Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy
|Woodford County, Illinois|
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||February 27, 1841|
|Address|| 115 N. Main, Suite 202|
Eureka, IL 61530
|Named for: Woodford County, Kentucky|
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places / Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
|Beginning Dates for Woodford County Records|
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.
- 1841--Woodford County was created 27 February 1841 from Tazewell and McLean Counties. County seat: Eureka 
- 1831-1841 McLean
- 1827-1831 Tazewell
- 1821-1827 Fayette
- 1819-1821 Clar
- 1816-1819 Crrawford
- 1815-1816 Edwards
- 1827-1841 Tazewell
- 1825-1827 Peoria
- 1821-1825 Sangamon
- 1817-1821 Bond
- 1812-1817 Madison
- 1801-1812 St. Clair
- 1790-1801 Knox, Northwest Territory
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 Woodford County and links to the information for the individuals buried there.
- Woodford 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 Woodford County. Some of the books or others may be on Google Books or available at public libraries.
- ePodunk 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.
|IL Counties 1900-1990|
1854-1859 County Court Record IRAD-ISU
1841-1928 Deed Index IRAD-ISU
1833-1928 Deed Record IRAD-ISU
Woodford County, El Paso and Metamora 1876 from the David Rumsey Map Collection.
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
- 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.
- - 51st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- - 77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C, F, and H.
- - 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- - 86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
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
1868-1957 Almshouse Register IRAD-ISU
1868-1893 Poor Farm Monthly Reports IRAD-ISU
1917-1940 Poor Farm Case Files IRAD-ISU
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
1877-1916 Birth Record Index IRAD-ISU
1841-1901 Marriage Record Index IRAD-ISU
1877-1915 Death Record Index IRAD-ISU
1910-1917 Death Record, Coroner's IRAD-ISU
1865-1890 Voter Registers IRAD-ISU
Societies and Libraries
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)
- Hardin County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives, accessed May 28, 2011.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).