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''Patriotic Roster of Livingston County, Illinois''. by J.B.Parsons. {{FHL|659767|item|disp=FHL Book 977.361 M23p}}  
''Patriotic Roster of Livingston County, Illinois''. by J.B.Parsons. {{FHL|659767|item|disp=FHL Book 977.361 M23p}}  
Soldier's Discharge Records from Livingston County, Illinois. Recorder {{FHL|323295|Item|disp=FHL Film 1392962}} Item 3. First film of 3 
Soldier's Discharge Records from Livingston County, Illinois. Recorder {{FHL|323295|Item|disp=FHL Film 1392962}} Item 3. First film of 3  
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Revision as of 14:56, 19 July 2011

Livingston County, Illinois
Boundary map of Livingston County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: February 27, 1837
County Seat Pontiac
Address 112 West Madison Street
Pontiac, IL 61764
815-844-2006, ext. 128
Website: www.livingstoncountyil.gov
Named for: Edward Livingston


Template:Illinois-stub  United States  Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Livingston County

Quick Dates

                                     Beginning Dates for Livingston County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

County Courthouse


The county was named for Edward Livingston, a lawyer and statesman. Mayor of New York City. Representive in Congress from New York and Louisian. United States Senator from Louisiana, Secretary of State under President Jackson and United States Minister to France.

Parent County

  • 1837--Livingston County was created 27 February 1837 from LaSalle and McLean Counties.

County seat:  Pontiac [1]

Boundary Changes

1831-1837 LaSalle
1831-1837 McLean
1826-1837 Vermilion
1827-1831 Tazewell
1821-1827 Fayette
1823-1826 Edgar
1819-1823 Clark
1816-1819 Crawford
1815-1816 Edwards
1812-1815 Madison
1801-1812 St. Clair
1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Archives and Libraries

Illinois Regional Archives Depository

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

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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
IL Counties 1900-1990




1857-1865 Swamp Land Records - IRAD-ISU. Available through the Family History Library FHL Film 1689002

1859-1946 Chattel Morgage Record - IRAD-ISU

Land records available through the Family History Library:

1853-1889  General index to deeds  FHL Film 1401697 Item 3.

1853-1921  Deed Records  FHL 451136 first film

Local Histories



1862-1919 Military Discharge Record -IRAD-ISU

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Livingston 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 Livingston County.
- 39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 52nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 53rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.

Military Record available at the Family History Library

Patriotic Roster of Livingston County, Illinois. by J.B.Parsons. FHL Book 977.361 M23p

Soldier's Discharge Records from Livingston County, Illinois. Recorder FHL Film 1392962 Item 3. First film of 3


1854-1906   Naturalization Records, Illinois. Livingston County Court. FHL film1321643-1321646 Indexed.



1837-1958 Probate Case Files - IRAD-ISU

1917-1926 Probate Docket Index - IRAD-ISU

Probate records available through the Family History Library

1837-1905 Probate Records  FHL film 1321647-1321649

1845-1891 Probate Records  FHL film 1323368-1323377

Online Probate Records:

1819-1970  Probate Records, 1819-1970

School Records

1898-1995 School Pupil Diploma Record - IRAD-ISU

1898-1921 School Student Permanent Record, High School - IRAD-ISU

1935-1972 School Pupil Diploma Record, Prison - IRAD-ISU


1872-1876 Tax Lists, Delinquent -IRAD-ISU

Vital Records


1856-1900 Birth Certificates - IRAD-ISU

1856-1903 Birth Records - IRAD-ISU

1866-1950 Birth Record Index, Delayed - IRAD-ISU

Birth records available through the Family History Library

1878-1900 Register of births and birth cetificates, Birth index, 1848-1983 FHL films 1392963 First film of 12.


1837-1900 Marriage Licenses - IRAD-ISU

1837-1943 Marriage Record - IRAD-ISU

1915-1975 Marraige Record Index - IRAD-ISU

Marriage records available through the Family History Library

1837-1922 Marriaage registers and certificates, FHL film 1392959 first film of 33 films.

1876-1923 Applications from marriage licenses. FHL film 1401627 item 2-4 first film of 11


1877-1900 Death Record - IRAD-ISU. Availble through the Family History Library FHL Collection item 2-3

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

Databases Pertinent to Livingston 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
Livingston County Probate Case Files Index (1837–1958)


  1. 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.