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== Will County Organization  ==
 
== Will County Organization  ==
  
Will County's civil records start the following years:
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Will County's civil records start the following years:  
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=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
  
*'''1836-1938''' Circuit Court Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)  
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*'''1836-1938''' Circuit Court Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)  
*'''1872-1894''' County Court Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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*'''1872-1894''' County Court Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
  
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
A variety of early Will County genealogical records are transcribed in:<br>
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A variety of early Will County genealogical records are transcribed in:<br>  
  
 
*''McLean County, White County, Will County Genealogical Records''. Evanston, Ill.?: Illinois Society, D.A.R.?, 1945?. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27154 Ancestry] ($).
 
*''McLean County, White County, Will County Genealogical Records''. Evanston, Ill.?: Illinois Society, D.A.R.?, 1945?. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27154 Ancestry] ($).
  
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Will 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 Will County.<br>
 
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Will 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 Will County.<br>
  
:- [[39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A, E, and G.<br>
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:- [[39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A, E, and G.<br>  
 
:- [[64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates' Sharpshooters)|64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates’ Sharpshooters)]], Companies E, F, G, and I.  
 
:- [[64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates' Sharpshooters)|64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates’ Sharpshooters)]], Companies E, F, G, and I.  
:- [[90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and D.<br>
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:- [[90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies C and D.<br>  
 
:- [[100th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|100th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], all Companies.<br>
 
:- [[100th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|100th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], all Companies.<br>
  
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
*'''1837-1905''' Probate Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)  
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*'''1837-1905''' Probate Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)  
*'''1837-1900''' Probate Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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*'''1837-1900''' Probate Case Files [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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The Joliet Public Library Main Branch also houses a local history section containing information about the history of Joliet and Will County, including Joliet city directories dating back to the 1870s.  
 
The Joliet Public Library Main Branch also houses a local history section containing information about the history of Joliet and Will County, including Joliet city directories dating back to the 1870s.  
  
[http://www.jjc.edu/services-for-students/academic-resources/library/Pages/default.aspx Joliet Junior College Library] <br>1215 Houbolt Rd. <br>Joliet, IL 60431-8938 <br>Phone: <br>815-280-2665 (Circulation Desk) <br>815-280-2344 (Reference Desk) <br>
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[http://www.jjc.edu/services-for-students/academic-resources/library/Pages/default.aspx Joliet Junior College Library] <br>1215 Houbolt Rd. <br>Joliet, IL 60431-8938 <br>Phone: <br>815-280-2665 (Circulation Desk) <br>815-280-2344 (Reference Desk) <br>  
  
 
*The Joliet Junior College Library holds several searchable databases, including Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, listed under their “Magazine and Journal Search” heading.
 
*The Joliet Junior College Library holds several searchable databases, including Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, listed under their “Magazine and Journal Search” heading.
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==== Birth Records  ====
 
==== Birth Records  ====
  
*'''1858-1922''' Birth Records and Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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*'''1858-1922''' Birth Records and Certificates [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
  
 
==== Marriage Records  ====
 
==== Marriage Records  ====
  
*'''1836-1928''' Marriage Licenses and Applications [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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*'''1836-1928''' Marriage Licenses and Applications [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
  
 
==== Death Records  ====
 
==== Death Records  ====
  
*'''1877-1938''' Death Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)  
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*'''1877-1938''' Death Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)  
*'''1910-1915''' Coroner's Death Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Archives_and_Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29 IRAD].)
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*'''1910-1915''' Coroner's Death Records [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about [[IRAD - Northern Illinois University|IRAD]].)
  
 
==== Birth Records  ====
 
==== Birth Records  ====
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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
 
*'''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
  
== Libraries ==
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== Libraries ==
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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Revision as of 03:59, 18 August 2011

Will County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Will County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 12, 1836
County Seat Joliet
Courthouse
Will County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Will County Courthouse
302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 740-4615
Will County Website


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

Will County Organization

Will County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Will County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1836
1877
1840
1835
1837

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

Historical Facts

Will County is named for Dr. Conrad Will who was a active politician in the early days of Illinois statehood.

Parent County

  • 1836--Will County was created 12 January 1836 from Cook and DuPage Counties.  County seat:  Joliet [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Will County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Biography

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.

In 1946, the Aaron Miner Chapter D.A.R. (Chicago) prepared a List of Cemeteries in Cook - Lake - Will Counties Containing Graves of the Military Dead Who Served in the Wars of the United States. Ancestry ($) digitized this publication.[2]

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190074,764
191084,37112.8%
192092,91110.1%
1930110,73219.2%
1940114,2103.1%
1950134,33617.6%
1960191,61742.6%
1970249,49830.2%
1980324,46030.0%
1990357,31310.1%
2000502,26640.6%
2010677,56034.9%

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Will County on page 188.]

Church Records

[www.stjohnsjoliet.org St. John the Baptist Catholic Church] was founded in 1852. The church served many of the early German immigrants. In the 1870's Franciscan friars of the St. Louis province arrived and served the community for nearly 135 years. Today the church serves newer immigrants of Mexican-Americans descent.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Joliet

Court Records

  • 1836-1938 Circuit Court Records IRAD-NIU; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1872-1894 County Court Case Files IRAD-NIU; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

A variety of early Will County genealogical records are transcribed in:

  • McLean County, White County, Will County Genealogical Records. Evanston, Ill.?: Illinois Society, D.A.R.?, 1945?. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


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.

Maps

Military

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Will 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 Will County.
- 39th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, E, and G.
- 64th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Yates’ Sharpshooters), Companies E, F, G, and I.
- 90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and D.
- 100th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, all Companies.

Naturalization

Newspapers

The Herald News is a subsidiary of the Chicago Sun Times and writes about events in the Joliet area.

Probate Records

  • 1837-1905 Probate Records IRAD-NIU; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1837-1900 Probate Case Files IRAD-NIU; search for Will 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 Will County are kept, see the Will County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Public Libraries

Joliet Public Library
150 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 815-740-2660
Hours: M-F 9am – 9pm, S 9am – 4pm
Closed Sundays during the summer
Sunday Hours (other than summer): 1:00pm – 5:00pm

  • The Joliet Public Library Main Branch holds microfilm of local Joliet newspapers from the 1840s through current. Among them are the Joliet Signal (1846), Joliet True Democrat (1861), Joliet Daily Sun (1874), Joliet Weekly Press (1883) and Joliet Daily News, Joliet Weekly News, and Joliet Republican from the 1860s until the Joliet News was first published in 1877. The Joliet Herald was instituted in 1904. It later became The Herald-News, its present day name.

The Joliet Public Library Main Branch also houses a local history section containing information about the history of Joliet and Will County, including Joliet city directories dating back to the 1870s.

Joliet Junior College Library
1215 Houbolt Rd.
Joliet, IL 60431-8938
Phone:
815-280-2665 (Circulation Desk)
815-280-2344 (Reference Desk)

  • The Joliet Junior College Library holds several searchable databases, including Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, listed under their “Magazine and Journal Search” heading.

Social Groups Online

Societies

Will/Grundy Counties (IL) Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 24
Wilmington, IL 60481-0024
The Will/Grundy Counties (IL) Genealogical Society’s collection is located at the Coal City Public Library.

Will County Historical Society
803 S State St
Lockport, IL
Phone: 815-838-5080
Hours: W-Su 12pm - 4pm

The Will County Historical Society holds more than 70,000 documents including plat maps, obituary files, and anniversary files.

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth Records

  • 1858-1922 Birth Records and Certificates IRAD-NIU; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Marriage Records

  • 1836-1928 Marriage Licenses and Applications IRAD-NIU; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Death Records

  • 1877-1938 Death Records IRAD-NIU; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1910-1915 Coroner's Death Records IRAD-NIU; search for Will County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Death Records

Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Illinois Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: From Counties, Bond, Boone, Calhoun, Cook, Crawford, Du Page, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Will, Pope: Kentucky county, Mercer: Missouri county, Ralls. Evanston, Ill.: Illinois Society, D.A.R., 1946. Digital version at Ancestry ($).