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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Winnebago County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Genealogy|Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Winnebago County'''  
  
Guide to '''Winnebago County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Winnebago County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
 
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== Winnebago County Organization  ==
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=== Winnebago County Organization  ===
  
 
Winnebago County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Winnebago County's civil records start the following years:  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Winnebago County, Illinois#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Winnebago County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Winnebago County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1836--'''Winnebago County was created 16 January 1836&nbsp;from [[Jo Daviess County, Illinois|Jo Daviess ]]County.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Rockford <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1836--'''Winnebago County was created 16 January 1836&nbsp;from [[Jo Daviess County, Illinois Genealogy|Jo Daviess ]]County.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Rockford <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
See an interactive map of Winnebago County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].  
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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.  
  
 
=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
*[[Boone County, Illinois|Boone]]  
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*[[Boone County, Illinois Genealogy|Boone]]  
*[[DeKalb County, Illinois|DeKalb]]  
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*[[DeKalb County, Illinois Genealogy|DeKalb]]  
*[[Green County, Wisconsin|Green County, Wisconsin]]  
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*[[Green County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Green County, Wisconsin]]  
*[[Ogle County, Illinois|Ogle]]  
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*[[Ogle County, Illinois Genealogy|Ogle]]  
*[[Rock County, Wisconsin|Rock County, Wisconsin]]  
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*[[Rock County, Wisconsin Genealogy|Rock County, Wisconsin]]  
*[[Stephenson County, Illinois|Stephenson]]
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*[[Stephenson County, Illinois Genealogy|Stephenson]]
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Winnebago}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Winnebago, Illinois''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=16&GScnty=790&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://winnebago.genwebsite.org/ ILGenWeb]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/winnebago/winnecem.htm ILGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/winnebago.htm Tombstone Project]
  
[http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois_Cemeteries#Online_Resources Illinois&nbsp;Cemeteries] page provides explanations of the following online Winnebago County resources:
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*[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=101 Illinois Gravestones]
  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| '''Bibliographies'''  
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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| '''Cemetery Gazetteers'''
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*{{FHL|489332|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Winnebago+Illinois&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
| Find A Grave &#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& national search]&nbsp;&#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=790 county search]  
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| [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6801&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=48&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=790 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Winnebago&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Winnebago Graveyards of Illinois]
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Illinois Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
| &nbsp;[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/winnebago.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]
 
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*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county<br>
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The following web site has additional information on Winnebago county cemeteries.
 
 
BillionGraves:
 
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=21367 Howard Cemetery, Pecatonica]  
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6801&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=48&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk] 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.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=21797 Laona Cemetery, Durand, Winnebago County]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=23573 Rock Run Cemetery, Durand]
 
  
 
=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
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The following have information concerning African American research.  
 
The following have information concerning African American research.  
  
*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*[[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&nbsp;records are&nbsp;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&nbsp;records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
  
 
=== Genealogy  ===
 
=== Genealogy  ===
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Handcock, Nora I. Allenheads Lead Miners in America. History with the names of Miners that went to America in 1849, on the ship The Guy Mannering. Picture of the ship included. Many headed for Galena, or Rockford Illinois, Jamestown, San Francisco, Irish Hollow, one family moving on to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Names of Miners, Samuel and Maria Vickers, Jacob Nattrass, Joseph &amp; Phoebe Reed, John and Hannah Graham, Thomas and Maria Chatt, the Reed and Lee families, John &amp; Ann (followed later) Hewitson, Thomas Foster, George Philipson, William Dawson, Thomas Noble, Jacob Peart, Henry Bell, Andrew Muir, John and Ann Lee, John Stevenson. Dates 1832-1870 and is found in the Northumberland &amp; Durham Family History Society Journal, vol.37 no.4, pages 28-30, Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo, vol. 37 no.4 <br>
  
 
=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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<br>'''Additional Resources'''  
 
<br>'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Winnebago County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|710912|subject_id|disp=FHLC}} and {{FHL|974809|subject_id|disp=FHLC–maps}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
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Additional resources for Winnebago County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|710912|subject_id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} and {{FHL|974809|subject_id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog–maps}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
  
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[[Image:Ilwinnebago.jpg|right|400px|Ilwinnebago.jpg]]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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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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==== Family History Center  ====
 
==== Family History Center  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|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.  
 
[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|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.  
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
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'''Winnebago/boone Counties Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 10166<br>Rockford 61131-0166<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilwinneb/winbngen.htm Website]<br><br>
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'''Kishwaukee Genealogists'''<br> PO Box 5503<br> Rockford, IL 61125 <br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilwinneb/kishwke.htm?cj=1&sid=RootsWeb&netid=cj&o_xid=0002159160&o_lid=0002159160&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]<br><br>
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==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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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].
  
 
Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://www.winnebagocountyclerk.com/cert_.asp Winnebago County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. Winnebago County uses an outside service to fulfill internet requests for copies of birth, marriage and death records.&nbsp; For more information, see the Winnebago County Clerk's web page for information on [http://www.winnebagocountyclerk.com/cert_order.asp Ordering Copies].  
 
Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://www.winnebagocountyclerk.com/cert_.asp Winnebago County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. Winnebago County uses an outside service to fulfill internet requests for copies of birth, marriage and death records.&nbsp; For more information, see the Winnebago County Clerk's web page for information on [http://www.winnebagocountyclerk.com/cert_order.asp Ordering Copies].  
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'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''  
 
'''Copies of original 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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:*'''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/search FamilySearch] — index
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:*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
:*'''1836–1867''' Marriage licenses {{FHL|652220|item|disp=FHL film 1914041 (first of 26 films)}}  
 
:*'''1836–1867''' Marriage licenses {{FHL|652220|item|disp=FHL film 1914041 (first of 26 films)}}  
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
 
 
:*'''1836-1902''' Marriage Licenses [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]
 
:*'''1836-1902''' Marriage Licenses [http://apps.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-NIU]
  
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==== Additional Resources  ====
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
  
Additional resources for Winnebago County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|491629|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records}}, the {{FHL|1149847|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - indexes}}, the {{FHL|878113|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - newspapers}} and the {{FHL|947895|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - newspapers indexes}} topic pages of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
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Additional resources for Winnebago County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|491629|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records}}, the {{FHL|1149847|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - indexes}}, the {{FHL|878113|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - newspapers}} and the {{FHL|947895|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - newspapers indexes}} topic pages of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/winnebago-county/ Winnebago County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Winnebago-County.htm Winnebago 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.  
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Winnebago|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Winnebago|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Winnebago/ Winnebago County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Winnebago/ Winnebago County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
  
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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Winnebago County

Guide to Winnebago County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Winnebago County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Winnebago County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 16, 1836
County Seat Rockford
Courthouse
Winnebago County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Winnebago County Courthouse
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 987-3050
Winnebago County Website


Winnebago County Organization

Winnebago County's civil records start the following years:

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

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

Historical Facts

Winnebago County is named for the Winnebago Indians who once inhabited that part of Illinois

Parent County

  • 1836--Winnebago County was created 16 January 1836 from Jo Daviess County.  County seat:  Rockford [1]

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.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biographies

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Winnebago County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Winnebago County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Winnebago, Illinois online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Illinois Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Winnebago county cemeteries.

  • ePodunk gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.

Church Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information. It is usually best to locate church records with a search at a local level such as the city, town, or village.

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 Northern Illinois University - search for Winnebago County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the NIU IRAD Wiki page.


Copies of original records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Handcock, Nora I. Allenheads Lead Miners in America. History with the names of Miners that went to America in 1849, on the ship The Guy Mannering. Picture of the ship included. Many headed for Galena, or Rockford Illinois, Jamestown, San Francisco, Irish Hollow, one family moving on to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Names of Miners, Samuel and Maria Vickers, Jacob Nattrass, Joseph & Phoebe Reed, John and Hannah Graham, Thomas and Maria Chatt, the Reed and Lee families, John & Ann (followed later) Hewitson, Thomas Foster, George Philipson, William Dawson, Thomas Noble, Jacob Peart, Henry Bell, Andrew Muir, John and Ann Lee, John Stevenson. Dates 1832-1870 and is found in the Northumberland & Durham Family History Society Journal, vol.37 no.4, pages 28-30, Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo, vol. 37 no.4

History

Local Histories

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.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at Northern Illinois University - search for Winnebago County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD – Northern Illinois University/NIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 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.
  • 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 ($)


Copies of original records


Abstracts

  • Family Maps of Winnebago County, Illinois (2007) plats the land of many nineteenth-century Winnebago County residents. The publisher's bookstore includes a free online surname index. FHL Book 977.331 E7b


Additional Resources

Additional resources for Winnebago County land and property may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog and FamilySearch Catalog–maps. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

Ilwinnebago.jpg

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Winnebago 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 Winnebago County.

- 8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies L and M.
- 11th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company D.
- 11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company D.
- 11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company A.
- 15th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company M.
- 15th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 17th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company K.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 45th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and G.
- 52nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 55th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 65th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (Scotch Regiment), Company K.
- 90th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 132nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company K.
- 141st Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company E.
- 146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies B and C.
- 147th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
- 153rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company G.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Freeport City newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Winnebago County. The Rock Island Public Library provides free access to this database at its library.

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.

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 Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Winnebago County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the NIU IRAD Wiki page.

Copies of original records

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

Family History Center

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.

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.

You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following center serves Winnebago County:

Rockford Illinois Family History Center
324 University Dr.
Rockford, Illinois 61107
Telephone: (815) 332-7782

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD), managed by the Illinois State Archives, houses 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.

The Northern Illinois University (IRAD-NIU) holds the records for Winnebago County. Learn more about finding and using their records.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
c/o Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library, Room 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: (815) 753-1807

Public Libraries

Rockford Public Library
215 N. Wyman St.
Rockford, IL 61101
Telephone: (815) 965-6731
Their Local History Room includes materials for Winnebago county as well as neighboring counties.

Social Groups Online

Societies

Winnebago/boone Counties Genealogical Society
PO Box 10166
Rockford 61131-0166
Website

Kishwaukee Genealogists
PO Box 5503
Rockford, IL 61125
Website



Taxation

Vital Records

See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.

Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Winnebago County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a copy to the County Clerk. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. Winnebago County uses an outside service to fulfill internet requests for copies of birth, marriage and death records.  For more information, see the Winnebago County Clerk's web page for information on Ordering Copies.

See the on-line Genealogy Indexes of Winnebago County records:

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) - search for Winnebago County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

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

Birth Records

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriage Records

Copies of original Marriage Records

Death Records

Copies of original Death Records

Divorce

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Winnebago County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records, the Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - indexes, the Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - newspapers and the Illinois, Winnebago – Vital Records - newspapers indexes topic pages of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).