item 1016243)
1877-1915 Death Record IRAD-ISU
1915-1951 Death Certificates IRAD-ISU Also available at the FHL Film: 2260093 (item1016243)
Societies and Libraries
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Kankakee County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.