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Guide to '''Woodford 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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== Woodford County Organization  ==
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=== Woodford County Organization  ===
  
 
Woodford County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Woodford County's civil records start the following years:  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Death_Records|Death]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Woodford County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1841--'''Woodford County was created 27 February 1841&nbsp;from, [[Tazewell County, Illinois|Tazewell]] and [[McLean County, Illinois|McLean]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Eureka <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''1841--'''Woodford County was created 27 February 1841&nbsp;from, [[Tazewell County, Illinois Genealogy|Tazewell]] and [[McLean County, Illinois Genealogy|McLean]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Eureka <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== 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.
  
 
'''Eastern Part'''  
 
'''Eastern Part'''  
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:1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory
 
:1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory
 
<br>See an interactive map of Woodford County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
 
  
 
=== 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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=== 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|Woodford}}
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Woodford, 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.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=16&GScnty=791&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=791 list of cemeteries in Woodford County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*[http://woodford.illinoisgenweb.org/cemeteries.html ILGenWeb]
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/woodford.htm Woodford Co.&nbsp;IL&nbsp;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://usgwarchives.net/il/woodford/woodfcem.htm ILGenWeb Archives]
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/woodford.htm Tombstone Project]
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|371018|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in Woodford County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=102 Illinois Gravestones]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*{{FHL|371018|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Woodford+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>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=791 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=Woodford&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Woodford Graveyards of Illinois]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6810&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=52&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of Woodford 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.
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The following web site has additional information on Woodford county cemeteries.
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6810&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=52&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of Woodford County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and website.
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
  
[[Image:Ilwoodford.jpg|600px|Ilwoodford.jpg]] [http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/4c60h7 Woodford County, El Paso and Metamora 1876] from the David Rumsey Map Collection.
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[[Image:Ilwoodford.jpg|600px|Ilwoodford.jpg]]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
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*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/4c60h7 Woodford County, El Paso and Metamora 1876] from the David Rumsey Map Collection.
  
 
=== Military Records  ===
 
=== Military Records  ===
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'''Cavalry'''  
 
'''Cavalry'''  
  
:- [[4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/acm/cav004-g.html Company G]
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:- [[4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/acm/cav004-g.html Company G]
  
 
'''Infantry'''  
 
'''Infantry'''  
  
:- [[17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/017-g-in.html Company G]  
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:- [[17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r050/017-g-in.html Company G]  
:- [[47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/047-b-in.html Company B], and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r050/047-i-in.html Company I]  
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:- [[47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r050/047-b-in.html Company B], and [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r050/047-i-in.html Company I]  
:- [[51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/051-d-in.html Company D].  
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:- [[51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r100/051-d-in.html Company D].  
:- [[77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/077-c-in.html Company C], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/077-f-in.html Company F], and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/077-h-in.html Company H].  
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:- [[77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r100/077-c-in.html Company C], [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r100/077-f-in.html Company F], and [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r100/077-h-in.html Company H].  
:- [[85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/reg_html/085_reg.html Company F].  
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:- [[85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/reg_html/085_reg.html Company F].  
:- [[86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]],&nbsp;[http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r100/086-a-in.html Company A].  
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:- [[86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]],&nbsp;[http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r100/086-a-in.html Company A].  
:- [[108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/108-d-in.html Company D], and [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/108-e-in.html Company E]  
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:- [[108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r155/108-d-in.html Company D], and [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r155/108-e-in.html Company E]  
:- [[139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.ilgenweb.net/r155/139-c-in.html Company C]
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:- [[139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], [http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/r155/139-c-in.html Company C]
  
 
*IRAD-ISU Records
 
*IRAD-ISU Records
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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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'''Probate records available at the Family History Library'''  
 
'''Probate records available at the Family History Library'''  
  
'''1846-1866 '''Probate Order Book; Will Record 1869-1925; Guardian Record, 1866-1908; Probate Record, '''1745-1876 '''Woodford County Court. {{FHL|174995|item|disp=FHL film 1401860 - 1401869}}  
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'''1846-1866 '''Probate Order Book; Will Record 1869-1925; Guardian Record, 1866-1908; Probate Record, '''1745-1876 '''Woodford County Court. {{FHL|174995|item|disp=FHL film 1401860 - 1401869}}
  
 
=== Public Records  ===
 
=== Public Records  ===
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
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. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Woodford County.  
 
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. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Woodford County.  
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
[http://www.eureka.lib.il.us/community/wchs/ Woodford County Historical Society]  
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'''Lexington Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc.'''<br> 318 West Main Street<br>Lexington, Illinois 61753<br>Telephone Number: 309-365-4591<br>E-mail:[mailto:thefortoflex@aol.com thefortoflex@aol.com]<br>[http://www.lexingtonillinoisfort.org/ Website]<br><br>
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[http://www.eureka.lib.il.us/community/wchs/ Woodford County Historical Society]
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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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].
  
[http://vitalrec.com/ilcounties4.html#Woodford Order Birth and Death Certificates Online]  
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<br> [http://vitalrec.com/ilcounties4.html#Woodford Order Birth and Death Certificates Online]  
  
 
==== Birth Records  ====
 
==== Birth Records  ====
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==== Marriage Records  ====
 
==== Marriage Records  ====
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:*[http://www.archive.org/stream/journalofillinoi1412illi#page/151/mode/1up Early Marriages in Woodford County, Illinois] ([http://www.archive.org/ Internet Archives])
  
 
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
 
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
  
:*[http://www.archive.org/stream/journalofillinoi1412illi#page/151/mode/1up Early Marriages in Woodford County, Illinois] ([http://www.archive.org/ Internet Archives])
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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
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:*'''1841-1848''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/woodford/vitals/marriages/1841-1848.txt 1841-1848 Early Marriages] of Woodford County - USGenWeb
  
 
:*'''1841-1901''' Marriage Record '''Index''' IRAD-ISU
 
:*'''1841-1901''' Marriage Record '''Index''' IRAD-ISU
 
:*'''Marriage records available at the Family History Library'''
 
  
 
:*'''1841-1902 '''Marriage '''Index'''. Woodford County Clerk. {{FHL|9347|item|disp=FHL film 1401898}} Items 2-3
 
:*'''1841-1902 '''Marriage '''Index'''. Woodford County Clerk. {{FHL|9347|item|disp=FHL film 1401898}} Items 2-3
  
 
:*'''1841-1870''' ''Early Marriages Performed in Woodford County, Illinois''. by Lucy Palmer Frane. {{FHL|267402|item|disp=FHL film 848656 and second filming 908198}} and FHL Book 977.353 V25f
 
:*'''1841-1870''' ''Early Marriages Performed in Woodford County, Illinois''. by Lucy Palmer Frane. {{FHL|267402|item|disp=FHL film 848656 and second filming 908198}} and FHL Book 977.353 V25f
 
:*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/woodford/vitals/marriages/1841-1848.txt 1841-1848 Early Marriages ]of Woodford County - USGenWeb
 
  
 
==== Death Records  ====
 
==== Death Records  ====
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
*[[LaSalle County, Illinois|LaSalle]]  
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*[[LaSalle County, Illinois Genealogy|LaSalle]]  
*[[Livingston County, Illinois|Livingston]]  
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*[[Livingston County, Illinois Genealogy|Livingston]]  
*[[Marshall County, Illinois|Marshall]]  
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*[[Marshall County, Illinois Genealogy|Marshall]]  
*[[McLean County, Illinois|McLean]]  
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*[[McLean County, Illinois Genealogy|McLean]]  
*[[Peoria County, Illinois|Peoria]]  
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*[[Peoria County, Illinois Genealogy|Peoria]]  
*[[Tazewell County, Illinois|Tazewell]]
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*[[Tazewell County, Illinois Genealogy|Tazewell]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/woodford-county/ Woodford County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Woodford-County.htm Woodford 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]
  
 
'''Databases Pertinent to Woodford County''' <br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database ]<br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950 ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database ]<br>[http://landplats.ilsos.net/ Federal Township Plats of Illinois ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/wood.html Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957) ]<br>  
 
'''Databases Pertinent to Woodford County''' <br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Local Governmental Records Database ]<br>[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/niilgsrch.html Name Index to Illinois Local Governments ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950 ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database ]<br>[http://landplats.ilsos.net/ Federal Township Plats of Illinois ]<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/wood.html Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957) ]<br>  
  
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Woodford|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Woodford|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Woodford/ Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Woodford/ Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 22:16, 16 February 2017

United States
Illinois


Woodford County

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

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Woodford County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Woodford County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 27, 1841
County Seat Eureka
Courthouse
Woodford County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Woodford County Courthouse
115 N. Main, Suite 202
Eureka, IL 61530
(309) 467-2822
Woodford County Website


Woodford County Organization

Woodford County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Woodford County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1841
1877
1850
1831
1841

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

Historical Facts

Woodford County, Illinois is named for Woodford County, Kentucky which is the place where many of the settlers originated.

Parent County

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.

Eastern Part

1831-1841 McLean
1827-1831 Tazewell
1821-1827 Fayette
1819-1821 Clair
1816-1819 Crawford
1815-1816 Edwards

Western Part

1827-1841 Tazewell
1825-1827 Peoria
1821-1825 Sangamon
1817-1821 Bond
1812-1817 Madison
1801-1812 St. Clair
1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory

Record Loss

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

Records and Resources

Biographies

Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois 1878   (WorldCat)

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Woodford, 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 Woodford county cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190021,822
191020,506−6.0%
192019,340−5.7%
193018,792−2.8%
194019,1241.8%
195021,33511.6%
196024,57915.2%
197028,01214.0%
198033,32018.9%
199032,653−2.0%
200035,4698.6%
201038,6649.0%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church Records

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 the Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Woodford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.

1854-1859 County Court Record IRAD-ISU

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

History

Large numbers of Kentuckians settled in frontier Woodford County, Illinois. The name of the county (Woodford) is reminiscent of Woodford County, Kentucky - the previous residence of many pioneer settlers.[2]

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.

1841-1928 Deed Index IRAD-ISU

1833-1928 Deed Record IRAD-ISU

Land Records available at the Family History Library

1812 Soldiers of 1812 etc.: Whose Bounty Land Grants Were Located in Woodford County, Illinois. by A.F. Marxhall, L.J. Freese and Milo Custer. FHL film 823572 item 6 and FHL book: 977.3 A1 no. 1. second copy 977.3 A1 no. 218.

1832-1893 Grantee and Grantor Indexes. Woodford County Clerk. FHL films 1401898-1401900

Maps

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Military Records

For information about using military records see Illinois Military Records

Revolutionary War

Veteran Burials  (Genealogy Trail History Group)

War 1812

Military Land Grants Woodford County, Illinois for Soldiers of the War of 1812 - USGenWeb

Civil War

Civil War service men from Woodford 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 Woodford County.

Cavalry

- 4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company G

Infantry

- 17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G
- 47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B, and Company I
- 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C, Company F, and Company H.
- 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 86th Regiment, Illinois InfantryCompany A.
- 108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D, and Company E
- 139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C
1861-1863 Militia Roll Record IRAD-ISU
1863-1865 Militia Discharge Record, Civil War IRAD-ISU
1913-1941 Mother's Pension Applications IRAD-ISU
1931-1934 Mother's Pension Accountts IRAD-ISU

World War I

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Ancestry)

World War II

Naturalization

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 or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Woodford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.


1855-1906 Naturalization Papers. Woodford County Court. FHL 1401869-1401871

1861-1901 Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. FHL 1401866-1401867

1867-1906 Naturalization Records. Woodford County Court. FHL film 1401866 Item 2 - 1401867

1795-1925 Woodford County, Illinois Passport Applications  Genealogy Trails History Group

Newspapers and Obituaries

Newspapers Published in Woodford County   Illinois Newspaper Project

Chronicling America   The Library of Congress

Obituaries

Woodford County, Illinois, Prairie District Library, Obituaries, 1887 to Present. at Ancestry

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 Illinois State University (ISU) - search for Woodford County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the ISU IRAD Wiki page.


1842-1847 Probate Claim Dockets IRAD-ISU

1869-1964 Probate Will Record IRAD-ISU

1870-1956 Probate Inventory Record IRAD-ISU

1877-1853 Probate Widow's Relinquishment and Selection Record IRAD-ISU

Probate records available at the Family History Library

1846-1866 Probate Order Book; Will Record 1869-1925; Guardian Record, 1866-1908; Probate Record, 1745-1876 Woodford County Court. FHL film 1401860 - 1401869

Public Records

1868-1957 Almshouse Register IRAD-ISU Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957)

1868-1893 Poor Farm Monthly Reports IRAD-ISU

1917-1940 Poor Farm Case Files IRAD-ISU

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

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.

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. Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Woodford County.

You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following centers are located in surrounding counties. Their wiki pages may supply hours and other information.

Family History Centers FamilySearch

Illinois,_Woodford Family History Library Holdings

Illinois Regional Archives Depository - IRAD

Illinois State Universtiy - ISU
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Box 1520
Normal, Illinois 61802
Phone: 1-309-452-6027

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County

Public Libraries

Woodford County Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Lexington Genealogical and Historical Society, Inc.
318 West Main Street
Lexington, Illinois 61753
Telephone Number: 309-365-4591
E-mail:thefortoflex@aol.com
Website


Woodford County Historical Society

Taxation

1842-1879 Tax Sale Record IRAD-ISU

1842-1878 Tax Forfeiture Record IRAD-ISU

1853-1871 Tax Deed Affidaviats IRAD-ISU

1860-1880 Tax Judgment Record IRAD-ISU

1857-1888 Tax Assessment Abstracts 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.


Order Birth and Death Certificates Online

Birth Records

  • 1877-1916 Birth Record Index IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library. FHL film 1401898

Marriage Records

  • 1841-1901 Marriage Record Index IRAD-ISU

Death Records

1877-1915 Death Record Index IRAD-ISU. Available at the Family History Library FHL Film 1401898 Item 4
1910-1917 Death Record, Coroner's IRAD-ISU

Voter Registration

  • 1865-1890 Voter Registers IRAD-ISU

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Web Sites

Databases Pertinent to Woodford 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
Woodford County Almshouse Registers Index (1868–1957)

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Hardin County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives, accessed May 28, 2011.
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